Bleak outlook: Volkswagen’s US fines could be 15 times the $1.2 billion Toyota was obliged to pay up last year. Photograph: REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer/Files

“We have totally screwed up,” said Michael Horn, head of Volkswagen’s US division. But Volkswagen’s screw-up isn’t just any screw-up. It cheated at so(...)

French maritime gendarmes look at a map as part of  the search for wreckage from the missing MH370 flight at the marina of Saint-Marie on the French island of  Réunion late last week. Photograph:  Richard Bouhet/AFP/Getty Images

The police and army on the Indian Ocean island of Réunion have called off their search for more debris from the wreckage of Malaysian Airlines flig(...)

Searching the ocean off Réunion, during searches for more wreckage of the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines flight. Photograph: Patrick Becot/AFP/Getty Images

“To see the perfect wave and not be able to surf,” Nicolas Dantec said, shaking his head. “It is too difficult.” Dantec realised a childhood dream (...)

A pro-Russian separatist standing at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on July 18th, 2014. File photograph: Reuters

Dutch prosecutors have found possible parts of a BUK missile system at the site in eastern Ukraine where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was brought do(...)

The MH370 search area off the east coast of La Réunion measures 120km by 40km. Photogaph: EPA

France has launched a renewed air and sea search around the Indian Ocean island of La Réunion in the hope of finding more debris from the missing Mala(...)

A French serviceman looks for debris near Réunion: the search area off the island’s east coast measures 120km by 40km. Photograph: Patrick Becot/ECPAD

France has launched a renewed air and sea search around the Indian Ocean island of Réunion in the hope of finding more debris from the missing Malaysi(...)

Christoph Mueller: Malaysia Airlines is “technically bankrupt” and floundering after the loss of two aircraft.  Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

The two immediate past chief executives of Aer Lingus, Christoph Mueller and Dermot Mannion, were both prominent this week at the Capa Australia Pacif(...)

Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak during a press conference in Kuala Lumpur to confirm debris found on Reunion Island is from the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 flight. Photograph: Fazry Ismail/EPA

Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak has confirmed that a Boeing 777 wing segment discovered in the Indian Ocean island of Reunion is from the missing(...)

Relatives of Chinese passengers of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 speaks to a representative from Malaysia Airlines outside their office building in Beijing, China on Wednesday. Photograph: EPA 0:50

Technical experts in France will on Wednesday begin examining a plane part that almost certainly belonged to missing flight MH370, raising hopes that (...)

Police officers inspect metallic debris found on a beach in Saint-Denis on the French Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean. Photograph: Richard Bouchet/AFP/Getty Images.

French and Malaysian investigators are meeting in Paris after the arrival of a wing fragment many hope will solve the mystery of the missing Malaysia (...)