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Britons stuck with hated tampon tax until after Brexit as EU delays reform

After controversy about the high tax rate on sanitary items many women consider essential, EU officials will pass the power to determine tariffs on consumer products back to member states. However, the reform has been pushed back until 2022, meaning Britons will not feel the benefits of the change until after the EU exit date. EU member states will be able to tax a wide range of consumer goods at rates of “between five and zero percent” under the reforms. The British government is expected to use the change to…

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Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron to discuss future of EU – but will they FINALLY agree?

The meeting comes one day after the centrist leader spoke with Mrs May, where the pair struck a post-Brexit security deal between France and Britain. But Emmanuel Macron will be eager to discuss EU reform with Mrs Merkel who has been absent from the centre of the bloc as she struggles to claw back power following a dismal German election victory.  The French president is planning to push through his sweeping European reforms, including plans for the creation of a European finance minister and a European Monetary Fund, and would…

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Technology 

iPhone X – The tip which which will save you over £100 on Apple flagship

The iPhone X is the latest smartphone to join Apple’s list of premium devices. It was unveiled late last year and includes a radical redesign with a 5.8-inch Super Retina OLED screen that covers the entire front of the phone. Along with this stunning display is the inclusion of an updated dual-lens rear camera which offers some of the best low light photography available on a phone. Apple’s latest device can also be charged wireless and features extended battery life due to the new A11 Bionic processor which is incredibly…

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Bitcoin CRACKDOWN in UK holiday hotspot as it becomes a HAVEN for transactions

Police and central bank officials launched an undercover operation at the end of 2017 to investigate dozens of businesses on the island which had posted adverts offering bitcoin payment services, according to Causa Iman Karana, head of Bank Indonesia’s representative office in Bali. He said: “We are conducting data collection in Bali, especially in tourist areas, coordinating with police. Transactions in other than Rupiah will be dealt with. “We found out from some postings on social media that Bali appeared to have become a haven for bitcoin transactions.” According to…

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Merkel’s future hangs by thread: SPD close to REJECTING German grand coaltion

The German chancellor finally reached an agreement with Martin Schulz’s SPD group this month as she attempts to claw back power after failing to form a government in Germany’s general election.  But with party delegates expected to vote on the agreement on Sunday at a conference in Bonn, members in the SPD heartland have raised concerns a grand coalition will force them to lose their voice. Critics from SPD claim a coalition with Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) and their Bavarian sister party, the CSU, willt see them give in…

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Lifestyle 

Why does fruit make me bloated? How this common weight loss snack can cause bloating

Fruit is often eaten for weight loss as it is low in calories and high in water and fibre. When substituted for high calorie foods like chocolate and crisps, it may help people to lose weight. However, fruit can also cause bloating, which is a swelling of the stomach, in some cases. This generally occurs in people who suffer from IBS, also known as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, said nutritionist Jenna Hope, which it is estimated affects between 10 to 20 per cent of the UK population. Why does fruit cause…

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Parsons Green Tube attack suspect denies attempted murder after bomb planted in rush hour

Ahmed Hassan, 18, who was living with foster parents in Sunbury-on-Thames at the time appeared at the Old Bailey by video link from Belmarsh prison. He is charged with trying to murder passengers on a District Line underground train heading to central London from the southwestern suburb of Wimbledon. Hassan is also accused of making a bomb using the highly volatile triacetone triperoxide (TATP) – known as “the mother of Satan” – or another explosive substance. The homemade bomb was packed with knives, screws, and metal shrapnel. Flames engulfed the…

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France warns: Britain will be FORCED to pay BILLIONS to EU before it’s allowed to leave

Brussels bigwigs could stop the UK’s divorce from the bloc, unless Britain coughs up a huge sum to settle the country’s “membership bill”. Although an exact amount has not been announced, the European Commission’s chief negotiator, Michael Barnier, is reported to be working on the basis the UK would pay a fee of £42-£50 billion for its outstanding liabilities. On Thursday, French Liberal MEP, Sylvie Goulard, claimed it was the “responsibility” of the remaining 27 states to make sure Britain paid the staggering figure. Speaking on BBC’s Today programme, she…

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Favourite songs will help you beat dementia: Old tunes can revive lost memories

Doctors believe we retain the clearest memories for songs we enjoyed between the ages of 10 and 30.  The effects are thought to be so profound that British researchers have set up a task force to explore the role music can play in mitigating dementia’s devastating effects.  They want people to learn to play instruments to help prevent the onset of diseases such as Alzheimer’s and have called for music-based therapies to be officially adopted.  Baroness Sally Greengross, chief executive of the International Longevity Centre, which has set up a…

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Entertainment 

Rainbow Six Siege servers down: PS4 and Xbox One issues hit players

UPDATE ONE: The latest update from Ubisoft is that engineers are looking into the issues, which are affecting players globally. While places in the UK and United States still appear down, there are other PS4, Xbox One and PC players who are reporting that services are returning to normal. ORIGINAL: Ubisoft have confirmed that Rainbow Six Siege servers are down for many players trying to access core services. Problems started around 9pm GMT, leaving many players unable to to start multiplayer matches. The cause of this is “degradation of service”…

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