World Bank gives Lebanon $200m to upgrade roads

Cars and motorcycles pass by a large pile of garbage on a Beirut street, Lebanon, in this July 21, 2015 file photo. (AP)
Updated 08 February 2017
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World Bank gives Lebanon $200m to upgrade roads

BEIRUT: The World Bank says it has earmarked $200 million for repairing Lebanon’s unsafe roads.
It said in a statement Tuesday that the funds will be used to repair around 500 kilometers (312 miles) of roads in the first phase of a broader government plan “to revamp the country’s crumbling road sector.”
It said the Roads and Employment Project was approved Monday by its board of directors.
Ferid Belhaj, the World Bank’s Middle East director, said the project would “help Lebanon continue to offer basic services both to its citizens and to Syrian refugees in the country.”
Lebanon is home to some 1.2 million Syrian refugees, the equivalent of a quarter of its own population.


Uber goes to court to keep London operations

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Uber goes to court to keep London operations

LONDON: Uber is beginning its court case to remain on the streets of London, arguing that the ride-hailing app has made significant changes since a regulator refused to renew the company’s operating license last year.
Lawyers for the company are opening their case Monday at Westminster Magistrates Court in an effort to overturn Transport for London’s ruling last September that Uber was not a “fit and proper” company after repeated lapses in corporate responsibility.
The regulator raised a number of concerns about Uber, including driver vetting, the way it reports serious criminal offenses and the use of technology that allegedly helps the company evade law enforcement officials.
Uber has been allowed to continue operating pending appeal.