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Saudi Arabian prosecutor to hire women investigators for first time

RIYADH: The Saudi Arabian public prosecutor´s office said Monday it will recruit women as investigators for the first time, as the kingdom seeks to boost female employment under a reform plan for a post-oil era. "Vacancies are available in women´s positions on the staff of the public prosecution for the rank of lieutenant investigator," the office announced in a statement relayed by the information ministry. The announcement is in line with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman´s "Vision 2030" reform programme that seeks to…

London Bridge attackers had tried to hire 7.5 tonne truck: police

LONDON: The three militants who killed eight people after driving a van into pedestrians on London Bridge and then attacking nearby revellers had initially tried to hire a 7.5 tonne truck, the head of the UK capital's counter-terrorism unit said on Friday. Commander Dean Haydon also revealed that the men had a stockpile of petrol bombs in the back of their van and carried out their deadly attack with pink ceramic knives. The discoveries, especially of the plan to hire a truck, suggested more could have been killed.…

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…

Coffee giant Starbucks to hire 10,000 refugees worldwide after Trump ban

NEW YORK: Starbucks plans to hire 10,000 refugees worldwide over the next five years in response to President Donald Trump's travel ban, the head of the US coffee-chain company said Sunday. "I write to you today with deep concern, a heavy heart and a resolute promise," Starbucks chairman and chief executive Howard Schultz said in a letter to employees posted on the company's website. "We are living in an unprecedented time, one in which we are witness to the conscience of our country, and the promise of the American…