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By Ben Klayman DETROIT (Reuters) - General Motors Co announced new recalls of 1.5 million cars on Monday and in a virtually unprecedented public admission by a GM CEO, Mary Barra acknowledged the company fell short in catching faulty ignition switches linked to 12 deaths and last month's recall of 1.6 million cars. Barra said the company is changing how it handles defect investigations and recalls. In the last two months, GM has recalled more than 3.1 million vehicles in the United States and other markets for faulty ignition switches, airbag wiring harnesses and brake parts across several models. Barra previously apologized for GM's failure to catch the faulty ignition switches sooner.
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin recognized Crimea as a "sovereign and independent country" Monday, just hours after the strategic Black Sea peninsula declared it had broken away from Ukraine.