Uber makes U-turn on plan to exit Macau
HONG KONG • Global ride-hailing company Uber Technologies has aborted plans to pull out of Macau, citing support from residents in the gambling hub ruled by China.
Uber launched in Macau less than a year ago but announced at the end of August that it would withdraw from it because its drivers faced total fines of 10 million patacas (S$1.7 million). The Macau government says Uber's service violates local laws.
Over 500 Islamic militants in Germany
BERLIN • Germany's interior minister has warned that the country is home to more than 500 Islamic militants who could be capable of carrying out assaults on their own or as members of "hit teams".
Mr Thomas de Maiziere said in an interview with Bild newspaper there were currently at least 520 "potential attackers" in the country. Another 360 "relevant" people were known to police because of their close proximity to the potential attackers.
Putin opens railway ahead of elections
MOSCOW • Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday inaugurated a US$2 billion (S$2.72 billion) Moscow railway ring project that is opening for passengers just before parliamentary elections.
Still not fully finished, the 54km Moscow Central Ring - an above-ground metro railway connecting the suburbs of the capital - opened yesterday.