Audi boss, Rupert Stadler arrested over emission scandal

The Chief Executive Officer of German luxury carmaker, Audi, Rupert Stadler, has been arrested as part of an ongoing investigation into an emissions scandal involving Audi and its parent company Volkswagen. Stadler is the highest ranking Volkswagen executive to be arrested in connection to a costly diesel emissions scandal that burst into public view in […]

US withdraws from ‘cesspool’ UN rights body

The United States withdrew from the United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday, condemning the “hypocrisy” of its members and its alleged “unrelenting bias” against Israel. The US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, came to Washington to announce the decision alongside President Donald Trump’s top diplomat, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Both insisted […]

All eyes on OPEC as Trump gripes over prices

Just nine days before a big OPEC meeting, US President Donald Trump joined the oil-market fray on Wednesday, blaming the group for high prices. “Oil prices are too high, OPEC is at it again. Not good!” the US president said on Twitter. Trump’s grousing follows reports suggesting the oil exporters group was already planning to […]

Lebanese man stranded for 42 days in Ecuador airport

A Lebanese man has been stuck in immigration purgatory at an airport in Ecuador for 42 days after losing his passport and being returned there from Spain. Nizam Hussein Shalak, 56, who does not speak Spanish, has been residing in the international terminal of the Jose Joaquin de Olmedo airport in Guayaquil, El Universo newspaper […]

Myanmar army, govt hold rare meeting over Rohingya crisis

Myanmar’s army and civilian leadership held a rare “national security” meeting on Friday and discussed an internal investigation into the Rohingya crisis in Rakhine state, the president’s office said. The meeting — only the third of its kind since Aung San Suu Kyi’s government took power in 2016 — follows a deal to allow the […]

100 firefighters tackle blaze at central London hotel

A fire broke out at London’s Mandarin Oriental hotel on Tuesday, with dozens of firefighters deployed to tackle the blaze that pumped smoke high into the air over the British capital. The fire brigade said “around 100 firefighters are tackling a large fire at a hotel of 12 floors in Knightsbridge”, a luxury area of […]