Party backs Merkel on migration talks
BERLIN • German Chancellor Angela Merkel yesterday won the strong backing of her Christian Democrats to continue discussions with other European Union states on how to better control migration into and within Europe, the general secretary of the party said.
Dr Merkel's Bavarian allies, CSU, have threatened to defy her wishes and start turning away people at the German border who have already registered for asylum in other EU states, a dispute that threatens her ruling coalition.
Uber in court to appeal London licence loss
LONDON • Uber accepted it had made mistakes but said it had changed as it went to court yesterday to overturn a decision stripping it of its licence in London after it was ruled unfit to run a taxi service in its most important European market.
Regulator Transport for London shocked the Silicon Valley firm last September by refusing to renew its licence, citing failings in its approach to reporting serious criminal offences and to background checks on drivers.
Uber, valued at over US$70 billion (S$95 billion), has faced protests, bans and restrictions around the world as it challenges traditional taxi operators and angers some unions.
Over a dozen hurt in Dublin car crash
DUBLIN • Two people were severely injured and a dozen others had to receive treatment after a car mowed down pedestrians outside a Dublin church where a funeral was due to be held yesterday.
The driver of the car fell ill on arriving at the Immaculate Conception Church in Condalkin, west Dublin, Irish media reported.
Lavrov, Bolton to meet in Moscow tomorrow
MOSCOW • Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will meet US national security adviser John Bolton in Moscow tomorrow, Interfax cited the foreign ministry as saying.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he expected the visit to lead to a meeting between US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.