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VW ‘dieselgate’ fraud: Timeline of a scandal

FRANKFURT AM MAIN: As Volkswagen faces the wrath of investors in the first mass "dieselgate" lawsuit on its home turf, here's a look at how the emissions cheating was uncovered and the fallout for the auto giant:  2014 US researchers at the University of West Virginia discover that certain VW diesel cars emit up to 40 times the permissible levels of harmful nitrogen oxide when tested on the road.  2015 September 18: The US Environmental Protection Agency accuses VW of duping diesel emissions tests using so-called…

Inflated CVs, dubious degrees: Spain in ‘mastergate’ scandal

MADRID: Inflated CVs, degrees that may or may not be real... a scandal over how Madrid's leader obtained a law diploma has swept up other politicians in what has become Spain's "mastergate". For close to a month, Cristina Cifuentes, Madrid's conservative regional president, has been caught in a media storm over accusations she received the 2011-2012 masters degree from King Juan Carlos University (URJC) without taking all the required exams or attending lectures. The opposition wants her to resign and prosecutors are…