Italian Transport Minister dismissed Germany’s demands to recall Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV cars for alleged pollution violations as “completely unacceptable,” refusing to give in after months of pressure over emissions standards. German Transport Minister said any Fiat Chrysler cars breaking pollution rules must be taken off the market. Source: Bloomberg
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Israeli media are reporting that Iran is building a factory in northwest Syria to manufacture long-range rockets. The Times said Iran was also helping Hizballah build subterranean factories in Lebanon to make Fateh-110 medium-range missiles. Source: RadioFreeEurope
Germany’s second biggest airline Air Berlin filed for bankruptcy on Tuesday after Abu Dhabi’s Etihad – its leading shareholder – refused to finance another bailout. Source: CNN
China urged the US and North Korea to urgently “put the brakes” on provocative actions and words on Tuesday after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un appeared to back away from a threat to fire missiles toward the US Pacific territory of Guam. Source: CNN