Asia Briefs: HK police arrest 21 Uber drivers

HK police arrest 21 Uber drivers

HONG KONG • Hong Kong police yesterday arrested 21 Uber drivers for carrying passengers without a proper permit, following an undercover operation, in the latest setback for the ride-hailing giant.

The sting comes as the San Francisco firm has encountered regulatory roadblocks around the world, and after five Uber drivers in Hong Kong were found guilty of operating without proper licences in March.

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China probes senior banking regulator

BEIJING • China is investigating a senior banking regulatory official, the country's anti-corruption watchdog said yesterday, as the government steps up a crackdown on the financial sector.

Mr Yang Jiacai, assistant chairman of the China Banking Regulatory Commission, is "suspected of a severe disciplinary violation", the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said in a statement. The phrase is often used as a euphemism for corruption.

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10 Afghan soldiers killed in militant raid

KANDAHAR • At least 10 Afghan soldiers were killed when militants attacked their army base in Kandahar province, the Defence Ministry said yesterday, in the latest attack on Western-backed forces.

The assault in Shah Wali Kot district late on Monday came just a day after 20 Afghan cops were killed when Taleban fighters stormed their outposts in Zabul province.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 24, 2017, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe