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Chasing clouds: Chicago hits Netflix, Amazon with unprecedented digital tax
​The Windy City of Chicago, Illinois is taking a bold new approach to taxation, hitting online streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Web Services with a 9 percent tax that goes into effect on Wednesday.

01.07.2015 20:13

Kick corporate interests out of NHS, Green MP’s anti-privatization bill proposes
Green Party MP Caroline Lucas will introduce a bill to repeal large sections of the Health and Social Care Act 2012, scrap National Health Service (NHS) trusts and significantly restrict corporate interests driving public health policy in Britain.

01.07.2015 14:57

​Austerity ‘condemns’ children to poverty – report to UN
Young people in the UK risk falling deeper into poverty if the government continues to make cuts to welfare programs, Britain’s four children’s commissioners have said.

01.07.2015 10:55

​No federal bailout for Puerto Rico – White House
The United States will not provide a federal bailout for Puerto Rico, which says it cannot pay its $72 billion public debt, the White House announced. Officials pushed Congress to allow the commonwealth to declare bankruptcy, however.

30.06.2015 22:14

‘Further welfare cuts will plunge disadvantaged children deeper into poverty,’ say experts
The number of youngsters living in relative poverty in Britain has fallen to its lowest level since the 1980s, new government figures claim. However, critics say these figures are cherry picked and obscure the true face of child poverty.

25.06.2015 12:58

Cameron vows to publish disability deaths stats after activists storm parliament
Figures detailing the deaths of benefits claimants who had their payments stopped are being prepped for release, Prime Minister David Cameron announcement. He made the declaration after 30 disability rights activists stormed parliament on Wednesday.

25.06.2015 08:34

Sturgeon denies Scotland will cut Queen’s subsidy, rebuffs Palace claims
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has denied Scotland will stop funding the Queen after a Buckingham Palace aide claimed Edinburgh was pulling out of the ‘Sovereign Grant.’

24.06.2015 08:53

Heart attack survivor fighting for his life has benefits axed
A 58-year-old man, who has been seeking work for over a year, had his benefits axed when a major cardiac arrest left him unfit to attend a Jobcentre appointment.

22.06.2015 14:49

‘End Austerity Now’: Protesters speak out as '250k' decry savage Westminster cuts
Westminster was gripped by dissent on Saturday, as around a quarter of a million protestors poured onto the streets of London, condemning austerity’s assault on human rights, the economy and the environment.

21.06.2015 13:58

Britain to boost its military presence in E. Europe to ‘strengthen NATO’
British soldiers and fighter jets are going to do longer reassurance missions in Eastern Europe to send signals to President Putin on NATO member states’ commitment to collective defense, Britain's Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said Sunday.

21.06.2015 12:59

Grexit: Britain braced for ‘serious economic risk’
Prime Minister David Cameron’s spokeswoman has announced the UK is “stepping up” preparations for the “serious economic risk” which would ensue should Greece opt to leave the Eurozone.

17.06.2015 10:44

‘Race to the bottom’: £15bn welfare cuts will cause ‘enormous hardship,’ says economist
The Treasury’s proposed £15 billion worth of cuts to welfare spending will fuel a sharp rise in poverty, “enormous hardship” and a “race to the bottom led by the government,” an anti-austerity economist warns.

16.06.2015 08:45