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Albania, Macedonia backed for EU membership talks

BRUSSELS: The EU has backed the opening of formal membership talks with Albania and Macedonia as the bloc looks to expand into the Balkans and grow for the first time in years. The announcement on Tuesday comes a month ahead of a summit in Sofia when the leaders of six Balkan nations will be given fresh hope of eventually joining the EU, amid rivalry between Brussels and Moscow over the region. Skopje and Tirana both welcomed the move and vowed to work hard to remove obstacles on the long way to full membership. EU…

Albania, Macedonia backed for EU membership talks

BRUSSELS: The EU on Tuesday backed the opening of formal membership talks with Albania and Macedonia as the bloc looks to expand into the Balkans and grow for the first time in years. The announcement comes a month ahead of a summit in Sofia when the leaders of six Balkan nations will be given fresh hope of eventually joining the EU, amid rivalry between Brussels and Moscow over the region. Skopje and Tirana both welcomed the move and vowed to work hard to remove obstacles on the long way to full membership. EU…

Uber, reviving old tactic, is backed by more than 500,000 in London row

SAN FRANCISCO/LONDON: Half a million people have signed an online petition in under 24 hours backing Uber’s bid to stay on the roads of London, showing the company is turning to its tried-and-tested tactic of asking customers for help when it locks horns with regulators. London’s transport authorities stunned the powerful U.S. start-up on Friday when they deemed Uber unfit to run a taxi service for safety reasons and stripped it of its license from Sept. 30, although it can operate while it appeals. The regulator cited…