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Volkswagen fined USD 8.9 million for emissions in Mexico

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MEXICO — Volkswagen has been fined 168 million pesos (8.9 million U.S. dollars) in Mexico for selling almost 45,500 vehicles without the required environmental certificates, the country’s environmental agency said Monday.

The fine is not the last word in the VW emissions scandal.

The attorney general’s office for environmental protection said Mexican authorities are still investigating the sale of vehicles between 2009 and 2015 that may have software that lets them cheat on diesel emissions tests.

In a press release, the Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (Profepa) slammed Volkswagen for intentionally selling Audi, Bentley, Porsche, Seat and Volkswagen cars without complying with the country’s environmental rules.

Profepa inspectors detected the breach of rules during a visit to Volkswagen last December when they checked information about the company’s vehicles, according to the release.

Volkswagen says as many as 11 million cars worldwide have the software that enables them to cheat on tests. The company says it is working to fix the cars and to change its culture so it doesn’t happen again.

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Zimbabwe’s President Mnangagwa narrowly escapes explosion at party rally

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HARARE — Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa narrowly escaped injury in an explosion on Saturday which has rocked a stadium where Zimbabwe’s president was addressing a campaign rally, with state media calling it an assassination attempt but saying the president was not hurt.

President Mnangagwa was whisked to a state house in Bulawayo, where he had been speaking ahead of next month’s historic election, the first since longtime leader Robert Mugabe stepped down.

The explosion occurred as the president, accompanied by other politicians, was walking off the stage at the White City stadium after addressing thousands of supporters in advance of next month’s vote.

Mnangagwa, the 75-year-old leader of ZANU-PF, was not hurt and taken to safety, officials said. However, witnesses said several people were injured, including the Vice-President.

Several others including number security personnel, the wife of fellow Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, the environment minister and the deputy speaker of parliament also suffered wounds.

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