WASHINGTON (AP) â President Barack Obama seemed to call Hillary Rodham Clinton's idea of a no-fly zone in Syria "half-baked." Clinton has described the president's immigration strategy as "harsh and aggressive." And as Obama tries to rally Democrats around the chief economic proposal of his second term, the party's presidential front-runner has stayed conspicuously silent.
The Australian unit of Volkswagen said on Wednesday some 77,000 vehicles sold in the country had been fitted with devices designed to mask the level of emissions, widening a global scandal engulfing the German automaker. The unit said it had set up a website for customers to see if their vehicles, including almost 55,000 Volkswagen branded passenger cars, 5,000 Skodas and more than 17,000 Volkswagen commercial vehicles, had the affected EA 189 diesel engines. "Volkswagen Group Australia takes this issue extremely seriously and is continuing to gather all the facts from our head office to support any rectification plans in Australia," Managing Director John White said in a statement.
By Alex Whiting LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Traumatised by his experiences as a child soldier in South Sudan, 14-year-old Peter decided to settle an argument with two other children by taking an AK-47 from the local military barracks to shoot them. Peter, whose name has been changed to protect his identity, was one of nearly 1,800 children being reintegrated into their communities after their release earlier this year from the South Sudan Democratic Army Cobra Faction in eastern Jonglei state. Counsellor Shaun Collins, who has recently returned to Britain after six months as a leader on the U.N. children's agency (UNICEF) programme which helped release and reintegrate the children, decided to not to offer Peter formal therapy. Â Â Â Short of time and resources, Collins thought it better to teach the boy techniques to help him calm down, and draw in community elders, family, social workers and his teacher to help him change his behaviour.
WASHINGTON (AP) â Drug criminals once described by prosecutors as unrepentant repeat offenders are among those poised to benefit from new sentencing guidelines that are shrinking punishments for thousands of federal prisoners, according to an Associated Press review of court records.
By Philip Blenkinsop BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Anheuser-Busch InBev , the world's largest brewer, launched an improved offer for SABMiller on Wednesday, offering just over 68 billion pounds ($104 billion) for its largest rival to extend its reach into Africa and other markets. The company said in a statement it was offering 42.15 pounds per SABMiller share, having already made two prior offers at 38 and 40 pounds. AB InBev said it believed the offer would be attractive to SABMiller shareholders, adding it was disappointed the UK-based company's board had rejected both previous approaches.