The Greek parliament has approved the first civil service layoffs in more than a century. The debt-troubled country has to slim down its bloated public sector to receive another tranche of its international bailout.
Among the most sought-after hotspots are Crete, the Cyclades Islands of Mykonos and Naxos, and the Ionian Islands, of which Corfu is one.
The Australian government has announced plans to hold a plebiscite early next year on whether to legalize same-sex marriage. Critics warn the vote is an expensive exercise that will only give a platform to homophobia.
The EU has said a favorable tax deal with Ireland helped Apple skirt billion of euros in corporate taxes. Demands for repayment could escalate tension with Washington, which says the arrears in question belong to the US.
Ireland will fight an EU ruling that Apple must pay up to 13 billion euros in back taxes. At stake: A decades-old Irish low-tax policy that has attracted multinationals' head offices at the expense of other EU countries.
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