Porsche chief Matthias Mueller is tipped to succeed Martin Winterkorn, who resigned in the midst of VW’s emissions scandal.
Embattled car-maker Volkswagen is set to name its new chief executive today, as it tries to deal with the biggest crisis in its history.
Porsche boss Matthias Mueller is expected to get the nod, replacing Martin Winterkorn, who resigned on Wednesday after it was revealed VW had fitted millions of cars and vans with software which allowed them to falsely pass emissions tests.Tags: Matthias Mueller, new boss, porsche, Volkswagen
Tim Peake heads to the International Space Station in December and wants to share his experience with scientists of the future.
The first British astronaut of the European Space Agency is hosting a news conference about his upcoming journey to the International Space Station.
Tim Peake is preparing to travel to the space station on 15 December as part of the Principia mission, named after Isaac Newton’s theory Naturalis Principia Mathematica, which explains the principal laws of motion and gravity.
He will travel with NASA astronaut Tim Kopra and Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko and will perform more than 30 scientific experiments during his six-month stay.
VW’s boss will meet board members later as the firm is sued by consumers and faces a criminal probe over cheating emissions tests.
A law firm is suing Volkswagen in the US over the “defeat devices” used to fool emissions tests on diesel cars.
Lawyer Robert Clifford said the impact was “massive” and that car buyers had not got what they paid for.
He said people were also affected because of “diminution of value” – meaning their car could now be worth less.
Another group of up to 100 illegal immigrants has been caught trying to get into Britain through the Channel Tunnel, Eurotunnel said today.
Passenger services through the tunnel were delayed for several hours and freight services were suspended overnight after the group was caught inside the Eurotunnel compound at Coquelle, north of Calais, at around 9.45pm last night, a spokeswoman for the company said.
The attempt came as a newspaper report claimed Home Secretary David Blunkett had asked the French government to shut down the nearby Red Cross camp at Sangatte, where it is believed the group was from.
Forty-four Afghans were found trying to walk through the tunnel on Wednesday.
Home secretary calls for rethink of principle of free movement in EU, blaming borderless system for exacerbating Europe’s migration crisis.
Only European migrants with a job lined up should be allowed into the UK, the home secretary, Theresa May, has said, arguing that current levels of migration are unsustainable.
Her comments came after figures from the Office for National Statistics showed migration to Britain had hit a record high, reaching 330,000 in the past year to March. The rise comes despite a pledge made by David Cameron in 2011 to bring down immigration to the tens of thousands.
“Net migration at that volume is simply unsustainable,” May wrote in an editorial in the Sunday Times. “It puts pressure on infrastructure, such as housing and transport – and public services, such as schools and hospitals.”
Amazon Prime has promised Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May they can make the show they want, and this freedom that you don’t get with TV broadcasters might extend to them naming it.
‘Gear Knobs’ certainly doesn’t sound like it was invented by suits in a board room, a wilfully stupid and self-deprecating title you could quite imagine the trio coming up with.
BuzzFeed spotted that it was quietly registered as a trademark by Clarkson’s law firm Olswang just a couple of weeks before the Amazon Prime show was formally announced, meaning that the phrase can be used for television, merchandise, magazines – just about anything.
This is all very speculative at the moment (and they could just be trying to throw everyone off the scent), but given the trio’s general irreverence, it wouldn’t be surprising if they went for a jokey title for the show – poking fun at the BBC in the process – rather than meaningless car-based titles like ‘Top Gear’ and ‘Fifth Gear’.
The show reportedly has an eye-watering £160 million budget, with more money being poured into it per episode than House of Cards.
Mark Zuckerberg says the new tool will allow the website’s users to “express empathy” with their friends.
Facebook is working on a ‘dislike’ button, its founder Mark Zuckerberg has announced, after years of resisting popular demand for such a tool.
During a question-and-answer session at the social network’s headquarters in Menlo Park, California, he revealed the button would allow Facebook users to “express empathy” with their friends.
“People have asked about the ‘dislike’ button for many years, and probably hundreds of people have asked about this, and today is a special day because today is the day that I actually get to say we are working on it, and are very close to shipping a test of it,” he said.
We’ve heard that before Samsung unveils the Galaxy Note 5, or maybe even at the same time, it will be supersizing its current Android flagship smartphone. There has been word on the street that a Plus-sized version of the Galaxy S6 edge is on its way.
There were also previous rumours that the company would consider a standard S6 Plus too, but those have waned of late and it is thought that only the edge will get a beefier version, bringing that gorgeous wrapped-screen design aesthetic to the larger phone market.
So we’ve decided to round-up all of the rumours and speculation so far to give you an idea of what, where and when the Galaxy S6 edge Plus might appear. We’ll also regularly update this feature as and when more speculation surfaces.
Certain Tube trade unions have announced strike action this week.Tube strike has been suspended
The strike by the RMT, TSSA and Unite unions that was set to disrupt Tube services has been suspended, London Underground (LU) has confirmed.
But London Underground services are still set to be disrupted on September 8 and 10 next month if a new deal is not made for workers ahead of the Night Tube launch, the RMT said.
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The cortege route for Cilla Black’s funeral in Liverpool on Thursday has been announced.
The family of the entertainer, who died on 1 August, has asked those wishing to pay their respects to line a two-mile stretch of Woolton Road.
The funeral will be held at St Mary’s Church, in the suburb of Woolton, at 13:00 BST (12:00 GMT).
More than 3,000 people signed books of condolence in Liverpool, the star’s home city, following her death.