Lebanon’s interior minister accuses Uber of not checking records

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Lebanon's Interior Minister Nohad Machnouk talks after closing the polling stations during Beirut's municipal elections in the Interior ministry in Beirut, Lebanon May 8, 2016. (REUTERS)
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Uber drivers show their identity cards and drivers license outside the company's in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017, during a protest against Lebanon's interior minister Interior Minister Nohad Machnouk warning against using Uber after a driver for the ride-hailing service was arrested in connection with the murder of a British woman who worked at the U.K. Embassy. (AP)
Updated 21 December 2017

Lebanon’s interior minister accuses Uber of not checking records

BEIRUT: Lebanon’s interior minister said on Thursday that Uber driver suspected of murdering a British embassy worker last week had served time in prison, and he accused the company of not checking criminal records of its drivers.
The body of Rebecca Dykes was found strangled on Saturday next to a highway outside Beirut. Police detained a suspect on Monday and said the crime was not politically motivated.
Minister Nohad Machnouk said the driver had three priors on his judicial record involving drugs and had been imprisoned on that basis.
“This company, when it hires drivers, and lets them work within its organization, does not check their priors,” he said at a news conference.
An Uber spokesperson said all drivers the company uses in Lebanon are fully licensed by the government and must have a clear judicial record.
The spokesperson said a copy of the driver’s judicial record published by local media, showing no judgments against the driver, was accurate. Uber confirmed in an email that he was a licensed taxi driver with a clean background check.


UAE reports new record high of 1,538 coronavirus infections

Updated 21 October 2020

UAE reports new record high of 1,538 coronavirus infections

  • The total number of cases in the UAE since the pandemic began has reached 119,132
  • The country has also confirmed two deaths, raising the number of COVID-19-linked deaths to 472

DUBAI: The UAE has recorded 1,538 coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours after conducting 105,740 tests, state news agency WAM reported.
The Ministry of Health and Prevention said the total number of cases since the pandemic began has reached 119,132. The country has also confirmed two deaths, raising the number of COVID-19-linked deaths to 472.
The ministry also said 1,501 people had recovered from COVID-19 overnight, bringing the total to 111,814.
The UAE, with a population of around 9.9 million people, has seen the number of daily new cases surge over the past two months from 164 on Aug. 3 to a new high of 1,538.