World Briefs: Recall of Audis over illicit emission tech

Recall of Audis over illicit emission tech

FRANKFURT • Germany's automotive watchdog KBA has detected illicit emission control software in Audi's latest Euro 6 diesel models and has ordered a recall of 127,000 vehicles, reported Bild am Sonntag.

Audi, a Volkswagen unit, said in a statement that the models had been included in a voluntary recall of 850,000 diesel vehicles with V6 and V8 TDI engines announced in July. "The engine control software for the vehicles in question will be completely revised, tested and submitted to the KBA for approval."


50,000 rally over use of name 'Macedonia'


More than 50,000 protesters massed in the streets of northern Greece's biggest city Thessaloniki yesterday, said the police, in a long-running row between Athens and Skopje over the use of the name "Macedonia".

Athens argues that the name Macedonia suggests that Skopje, capital of the Republic of Macedonia, has territorial claims to the northern Greek region of the same name, of which Thessaloniki is the capital. The region was the centre of Alexander the Great's ancient kingdom, a source of Greek pride.


ISIS ties: German gets death in Iraq

BAGHDAD • An Iraqi court yesterday sentenced to death a German woman of Moroccan origin for membership in the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group.

The woman was captured by Iraqi forces during the battle for Mosul last year, said Mr Abdul-Sattar al-Birqdar, a spokesman for Iraq's Supreme Judicial Council in Baghdad, declining to identify her.

She is the first foreign woman to be sentenced to death in Iraq for joining ISIS. She can appeal against the sentence, Mr Birqdar said.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 22, 2018, with the headline 'World Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe