China Expands Investigation Into Uber
Chinese officials in the southwestern city of Chengdu have visited the offices of Uber, as part of what appears to be a widening investigation into the mobile taxi-hailing service.
A spokeswoman with Chengdu's transportation commission says officials conducted interviews and gathered information during the Wednesday visit. She provided no other details.
Last week, police raided Uber offices in the southern city of Guangzhou. State media reported that officials there were investigating whether the company was properly licensed.
Uber operates in nine Chinese cities, including Beijing and Shanghai. However, it has far fewer users than its domestic rivals, such as Kuaidi Dache and Didi Dache.
The Chinese Internet giant Baidu last year announced it was buying an undisclosed stake in the U.S.-based taxi app operator, which is valued at $40 billion.
Uber is battling lawsuits in a string of countries for unfair competition. Complaints have also arisen concerning drivers who are not properly vetted.
Kerry Holds 'Constructive' Talks with Yemen's President
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry held what he described as "constructive" talks Thursday with Yemen's President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi, as he visits Saudi Arabia for talks on a proposed
humanitarian pause in the Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen.
Mr. Hadi fled to Saudi Arabia in late March as Houthi fighters advanced from the capital, Sana'a, to the southern coast in an offensive that prompted Saudi warplanes to bomb the rebels.
But aid groups have complained about difficulties in getting food and other needed items to civilians in Yemen.
Kerry said Wednesday that any pause in the air campaign must be carried out in a way that does not allow anyone to try to grab more territory or attack those who have temporarily put down their weapons.
"We have urged all sides, anybody involved, to comply with humanitarian law and to take every precaution to keep civilians out of the line of fire, out of harm's way as well as to provide the opportunity for humanitarian assistance to be able to be delivered," Kerry said.
He was also due to meet Thursday with new Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir and with King Salman.