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2nd May  2018
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20th June  2018
Angela Merkel has been given just two weeks to find a Europe-wide agreement
over the migrant crisis after receiving an ultimatum from her coalition partners.
The German chancellor is battling to hold on to power amid a bitter row with
her allies, the Christian Social Union, over immigration.

Ships carrying a total of 630 African migrants have arrived in Spain’s port of
Valencia after being refused by Italy and Malta.   The first vessel entered
harbour soon after dawn, with the Aquarius, which rescued the migrants last
weekend, arriving several hours later with a second group.

Spain’s new Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has promised free healthcare and
says it will investigate each asylum case.  "It is our duty to help avoid a
humanitarian catastrophe and offer a safe port to these people, to comply with
our human rights obligations," he said earlier this week

THE Spanish government has unveiled plans to make more than 500km of toll
roads free to use across the country.   The minister for Development Jose Luis
Abalos said the initiative will begin this year, as the contracts for the roads
begin to expire.  .

Inaki Urdangarin, the Spanish king’s brother-in-law has been jailed after the
Supreme Court rejected his appeal.  He was sentenced to five years and 10
months of prison time for embezzling nearly six million euros between 2004 and
2006 from a non-profit foundation he headed on the island of Majorca.He will
be held at Brieva prison, chosen by Urdangarin, which is a small facility with
less than 100 inmates just North of Madrid.

A LUXURY Benidorm apartment block plans to ban holiday rentals in its
building.  The Poniente beach project will aim to “strictly guarantee its
residential use” to “avoid it being used as a hotel,” a spokesperson said

THE Guardia Civil has warned tourists heading to Magaluf of a 20-strong teen
gang that is robbing drunk holidaymakers and attacking towards those who
resist.   They are understood to split into groups of five or six and stalk the
resort on Friday and Saturday nights.

The sun shined down on the Queen in the UK as she left St George's Chapel,
in Windsor Castle, to cheers from crowds after attending the annual Order of
the Garter Service.

The PM pointed to the care given to terrorism victims and her own experience
of coping with diabetes as she vowed to turn on the spending taps over the
next five years to improve NHS services. But Mrs May admitted that a claimed
'Brexit dividend' will not cover the whole sum and taxes will have to rise -

A taxi driver from Hampstead Heath, north London, was flying from Luton
Airport to Skopje, Macedonia, on Sunday morning when he ordered a 4.50
euro 'turkey ham' roll and a bottle of water.

A foreign thief who was deported from the UK for shoplifting waltzed back past
border guards and resumed his life of crime, a court has heard.  Eriks Gindra -
who has racked up convictions in Nottingham, Doncaster, Leeds, Barnsley and
Huddersfield - was kicked out of Britain four years ago.