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Liechtenstein closes its only maternity ward

Liechtenstein will close its only maternity ward, where some 200 babies are born each year, after all the gynaecologists working there quit at the same time, the government said Wednesday. "The government regrets the closure of the maternity ward," Health Minister Mauro Pedrazzini said in a statement. The doctors had decided to leave amid uncertainty over the future of the establishment, the authorities in the tiny landlocked country between Switzerland and Austria explained, saying the ward would close for good during the spring.

Liechtenstein closes its only maternity ward

Liechtenstein will close its only maternity ward, where some 200 babies are born each year, after all the gynaecologists working there quit at the same time, the government said Wednesday. "The government regrets the closure of the maternity ward," Health Minister Mauro Pedrazzini said in a statement. The doctors had decided to leave amid uncertainty over the future of the establishment, the authorities in the tiny landlocked country between Switzerland and Austria explained, saying the ward would close for good during the spring.

Cameron accepts Spanish assurances on Gibraltar bag row

Prime Minister David Cameron said Wednesday that Spain has promised there will be no repeat of an "extremely serious" incident in which its officials searched British diplomatic bags at the Gibraltar border. Cameron's assurances came despite claims from lawmakers that Spain was acting like "the Zimbabwe of Robert Mugabe" in the latest in a string of bad-tempered confrontations between London and Madrid. "It's an extremely serious action that took place," Cameron told parliament.

Britain calls in Spanish envoy over Gibraltar

London, Nov 19 (EFE).- The British government on Tuesday summoned Spain's ambassador in London to receive a protest over an incursion by a Spanish research vessel in what Gibraltar claims as its territorial waters. Federico Trillo was told that London considers such excursions to be both unlawful and "unacceptable," Britain's Foreign and Commonwealth Office said in a statement.

EC: Spain border checks at Gibraltar do not violate EU law

Brussels, Nov 15 (EFE).- The European Commission said in a press release Friday that Spain's custom checks at its border with Gibraltar have not violated EU law. The European Union's executive arm, which organized a technical visit in September to better understand the situation at the international boundary, said in the release that it communicated its findings in separate letters to Spanish and British authorities.

Britain challenges EU findings on Gibraltar border dispute

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain said on Friday it was confident that Spain was breaking European Union law by imposing "politically-motivated" checks at its border with Gibraltar despite the EU executive saying it thought Madrid was acting lawfully. "We remain confident that the Spanish government has acted - and continues to act - unlawfully, through introducing disproportionate and politically motivated checks," Britain's Foreign Office said after the European Commission said it had found no evidence Spain had acted illegally.

EU clears Spain in new row with Britain over Gibraltar

The EU executive on Friday said it had found no proof of British claims that Spain had violated European Union rules on border and customs checks at Gibraltar's border. "The Commission has not found evidence to conclude that the checks on persons and goods as operated by the Spanish authorities at the crossing point of La Linea de la Conception have infringed the relevant provisions of Union law," a European Commission statement said.

Spain renews car scrapping bonus to aid recovery

Spain will renew a bonus scheme for drivers to trade in their old cars to boost a sector that is helping drive an economic recovery, the government said on Thursday. "We are going to extend the scheme with a further 70 million euros" ($95 million), Budget Minister Cristobal Montoro told an industry forum in Madrid. The bonus scheme was launched in October 2012 and has already been renewed three times. Spain is Europe's second-biggest auto-maker, building millions of cars a year, but 90 percent of them are exported, with home sales weak after a double recession.

Spain tells Britain to remove Gibraltar reef

Spain told Britain on Tuesday it must remove a concrete reef laid in the waters off Gibraltar before Madrid will agree to dialogue in a heated dispute over the British outpost. Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo sharply criticised Gibraltar's laying of 70 concrete blocks to form the reef last month in disputed waters that were used by Spanish fishermen.

Spain tells Britain to remove Gibraltar 'reef'

Spain told Britain on Tuesday it must remove 70 concrete blocks dropped into the waters off Gibraltar before Madrid will agree to dialogue in a heated dispute over the British outpost. In an article in the Wall Street Journal, Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo sharply criticised Gibraltar's creation of the reef last month in disputed waters that were used by Spanish fishermen.
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