Dirk Auer has constructed a jet-powered toy car that can go from zero to 130 kilometers an hour in 14 seconds. The engineer from the central German state of Hessen loves extreme stunts, such as plummeting down a roller-coaster on inline skates.
Thousands of people have fled their homes as 5,000 buildings in Northern California are threatened by the raging wildfires. Extreme heat and gusty winds have caused "fire tornadoes" and the fires are set to continue.
German carmaker Daimler and auto parts supplier Bosch have announced they will deploy self-driving taxis in California next year. The move will be part of a test program of vehicles designed for city driving.
African leaders have gathered in Mauritania's capital for talks on combating extremism, ahead of a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron. As the summit kicked off, an extremist attack killed four people in Mali.
Six months after Brazil's military was deployed in Rio de Janeiro under the guise of improving public safety, crime continues to be a problem. Critics say the operation is nothing but "a show for Brazil's middle class."
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