Uneasy standoff in Ukraine’s pro-Russian stronghold of Slavyansk | World news |

By late afternoon on Thursday it was a surprisingly tranquil scene. A few people stood and chatted at a militia checkpoint leading into Slavyansk over a bridge. A Russian tricolour flew above a wall of tyres. Next to it was the flag of the "Donetsk People's Republic". The armed pro-Russian separatists who hijacked the town in eastern Ukraine almost three weeks ago were still in business. Earlier they had fended off a demonstrative mini-attack by the Ukrainian army.

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Recalls Hammer GM Brand, Q1 2014 Profits –

Recalls Hammer GM Brand, Q1 2014 Profits – National

Autoblog reports the first several thousand kits meant for repairing a handful of General Motors vehicles affected by the February 2014 ignition switch recall have been shipped off to dealers. In addition, 1.4 million recall letters have been mailed out to affected consumers of 2003 – 2007 vehicles; 2008 – 2011 affected owners will receive their letters in the coming weeks. The letters inform consumers to schedule the repair with their dealer, which GM claims will take 90 minutes to complete. Until the repair occurs, the automaker instructs all consumers to have nothing more than the key itself prior to insertion, and to be sure their transmissions and switches are set in place before removing the key.

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