Spain’s former king pays back taxes after leaving amid scandal
Spain’s former king Juan Carlos, who left his homeland under a cloud of scandal in August, has settled a back tax bill worth over 678,000 euros ($817,871) including interest and fines, his lawyers said on Wednesday.
Facebook faces U.S. lawsuits that could force sale of Instagram, WhatsApp
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Facebook Inc could be forced to sell its prized assets WhatsApp and Instagram after the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and nearly every U.S. state filed lawsuits against the social media company, saying the deals were unfair and ultimately harmed consumers.
Ethiopia shifts focus from war to economy, U.N. worries about Tigray
NAIROBI/GENEVA (Reuters) -Ethiopia’s prime minister shifted focus away from war on Wednesday, opening a cross-border highway to Kenya at the opposite end of his country, while the United Nations voiced alarm at continuing fighting in the northern Tigray region.
Italian parliament gives PM Conte green light to back ESM reform
ROME (Reuters) -Italy’s two houses of parliament gave the go-ahead on Wednesday for Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte to approve a contested reform of the euro zone’s bailout fund, known as the European Stability Mechanism (ESM), at an EU summit on Dec. 10-11.
Brexit deal hangs in balance as UK’s Johnson dines with EU leader
BRUSSELS/LONDON (Reuters) -British Prime Minister Boris Johnson began a crisis meeting over dinner in Brussels with the EU’s chief executive on Wednesday, hours after warning the bloc it must make concessions to clinch a Brexit trade deal and avoid a turbulent year-end breakup.
UK to refine allergy warning on Pfizer vaccine sparked by two adverse reactions
Britain’s medicine regulator warned people with significant allergies not to get Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine after two people suffered adverse reactions, but was set to give more detailed guidance on Wednesday based on reviews of those cases.
Albanians protest after police shot dead a man for violating coronavirus curfew
Police used tear gas late on Wednesday to disperse hundreds of Albanians protesting the killing by police of a young man who authorities said had violated an overnight curfew imposed to halt the spread of the coronavirus.
UK medicine regulator examining Pfizer vaccine reactions as matter of priority
Britain’s medical regulator said on Wednesday it was urgently examining reports of two serious adverse reactions to the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID vaccine among people who have a history of allergies.
“Let’s go!” – UK and EU leaders head into last-ditch Brexit talks
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrived for crisis talks over dinner in Brussels with the European Union’s chief executive on Wednesday, amid mounting concern that Britain is heading for a turbulent break-up with the bloc in three weeks.
Venezuela’s Capriles calls on opposition to shut interim government -report
Two-time Venezuelan opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles called for end to an interim government created in 2019 by congress chief Juan Guaido with U.S. backing, according to an interview published by the BBC on Wednesday.