New Uber CEO to meet London's transport chief
LONDON • Uber's new chief executive, Mr Dara Khosrowshahi will meet the head of London's transport system on Tuesday to try to retain the licence for its ride-hailing service in the British capital. Uber received a boost on Thursday when Prime Minister Theresa May said "a blanket ban" was "disproportionate" and has put thousands of jobs at risk. However, she added that safety concerns must be resolved.
Austria forbids wearing full Islamic veil in public
VIENNA • New restrictions will come into force in Austria tomorrow, banning the wearing of the full Islamic veil and other items concealing the face in public places and buildings.
Exemptions "under certain conditions" include items such as clown disguises "at cultural events", work wear such as medical masks and scarves in cold weather, the government says. Violations will be punished with a fine of up to €150 (S$240).
US names Jon Huntsman as new envoy to Russia
WASHINGTON • The United States Senate confirmed Jon Huntsman as the next US ambassador to Russia by voice vote on Thursday, filling a critical diplomatic vacancy at a time of heightened tensions between Washington and Moscow.
The former Utah governor, Republican presidential candidate and US ambassador to Singapore and China went through his confirmation process swiftly and with strong bipartisan support.
Senior US general to lead Puerto Rico relief efforts
SAN JUAN (Puerto Rico) • The Pentagon named a senior general, Lieutenant-General Jeffrey Buchanan, to command military relief operations in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico as US lawmakers called for a more robust response to the crisis.
Acting US Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke was also slated to visit the island yesterday with other senior government officials.