Audi CEO Arrested
German authorities have arrested the chief executive of Volkswagen's Audi division, Rupert Stadler.
He was arrested Monday as part of an investigation about cars Audi sold in Europe that are believed to have been equipped with software that turned emissions controls off during regular driving.
Last week, Munich prosecutors raided Stadler's home on suspicion of fraud and improprieties of documents.
Volkswagen Audi said "the presumption of innocence remains in place for Mr. Stadler."
Volkswagen has pleaded guilty to emissions test cheating in the United States.
CEO Martin Winterkorn was charged in the United States, but he will unlikely face those charges since Germany does not extradite its nationals to countries outside the European Union.
US, Turkey Begin 'Coordinated, Independent' Patrols Near Manbij
The United States has begun “coordinated but independent patrols” with Turkey near the volatile northern Syrian city of Manbij, the Pentagon confirmed to VOA on Monday.
“We are patrolling on one side and they are patrolling on the other,” defense spokesman Eric Pahon told VOA on Monday. “These patrols are not joint.”
Turkey’s armed forces confirmed the American and Turkish “independent patrol activities” via Twitter earlier in the day.
Pahon said the purpose of the patrols was to support “long-term security in Manbij” and uphold its commitments to NATO-ally Turkey.
Earlier this month, Turkey and the United States endorsed a “road map” to overcome months of dispute over the city.
The two countries have disagreed over U.S. support for the Kurdish YPG militia, which Ankara views as a terrorist organization.
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters on June 11 that “collaboration” between the United States and Turkey along the forward line of troops would first include “patrols on each side saying, ‘Yes, I see you. You see me.’”