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Uber cab service banned in Germany

Cab service Uber has been banned in Germany in the latest shot in a fight with the country's taxi drivers.

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Uber cab service has been banned in Germany. Credit: PA

The ruling comes after Berlin authorities barred Uber from operating in the capital last month because of safety concerns.

The injunction applies pending a full hearing of a suit brought against Uber by a German group that offers a taxi-ordering app.

Their arguments were in line with those of established cab companies which claim Uber's app-based services, which offer limousines and pickups by private drivers, dodge rules that ordinary taxi firms have to abide by.

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Black cab drivers in London protested over the introduction of Uber. Credit: PA Wire

Black cab drivers in London have protested about California-based Uber, claiming its app contravenes rules that restrict the use of taxi meters. Protests have also taken place in Paris and Madrid.

Woman in critical condition after knife attack

A 24-year-old woman is in a critical condition after she was stabbed in the arm and neck in an attack in east London which also injured a young child.

The victim was attacked at a residential address in Hatherley Road, Walthamstow yesterday afternoon.

A six-year-old child suffered a minor injury which did not require hospital treatment.

Detectives said the attack was not random but they had yet to find a motive.

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Putin's Kiev comments 'were taken out of context'

Comments reportedly said by President Vladimir Putin that Russia could capture Kiev within two weeks were taken out of context, a Kremlin foreign policy aide has told Itar-Tass news agency.

"It was taken out of context and had a totally different meaning," Yuri Ushakov was quoted as saying.

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President Vladimir Putin's comments 'were taken out of context,' a Kremlin foreign policy aide said. Credit: Chris Jackson/PA Wire

Italy's La Repubblica reported earlier that Putin had told European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, "If I want to, I can take Kiev in two weeks".

Police launch independent review into Rotherham abuse

South Yorkshire Police has ordered an independent investigation into the force's handling of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham.

A report released last week revealed more than 1,400 children were abused in Rotherham over a 16-year period.

“A fully independent and impartial investigation is required to ensure that people have confidence that organisations or any individuals will be investigated fairly, rigorously and with complete impartiality," chief constable David Crompton said.

“The investigation will properly and independently examine the role of both the police and council during the period identified and address any wrongdoings or failings, which will allow the appropriate action to be taken."

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