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China to launch nationwide inspections of ride-hailing companies

HONG KONG: China will conduct comprehensive inspections on all ride-hailing service companies, the transport ministry said on Friday, after a driver from dominant firm Didi Chuxing murdered a 20-year-old passenger this month. The inspections, starting from Sept. 5, will cover all ride-hailing service platforms nationwide, the ministry said in a statement. Didi said it welcomed the move and would fully cooperate to implement measures for improvement. “We accept the supervision and will do our best to improve our…

Cubans cheer as internet goes free nationwide for a day

HAVANA: Cuba’s government said it provided free internet to the Communist-run island’s more than 5 million cellphone users on Tuesday, in an eight-hour test before it launches sales of the service. Cuba is one of the Western Hemisphere’s least connected countries. State-run telecommunications monopoly ETECSA announced the trial, with Tuesday marking the first time internet services were available nationwide. There are hundreds of WiFi hotspots in Cuba but virtually no home penetration. Dissident blogger Yoani…

Turkey detains 450 IS suspects in nationwide sweep

ANKARA: Turkish police on Sunday detained almost 450 suspected Islamic State group members in nationwide raids just over a month after an attack on an Istanbul nightclub claimed by the militants. Security forces rounded up 448 suspects, the state-run Anadolu news agency said, in Turkey's biggest police operation against IS since the New Year attack on the Reina nightclub that killed 39. Among those detained were foreigners and those suspected of planning attacks in Turkey, the Dogan and Anadolu news agencies reported.…