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Ex Volkswagen executive jailed in US amid diesel scandal

Ex Volkswagen executive jailed in US amid diesel scandal

Business
A former Volkswagen executive has been sentenced to seven years in prison and a $ 400,000 (£298,778) fine, after admitting he helped the firm evade clean-air laws.Oliver Schmidt, 48, is the second person to receive jail time in the US over the diesel emissions scandal.Volkswagen first admitted in September 2015 that it had used illegal software to cheat US emissions tests. It has spent as much as $ 30bn to address US claims.US prosecutors say Volkswagen installed special software in certain diesel vehicles that allowed them to perform better during emissions tests than they did under normal driving conditions. VW emissions cheat bill hits $ 30bnVolkswagen: The scandal explainedVW papers shed light on emissions scandalDiesel cars: What's all the fuss about?The emissions were sometimes 30 ti
Venezuela unveils virtual currency amid economic crisis

Venezuela unveils virtual currency amid economic crisis

Technology
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has announced the creation of a new virtual currency in a bid to ease the country's economic crisis.He said the Petro would be backed by Venezuela's oil, gas, gold and diamond wealth.Opposition MPs, however, poured scorn on the plan.Venezuela's economy has been hit by falling oil revenue and the plummeting value of its existing currency, the bolivar.President Maduro has also railed against US sanctions which he describes as a "blockade".In a televised announcement on Sunday, Mr Maduro said the new crypto-currency would allow Venezuela "to advance in issues of monetary sovereignty, to make financial transactions and overcome the financial blockade"."The 21st Century has arrived!" he added to cheers from supporters.Venezuela: To default or to payVenezuela ...
Youth wing leader says sorry amid Zimbabwe 'coup'

Youth wing leader says sorry amid Zimbabwe 'coup'

World
The head of the African Union has said the takeover of Zimbabwe by the country's military "seems like a coup".The army chiefs who seized the capital, including the presidential palace and the state broadcaster early on Wednesday, claimed they had not carried out a coup.President Robert Mugabe is believed to be under house arrest despite an army claim that he was "safe".The Zimbabwean army said it took Mr Mugabe and his wife Grace into custody but there are unconfirmed and disputed reports that the first lady has fled the country and may be in Namibia.United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed for calm, non-violence and restraint after gunfire and explosions were heard near Mr Mugabe's compound.Armoured vehicles blocked roads to the main government offices, parliament and th...
Twitter freezes 'blue ticks' amid controversy

Twitter freezes 'blue ticks' amid controversy

Technology
Twitter has put a temporary hold on its general verifications following complaints about its 'blue ticks' lending gravitas to controversial figures.Verified accounts on Twitter receive a blue tick next to their name, establishing that the user is who they claim to be.In an extra-long tweet meeting the social media platform's new 280-character limit, Twitter's support account explained the move."Verification was meant to authenticate identity & voice but it is interpreted as an endorsement or an indicator of importance," the company said."We recognize that we have created this confusion and need to resolve it. We have paused all general verifications while we work and will report back soon," the account added.A statement by Jack Dorsey, Twitter's co-founder and chief executive, said: "W...
Braless Caroline Flack clings to cleavage for dear life amid sideboob spillage

Braless Caroline Flack clings to cleavage for dear life amid sideboob spillage

Entertainment
Alongside The X Factor final and the launch of I'm A Celebrity... Get Me out of Here!, the gala is one of the broadcaster's most important calendar events.Love Island presenter Caroline joined her fellow stars at London's Palladium tonight, turning heads as she hit the red carpet.Wearing a stunning one-shouldered black dress, Caroline intended to make the focus her long toned pins as she posed for pictures.However, the starlet soon discovered the perils of going braless – when will they learn?Ian West/PA WireUNCOMFORTABLE: Caroline Flack rearranged her outfit on the red carpetCaroline Flack Caroline Flack shows off curves in hottest pictures of TV starInstagram Caroline Flack's hottest pictures IAN WEST/ PALOVE ISLAND PRESENTER: Caroline usually focuses on h