Corvette goes midengine for first time to raise performance

WARREN, Mich. — The new Chevrolet Corvette doesn’t look much like earlier versions of the classic American sports car.With the engine in the middle instead of the front for the first time, it more resembles a Lamborghini, Lotus or McLaren race car. Engineers say they had to move the engine because they had reached the performance limits of a front-engine car.The 2020 version was to be unveiled Thursday night at a World War II dirigible hangar in Orange County, California.Engineers say it will perform far better than the current front-engine model and will be quieter on the road.Although it looks more like a racer, they kept some of the old Corvette’s looks such as the tapered fastback rear and pointed shark-nose hood.Tom Krisher, The Associated Press read more

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Security Council discusses two Iraqrelated reports

In the first, Mr. Annan reports that the ousted government failed to return most of the Kuwaiti property seized during its 1990-91 occupation of its neighbour despite some “limited cooperation” prior to the recent hostilities. He expresses the hope that there will be “continued commitment to the search and return of Kuwaiti property and archives and that real progress may soon be achieved.”In the second, he reports that the total budget for phasing out the Oil-for-Food programme by 21 November, as required by the latest Council resolution, which lifted sanctions on Iraq, is estimated at $106 million, plus a contingency reserve of $16 million. Under the programme, otherwise sanctions-bound Baghdad was allowed to sell oil for food and other humanitarian supplies as well as to pay compensation to victims of its occupation of Kuwait. read more

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