UN urges Maldives to end parly blockade
- 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.