Volkswagen and Ford Motor will unveil a deeper alliance next week that goes beyond co-operating in commercial vehicles in a move meant to save the motor firms billions as they develop new technologies, two people familiar with the plan said on Wednesday. Ford and VW have been exploring closer co-operation as trade frictions force carmakers to rethink where they build vehicles for Europe, the US and China, and as software companies prepare to launch their own self-driving cars.
Americans, facing levels of acrimonious polarization not seen since the Civil War, may understandably worry about the health of the country's democratic institutions. However, the consequences of partisan rancor may also stretch beyond domestic politics. Already, some experts warn that “political dysfunction” is becoming a national security concern.
A Chinese court has jailed a man for two years for neglecting his ageing father, an unusually severe sentence for flouting the law obliging offspring to care for elderly parents. His four sisters were handed suspended sentences for ignoring their dad, a court in China's southwestern Sichuan province wrote on its official social media account last week. The family lived and worked near the village where their father, surnamed Zhang, shared a home with his wife.