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Spanish PM warns Brexit a 'serious threat' to economy
Madrid (AFP) - Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy warned Tuesday that Britain's exit from the EU posed a severe threat to the country's recovering economy, and made a plea for cohesion in Europe.
His comments came as the British government said it would present draft legislation within days to begin the process of withdrawing from the EU, seven months after Britons voted for exiting the bloc in a referendum.
"Brexit is a serious threat," Rajoy told a Madrid gathering organised by conservative daily ABC.
"Without wanting to go into other considerations, I will only tell you that one in five tourists who come to Spain are British, and close to 17 million Britons visited Spain last year."
The Brexit-related fall of the value of the pound in recent months has caused concern that fewer Britons may travel, and has British retirees in Spain worried about their declining purchasing power.
Officially, over 300,000 Britons reside in Spain, but many do not bother to register, with estimates suggesting between 800,000 to a million live in the country.
"I will also tell you that the United Kingdom is the first destination for Spanish companies' investment and our third commercial partner," Rajoy said.
He added that post-Brexit, serious thought needed to be given to improving the EU so that it was "more cohesive, more effective in its decision-making and with better political ambition."
As such, he said the results of elections in France and Germany later this year -- where far-right, eurosceptic parties are on the rise -- would be "decisive".
"Spain... hopes that its two biggest partners will maintain their pro-EU vocation and their determination to push forward a project which despite all its imperfections is the best political initiative the world has seen in centuries -- the EU project."
Jailed Gambians pay price for perceived disloyalty
Banjul (Gambia) (AFP) - As The Gambia sees a surge in support for the opposition ahead of presidential polls days away, a spate of arrests in the run-up has shown the cost of dissent.President Yahya Jammeh seized power in a 1994 coup and has targeted opponents and several of his own ministers, while surviving multiple attempts to remove him from power.In the months prior to the December 1 vote, a former minister, an ex-ruling party MP and two journalists with the state broadcaster are among… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Around 60 killed in Brazil prison riot: state official
By Alonso SotoBRASILIA (Reuters) - Around 60 people have been killed in a bloody prison riot sparked by a war between rival drug gangs in the Amazon jungle city of Manaus, officials said on Monday, in some of the worst violence in years in Brazil's overcrowded penitentiary system.The head of security for Amazonas state, Sergio Fontes, told a news conference that the death toll could rise as authorities get a clearer idea of the scale of the rebellion sparked by a fight between rival drug… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Honda passes the 100 million model production minestrone
The 1963 Honda S500It has taken just 53 years and the building of manufacturing facilities across five continents, but Honda has officially built its 100 millionth motorcar.Unlike other Japanese car companies, Honda didn't start life as an existing huge conglomerate that wanted to add car-making to its existing portfolio of goods and products. Honda's global success grew out of one man's fascination with engines.Soichiro Honda started what is now recognized as Honda after the Second World War… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Apple removes New York Times app from China store
[/i]The New York Times said both its English- and Chinese-language apps were pulled late last month from Apple's China app store (AFP Photo/Mike Coppola)Beijing (AFP) - Apple has removed the New York Times from its China app store, the tech giant said, after authorities told the company the app breached regulations.The US newspaper said both its English- and Chinese-language apps were pulled late last month, blocking one of the few remaining channels for readers in China to access its… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Men's Resting Heart Rates May Be Linked with Their Mental Health
Young men with elevated heart rates and high blood pressure may have an increased risk of developing certain mental health disorders later in life, a new study from Sweden finds.In the study, researchers looked at data collected between 1969 and 2010 on nearly 1.8 million men. The men's resting heart rates and blood pressure were recorded during a medical exam they underwent at age 18 when they registered for the Swedish Armed Forces, which was mandatory until 2010. To determine which of these… chat_bubble_outline Read More...