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Toyota recollects 2.4 million hybrid cars

The Japanese automaker Toyota recollects more than 2.4 million hybrid cars as the company has discovered an error that could potentially contribute to accidents.The error has been discovered in cars manufactured between 2008 and 2014 and sold in Japan, North America, Europe and other parts of the world.
Toyota hybrid cars. Photo: AP

The recollection includes the models Prius and Auris. According to the company, the failure in some situations may lead to engine shutdowns – which can be dangerous at high speeds.

The recall occurs just one month after Toyota recalled over 1 million hybrid cars around the world after discovering a technical issue that could cause fire.

Norwegian army to attend an exercise in Sweden

For the first time, the Norwegian Army will go to Sweden to participate in practice.

Together with Finland, the United States, the United Kingdom and Sweden, Norway will participate in the Exercise Northern Wind March exercise next year, Aftenposten writes.

Photo: NTB scanpix

4,500 soldiers, F-16 aircraft and several support departments will attend the exercise, where it will be trained on “high intensity operations”.

Press officer Phillip Simon at the Swedish Defense Forces headquarters in Sweden says to the newspaper that the purpose of the exercise is to develop cooperation between the countries.

Ex President of South Korea sentenced for corruption

South Korea’s former president Lee Myung-bak, 76, is sentenced to 15 years in prison for corruption.

An action was taken in the case last month, and prosecutors said Lee deserved 20 years in prison for bribery, robbery and other offenses.

“All in all, a strict punishment for the accused is inevitable,” said one of the judges during the completion of the trial in Seoul on Friday.

Lee has been found guilty of receiving large sums of money from the electronics giant Samsung. In return, the company’s chairman, who was convicted of tax evasion, was pardoned.

Ex-S Korean President Lee Myung-bak

The case against Lee means that all four of South Korea’s surviving expressors are either charged or convicted of some form of crime.

Lees follower Park Geun-hye is in danger of spending over 30 years in prison after being convicted of corruption, abuse of power and illegal involvement in the elections in 2016.

Lee, who, like Park, belongs to the right side of Korean politics, was president from 2008 to 2013. He was arrested in March this year and has denied a sentence of punishment.

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