Nokia recalls 30,000 chargers for Lumia 2520 tablet

HELSINKI, April 17, 2014 (AFP) – Finnish telecom company Nokia on Thursday recalled 30,000 chargers for its Lumia 2520 tablet due to risk it could give customers an electric shock.

The AC-300 charger, manufactured by a third-party supplier, was sold in Austria, Britain, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Russia, Switzerland and the US.

The AC-300 charger, manufactured by a third-party supplier, was sold in Austria, Britain, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Russia, Switzerland and the US.

The Lumia 2520 is the first tablet by Nokia, once the world leader in the mobile phone industry but which lost its top place to South Korea’s Samsung in 2012.

“The plastic cover of the charger’s exchangeable plug could come loose and separate,” the company said in a statement.

“If loose and separated, certain internal components pose a hazard of an electric shock if touched while the plug remains in a live socket.”

The Finnish company said the problem was detected during an internal quality control process and that no consumer incident had been reported so far.

Nokia advised all customers to “suspend use of the charger until further notice”.

“We’re working with all our suppliers to minimize the inconvenience,” the firm said on its website.

The sale of Nokia’s mobile phone and tablet business to US giant Microsoft is expected by the end of this month.

The unit, once a poineer of the mobile phone world but now relegated behind the likes of Apple and Samsung, reported losses of 780 million euros ($1.08 billion) last year.

Russia’s Lavrov announces deal to “de-escalate tensions” in Ukraine

GENEVA – Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Thursday announced a deal had been reached with Ukraine, the United States and the European Union to “de-escalate” dangerously high tensions in Ukraine.

“All illegal armed groups must be disarmed, ilegally seized buildings returned to their rightful owners,” he said of the agreement reached with US Secretary of State John Kerry, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsya and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.

He did not elaborate. But the statement could potentially be referring to pro-Kremlin separatists who have wreaked havoc in Ukraine’s southeast in recent days, occupying state buildings in several towns and cities in what has severely destabilised the country.

The West had come to the Geneva talks hoping to persuade Moscow to disband these militias, although Russia has always denied any links to them.

Lavrov also said Russia had “no desire” to send troops into Ukraine.

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