UN urges Mal­dives to end parly block­ade

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- UN Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral An­to­nio Guter­res on Thurs­day urged the govern­ment in the Mal­dives to lift a block­ade of Par­lia­ment where troops have barred the op­po­si­tion from tak­ing their seats. Guter­res called on the govern­ment to up­hold free speech, the right of as­sem­bly and "re­frain from all acts that re­sult in the ha­rass­ment and in­tim­i­da­tion of mem­bers of Par­lia­ment, po­lit­i­cal par­ties, civil so­ci­ety and the me­dia."For the past days, sol­diers have barred the main op­po­si­tion Mal­di­vian Demo­cratic Party (MDP) from en­ter­ing the Par­lia­ment com­plex, with wit­nesses re­port­ing shov­ing as MPs were forced back from the bar­ri­cade.

UNITED NA­TIONS Au­thor­i­ties find il­le­gal 'de­feat de­vice'

- Ger­many's trans­port min­is­ter says that what au­thor­i­ties con­sider il­le­gal soft­ware has been found in a Porsche diesel Cayenne and they will or­der a re­call of the SUV. Alexan­der Do­brindt said on Thurs­day that the model af­fected is a Cayenne 3.0-litre TDI that is still in pro­duc­tion. Wheels24 has con­tacted Porsche SA re­gard­ing the re­call. The au­tomaker says it's wait­ing for con­fir­ma­tion from its Ger­man head­quar­ters. He said that au­thor­i­ties will or­der an oblig­a­tory re­call as in pre­vi­ous such cases. He added that 7 500 such ve­hi­cles have been reg­is­tered in Ger­many and some 22 000 across Europe.

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