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Uber’s Hong Kong office raided by authorities

A sting operation in Hong Kong led to the arrests of five Uber drivers. The drivers allegedly accepted fares from undercover officers, and they were accused of driving with improper permits and insurance.

Police didn’t name Uber Technologies, but officers were seen walking out of Uber’s Hong Kong office with computers and documents. The office was opened up last summer.

Uber has also ran into trouble in China, where police went to the company’s offices in Chengdu and Guangzhou, which was part of an investigation into Uber’s operations.

Harold Li, a spokesman for Uber, said that all rides are covered by insurance, and drivers undergo a background check. Uber also said that it stands by their drivers and they welcome the chance to work with authorities on updating regulations.

Aside from China and Hong Kong, Uber has ran into legal problems in other parts of the world, including Thailand. Last year, Thailand declared Uber illegal, and the government said drivers for Uber would face heavy fines for using improper vehicles and fare structures.

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