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Airbags maker Takata agrees to pay US$ 1bn in penalties for concealing defects

Most major carmakers have been affected by the fault, with about 100 million Takata airbags recalled globally. The assembly plant in San Jose, Uruguay The Japanese car parts maker Takata has agreed to pay US$1bn in penalties in the US for concealing dangerous defects in its exploding airbags. The firm, which also has assembly plants in Brazil and Uruguay, also pleaded guilty to a single criminal charge, the company and the US Department of Justice said..

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Sterling drops ahead of Theresa May's Tuesday Brexit speech

The pound has now dropped about 20% against the dollar since the referendum when it fell to 31-year lows. The British pound has fallen against the dollar to below US$1.20 ahead of a key speech from Theresa May on Brexit this week. Sterling fell 1.5% against the US currency on Sunday to its lowest level since the flash crash in October.

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Prison massacres (and beheading) continues in Brazil, this time 30 inmates in Natal

The Alcacuz prison, just outside the state capital Natal, was built for a maximum of 620 inmates but currently houses 1,083, the state justice department said. The latest in a string of brutal prison massacres involving suspected gang members in Brazil has killed at least 30 inmates, most of whom were beheaded, officials said on Sunday. The bloodbath erupted Saturday night in the overcrowded Alcacuz prison in the northeastern state of Rio Grande do Norte. Similar violence at other jails in Brazil left around 100 inmates dead in early January.

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Trump says Brexit a 'great thing,' will meet PM May to reach trade deal with UK

US President-elect Trump believes “business is unbelievable in a lot of parts of the UK” US-President-elect Donald Trump said in a newspaper interview published on Sunday that "Brexit is going to end up being a great thing." He also confirmed he will be meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May soon after his inauguration on January 20 to finalise a trade agreement between the two countries that will be "good for both sides."

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Azul to operate daily Belo Horizonte-Ezeiza nonstop flight

Azul is a Brazilian low-cost carrier which will serve the Belo Horizone-Ezeiza route with Embraer 195 aircraft Over 1,200 reservations were registered during first week after services were made available, Fabián Lombardo, the company's representative in Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay, announced. The company will fly daily from Belo Horizonte to Buenos Aires (Ezeiza) starting March 6.

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Theresa May cover girl for the American April edition of Vogue

Downing Street sources denied the photo shoot which took place at PM's country retreat in Chequers, was in any way timed to coincide with May's trip to the US British PM Theresa May is to turn cover girl as she features in a fashion spread for the American edition of Vogue, Downing Street has confirmed. The 60-year-old PM secretly posed for renowned celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz in a shoot which is due to be featured in the magazine's April edition.

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Doktor Mengele's bones useful to medical students in Brazil

Holding Mengele’s skull, Muñoz pointed to a small hole in the left cheek bone, which he said was the result of long-term sinusitis. Muñoz said that a German couple who harbored Mengele in Brazil told The bones of Josef Mengele, an infamous German doctor who conducted horrific experiments on prisoners at the Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II to the point of becoming known as “Angel Of Death,” are now at the service of Brazilian medical students.

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Chilean eco terrorist group claims responsibility for parcel bomb against CEO of largest copper corporation

Landerretche suffered superficial injuries to his extremities and chest when the bomb went off. An eco-terrorist group said it was responsible for a parcel bomb that detonated at the home of the chairman of the board of Chilean state-owned mining giant Codelco, the world’s biggest copper producer.

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