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British drinks giant Diageo said Saturday it will challenge an Indian court decision annulling its purchase of some shares of United Spirits that threatens its control of India's biggest liquor firm. Friday's ruling came five months after Diageo announced it sealed a 52.4-billion rupee ($845 million) deal to aquire a quarter of United Spirits' shares which made it the Indian company's controlling shareholder. "We do not believe there are any grounds for declaring the sale of shares in United Spirits Ltd purchased by Diageo on July 4 from United Breweries Holdings Ltd (UBHL) as void," Diageo said in a statement.
US aircraft flown into South Sudan to help with evacuation efforts on Saturday came under fire, wounding four US servicemen, officials said, as fighting in the country escalated. US and Ugandan officials said three US military aircraft that were trying to land at Bor, a rebel-held city in Jonglei state, were fired on and forced to return to neighbouring Uganda with one of the aircraft hit and leaking fuel. The Pentagon issued a statement saying four troops were wounded, updating a previous Ugandan official's toll of three hurt. The Pentagon did not specify the US aircraft, but diplomatic and Ugandan military sources said they were helicopters.