Tuesday 24 October 2017

In brief: Renault car-name plan sparks row

A french lawyer is trying to get carmarker Renault to scrap its plans to name its new electric car 'Zoe'.

Lawyer David Koubbi, who is representing the parents of two little girls named Zoe Renault, insists that first names are sacred and shouldn't be co-opted by multinational companies to market products.

Russia concerned over North Korea

Russian president Dmitry Medvedev expressed concerns over North Korea's nuclear weapons programmes as he arrived in Seoul, South Korea, for the G20 summit.

"North Korea's nuclear ambition is creating political and military tension in north-east Asia and Russia's eastern region, which naturally makes us feel uneasy," he said.

Piracy rate spirals out of control

Piracy off the coast of Somalia is outpacing efforts to combat it and more is needed to attack the root of the problem by creating economic alternatives for young Somalis, a top United Nations official said.

Lynn Pascoe said more than 438 crew and passengers and 20 ships were currently being held at sea off Somalia as pirates employed larger vessels and attacked further off the coast to avoid patrols.

Memorial falls up and running

The waterfalls of the September 11 memorial at New York's Ground Zero are showing signs of life.

Engineers began testing one of the twin waterfalls, circulating hundreds of thousands of gallons of water into the north reflecting pool. The cascades empty into pools that mark spots where the towers once stood.

City cracks down on fast-food toys

San Francisco has become the first major American city to ban fast-food restaurants from including toys with children's meals that do not meet nutritional guidelines.

The city's board of supervisors gave the measure final approval on an 8-3 vote.

17 charged over Holocaust fraud

Two funds to help cash-strapped Holocaust survivors were raided for more than $42m (€30m) with the help of several people who were supposed to administer them, US authorities said as they charged 17 people.

A US attorney said the money was stolen from the Conference on the Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, a non-profit group that disburses funds provided by the German government to individuals and organisations.

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