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Global ridesharing service Uber said Friday it had raised $200 million in additional funding to help its push into emerging markets. "Our goal is simple: reliable and affordable transportation everywhere, for everyone, at the push of a button," said Uber chief executive Travis Kalanick. L1 chairman Mikhail Fridman said he was excited about the strategic partnership with Uber.
World powers on Friday agreed an ambitious plan to cease hostilities in war-racked Syria, but the Munich deal left out the Islamic State group and Al-Qaeda's local branch, leaving analysts to doubt its viability. The 17 countries agreed "to implement a nationwide cessation of hostilities to begin in a target of one week's time," said US Secretary of State John Kerry after extended talks co-hosted by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. The International Syria Support Group also agreed that "sustained delivery" of aid will begin this week, with a new UN task force meeting later Friday in Geneva to start pushing for much greater access to "besieged and hard-to-reach areas".