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VW managers told about diesel probe in 2014

VW managers told about diesel probe in 2014

A high-ranking employee warned senior Volkswagen managers in May 2014 that US regulators might examine car engine software as part of an investigation into pollution levels, two sources familiar with the matter say.

US northeast feels Valentine's Day chill

US northeast feels Valentine's Day chill

Residents of much of the northeastern United States woke up to bone-chilling cold conditions that shattered Valentine's Day records in Boston, Hartford and Providence.

Most Spaniards see new elections as inevitable

A majority of Spaniards believe that new national elections will have to be called given that party leaders have been unable to agree on a viable coalition after an inconclusive poll in December, a survey shows.

Supreme Court vacancy upends presidential race

Supreme Court vacancy upends presidential race The sudden death of a US Supreme Court Justice has opened a new and incendiary front in the 2016 presidential race.

Zika affecting 5000 women in Colombia

Zika affecting 5000 women in Colombia

More than 5000 pregnant Colombian women are infected with the mosquito-borne Zika virus, the country's national health institute said on Saturday, as the disease continues its rapid spread across the Americas.

France rejects permanent refugee quota

France rejects permanent refugee quota

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has rejected the idea of a permanent quota system for distributing refugees across Europe, putting Paris at odds with Germany ahead of a summit to discuss the European Union crisis over migration.

Deep freeze triggers fatal pileup

Deep freeze triggers fatal pileup

A dangerous cold snap bringing life-threatening cold was settling in across the northeastern United States on Saturday and a snow squall triggered a pileup of dozens of vehicles on a Pennsylvania highway that left several people dead.

Russia casts doubt on Syria ceasefire deal

Russia casts doubt on Syria ceasefire deal

Russia says a Syria ceasefire plan is more likely to fail than succeed, as Syrian government forces backed by Russian air strikes took rebel ground near Aleppo and set their sights on the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa province.

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