LONDON | Uber loses UK court case, expected to appeal

LONDON — Lawyers say the taxi hailing app Uber has lost its appeal against a ruling that its drivers should be classed as workers in a case with broad implications for the gig economy. Law firm Leigh Day says Britain’s Court of Appeal upheld an earlier ruling that found the company’s drivers are workers, not independent … Continue reading LONDON | Uber loses UK court case, expected to appeal

KINSHASA, Congo | Rallies banned in Congo’s capital city days before elections

KINSHASA, Congo— Days before Congo’s elections, the Kinshasa’s governor banned campaign rallies in the capital city, citing security concerns. The capital’s governor Andre Kimbuta on Wednesday cancelled all political rallies in the city for the 21 candidates vying for the presidency in the Dec. 23 elections. The order appears to have brought opposition candidate Martin … Continue reading KINSHASA, Congo | Rallies banned in Congo’s capital city days before elections

MOSCOW  | Official: Ukraine plans another naval foray into Sea of Azov

MOSCOW  — A top Ukrainian official says that the country plans to again send its warships into the Sea of Azov, a move that could set the stage for another clash with Russia. Oleksandr Turchynov, the secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, has told the BBC that another such mission is necessary to … Continue reading MOSCOW  | Official: Ukraine plans another naval foray into Sea of Azov

WASHINGTON | Senate to vote on funding bill, easing shutdown threat

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate will take up a short-term measure Wednesday to fund the federal government through Feb. 8, a move that eases the risk of a shutdown and comes only after President Donald Trump backed off his demand for border wall funds. McConnell opened the Senate saying it … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Senate to vote on funding bill, easing shutdown threat

DAKAR, Senegal | 430,000 flee Cameroon’s restive Anglophone areas, says group

DAKAR, Senegal — An international refugee agency says that more than 430,000 people have fled violence in Cameroon’s restive English-speaking regions and are hiding in rural areas with few resources. The Norwegian Refugee Council, one of several humanitarian organizations offering support, said Wednesday it is assisting the displaced by providing shelter and supplies to needy … Continue reading DAKAR, Senegal | 430,000 flee Cameroon’s restive Anglophone areas, says group

NEW YORK  | US stocks rise before Federal Reserve meeting; oil rebounds

NEW YORK  — U.S. stocks are climbing Wednesday morning as a modest recovery in oil prices pulls energy companies slightly higher following huge losses a day earlier. Markets were relatively quiet as the Federal Reserve wraps up its last meeting of the year. Investors expect the Fed to raise interest rates again, and are looking … Continue reading NEW YORK  | US stocks rise before Federal Reserve meeting; oil rebounds