• Spain’s government proposes taxes on internet giants

    Spain’s government proposes taxes on internet giants

    • October 19, 2018

    Spain’s Socialist government wants to introduce new taxes on big internet companies and on financial transactions as a way of paying for improved pensions and public services. The country’s finance minister Maria Jesus Montero said on Friday the proposed tax on digital services will be levied on companies with annual revenue of more than 750

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  • Varadkar: Brexit extension not an alternative to legally binding Irish backstop

    Varadkar: Brexit extension not an alternative to legally binding Irish backstop

    • October 19, 2018

    By Cate McCurry, Press Association An extended Brexit transition period is not an alternative to the EU’s backstop proposal, Irish premier Leo Varadkar has warned. The Taoiseach said he is open to the idea of an extension but it fails to resolve the border issue. “I am open to the idea of an extension or

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  • Surge in numbers of Britons seeking to restore German citizenship

    Surge in numbers of Britons seeking to restore German citizenship

    • October 19, 2018

    The number of people in Britain seeking to restore their German citizenship has jumped following the UK’s decision to leave the European Union. A German government response to opposition politicians published on Friday says 1,667 people applied to Germany’s embassy in London last year to reclaim the citizenship they or their ancestors were stripped of

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  • Warning over lack of awareness and understanding of osteoporosis

    Warning over lack of awareness and understanding of osteoporosis

    • October 19, 2018

    By Jennifer Cockerell, Press Association Health Correspondent Around half of women over the age of 50 in the UK will experience a fragility fracture due to osteoporosis, yet nearly three-quarters (73%) said they have little or no knowledge of the condition. Two-thirds (66%) of the women polled believed that fragility fractures in older age are

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  • Women in Northern Ireland ‘still using illegal abortion medication’

    Women in Northern Ireland ‘still using illegal abortion medication’

    • October 19, 2018

    By Michael McHugh, Press Association Women in Northern Ireland are still using illegal abortion medication even though the procedure is freely available to them in England, a study found. Northern Ireland outlaws terminations in almost all cases. Abortion pills are illegal but can be bought over the internet. The NHS funds the procedure in England

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  • Conservative party under ‘existential strain’ due to Brexit, says ex-minister

    Conservative party under ‘existential strain’ due to Brexit, says ex-minister

    • October 19, 2018

    By Elizabeth Arnold, Press Association Political Staff The Conservative Party has been put under “existential strain” by Brexit and some friendships and relationships will “never be healed”, according to a former cabinet minister. Nicky Morgan, the Tory chairwoman of the Treasury Committee, laid bare the personal toll on MPs divided over the merits of the

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