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Semiconductor shortage forces automobile production cuts

Semiconductor shortage forces automobile production cuts

Technology
A widening global shortage of semiconductors for auto parts is forcing major auto companies to halt or slow vehicle production just as they were recovering from pandemic-related factory shutdownsBy TOM KRISHER AP Auto WriterJanuary 8, 2021, 9:34 PM• 3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleDETROIT -- A widening global shortage of semiconductors for auto parts is forcing major auto companies to halt or slow vehicle production just as they were recovering from pandemic-related factory shutdowns.Officials at Volkswagen, Ford, Fiat Chrysler, Toyota and Nissan all say they have been hit by the shortage and been forced to delay production of some models in order to keep other factories running.“This is absolutely an industry issue,” Toyota spokesman Scott Vazin said in an ema
U.S. Forces Korea apologizes for maskless parties during pandemic surge

U.S. Forces Korea apologizes for maskless parties during pandemic surge

World
SEOUL, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- United States Forces Korea said Wednesday it "regrets" a pair of crowded dance parties that were held on its installations in recent weeks, at which guests ignored social distancing and mask-wearing guidelines. A party that was held at a venue in USFK's Camp Humphreys last week drew criticism from local citizens and South Korean authorities after images and video were uploaded to social media and reported on by news outlets. Camp Humphreys is located in Pyeongtaek, roughly 40 miles south of Seoul. Advertisement A similar party was held earlier at nearby Osan Air Base. "United States Forces Korea is aware of two recent on-installation events that displayed poor judgment and actions inconsistent with USFK's core tenets and COVID-19 health protection mitigation measure...
U.S. forces in South Korea, Japan confirm more than 50 new COVID-19 cases

U.S. forces in South Korea, Japan confirm more than 50 new COVID-19 cases

Business
Nov. 23 (UPI) -- U.S. Forces Korea reported 22 positive COVID-19 tests among people arriving at South Korean bases between Nov. 5 and Nov. 20 in a statement on Monday. Contractors, service members and their dependents were quarantined after they arrived at Osan Air Base and at Inchon International Airport. Advertisement Despite the increase in cases, U.S. Forces Korea said that it remains "at a high level of readiness with less than one percent of its active duty service members currently confirmed positive." The positive tests are among 54 new COVID-19 cases identified among U.S. forces in Asia, including 21 over the weekend at Yokota Air Base, near Tokyo. The base currently has 43 active cases, the base reported, during a weekend in which the city of Tokyo reported a record 500 or more...
Report: Australian special forces unlawfully killed 39 Afghans

Report: Australian special forces unlawfully killed 39 Afghans

World
Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Australian special forces allegedly committed 39 unlawful killings during operations in Afghanistan, according to a new report released Thursday that recommended federal police to investigate 19 current and former soldiers for criminal prosecution. Australia Defense Chief Angus Campbell said Thursday that the report's findings allege the most serious breaches of military conduct, and that he apologizes to the people of Afghanistan for the crimes committed by his soldiers. Advertisement "It's my duty, and that of my fellow chiefs, to set things right," he said. Quoting the report, Campbell blamed the killings on the soldiers' embrace of a "warrior culture." "A misplaced focus on prestige, status and power, turning away from the regiment's heritage of military excellence f...
‘At least 12 killed by government forces’ as End SARS protests continue in Nigeria

‘At least 12 killed by government forces’ as End SARS protests continue in Nigeria

World
At least 12 people were killed when government forces fired upon protesters during anti-police brutality demonstrations in Nigeria, Amnesty International has claimed.Shots were fired at protesters by the Lekki toll plaza in Lagos on Tuesday night, causing injuries and an unknown number of deaths. Human rights group Amnesty has said an investigation has uncovered evidence of 12 deaths and hundreds of injuries, and accused the police and military of using excessive force. Image: People are seen near burning tires on the street in Lago. Pic: UnEarthical, via Reuters The protests began two weeks ago after a video circulated showing a man being beaten, apparently by police officers from the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, known as SARS.W...