Irish tax changes may cost U.S. groups billions


LONDON - Ireland's plan to close a "Double Irish" tax loophole could cost U.S. companies including Apple and Google billions of dollars, although a new break and pressure to tackle tax avoidance elsewhere means they are unlikely to decamp.

Sudanese U.N. medic dies of Ebola in German hospital

BERLIN - A Sudanese U.N. medical official who caught Ebola while working in Liberia has died in a German hospital where he was being treated, the clinic in Leipzig said on Tuesday.

World, Health, 14 Oct 2014

Largest Irish anti-austerity march in years targets water charges

DUBLIN - Tens of thousands of people rallied against new water bills in Dublin on Saturday in Ireland's biggest anti-austerity protest for years as a candidate calling for a boycott of the charges was elected to parliament in a by-election.

World, 11 Oct 2014

Sinn Fein level with Irish PM's party ahead of by-election

DUBLIN - Sinn Fein, once the political wing of the Irish Republican Army, has drawn level with Prime Minister Enda Kenny's Fine Gael as Ireland's most popular party ahead of two by-elections where it is looking to cement recent gains, a poll showed on Thursday.

World, 09 Oct 2014

EU says Ireland swapped Apple tax deal for jobs

BRUSSELS/LONDON - The European Union has accused Ireland of swerving international tax rules by letting Apple shelter profits worth tens of billions of dollars from revenue collectors in return for maintaining jobs. | Video

Tech, Media 30 Sep 2014

EU watchdog to give detail on Apple and Fiat tax investigations

BRUSSELS - European Union regulators will provide more details on Tuesday of their reasons for launching in-depth inquiries into tax arrangements reached by Ireland with Apple and by Luxembourg with a Fiat subsidiary.

Brussels to accuse Apple over illegal Irish tax deals: FT

- The European Commission will accuse Apple Inc of benefiting from illicit state aid in Ireland, based on preliminary findings of an investigation into tax deals, the Financial Times reported citing people familiar with the matter.

Tech 28 Sep 2014

Britain to convene all-party talks to resolve Northern Ireland deadlock

BIRMINGHAM England - Britain announced on Sunday that it would convene all-party talks to try and resolve a political deadlock in Northern Ireland caused by a row over welfare reforms that has threatened to bring down the devolved government.

World, 28 Sep 2014

Nationalists push for Irish unity vote after 'inspiring' Scottish referendum

DUBLIN - Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams said Scotland's "inspiring" referendum on independence would accelerate a vote to unite Ireland, a prospect quickly dismissed by Unionists who share power in Northern Ireland.

World 19 Sep 2014

Europe new car registrations rise 1.8 percent in August: ACEA

FRANKFURT - Car sales in Europe rose 1.8 percent in August with volume makers Volkswagen , Ford and Opel benefiting from improved demand in Spain, Portugal and Ireland, while premium makers lost ground due to a drop in sales in Germany.

Portugal, Spain 17 Sep 2014

U.S. military says air-drops weapons for Kurdish fighters near Kobani

WASHINGTON/BEIRUT - The U.S. military said it had air-dropped arms to Syrian Kurds battling Islamic State near the Syrian town of Kobani, the first such delivery in more than a month of fighting and a move that could upset Turkey.