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Aussie flu MAPPED: Countries across the globe hit by influenza virus – with cases rising

Almost 200 people were admitted into intensive care during the second week of January, the latest report from Public Health England (PHE) revealed.  Aussie flu – the H3N2 strain of the influenza virus – was responsible for 20 of those patients. In total, 598 people were hospitalised with flu during the second week of January, and almost 50 of the hospital patients were infected with Aussie flu. But influenza isn’t just sweeping the UK – the report published by PHE also revealed other countries in the world to see an…

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Spanish minister defends holidaymakers as he refuses to accept ‘tourist phobia’ attacks

Tour buses were pelted with eggs, visitors were told to go home, and tyres slashed in a number of vandalism cases last summer. Spain’s Tourism Minister said the “tourist phobia” was simple “vandalism” by yobs making “unreasonable attacks on the tourist sector”. Minister of Energy, Tourism and Digital Agenda, Álvaro Nadal admitted the huge number of holidaymakers flocking to Spain has to be properly managed but says it is “congestion” rather than over-crowding. He has dismissed attacks by anti-tourism groups in various parts of Spain, including Mallorca and Barcelona, as…

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Germany at mercy of former EU chief Schulz as Angela Merkel hails coalition as ‘new dawn’

The German Chancellor has struggled to form a coalition after winning the nation’s election last year. But now early agreements between Mrs Merkel and Martin Schulz, leader of the German Social Democrats (SPD) and former President of the European Parliament, are set to cement their partnership. While a formal deal cannot be negotiated until the SPD’s special conference on January 21, Mrs Merkel has agreed on a slew of concessions to maintain her position as she looks to enter an historic fourth term – putting her on par with arch-Europhile…

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TUNISIA RIOTS: Fires in streets of Tunis as protests rage on across the nation

Police have clashed with protestors and fires have been seen in the streets, in the one of the country’s worst upheavals since the Arab Spring in 2011. At least one demonstrator has been killed in the riots opposing soaring prices and tax hikes.  Teargas has been fired in a desperate bid to disperse crowds in the capital Tunis and the nearby small town of Tebourba, where the protestor was killed on Monday, according to eyewitnesses. Police took to the streets in 20 towns and cities to try and control the…

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Tunisia in FLAMES: Violent protests sweeps through troubled African nation

Tensions have been threatening to boil over ever since the government announced that it would increase the price of gas, oil, cars, phone and internet services, as well as hotel accommodation and other items from January 1 as part of austerity measures agreed with foreign lenders. The 2018 budget also raises customs duties on scores of imported goods, such as cosmetics and agricultural products. One man has been killed in a demonstration in Téboura, a town some 40 km (25 miles) west of the capital Tunis, according to the state…

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‘We need a NEW PERSPECTIVE on refugees’ German migrant crime surge sparks warning

Figures showed rejected asylum seekers from “safe countries” were behind the rise in crime. But genuine refugees from countries like Syria and Iraq have been mostly law-abiding, the controversial study found. According to the report, violent crime rose by 10.4 percent between 2014 and 2016 in Lower Saxony, the German state where the study was carried out. Critics say the rise coincides with Angela Merkel’s decision to open Germany’s borders to a large swathe of refugees in 2015.  Now, Mrs Merkel is facing calls to do more to return failed…

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UN Jerusalem vote by country: What countries voted against US call on Israel’s capital?

An overwhelming majority of United Nations member states opposed the United States regarding the disputed status of Jerusalem on Thursday. In what was seen as a massive blow to the US, a total of 128 of the 193-member UN General Assembly agreed to resolve the Holy City dispute through “negotiations in line with relevant UN resolutions”. The vote followed President’s Trump decision on December 6 to move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.   The official UN position is that East Jerusalem is part of the occupied Palestinian territory –…

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Russia ‘stop hunting spies to crack down on football hooligans’ and protect England fans

GETTY The FSB is conducting ‘intense’ scrutiny of Russian football fans Russia’s FSB – formerly KGB – is conducting “intense” scrutiny of Russian football fans under strict orders from the Government, according to Alexander Shprygin. Mr Shprygin is President of the Russian Union of Supporters and was blamed for orchestrating the mob in Marseille at Euro 2016 which left two English fans in comas and dozens injured. He said: “All the FSB agents are doing now is working on the World Cup. “They are no longer looking for foreign spies…

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Trump holds rally while world leaders urged him to reconsider Jerusalem embassy move

The President was given the jacket at a rally at Pensacola Bay in Florida on Friday, two days after saying the US embassy will move from Tel Aviv to the disputed city. The move sparked protests in Israel and its war planes bombed Gaza yesterday, killing two Hamas gunmen, after rockets were fired from the enclave. Two Palestinian protesters were also shot dead by Israeli troops on the Gaza border on Friday. French President Emmanuel Macron spoke by telephone to Turkey’s leader Tayyip Erdogan yesterday with both agreeing to try…

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‘Day of rage’ One dead and scores injured as Palestinians clash with Israeli police

A Palestinian man was shot dead by Israeli soldiers near the Gaza border, in the second day of widespread disturbances across the Arab world. The Israeli army said hundreds of Palestinians were rolling burning tyres and throwing rocks at soldiers across the border as the world reacts to Donald Trump‘s decision and plans to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.  It said in a statement: ”During the riots IDF soldiers fired selectively towards two main instigators and hits were confirmed.” More than 80 Palestinians were wounded in…

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