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Hungarian army given sweeping powers against migrants

Hungary's parliament gave Monday the army and police sweeping new powers to keep migrants out as populist Prime Minister Viktor Orban warned that Europe was being "overrun".

"They are overrunning us. They're not just banging on the door, they're breaking the door down on top of us," the right-wing Mr Orban told lawmakers.

"Our borders are in danger. Our way of life built on respect for the law. Hungary and the whole of Europe is in danger," the 52-year-old said in Budapest.


German auto giant Volkswagen hit by huge false emission scam

German auto giant Volkswagen's shares plummeted nearly 20 per cent on Monday as investigations spread into revelations that hundreds of thousands of its diesel cars have software that secretly thwarts US pollution tests.

Volkswagen, the world's largest automaker by sales in the first half of this year, said it had halted all diesel vehicle sales in the United States during a probe into the scandal, which could lead to fines of more than US$18 billion (S$25.5 billion).

It is not known how far the manipulation extended.


Ahead of President Xi Jinping's visit,  US repeats call for China to curb maritime aggression

Ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visit to the United States, National Security Advisor Susan rice outlined the two nation's areas of cooperation, while reiterating the need for China to curb its aggression in contested waters in the East and South China Seas.

"We call on all claimants to reciprocally halt land reclamation, construction of new facilitates, and militarisation of outposts on disputed areas," said Ms Rice speaking at George Washington University on Monday. "Instead, we urge China and ASEAN countries to conclude a Code of Conduct and set clear, predictable, binding rules of the road in the South China Sea."

Her remarks come a day before Mr Xi is expected in Seattle, where he will meet with technology and business leaders before heading to Washington, where he will be hosted by President Barack Obama.


Skype working to fix glitch preventing users from making calls

 Skype, Microsoft Corp's online telephone and video service, said it identified the glitch that prevented some users from making calls, and is working to resolve the issue.

Skype said on Monday that some users are unable to make calls because their settings showed that they and their contacts are offline, even when they are logged in.

Some messages to group chats are not being delivered and users not already signed in may face difficulty while accessing their accounts.


Football: Diego Costa, Gabriel charged over Chelsea-Arsenal clash

 Diego Costa and Gabriel have been charged with violent conduct and improper conduct respectively over incidents during Chelsea's 2-0 win over Arsenal, the Football Association announced on Monday.

Chelsea striker Costa has been charged for apparently swinging his arm at Laurent Koscielny during Saturday's game, with Arsenal's Gabriel charged for his reaction to being sent off for kicking out at Costa shortly after.

Gabriel's team-mate Santi Cazorla has also been warned as to his behaviour following his dismissal later in the game, while both teams were charged with failing to control their players.