Archive for: November 2015

France Will Destroy Islamic State – Hollande

French President Francois Hollande vowed that France will destroy the Islamic State after its deadly attack in the capital of Paris claiming 148 lives in the process. Hollande promises to create a bill that would extend France’s state of emergency for three months after the attack. He also promises reforms in the French constitution.

These include:

  • 5,000 extra police posts in the next two years and no new cuts in the defence budget
  • Making it easier to strip dual nationals of their French citizenship if they are convicted of a terrorist offence, as long as this did not render them stateless
  • Speeding up the deportation of foreigners who pose “a particularly grave threat to the security of the nation”
  • Pushing for greater European action against arms trafficking and greater penalties for it in France

Immediately, France sent out warplanes into Iraq and Syria to bomb IS targets, many of which include a command centre and shipping area.

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for simultaneous bombing attacks in six different Parisian sites, including attacking a concert hall that claimed 129 lives.

UN ‘Minute of Silence’

The UN Security Council held a minute of silence for the victims of the Paris attack and terrorism worldwide.

In Beirut, about 43 people died after a suicide bomber detonated himself before the Paris attacks.

About 15 individuals remain unidentified after the Paris attacks.

Volkswagen Scandal Stretches To Porsche, Audis

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, several undeclared Volkswagen, Porsche and Audi models also have the ’emissions cheating’ device that enabled other Volkswagen models to pass strict emissions testing regulation in Europe.

Sports cars sporting 3L engines, including the VW Touareg, 2015 Porsche Cayenne and the 2016 Audi A6 Quattro, had exceeded nine times the permitted Nitrogen Oxide emissions.

Volkswagen, now in the middle of a scandal and an international investigation by regulators from Asia to the United States, face massive fines for the 11 million vehicles with emissions cheating devices. However, it does not admit that its sports utility lines had sported the same defeat device.

Scandal Sees No End

According to EPA Assistant Administrator, Volkswagen’s sports utility vehicles had exhibited clear evidence of additional violations

“We have clear evidence of these additional violations and we thought it was important to put VW on notice and to inform the public.”

US investigators and lawmakers seized the opportunity to find out the extent of Volkswagen’s deception.

“The EPA expanding its investigation prompts questions regarding the prevalence of the emissions cheating and how it went undetected for so long … Our bipartisan investigation continues — it’s time for Volkswagen to fully come clean.”