Courtesy of Careem

Chinese transportation giant Didi Chuxing has invested an undisclosed amount of funding into Careem, a Dubai-based ride-hailing company that operates in the Middle East and North Africa, as part of a new partnership. Careem recently raised $500 million in funding from Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal's Kingdom Holding, Daimler, DCM Ventures, and Coatue Management, among others, valuing the company at over $1 billion.

Didi's global game: Didi has already put money into Southeast Asia's Grab, India's Ola, 99 in Latin America, Taxify in Europe and Africa, and Lyft in the U.S. The company has been aggressively investing in and forging partnerships with local players, undoubtedly as part of its ambitions to "play a global game," as president Jean Liu said last year. This strategy also pits it against Uber, which operates in most parts of the world, and in which Didi has a stake thanks to a merger last summer with the company's Chinese operations.

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Debris on the streets as then-Hurricane Zeta passes over in Arabi, Louisiana, on Oct. 28. It's the third hurricane to hit Louisiana in about two months, after Laura and Delta. Photo: Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images

Tropical Storm Zeta has killed at least two people, triggered flooding, downed powerlines and caused widespread outages since making landfall in Louisiana as a Category 2 hurricane on Wednesday.

The big picture: A record 11 named storms have made landfall in the U.S. this year. Zeta is the fifth named storm to do so in Louisiana in 2020, the most ever recorded. It weakened t0 a tropical storm early Thursday, as it continued to lash parts of Alabama and the Florida Panhandle with heavy rains and strong winds.

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Taiwan reaches a record 200 days with no local coronavirus cases

Catholics go through containment protocols including body-temperature measurement and hands-sanitisation before entering the Saint Christopher Parish Church, Taipei City, Taiwan, in July. Photo: Ceng Shou Yi/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Taiwan on Thursday marked no locally transmitted coronavirus cases for 200 days, as the island of 23 million people's total number of infections reported stands at 550 and the COVID-19 death toll at seven.

Why it matters: Nowhere else has reached such a milestone. While COVID-19 cases surge across the U.S. and Europe, Taiwan's last locally transmitted case was on April 12. Experts credit tightly regulated travel, early border closure, "rigorous contact tracing, technology-enforced quarantine and universal mask wearing" and the island state's previous experience with the SARS virus for the achievement, per Bloomberg.

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