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Petrol Station Blast Kills 2, Injures 10

At least two people were killed and no fewer than 10 injured in an explosion at a petrol station northeast of Rome on Wednesday, firefighters and police said. The blast occurred when a tanker truck carrying flammable liquid was refueling at the petrol station on the Salaria highway 30 kilometres (18 miles) outside the capital, according to Italian media. “A firefighter ...

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May’s Brexit Deal Runs into Storm in Parliament

Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May launched a momentous Brexit debate Tuesday after suffering a string of stinging rebukes from MPs that exposed her lack of support in parliament. The House of Commons voted 311-293 to force the government to publish the full legal advice it received from the attorney general about the divorce deal May struck with the European Union ...

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Driving Range Of Hyundai Kona Electric to Be Corrected

Hyundai Motor is issuing a correction to the official Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) combined all-electric driving range (AER) stated for the Kona Electric. All new cars to be sold in the European Union are subject to the new WLTP tests, which use a standardized test programme set and overseen by designated testing authorities. In testing the Kona ...

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2019 Hyundai Kona Named Best Crossover

The Hispanic Motor Press Awards announced each year at the Los Angeles Auto Show named the 2019 Kona Best Crossover for Hispanic Families. The awards are organized by the Hispanic Motor Press Foundation, a non-profit 501 (c)3 educational organization that helps educate Hispanics on finding the best value vehicles in the market through grassroots efforts and events. The jury panel ...

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Qatar quits OPEC 

Qatar is quitting the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) from January 2019, Saad al-Kaabi, the country’s energy minister said on Monday. The decision to withdraw from OPEC came after Qatar reviewed ways to enhance its role internationally and plan its long-term strategy, al-Kaabi told a news conference in Doha. Qatar, one of OPEC’s smallest producers but the world’s ...

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Interest Rate Hike Impacts New Vehicle Sales

New vehicle sales continued to decline during November, noticeably impacted by the interest rate increase in the third week of the month. According to the National Automobile Association of South Africa (NAAMSA), the new vehicle market declined 4.6% to 47,486 units compared to November 2017, meaning sales year-to-date have declined 0.9%. “While consumer confidence looks to be reasonably positive, the ...

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New Kia Soul Makes World Debut In Los Angeles, With Contemporary New Design

A new, but familiar version of Kia’s beloved and award-winning urban crossover Kia Soul debuted on Thursday at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show.  Taking everything that popularized the company’s quirky, unconventionally styled urban crossover, Kia Motors has poured more of its soul into every inch of the vehicle. The result is a third-generation car that offers unmatched style, playful ...

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Trump Shuts US-Mexico Border, Stops Access to Vehicle Traffic, Migrant Kids Teargassed

President Donald Trump’s administration on Sunday ordered closure of a border crossing in southern California on, after hundreds of migrants tried to breach a fence from the Mexican city of Tijuana. The United States (US) Customs and Border Protection (CBP) office in San Diego, California, said on Twitter that it had closed both north and south access to vehicle traffic ...

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