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Upfront charges for NHS foreign patients in England

NHS hospitals in England will have a legal duty to charge overseas patients upfront for non-urgent care if they are not eligible for free treatment.
From April this year, foreign patients could be refused operations unless they cover their costs in advance.
NHS Improvement, which oversees the trusts, said hospitals would no longer have to chase money they are owed.

Bulgaria's Interim PM Demands Reports from Each Ministry in 2 Weeks

Caretaker Prime Minister Ognyan Gerdzhikov has required of his cabinet to present reports on the state of each ministry in not more than two weeks.

During the first meeting of the interim government, which took over last week, he has called on ministers to pull themselves together "to the maximum".

Fire caused the sinking of the Titanic, new evidence suggests

The sinking of the RMS Titanic could have been caused by a large fire on board and not by crashing into an iceberg in the North Atlantic, according to experts, as new evidence came to light backing the theory. Over than 1,500 passengers lost their lives when the Titanic sank on route to New York from Southampton in April 1912.

Brexit Fears

In the aftermath of the referendum result, most financial experts slashed their growth expectations for the UK dramatically, with many forecasting an outright contraction in GDP for two quarters - a technical recession. The immediate signs were indeed pointing to troublesome economic times ahead. The British pound tumbled against the US dollar to its lowest level since 1985.

German FM: EU in "Violent Turmoil" That "Might End Up With Union's Collapse"

BELGRADE - The German Federal Foreign Office is set to open up a public debate on the future of the EU in a bid to secure the union's future; financial crisis, refugee influx and the shock from the Brexit referendum has sent the block into "violent turmoil" which might end up with its collapse, according to German FM Frank-Walter Steinmeier.