Volvo recalling 500,000 cars worldwide over faulty engine component amid fire risk fears

Volvo is recalling 507,000 cars worldwide after an investigation discovered a fault engine component which could cause the vehicles to catch fire. The Swedish carmaker, which was bought by the Chinese group Geely in 2010, issued the recall on Monday. More than 69,000 cars in the UK are affected. Volvo said it was contacting all […]

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Mueller report shows evidence Trump committed crimes, says top Democrat

The top Democrat on the US House judiciary committee said on Sunday he believes there is “substantial evidence” that President Donald Trump committed high crimes and misdemeanours, and he plans to ask former special counsel Robert Mueller to present those facts at a congressional hearing on Wednesday. “The report presents very substantial evidence that the […]

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Final hours of voting in race to become British PM

The voting closes Monday in the contest to become Britain’s next prime minister, with Boris Johnson expected to be confirmed as the winner charged with delivering Brexit. After a month-long contest between former London mayor Johnson and Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, the postal votes of up to 160,000 grassroots Conservatives will decide the governing party’s […]

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Joss Stone deported from Iran ahead of 200th world tour gig

British singer Joss Stone said she was “gutted” after being deported from Iran ahead of the latest leg of a world tour that has already taken her to Syria and North Korea. She was held shortly after arriving at Kish airport, according to a post on her Instagram account, as authorities suspected she was planning […]

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Iran could consider talks with US only if sanctions lifted, Khamenei permits – minister

Iran’s intelligence minister has said Tehran and Washington could hold talks only if the United States ended its sanctions and Iran’s top authority, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, gave his approval, state news agency IRNA reported on Thursday. “Holding talks with America can be reviewed by Iran only If (U.S. President Donald) Trump lifts the sanctions and […]

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‘Wolf of Wall Street’ producer charged with money laundering in Malaysia

Malaysia on Friday charged one of the Wolf of Wall Street film producers, and stepson of former prime minister Najib Razak, with money laundering, alleging he misappropriated $248m linked to state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). Riza Aziz, a co-founder of Hollywood production firm Red Granite Pictures that was behind the Oscar-nominated film The Wolf of Wall Street, […]

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Southern California rocked by strongest quake in two decades

Southern California was rocked by its largest earthquake in two decades on Thursday, a 6.4-magnitude tremblor that caused “substantial damage” at a military facility but otherwise only minor injuries in the sparsely populated area. The shallow quake, followed by dozens of aftershocks, struck in the Mojave Desert 10 kilometres from the small city of Ridgecrest. It […]

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California bans discrimination against afros, dreadlocks

California became the first US state to ban racial discrimination based on hairstyle, passing a law to ensure afros and dreadlocks can be worn at all schools and offices. The law is primarily aimed at protecting the rights of black Americans who favour the distinctive cuts, and was passed unanimously by both state chambers. It […]

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34 staff freed after Canadian potash mine ordeal

More than 30 employees at a Canadian potash mine have been rescued after being trapped underground for 24 hours, a company spokesman said. The workers were carrying out maintenance duties when a service shaft broke down on Tuesday afternoon at Saskatoon-based fertilizer firm Nutrien. “We can confirm that all 34 employees have been safely brought […]

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