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By Richard Cowan and Ben Klayman WASHINGTON/DETROIT (Reuters) - The U.S. House committee looking into the defective air bags made by Japanese supplier Takata Corp will hold an initial briefing with U.S. safety regulators next week to learn the details of the regional recalls affecting 10 automakers, a committee aide said on Friday. The date of the House Energy and Commerce Committee's briefing was not disclosed. It is not a hearing and will not be open to the public, the aide said. The committee has not requested any documents on Takata at this point, the aide said. ...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday urged North Korea to release two detained Americans to build goodwill with the United States, but ruled out providing a U.S. apology to Pyongyang to win their freedom.
By Alastair Macdonald BRUSSELS (Reuters) - In a vivid display of public fury at European Union technocrats, British Prime Minister David Cameron refused to pay a surprise 2.1-billion-euro (1.65 billion pound) bill on Friday as EU leaders ordered an urgent review of how the budget figures were arrived at. As Eurosceptics at home leapt on news that the EU executive - branded a "thirsty vampire" - had demanded a sum worth about one seventh of London's annual payment after a major statistical review of national incomes, Cameron demanded action from fellow leaders at a summit calling the bill "completely unacceptable". He found some sympathy - a visibly furious Cameron told a news conference that Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi had also lambasted "bureaucrats without a heart", who made it harder to persuade citizens of the Union's value. "It's an appalling way to behave," Cameron said.