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Malaysia legalizes e-hailing services as Grab, Uber compete

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's parliament on Thursday passed two bills that will legalize e-hailing services, as ride-hailing firms Grab and Uber race to expand in the region. Grab expects to raise $2.5 billion from investors in a bid to extend its lead over Uber in the region, as major companies aim to tap into Southeast Asia's developing economies driven by a young and tech-savvy population. The amendments to Malaysia's Land Public Transport Act and the Commercial Vehicles Licensing Board (CVLB) Act will allow ride hailing…

‘Happy’ Afghan girls compete at robotics meet after US visa woes

WASHINGTON: Huddled around a small table in the halls of a cavernous Washington concert hall, a group of Afghan teenage girls tweak gears and sprockets on their radio-controlled robot, hoping to best the competition. But the six proud nerds from war-torn Afghanistan's western province of Herat almost didn't make it to the US capital for the chance to battle other high school students from around the world. Twice denied US visas until a late intervention by President Donald Trump's administration, they are now hoping to…

Olympics: Russian athletes affected by Rio bans

Following the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) decision on Sunday not to issue a blanket ban on Russian athletes despite evidence of systematic doping across the majority of Olympic sports, global sporting federations have been left to decide which Russians can compete at next month's Rio Games.