The following are the top stories in the Maltese and overseas press:

The Times says the Swedish EU presidency may stall progress on migration burden sharing. It also reports the death of Michael Jackson.

The Malta Independent carries a picture of Nicola Romano, the father of a young man found dead in an industrial furnace. It also says a Maltese woman, Lilia Fenech, has been arrested in London in connection with the murder in Britain of a woman fund dumped in a skip. Her partner was arrested earlier.

l-orizzont says students are exploited as summer workers. They have been warned not to sign long-term contracts.

In-Nazzjon quotes Nicola Romano saying he had felt that something was about to happen to his son, who was found in an industrial furnace. The newspaper also says that Sweden is committed to working with Malta on migration.

The Press in Britain

Most of the world's media report the unexpected death of Michael Jackson. Tributes poured and tears flowed outside a Los Angeles hospital as hundreds of his fans gathered to mourn the loss of the music legend, stunned by his sudden death at the age of 50.

The Daily Express, The Sun, the Daily Star and Metro report the singer suffered a cardiac arrest at his home and arrived at hospital in a coma.

In other news:

The Guardian reports Charlie's Angels star Farrah Fawcett has lost her long battle with cancer.

Expenses of BBC executives dominate the first edition of The Independent.

The Daily Telegraph also carries a report on what it calls the 'BBC Gravy Train' saying 27 bosses earned more than the prime minister.

And elsewhere...

Il Tempo quotes Italy's Foreign Minister Franco Frattini saying that the G8, meeting in L'Aquila next month, would adopt a "tough stance" towards Iran over post-election violence as a three-day G8 meeting got underway in the city of Trieste. He said Iran was "at a turning point" following the street clashes, in which at least 17 people have been killed.

Al Jazeera reports that defeated challenger Mir Hossein Mousavi has vowed to resist what he says is huge pressure to end his campaign to overturn Iran's presidential election. Reports said authorities had rounded up more than 140 Mousavi supporters, political activists, journalists and university lecturers since the disputed election.

An-Nawar quotes the leader of the Palestinian group Hamas's political bureau, Khaled Meshaal, saying Hamas was ready for direct taks with the United States.

Cumhuriyet reports that during a visit to Brussels to revive Ankara's deadlocked EU accession talks, Turkish Premier Erdogan expressed frustration at his country's lack of progress over meeting key EU demands to implement political reforms.

Meanwhile, Metro Express says the EU has cancelled today's round of accession talks with Croatia after it failed to resolve a border row with EU member Slovenia.

La Repubblica quotes Patrizia D'Addario, the high-end prostitute at the centre of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's starlet scandal, dismissing the premier's claims that he doesn't know her. She alleged they spent the night together and shared an "intimate" breakfast the next morning.

Moscow Times reports Russia's supreme court has ordered a new trial of the suspects in the murder of investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya after annulling February acquittals.

Jakarta Post says climate change is worsening the hunger problem in Indonesia's West Timor province, which is already rivalling Africa. Years of poor harvests mean many children in the region are underweight and malnourished.

Jornal da Madeira says the International Whaling Commission's annual conference has ended in disarray, keeping in place a ban on commercial whaling amid deep rifts between hunters and conservationists.

Gulf News reporta that the death sentences handed down to an Egyptian tycoon and a hitman for murdering a Lebanese pop star have been confirmed.

Asia News says declassified records have revealed that Britain considered attacking Tokyo with chemical weapons almost a year before the US bombardments that ended World War II in Asia.

Deutsche Welle quotes an WHO official saying an effective birth control pill for men may be available to the public by 2012 at the earliest. Michael Zitzman, who is heding the study, said it did not seem to have any side-effects.

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