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Hong Kong Uber drivers found guilty of illegal car hire, latest blow to firm

HONG KONG: A Hong Kong court on Friday found five Uber drivers guilty of illegally offering ride-hailing services, the latest clamp down against Uber operations in Asia and a rare case where drivers have been found criminally liable. Authorities in several Asian countries are taking a tougher stance against the San Francisco-based firm, amid growing complaints from traditional taxi drivers who say Uber drivers are not properly registered nor insured. Uber pulled out of Taiwan less than a month ago over mounting fines…

Two militants blow themselves up in Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: Two suspected militants blew themselves up on Saturday during a firefight with security forces in the Red Sea city of Jeddah in western Saudi Arabia, officials said. The two men "committed suicide by detonating their explosive belts" during a security operation against a suspected "terrorist" hideout in a southern district of Jeddah, the region's authorities said on Twitter. They did not give immediate details about the operation or identify the bombers, but said the raid had been successfully carried out after…