2019.01.26

News Headlines - 26 January 2019

Online sales tax to help save high street falls foul of EU | The Times

An online sales tax to help high street shops has in effect been ruled out by the Treasury because it would fall foul of EU rules.
The Times has learnt that Mel Stride, financial secretary to the Treasury, has written to Nicky Morgan, chairwoman of the Treasury select committee, to say there was a “high risk” that any such tax would breach the bloc’s state aid rules.

Prince Philip finally apologises to car crash victim and says he's 'deeply sorry' - Mirror Online

Prince Philip has finally written to the mum injured in his car crash and told her he is “deeply sorry”.
In his surprise note, dated the day AFTER the Sunday Mirror revealed he had not made contact, the 97-year-old Duke wished Emma Fairweather, pictured right, a “speedy recovery”... In his note - written a day after the Sunday Mirror revealed he had NOT been in touch with Emma - the Duke said he was “shaken” by the collision.
The typed 181-word message finally arrived six days after the smash and was signed “Yours sincerely, Philip” - in blue pen.

Student, 21, 'froze to death after being kicked off bus for not having 68p fare' - Mirror Online

Iryna Dvoretska, 21, was on her way to visit her sick mother at a hospital in Olevsk, northern Ukraine.
But bus driver Oleg Zhelinskiy allegedly kicked the woman off at around 4am after she failed to come up with the 25 Hverna (68p) bus fare.
It is believed Iryna started walking along the dark country road and attempted to take a shortcut through a forest... Her father, who is a park ranger, discovered her frozen corpse after she had been missing for two days.

Pope Francis to visit Japan in November, having abandoned plan to come as missionary in his youth | The Japan Times

Pope Francis announced Wednesday he will visit Japan in November, becoming the first pontiff to do so since John Paul II nearly 40 years ago... The Argentine pontiff has repeatedly voiced a desire to visit Japan, home to some 450,000 Roman Catholics, and around 510,000 Protestants.

Australian Open 2019: Naomi Osaka beats Petra Kvitova to win title - BBC Sport

Japan's Naomi Osaka beat Czech Petra Kvitova in a thrilling Australian Open final to win back-to-back Grand Slams and become the new world number one... Osaka was all smiles during the trophy presentation in Melbourne - in contrast to her US Open victory - and she continued a tradition of slightly awkward acceptance speeches.


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