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TUI losses widen to £261m as Brexit weighs on demand

TUI losses widen to £261m as Brexit weighs on demand

Business
By John-Paul Ford Rojas, business reporter Travel operator TUI has reported widening half-year losses and a fall in summer bookings as it counts the cost of weak consumer confidence and Brexit uncertainty.The group reported an underlying loss of €301m (£261m) for the six months to the end of March, up from €170m (£148m) in the same period a year ago. It has also been knocked by the grounding of Boeing's 737 MAX aircraft, which it has previously warned could cost up to €300m (£261m) as it leases more aircraft to cover its routes.TUI said the decline in its first-half performance was partly due to the knock-on impact of last summer's heatwave holding back bookings and because it had too much capacity in Spain as holidaymakers opted for cheaper destinations such
'Contraception deserts' likely to widen under new Trump administration policy

'Contraception deserts' likely to widen under new Trump administration policy

Health
This story is from Kaiser Health News When Nikia Jackson needed to be screened for a sexually transmitted disease, she wanted a clinic that was reputable, quick and inexpensive. After searching online, Jackson, 23, ended up at the Obria Medical Clinics’ sparkling new facility in an office park in suburban Atlanta. She was unaware that the clinic does not offer condoms or other kinds of birth control beyond so-called natural family planning methods. Religious conservatives say these types of clinics are the future of women’s sexual health care in the United States. “A woman needs choice but you can’t have a choice if the only clinic that a woman can go to is Planned Parenthood,” said Kathleen Bravo, chief executive of the Obria Group and a devout Catholic. Yo...
North Korea: Trump signs new order to widen sanctions

North Korea: Trump signs new order to widen sanctions

World
US President Donald Trump has signed a new order that boosts sanctions against North Korea over its nuclear weapons programme.The US treasury has been authorised to target firms and financial institutions conducting business with the North.The president also said China's Central Bank had instructed other Chinese banks to stop doing business with Pyongyang.It comes less than two weeks after the UN approved new sanctions against the country over its latest nuclear test.Tensions have risen in recent weeks over the North's continued nuclear and ballistic missile tests, despite pressure from world powers to stop.Announcing a new executive order on Thursday, President Trump said the measures were designed to "cut off sources of revenue that fund North Korea's efforts to develop the deadliest wea...