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Petrol, electricity and airfares could be taxed under radical proposals being considered by Brussels

Petrol,electricity and airfares could be taxed under radical proposals being considered by Brussels to fund the EU budget.<p>Officials stand accused of keeping British voters in the dark after a summit of MPs to discuss the draft plans was postponed until after the referendum.<p>Mario Monti, the former …

Apple won’t support or fund the GOP convention because of Trump’s discriminatory statements

The company has chosen not to fund or otherwise support the GOP convention, sources told Politico.<p>Apple will be one of the few major tech companies to take a stand against Donald Trump’s inflammatory comments on women, Mexicans, Muslims and other minorities. The company privately told GOP leaders …

Prince of Wales offers help to communities fighting ugly development

The Prince of Wales has opened a new front against builders by offering to help local communities take on developers who are proposing ugly schemes.<p>Three decades years after the infamous carbuncle row about modern architecture, Prince Charles is offering to help communities fight inappropriate …

Brexit could unravel Northern Ireland peace process

Polls in Northern Ireland suggest voters will opt for the UK to remain in the EU. A Brexit vote could seriously undermine the peace process. Peter …

Great Britain

City bets on pound to suffer bigger plunge than 'Black Wednesday' after Brexit vote

Currency traders are betting that the pound will fall to record lows against the euro if Britain votes to leave the European Union, eclipsing the drops witnessed during the 2008 crash and the 1992 Black Wednesday crisis.<p>Investors believe that the pound is likely to tumble against the world’s major …

EU referendum: what comes next if Britain votes in or out?

A remain vote would strengthen David Cameron and Jeremy Corbyn’s positions – but leave would reshape the political landscape<p>David Cameron is likely to speak on the steps of 10 Downing Street, encouraging both sides of the debate to come together. If the result is close, he may say he intends to …

Great Britain

EU referendum: ‘This is now a battle for an idea of Britain’ | Will Hutton

The sentiments over the EU referendum are very real, dividing the country into two hostile camps<p>Europe is an idea. It’s better than that – it’s a noble idea. The many countries of a small continent club together, sharing common values and common interests, to solve problems, break down barriers and …

Virginia Raggi faces five key tests if she becomes Rome mayor

Five Star Movement candidate will have to deal with several challenges if elected as Italian capital’s first female mayor<p>Italians are heading to the polls on Sunday for local elections that will be closely watched in Rome, where the Eternal City is expected to elect its first female mayor.<p>The fight …

Why German trains don’t run on time any more

For all the old cliches about Teutonic efficiency, much of Germany’s transport infrastructure is in a terrible state of disrepair, and many major works have been badly botched. A chronic lack of investment is to blame<p>As the fireworks flew and the brass band played at the recent opening of the …

Scientists scan the brain to see how stress undermines your diet

If you're trying to lose weight, kick off your diet by relaxing. Stress tinkers with your brain chemistry in ways that make it hard to make healthful food choices and maintain self-control, a new study finds.<p>Study volunteers who endured a somewhat stressful experience were 24% more likely to choose …

Congo: Six imams kidnapped by Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda

Rebels from the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) are believed to have kidnapped six Tanzanian Muslim imams and their driver in …

Northern Ireland: Old conflict, new tools

<b>Belfast, Northern Ireland -</b> A riot captured on YouTube and beamed around the world, a selfie in front of a towering inferno posted to Instagram, insults hurled like bricks from one camp to another on Twitter, calls for a community protest via Facebook - during Northern Ireland's contentious Twelfth …

Canada's Big Election Issue: The Netflix Tax

In case you haven’t heard, there’s an election campaign on in Canada—and the country’s next leader will have to take a stand on streaming …

Canada

German media frenzy after journalist slams online hate speech against refugees

German journalist Anja Reschke has caused a stir across German social media after condemning the rise of hate comments against asylum seekers online. …

Civil Rights

Egypt hails $8bn Suez canal expansion as gift to world at lavish ceremony

In a blaze of hyper-nationalist fanfare, Egypt’s government has inaugurated an $8bn (£5.2bn) expansion of the Suez canal with an elaborate ceremony hailing the project as a national achievement.<p>The Egyptian president, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, wearing his military uniform and trademark dark sunglasses …

Suez Canal

11 Natural Jet Lag Remedies

When you live to travel, time-zone changes can wreak havoc on your internal clock. Fight jet lag with these natural solutions so you don't miss a …

A lake disappears in Orange County

Photos courtesy of Mark Doiron<p>Reader Mark Doiron sends these pictures of Barbara’s Lake in Laguna. He writes: “I was hiking this past weekend in Laguna to Barbara’s lake only to find a puddle remaining. Definitely the lowest I have ever seen in my 18 years living in the area. Hope the rain comes …

The Moscow Times — News, Business, Culture & Events

If you spot a mistake, please select the error in the text and press Ctrl + Enter<p>© Copyright 1992-2018. The Moscow Times. All rights reserved. …

Moscow

Crude oil price, August 5

Crude oil is sliding again.<p>On Wednesday afternoon in New York, West Texas Intermediate crude futures fell nearly 2% to as low as $44.91 a barrel.<p>This is the first time WTI has broken $45 since March.<p>Earlier on Wednesday, the Energy Information Administration released its weekly data on oil …

Shopping centres earn the SNCB 25 million euros

Belgium qualified for the World Cup semifinals after beating Brazil (1-2) in the quarterfinals, Friday, in Kazan.<p>A government proposal to force …

Europe

Why a beer costs €1 in Portugal but €3 in Germany

How much €100 buys across the eurozone - mapped<p>A German traveller buying drinks in Lithuania would probably marvel at such a cheap round. Continuing on his tour of the Baltics, if the same person fancied a tipple in Finland he is more likely to make a joke about needing a mortgage to pay for a …

French Food

Brew do you think you are? Why tea needs to copy coffee in order to survive

Tea is out of favour. By tea, I mean standard black tea from a teabag. With or without sugar, in a mug or taken away: comforting, habitual, biscuit optional. According to research by consumer analysts Mintel, sales of black tea have dropped by 22% over the past five years. In 2010 Britons bought …

Tea

Chicago police detained thousands of black Americans at interrogation facility

<b>Special report</b>: Guardian lawsuit reveals overwhelming racial disparity at Homan Square, where detainees are still held for minor crimes with little access to the outside world, despite police denials that site is an anomaly<p>At least 3,500 Americans have been detained inside a Chicago police …

African-American News

So This Explains Why American Beer Is So Dull

You can blame lunchtime drinkers, for starters.<p>American beer has never quite held a candle to beers from afar. Pabst Blue Ribbon tastes like pennies, and everyone knows "Natty Light" is basically liquid scrapple. But when and how did American beer get so ... bland? The answer, as <i>The Atlantic</i> …

Tory caught signing up as Labour supporter wanted to expose vote 'farce'

The Conservative former children’s minister Tim Loughton has been caught signing up as a registered supporter of Labour to be eligible to vote in the party’s leadership election.<p>Under new rules anyone can vote if they pay £3 and sign up as a registered supporter by midday on Wednesday 12 August, …

Great Britain

Katie Hopkins questioned by police for 'inciting racial hatred' with migrants column

Controversial columnist attends central London police station under caution over piece in The Sun comparing migrants to 'cockroaches'<p>Katie Hopkins, the outspoken newspaper columnist, has been questioned by police over allegations she incited racial hatred with an article about migrants.<p>The …

Hollande, Putin agree compensation for cancelled Mistral deal

President François Hollande's office announced Wednesday that a deal had been reached with President Vladimir Putin to pay Russia compensation for cancelling the delivery of two French Mistral warships over the Ukraine crisis.<p>Russia will be "fully reimbursed" for the two warships, the Elysée Palace …

Poll shows Spain set for unpredictable political autumn

"Savita died because religious objections were given more value than her life."Shannon Kowalski and Susan Wood International Women’s Health Coalition

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