|Berlin bans Uber on 'safety grounds'|
|Berlin's city authority bans the mobile taxi app Uber on passenger safety grounds, threatening the firm with a fine if it ignores the ban.|
|GetTaxi sets sights on corporate customers|
|The taxi hailing app is aiming for business customers as well as consumers.|
|CAB DRIVE: JOURNEY AWAITS!|
|The Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) under the guidance of the Economic Development Ministry launched an International Tourism Promotional campaign to increase awareness of destination Sri Lanka around the world.|
|Uber taxi app 'competing unfairly'|
|The Uber taxi app is "competing unfairly" with London's black cabs, senior Labour MP Margaret Hodge says.|
|Sri Lanka Tourism : Mega taxi advertising campaign in the UK|
|Sri Lanka Tourism launched a mega taxi advertising campaign in the UK. Sri Lanka Tourism has branded 450 taxis in three of the UK's biggest cities: Manchester, Birmingham and London. The first fleet of 300 taxis of this campaign was launched in London.||
|Cuba's Castro urges Obama to use executive powers to ease embargo|
Cuban President Raul Castro on Wednesday urged U.S. President Barack Obama to use executive powers to ease a decades-long embargo, and said he would not accept any pressures on Cuba's internal affairs in talks with the United States. Castro said Obama could extend measures to soften the embargo like those announced for telecoms to the rest of the Cuban economy, telling a summit in Costa Rica he was aware that ending the embargo "will be a long and hard road".
|Flooding leaves mess in oceanfront Massachusetts after storm|
By Scott Malone MARSHFIELD, Mass. (Reuters) - Ocean Street in the waterfront Massachusetts town of Marshfield was littered with lobster traps, downed wires and chunks of houses on Wednesday, after a massive blizzard hammered New England. Notably absent was much of the 2 feet (30 cm) of snow that blanketed much of the Boston area, since for much of the storm, Ocean Street was under water because of flooding from a breached sea wall. "This area sees flooding regularly, but we haven't seen damage like this since the blizzard of '78," town planner Greg Guimond said as he surveyed the wreckage. Schools remained closed in Boston and most of its suburbs for a second straight day but life was otherwise returning to normal with the city's transit system and airport resuming service and a travel ban lifted.
|Federal Reserve to remain 'patient,' expects inflation to rise in 'medium term'|
|(Reuters) - The Federal Reserve on Wednesday repeated that it will remain "patient" in deciding when to raise interest rates, and said the U.S. economy is on track despite turmoil in other markets around the world. * The Fed acknowledged that inflation had declined further below its longer-run objective and that market-based inflation measures had fallen substantially - a more negative assessment of inflation pressures than in December. They view the decline in energy prices as a net positive.|
|Fed upbeat on U.S. economy despite global turmoil|
By Michael Flaherty and Howard Schneider WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve on Wednesday said the U.S. economy was expanding "at a solid pace" as it largely looked through weakness overseas in a signal that it remains on track to raise interest rates later this year. "Economic activity has been expanding at a solid pace," the Fed's policy-setting panel said in a statement that marked an upgrade to its prior assessment of a "moderate pace" of growth. "Labor market conditions have improved further, with strong job gains and a lower unemployment rate," it said. "Recent declines in energy prices have boosted household purchasing power." In making its announcement, the Fed largely skirted over slumping economies in Europe and Asia, saying only that it would take "financial and international developments" into account when determining when to raise rates.
|Bill Gross on CNBC says Fed will raise rates by 0.25 percent in symbolic move|
|(Reuters) - Bill Gross of Janus Capital said on CNBC on Wednesday that he thinks the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates by 25 basis points around June in what he characterizes as a symbolic move. The Fed on Wednesday repeated that it will remain "patient" in deciding when to raise interest rates, and said the U.S. economy is on track despite turmoil in other markets around the world.|