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Day: June 26, 2018

Uber wins court appeal over TfL ban
Featured, United Kingdom

Uber wins court appeal over TfL ban

    Uber has won its appeal of TfL’s decision to revoke its London operating licence last year. Westminster Magistrates Court found that the company is fit and proper to hold the licence, and granted the firm’s appeal after it agreed to an audit. Uber requested, and was granted, a probationary 15-month licence as opposed to the five year licence it previously sought. It has also agreed to pay TfL’s costs of £425,500. The ride-hailing app was stripped of its licence in September 2017, with TfL citing “public security and safety implications” following numerous complaints the company was failing to properly screen the backgrounds of its drivers. Uber immediately announced plans to appeal the decision, and the firm was permitted to continue operating as usual throughout ...
Britain’s health service performs worse than average
Featured, United Kingdom

Britain’s health service performs worse than average

    A study finds Britain's health service performs worse than average in treating eight out of the 12 most common causes of death. The NHS is below average at saving the lives of patients with many of the most common and lethal illnesses, a major study has found. A report by four leading think tanks revealed Britain's health service performs worse than average in treating eight out of the 12 most common causes of death. They include deaths within 30 days of having a heart attack and within five years of being diagnosed with breast cancer, rectal cancer, colon cancer, pancreatic cancer and lung cancer. The UK also has high rates of child mortality around birth, according to the report by the Nuffield Trust, the Health Foundation, the Institute for Fiscal Studies and T...
UK’s extreme hot weather set to cause travel disruption
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UK’s extreme hot weather set to cause travel disruption

    Commuters have been warned to expect travel disruption as the UK's extreme heat continues following the hottest day of the year. Temperatures reached 30.1C (86F) in parts of the country on Monday, with forecasters predicting the mercury will rise even further in the next few days. Speed restrictions are being introduced on some of Britain's railways amid concerns that tracks will buckle in the sweltering conditions. Divers recovered the man's body from a lake in Nutfield, Surrey on Monday evening after reports he had been struggling in the water. A major search operation is resuming for the missing child who got into difficulty in Westport Lake in Staffordshire. The force said: Bodies of water may look safe, but can hide dangers such as hidden currents, hazardous...
Italy is closing ports to refugee ships
Europe, Featured

Italy is closing ports to refugee ships

    Italy’s new far-right interior minister has suggested setting up migrant processing centres in North Africa with the aim of regulating the number of people travelling to Europe. Matteo Salvini on Monday visited Libya after telling voracious foreign non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to leave search and operations to Libya’s coastguard. Mr Salvini met Libyan interior minister Abdulsalam Ashour and deputy prime minister Ahmed Maiteeq in Tripoli for talks about the refugee crisis. “Reception and identification centres should be set up in the south of Libya,” he told reporters after the meeting, suggesting there could be a way of processing EU asylum applications outside the bloc’s territory. The proposal is expected to be considered by the European Council at a su...
Heathrow third runway project as Boris Johnson faces criticism
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Heathrow third runway project as Boris Johnson faces criticism

    Boris Johnson has faced sharp criticism from fellow Conservative MPs over his decision to miss Monday night’s crunch vote on Heathrow expansion by flying out of the country on an official visit to Afghanistan. The foreign secretary claimed that resigning over his opposition to the £14bn project, which the Commons backed on Monday night by 415 votes to 119 a majority of 296, would achieve “absolutely nothing” and that he would lobby against it privately instead. (The Guardian) Images of the foreign secretary meeting his counterpart in Kabul emerged on social media after hours of speculation about his whereabouts, as the government refused to disclose his location for security reasons. (Independent) A suspect has been arrested in Jamaica over the murder of a British W...