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In Spain today, the Tax Office has launched a “virtual assistant” to help with tax returns, as the submission period has now started, a man is in court of raping his cousin nearly 20 years ago in a story with an even more tragic end as she committed suicide, there are more suspect sex offenders appearing in court in Valencia and an acid attack trial is set to come to a conclusion. Meanwhile, reports show that March in Spain this year was the second warmest in the 21st century.

Around the world, US President Joe Biden addresses a joint sitting of the Irish Parliament today, before he visits his ancestral home of County Mayo to ‘celebrate the deep, historic ties’ linking the US and Ireland on Friday.

In India, a court is set to hold its first hearing in the appeal of opposition leader Rahul Gandhi against his conviction in a defamation case from comments he made in a 2019 speech criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

In the UK, Rishi Sunak meets up with his Conservative colleagues, a misconduct hearing is heard related to the misuse of a WhatsApp group by serving Metropolitan Police officers, and for football fans, Manchester United host Sevilla in the UEFA Europa League quarter final.

The monthly estimate on UK GDP will be published, which follows on from the IMF predicting very poor results for the UK economy overall, and UK trade and production statistics are also published, along with company reports from Tesco.

In the midst of a staffing crisis, NHS Digital statistics on deaths associated with hospitalisation in England are also published today.

Taking a trip back in time, it was 70 years ago today that first James Bond novel published. Can you remember what it was called? No cheating, we will give you the answer tomorrow!

Way back in 1829, the Roman Catholic Relief Act 1829 meant that from this day, Roman Catholics in the United Kingdom had the right to vote and to sit in Parliament.

It was an almost unimaginable event on this day in 1945, during World War II, when German troops kill more than 1,000 political and military prisoners in Gardelegen, Germany.

On 13 April 1997, Tiger Woods became the youngest golfer to win the Masters Tournament.

In the world of music, on this day in 1967, Frank Sinatra, along with daughter Nancy, were number 1 in the UK with ‘Somethin’ Stupid’. They became the first, and so far, only father and daughter to have a UK No.1 single as a team.

Lou Bega was born on this day in 1975. The German mambo musician shot to fame with ‘Mambo No. 5’, number 1 in the UK in 1999, and revived thanks to a scene in the hit TV comedy The Royle Family, first broadcast on 20 October, 2000.

American singer Al Green was also born on this day in 1946, of more than 10 top 40 hits in the UK, the most memorable might be the 1971 single ‘Tired Of Being Alone’ and the 1972 single ‘Let’s Stay Together’.

Locally, Ukranian refugees were being welcomed to a new course to introduce them to the hospitality sector so they could find work, that took place on this day last year in Torrevieja. At the same time, the benches on the sea front were being spruced up in places.

Nationally, the police were warning of a scam related to online gaming portals on this day in 2021, and the Provincial Court of Murcia sentenced a man to eight years in prison and five years of probation, after he tried to murder his mother by stabbing her with a kitchen knife in the family home.

Returning to the Costa Blanca, if you fancy a bit of culture, the “Artistas en proceso” art exhibition is on at the Centro Cultural Virgen Del Carmen in Torrevieja. Schools are still on holiday for Easter.

If you’re looking for a bargain, markets today are on in Alicante, Bigastro, Campoamor (Orihuela Costa), El Altet (Elche), Gran Alacant, Lo Pagan (San Pedro del Pinatar), Rojales, and San Fulgencio (La Marina).

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