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2nd Feb 2023

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Volkswagen official gets 7-year US jail sentence

US authorities on Wednesday handed Oliver Schmidt, a top Volkswagen official, a seven-year prison sentence for his roll in emissions cheating. Schmidt had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the US federal government and for violating the Clean Air Act. The German car manufacturer had rigged its diesel car emission tests using so called 'defeat devices'. The devices circumvented pollution rules both in the US and in Europe.

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EU Commission wants drones for Bulgaria on Turkey border

The European Commission wants to shore up the land border between Bulgaria and Turkey with drones. "We can strengthen the border with management capabilities," European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen told MEPs.

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Europe is giving more aid to Ukraine than you think

'Europeans need to pull their weight in Ukraine. They should pony up more funds.' Such has been the chorus since the start of the war. The problem is the argument isn't borne out by the facts, at least not anymore.

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