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Audi sees China as the catalyst for its future electric car range

Audi sees China as the catalyst for its future electric car rangeAfter keeping a comparatively low profile at New York, Audi, a company with a reputation for delivering show-stopping concept cars for every automotive event it attends, has arrived in Shanghai in top form with a sporty electric car concept, the e-tron Sportback, that it promises will be a production reality within the next two years. Like VW, Audi is showing the world what's possible with plug-in electric cars via a series of conceptual studies. It started with the e-Tron Quattro in Frankfurt back in September 2015 -- a plug-in SUV -- and on Wednesday the second car in the series, a fastback (Audi's name for a car with a coupé form factor but with four, rather than two doors) made its global debut.

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Ukraine's Poroshenko says sanctions on Russia must stay

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko on Wednesday called for Western sanctions on Russia to be maintained in order to keep the Kremlin in line and to ensure the success of Ukraine's own economic reform program. "We need firm support for Ukraine reform...

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China's Xi restructures military, consolidates control

Chinese President Xi Jinping has announced a military restructure of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) to transform it into a leaner fighting force with improved joint operations capability, state media said. Centered around a new, condensed structur...

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Death toll after Philippine bus plunge rises to 31

The death toll from a Philippine bus that plunged into a ravine rose to 31 with signs that overloading contributed to the crash, a police official said on Wednesday. The accident, which saw the bus come off a winding road to fall 24 metres (80 feet) i...

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In Mosul, Iraqi snipers track jihadists around the clock

A few hundred metres from an iconic mosque in west Mosul, Iraqi sniper Salah al-Zuheiri has his eye glued to his scope as he searches for Islamic State group jihadists. Iraqi forces are battling to retake Mosul from IS, after the group overran the cit...

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Ossoff to face Handel in Georgia runoff

Democrat Jon Ossoff jumped to an early lead in the suburban Atlanta 6th Congressional District special election Tuesday, a contest that has drawn national attention as an early test of Democratic efforts to challenge President Trump.

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GOP Sen. Ernst says Trump should spend less time at Mar-a-Lago

GOP Sen. Ernst says Trump should spend less time at Mar-a-LagoSen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, said she has “concerns” about the frequency of President Trump’s trips to his Mar-a-Lago residence and particularly about his use of the Palm Beach, Fla., venue to host foreign leaders.

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What happened today in France's presidential race

Just days before voting begins in France's presidential election, police arrested two men suspected of plotting an attack, the race drew ever tighter and holograms made a comeback. An attack plot foiled by authorities in southern France sparked fears ...

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