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Takata agrees to guilty plea, will pay $1B for hiding defect

Takata pays 1B dollar fineTakata Corp. has agreed to plead guilty to a single criminal charge and will pay $1 billion in fines and restitution for a years-long scheme to conceal a deadly defect in its automotive air bag inflators.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Detroit announced the deal Friday, hours after it unsealed a six-count grand jury indictment against three former Takata executives who are accused of executing the scheme by falsifying and altering test reports that showed the inflators could rupture.

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Syria warns Israel after rockets hit air base

Syria warns Israel after rocket attacksThe Syrian army has warned Israel of "repercussions" after rockets struck a major military airbase outside Damascus.

Explosions were heard in the capital early on Friday and residents in the city's southwest suburbs saw a large plume of smoke rising from the area.

Footage on social media showed flames leaping from parts of the Mazzeh military airport compound.

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Obama ends 'wet foot, dry foot' policy for Cuban immigrants

Obama ends wet foot dry food policy for CubansPresident Barack Obama is ending a longstanding immigration policy that allows any Cuban who makes it to US soil to stay and become a legal resident, a senior administration official said Thursday.

The repeal of the “wet foot, dry foot” policy is effective immediately, according the official. The decision follows months of negotiations focused in part on getting Cuba to agree to take back people who had arrived in the US.

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Shai Masot, a senior political officer at the Israeli embassy in the UK, forced to resign

Isreli diplolmat forced to resignAn Israeli political officer, who was at the centre of an Al Jazeera investigation, has been forced to resign from Israel's UK embassy, a senior official in the Israeli foreign ministry told Al Jazeera.

Shai Masot, a senior political officer working at the Israeli embassy, resigned from his post earlier this week, the spokesman said on Thursday.

The investigation, The Lobby, reveals plots by the Israeli diplomat and a British civil servant to destroy the careers of senior politicians.

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Israeli Arabs urge general strike after house demolitions

Israeli demolitions of Palestinian housesHundreds of protesters from Israel's Arab minority took to the streets Wednesday in response to the demolition of 11 homes built without proper permits by Israeli authorities, while Israeli Arab leaders called for a general strike in all their towns and villages.

Yousef Jabareen, an Arab member of Israel's parliament, called the demolition in the central city of Kalansua "unprecedented" and vowed to fight further measures.

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Xi to be first Chinese leader to attend Davos World Economic Forum

Xi to attend economic conferencePresident Xi Jinping this month will become the first Chinese head of state to attend the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, which this year will dwell on the rising public anger with globalization and the coming U.S. presidency of Donald Trump.

Xi will take centre stage at the Jan. 17-20 forum with China presenting itself as a champion of globalization.

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Dozens killed in double suicide attack in Kabul

Dozens dead in Afghan bombingDozens of people have been killed and scores wounded in twin suicide blasts near Afghanistan's parliament in the capital, Kabul, according to officials, in an attack claimed by the Afghan Taliban.

Security officials said a suicide bomber blew himself up on Tuesday in the Darul Aman area of the city and was followed immediately by a car bomber in an apparently coordinated operation.

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