Von der Leyen nominated as president of EU Commission

EU leaders have formally agreed on Ursula von der Leyen as their nominee to be next president of the European Commission, according to President of the European Council Donald Tusk. The name of the German Defence Minister was also confirmed on Twitter by the Luxembourg prime minister Xavier Bettel.

HSE records €116.2m overspend in first four months of 2019

Overspending in the health services increased by €13 million in April to more than €116 million, the Dáil has heard. Minister for Health Simon Harris said that at the end of April the Health Service Executive (HSE) had a deficit of €116.2 million, up from €103 million in the first quarter.

Chinese border guards put secret surveillance app on tourists’ phones

Chinese border police are secretly installing surveillance apps on the phones of visitors and downloading personal information as part of the government’s intensive scrutiny of the remote Xinjiang region, the Guardian can reveal.

The Chinese government has curbed freedoms in the province for the local Muslim population, installing facial recognition cameras on streets and in mosques and reportedly forcing residents to download software that searches their phones.

No-deal Brexit: Cost could be as high as £90bn, Philip Hammond warns

Philip Hammond has warned the Tory leadership contenders that a no-deal Brexit could cost the economy £90 billion. The chancellor stepped up his attacks on the spending pledges of Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt and said that leaving the EU without an agreement would leave no money for their planned splurges.

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