Daimler faces scrutiny of 120,000 Vito, C-Class diesels - Bild am Sonntag

The Daimler logo is seen before the Daimler annual shareholder meeting in Berlin, Germany, April 5, 2018. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Daimler faces an investigation of 40,000 diesel Vito vans and 80,000 C-Class model cars for possible illicit software that allowed the vehicles to emit excess pollution without detection, Bild am Sonntag reported, citing no sources.

Daimler has submitted a software update for the engines for regulatory approval, the German weekly paper said on Sunday.

The report comes after German motor authority KBA this week ordered Daimler to recall around 6,300 Vito vans fitted with 1.6 litre diesel Euro-6 engines globally because of engine control features to reduce exhaust emissions which KBA said breached regulations.

The carmaker reiterated it was cooperating fully with KBA but would appeal against the Vito recall decision and fight it in court, if necessary.

German Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer has summoned Daimler Chief Executive Dieter Zetsche to a meeting at the ministry scheduled for Monday to discuss the Vito recall.

Daily Bild reported on Friday that Daimler also faces a recall order for more than 600,000 diesel-engine vehicles including C-Class and G-Class models.

Since rival Volkswagen <VOWG_p.DE> admitted in 2015 to cheating U.S. emissions tests, German carmakers including VW, Daimler and BMW have faced a backlash against diesel technology in which they have invested billions of euros.



(Reporting by Maria Sheahan; Additional reporting by Edward Taylor; Editing by Marguerita Choy)

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    British Airways cancels all flights to Cairo as security 'precaution'

    British Airways has suspended all flights to Cairo for seven days as a security precaution.The airline announced on Saturday evening that all flights into the Egyptian capital were halted.A statement said: "We constantly review our security arrangements at all our airports around the world, and have suspended flights to Cairo for seven days as a precaution to allow for further assessment."The safety and security of our customers and crew is always our priority, and we would never operate an aircraft unless it was safe to do so."A spokeswoman later added: "We are rebooking customers who wish to travel this week on flights with alternative airlines. Customers who no longer wish to travel will be offered a refund."It is understood British Airways made the Department for Transport aware of its decision ahead of the announcement.A Government spokesman said: "We are aware that British Airways is notifying passengers that it has decided to suspend flights to Cairo temporarily."Cairo Airport website's arrivals page listed flight BA155 from London, due to arrive in Terminal 2 at 11.15pm local time, as cancelled.The airline runs one flight to and one from the city per day.Current Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice on travel to Egypt warns against "all travel" to certain parts of the country.But Cairo is part of a safer region, where the FCO suggests reviewing its advice before visiting.The FCO also advises against "all but essential" travel by air to the resort town of Sharm el Sheikh, a once popular destination for British holidaymakers."An estimated 415,000 British nationals visited Egypt in 2018," according to the website's advice page, which was last updated on Friday. "Most visits are trouble free."Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Egypt. Although most attacks occur in North Sinai, there is a risk of terrorist attacks across the country."Some affected passengers used social media to share pictures which appeared to show a letter handed out by British Airways with a similar message about security. Currently about to board a @British_Airways flight to Cairo and it’s cancelled. Not for a day. Not for two days but for seven. Security risk. Someone knows something we don’t. pic.twitter.com/oGQsSByP35 — Shanghai (@shanghai_dan) July 20, 2019One frustrated customer posted a picture of a queue and said: "Currently about to board a British Airways flight to Cairo and it's cancelled. "Not for two days, but for seven. Security risk. Someone knows something we don't." One customer, Rasha, who asked to keep her surname private, said she was booked on a flight on July 25 but was alerted by text about the suspensions.The IT worker, who is from Egypt and has lived with her family in Britain for six years, said she was supposed to meet her husband, children and other relatives."It's just terrible," she said. "It may seem like I'm just missing my flight for a holiday but I really need to go."I just want to know why do they have the right to cancel and not give at least an alternative?"Now I'm running around not knowing what to do. I need to know why."Fair enough here is a political situation that is out of their hands, security, whatever, but at least offer a reroute. That's all. They have to offer a solution."A spokeswoman for the airline said it could not immediately offer more information about the suspensions.The airline was also among several major carriers to announce in June they would reroute flights to avoid the Strait of Hormuz.The move - also taken by Australia's Qantas, Dutch carrier KLM, Emirates, Germany's Lufthansa, Malaysia Airlines and Singapore Airlines - followed the downing of a US drone by Iran.Additional reporting by Press Association

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    Owners of ‘largest puppy farm in Scotland’ who burnt dog corpses in van convicted of animal cruelty

    Canine breeders who owned the “largest puppy farm in Scotland” and are thought to have burnt the corpses of dead dogs have been convicted of animal cruelty offences.Frank James, 53, and Michelle Wood, 29, kept over 100 animals in “disgraceful” conditions at farm in Aberdeenshire in what investigators described as a “battery farm for pups”.When a raid was carried out at East Mains of Ardlogie Farm, near Fyvie in 2017, investigators discovered 87 dogs, including one just a few days old.The Scottish SPCA had been tipped off after pet owners complained that their puppies, bought from the couple, were ill or dying.Some years before James had been found to be keeping 70 dogs in filthy cattle barns, covered in lice, skin sores and cysts.Following the investigation, James and two of his relatives pleaded guilty to welfare offences in October 2014. James and his brother were banned from keeping more than two dogs for the next three years.An undercover investigator for the Scottish SPCA said: “We believe this was the largest scale puppy farming operation in Scotland.“The conditions these dogs were being kept in were absolutely disgraceful. “It fell far below the minimum standard in terms of animal welfare and, given the environment and sheer volume of puppies, it was immediately evident these were not being kept as pets and the premises was effectively a battery farm for pups.“Our investigation revealed dogs on site were being intensively bred with little to no regard for their welfare. “On site, we found a burnt-out van which had dog carcasses within, suggesting this was a means of disposing dead pups.“We acted swiftly and reopened our investigation into James when we received numerous reports of puppies who were either becoming unwell or dying within days of being purchased by unsuspecting members of the public.“Much like the previous investigation, the squalid conditions we found these pups being housed in showed a total disregard for their wellbeing.“Sadly, when dogs are bred in appalling conditions, it is very common for them to develop serious illnesses, medical conditions or even to die within weeks of being born.”After the raid, all 87 dogs as well as rabbits and ferrets which were found at the farm were re-homed after the charity took civil action.On Friday, James was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to dogs, ferrets and rabbits under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006.He was also found guilty of failing to ensure the welfare of the same animals at Aberdeen Sheriff Court on 19 July. Michelle Wood was found guilty of the same charges.Scottish SPCA chief superintendent Mike Flynn said: “Whilst every animal in our care receives all the love and attention in the world, it is not beneficial welfare-wise to spend months or even years in a rescue and re-homing centre until criminal proceedings conclude.”“In our centres, care costs an average of £15 per dog a day so picking up the pieces from dog breeders who prioritise profit over welfare puts a massive strain on our resources. “Thankfully, the decision to pursue a civil action in this instance means many of these animals found their forever homes long ago.”SWNS

  • US bakes as heatwave strikes bringing temperatures of 41C
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    US bakes as heatwave strikes bringing temperatures of 41C

    Parts of the United States have faced sweltering heat as a massive heatwave with temperatures of 41C swept the country.Sizzling temperatures have hit, with some people being forced to retreat to cooling centres.A meteorologist with the National Weather Services’s Weather Prediction Center said: “It’s pretty hot right now, from the Plains states all the way through the Mississippi Valley to the East Coast.”Cooling points have been set up in Chicago, Washington and New York as libararies and shopping malls are used as hubs.Tourists visiting the monuments and museums on the National Mall in Washington endured temperatures approaching 37.8C.Residents in a retirement community in Philadelphia were forced to leave after a power failure disabled the air conditions. Many had to go into a shelter at West Philadelphia High School, a city spokeswoman said.By midday Saturday, Boston's heat index was 39C and forecast to rise 40 C by late afternoon. New York's heat index was 38 C and forecast to rise to 43C.Some outdoor activities, including the New York City Triathlon and a running race outside Washington, were cancelled.Sizzling temperatures were expected to persist through Sunday, but relief is in sight, Mr Lamers said."A cold front north of us will start shifting south and by Sunday evening, it will make progress toward Boston, Pittsburgh, St. Louis. By Monday morning, it might be reaching Washington, Cincinnati with some rain and thunderstorms," he said.

  • Open Championship tee times: Sunday schedule moved forward due to adverse weather
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    Open Championship tee times: Sunday schedule moved forward due to adverse weather

    Sunday's final round at The Open will start an hour earlier than scheduled to avoid the worst of the heavy wind and rain expected at Royal Portrush.The R&A announced the move in a bid to ease the strain on players on the final day of the first Open Championship in Northern Ireland since 1951."Sunday tee times have been moved forward due to the adverse weather forecast," tournament organisers tweeted."The first tee time will be at 7:32am with the leaders beginning their final round at 1:47pm."Last year's final Open pairing of Xander Shauffele and Jordan Spieth at Carnoustie teed off at 2:45pm.Conditions on Saturday were the easiest yet, especially for the late starters who scored well as the wind died late in the afternoon with Shane Lowry and Tommy Fleetwood pulling away from the pack. Sunday tee times0632—Ashton Turner 0642—Shubhankar Sharma, Kiradech Aphibarnrat 0652—Eddie Pepperell, Nino Bertasio 0702—Paul Waring, Thorbjorn Olesen 0712—Jason Kokrak, Branden Grace 0722—Jim Furyk, Callum Shinkwin 0732—Kevin Streelman, Bubba Watson 0742—Kyle Stanley, Bernd Wiesberger 0757—Paul Casey, Benjamin Hebert 0807—Adam Hadwin, Matt Wallace 0817—Francesco Molinari, Thomas Pieters 0827—Louis Oosthuizen, Andrew Wilson 0837—Yosuke Asaji, Stewart Cink 0847—Joost Luiten, Doc Redman 0857—Innchoon Hwang, Ryan Fox 0907—Yuki Inamori, Charley Hoffman 0917—Lucas Bjerregaard, Ernie Els 0932—Aaron Wise, Lucas Glover 0942—Patrick Cantlay, Sergio Garcia 0952—Mikko Korhonen, Dustin Johnson 1002—Rory Sabbatini, Bob MacIntyre 1012—Romain Langasque, Kevin Kisner 1022—Tom Lewis, Graeme McDowell 1032—Justin Harding, Erik Van Rooyen 1042—Tyrrell Hatton, Webb Simpson 1052—Byeong Hun An, Matt Fitzpatrick 1107—Patrick Reed, Justin Thomas 1117—Sang Hyun Park, Russell Knox 1127—Xander Schauffele, Cameron Smith 1137—Andrew Putnam, Dylan Frittelli 1147—Matt Kuchar, Alex Noren 1157—Henrik Stenson, Jordan Spieth 1207—Tony Finau, Jon Rahm 1217—Danny Willett, Lee Westwood 1227—Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose 1237—Brooks Koepka, J.B. Holmes 1247—Tommy Fleetwood, Shane Lowry

  • Labour civil war deepens as Tom Watson condemns ‘mob justice’ after expulsion of peer
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    Labour civil war deepens as Tom Watson condemns ‘mob justice’ after expulsion of peer

    Tom Watson has condemned the “mob justice” behind a local Labour party’s expulsion of a former cabinet minister who criticised Jeremy Corbyn over antisemitism.Hilary Armstrong, a chief whip under Tony Blair, was among Labour peers who signed a newspaper advertisement warning Mr Corbyn was “failing the test of leadership” by allowing the crisis to grow.Her former North West Durham constituency Labour Party passed a motion to expel her at a meeting on Friday – when her successor, Laura Pidcock, remained silent, according to witnesses.Mr Watson, Labour's deputy leader, made his fury known by tweeting: “This misdirected mob justice degrades our great party.“These attempts to silence dissent will fail. This is not the party I know.”Fellow Labour MPs also criticised the move. Anna Turley, a North East MP, tweeted: “Hilary has served the Labour Party with commitment & distinction for decades, as a former social worker, particularly for the vulnerable.“She is Labour to her marrow and if there is no place for her in it, it is done.”And Pat Glass, who also represented North West Durham for Labour, tweeted: “I cannot believe that @NWDurhamLabour have passed a motion to expel former MP @hilaryarmstrong but it seems it is true.”“She has broken no rules unless free speech is now banned in the @UKLabour”.Now ennobled as Baroness Armstrong, the former chief whip joined the revolt in the House of Lords which has deepened the antisemitism crisis dogging the Labour leader.Mr Corbyn is now facing a potential vote of no confidence by Labour peers this week, after Baroness Hayter, the shadow Brexit minister, was sacked for likening his leadership to the “last days of Hitler”.In a statement, Baroness Armstrong said: “I'm very sad to hear this. North West Durham constituency Labour Party always used to be a place where differing opinions were respected.“This sadly shows how far the party has departed from its roots. I'm not going to shy away from demanding that the party leadership take real and decisive action to rid antisemitism from the Labour Party.”A Labour source said the constituency Labour Party does not have the power to expel, so the motion had no formal standing.

  • Tens of thousands attend Hong Kong pro-democracy protest
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    Tens of thousands attend Hong Kong pro-democracy protest

    Tens of thousands of people have attended a protest in Hong Kong against a now-suspended plan to allow extradition to mainland China. The protesters marched through the shopping district Wanchai, also home to police headquarters, which was barricaded behind fences and water barriers. The protests have gone on for weeks and resulted in the shelving of plans to pass a law allowing extradition to mainland China. Protesters now have a wider range of demands, from guarantees that the extradition bill will never be brought back, to the resignation of the Chief Executive of Hong Kong, Carrie Lam, and greater democracy in the territory.