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Uber embarks on legal battle to retain London licence

LONDON: Uber lodged a court appeal on Friday to overturn a decision by London’s transport regulator that stripped the taxi app of its operating licence in its most important European market, the first stop on what is set to be a long legal road. Transport for London (TfL) shocked the Silicon Valley firm last month by deeming it unfit to run a taxi service and refusing to renew its licence, citing its approach to reporting serious criminal offences and background checks on drivers. The appeal marks the beginning of…

Merkel embarks on Germany’s ‘strangest’ campaign

BERLIN: German Chancellor Angela Merkel has returned from a three-week Alpine holiday to embark on Saturday (Aug 12) on what may be the most bizarre election campaign in the country's post-war history. After months of studiously ignoring the race for the Sept 24 election, Merkel will kick off a series of rallies across the country with an hour-long speech to supporters in the western city of Dortmund. But just six weeks out from the European Union's top economic power and most populous nation going to the polls,…