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Head of VW’s U.S. Unit Is Out, and Dealers Are Alarmed

The head of Volkswagen’s American operations, a central figure in the carmaker’s effort to repair relations with dealers and customers after an emissions scandal, unexpectedly stepped down on Wednesday. The sudden departure of the executive, Michael Horn, adds to the strategic uncertainty for Volkswagen, particularly in the United States, where ...

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Ex-President of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Faces Charges

By SIMON ROMERO March 9, 2016 RIO DE JANEIRO — Prosecutors filed charges on Wednesday against former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, one of Brazil’s most prominent political figures, shaking the country’s already anxious political establishment. The charges, brought by prosecutors in São Paulo State, are connected to claims of money ...

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Not welcome: Anti-immigration posters in Europe attack Muslims

Swiss People’s Party poster(Photo: Facebook screenshot) GENEVA — Political parties campaigning to stem the rising tide of immigrants pouring into Europe are resorting to posters that have racial undertones and denigrate Muslims. The latest example: a poster of a white sheep kicking a black sheep off the Swiss flag promoted by Switzerland’s largest party in ...

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U.S. Conferred With Iran Before Iraq Invasion, Book Says

WASHINGTON — Senior American officials held confidential talks with Iran about Iraq’s future in advance of the United States-led invasion to topple Saddam Hussein, and secured a promise that the Iranian military would not fire at United States warplanes that strayed into Iranian airspace, according to a new book by ...

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Leprosy victims live out their lives in Sri Lanka colony

Vithana Gunathilake lives at the Hendala Leprosy Hospital in Sri Lanka.(Photo: Ross Velton) HENDALA, Sri Lanka — Vithana Gunathilake’s motto is tattooed across his chest. The ink faded during his years here, but he still believes in the message: Do or Die. To prove it, he cradles a harmonica with his damaged ...

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Alumni of Britain’s Elite Schools

LONDON — Graduates of Britain’s famous private schools are still overrepresented in the upper tiers of British life, from government to the arts. The following 10 schools educate only about 0.3 percent of students, but they account for about 8 percent of people listed in Who’s Who, according to a ...

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Turkey Seizes Newspaper, Zaman, as Press Crackdown Continues

ISTANBUL — Backed by a court order, the Turkish authorities moved on Friday to seize Zaman, the country’s most widely circulated newspaper, in the latest crackdown by the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on freedom of the press. The seizing of the newspaper also highlighted the government’s building campaign ...

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