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    The Irish Government has confirmed in its 2020 Budget that bookmakers in the Republic of Ireland will receive a relief of up to €50,000 from the 2% turnover tax levied on betting in the country.

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    The Kenyan government's struggles with the country's betting and gaming industry will hit mobile network operator Safaricom's revenue, with the contribution from its M-Pesa mobile payments solution set to decline, according to analysts for investment bank Genghis Capital.

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    Attendees of Svenska Spel's annual responsible gaming research day heard that player protection measures must be tailored to different age groups, and that mandatory limits are more effective than voluntary in ensuring players can gamble safely.

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    Centrist political party the Liberal Democrats has waded into the ongoing debate on responsible gambling in the UK, calling for a complete overhaul of the gaming sector’s approach to tackling responsible gambling.

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    Swiss gambling regulator the Inter-Cantonal Lotteries and Betting Commission (Comlot) has updated its blacklist of unlicensed operators, with bet365's dot.it site among the latest additions.

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    Malta-based online gaming operator Casumo has been reprimanded by the UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) for a Google sponsored search result that appeared when a user searched “how to unsubscribe from all gambling.”

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    A new survey conducted by Thailand's Centre for Gambling Studies and Centre for Social and Business Development has revealed that as much as 57% of the country's citizens have gambled during the past year.

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    The Swedish Administrative Court of Linköping overturned the country’s gaming regulator Spelinspektionen’s decision to limit operator LeoVegas to a two-year licence, granting it approval for a five-year licence, the longest possible term.

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    A US District Court in the Eastern District of New York has charged an alleged organised crime family member with attempted sports bribery and a host of related offenses related to Mafia activity.

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    The Tasmanian Government has announced that it will introduce a new Point of Consumption (PoC) tax on wagering from 1 January, 2020, but Responsible Wagering Australia has criticised the move saying it could harm the racing industry in the Australian state.

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    Gambling operator Cirsa has secured approval from the Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia (CNMC), Spain’s competitions and markets authority, to finalise the acquisition of GVC Holdings’ stake in its Sportium joint venture.

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    A national investigation by the Spanish police found little evidence of underage gambling across the country’s licensed gambling premises. La Policía Nacional’s Operation Arcade, in which more 3,000 spot inspections of almost 1,900 gaming halls throughout Spain were carried out over a 48-hour period, uncovered only 28 cases of minors gambling.

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    The UK Government has published an eight-point checklist to help those working in the gambling industry prepare for a potential no-deal Brexit. The UK is due to leave the European Union on October 31, but an exit deal is yet to be agreed with the EU.

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    The Montana Lottery has released its draft sports wagering regulations for public comment.

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    Industry stakeholders have suggested policies such as a pre-registration process, a 270-day "grace period" to comply with regulations and licensing reciprocity between jurisdictions as part of Illinois' public consultation period on legal sports wagering.

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    Norway’s gambling regulator Lotteri-og stiftelsestilsynet (Lottstift) has removed 211 voluntary organisations from its register of operators approved to operate lottery and bingo games for charitable purposes after they failed to meet a deadline to report their accounts.

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    SportPesa has announced that it has made its 453 Kenyan employees redundant after closing its operations in the country, as it urged the country’s authorities to repeal the 20% excise tax rate on all stakes that caused it to withdraw from the market.

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    Malaysian police have arrested 247 people since 25 September in connection with illegal China-facing online gambling operations that authorities say took in RM24.8 (£4.8m/€5.4m/$5.9m) per month, seizing RM 3.12bn worth of assets.

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    France has introduced new gambling regulations, including the creation of a new national gambling authority, L’autorité nationale des jeux (ANJ) to replace the current regulator, l’autorité nationale de régulation des jeux en ligne (ARJEL), ahead of the privatisation of lottery monopoly La Française des Jeux (FDJ).

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    Several former members of the board of Planetwin365 operator SKS365, as well as the owner of the investment fund which owns the operator, have received notice that they are set to be charged as suspects in Italy’s largest money-laundering investigation, Operation Galassia.

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