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WhatsApp had expected a heavier fine than it received from the DPC.

WhatsApp has issued legal proceedings aimed at setting aside the €225 million fine it was recently handed by the Data Protection Commission (DPC). C(...)

A three-month deal from March 2020 allowed access for public patients to 2,300 beds in private hospitals and cost €287 million. Photograph: iStock

The Health Service Executive (HSE) never used more than 45 per cent of the capacity of private hospitals that was taken over by the State during the e(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron and then Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull (centre) standing on the deck of HMAS Waller, a submarine operated by the Royal Australian Navy, at Garden Island in Sydney in 2018. Photograph: Brendan Esposito/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

China has hit out at Australia, the UK and US for playing “geopolitical games” after they struck a new security pact to let Canberra acquire nuclear-p(...)

 HSE chief executive Paul Reid is expected to tell the committee that there had been 5,135 deaths due to Covid-19 as of September 8th. Photograph: Leah Farrell/ Photocall Ireland

The HSE originally feared that up to 40,000 people in Ireland could die from Covid-19 and that up to 4,500 could need ventilators, it has told the Dái(...)

 Michael Gove: moves from the cabinet office to the housing and communities ministry with responsibility for local government. Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA

Boris Johnson’s cabinet reshuffle was more comprehensive than many at Westminster expected and more brutal in its treatment of ministers who have been(...)

People watch a TV at the Seoul Railway Station in South Korea showing a file image of a North Korean missile launch.  The unidentified type of missiles were fired from central inland areas of the North on Wednesday afternoon. Photograph:  Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

Kim Jong-un is increasing the frequency of smaller-scale weapons provocations as the North Korean dictator upgrades his nuclear and chemical weapons a(...)

BMW iX3: manages to find a balance that’s well worth a close look

All the hype at BMW is on the imminent arrival of two landmark cars – the iX and the i4. These are meant to signal to the world that the Bavarians are(...)

Police officers and security guards stand in front of the barricaded entrance to the Evergrande group headquarters in Shenzhen, China, on Tuesday. Photograph: Bloomberg

Investors are confronting the growing possibility that Chinese property developer Evergrande will default, a debacle that could cascade across global (...)

TikTok: about one-third of its users are reported to be aged between 10 and 19. Photograph: Hollie Adams/Bloomberg

TikTok, the video-driven social media platform, is facing two separate inquiries from Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC), marking the latest r(...)

Outgoing German chancellor Angela Merkel  and Albanian prime minister Edi Rama during a welcome ceremony in Tirana, Albania on Tuesday. Photograph: Malton Dibra/EPA

German chancellor Angela Merkel has urged Balkan leaders to focus on reforms that will bring them closer to European Union membership, while warning t(...)

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