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BMW i Vision Circular concept. Photo courtesy of BMW

The electric future, near-term and far, is on display at the big IAA Mobility 2021 in Munich this week — even as internal combustion cars remain dominant.

Driving the news: That image above is BMW's i Vision Circular concept, a vision for 2040 to create vehicles made of 100% recycled materials and are 100% recyclable themselves.

  • 2040 isn't soon (I'm smart!), but Car and Driver notes it "acts a demonstrator of BMW's goals for developing sustainable but luxurious vehicles."

Why it matters: BMW's long-term concept is among several ideas automakers are unveiling at the show.

  • For instance, TechCrunch explores models Mercedes plans to bring into production, while VW previewed the "near-production concept" for its ID 5 GTX crossover, CNET reports.
  • Axios' Joann Muller has a wide-angle look at the event, noting that auto shows are coming back and now feature "hands-on experiences showcasing innovative climate-friendly technologies and new modes of mobility."

Yes, but: The European environmental group Transport and Environment said Tuesday: "While EV sales continue to grow, they are being worryingly outpaced by SUVs, which are still primarily polluting, engine-driven cars."

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Auto shows are back but they aren't just about cars any more

Hildegard Müller, president of VDA, organizer of the 2021 IAA auto show in Munich. Photo: Christof Stache/AFP

Auto shows are coming back, but they don't just feature pretty cars: Now they also have hands-on experiences showcasing innovative climate-friendly technologies and new modes of mobility.

Why it matters: Big, international auto shows have been dying for years, and the coronavirus pandemic looked like it might be the final straw. Instead, they're trying to stay relevant by reinventing themselves to reflect an industry undergoing historic change.

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U.S. airstrike kills senior al-Qaeda leader in Syria, DOD says

A displacement camp near the village of Qah in Syria's northwestern Idlib province. Photo: Ahmad Al-Atrash/AFP via Getty Images

A U.S. airstrike in northwest Syria on Friday killed senior al-Qaeda leader Abdul Hamid al-Matar, U.S. Central Command said in a statement.

Why it matters: Syria serves as a "safe haven" for the extremist group to plan external operations, according to U.S. Army Maj. John Rigsbee.

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Giuliani associate Lev Parnas convicted of campaign finance crimes

Lev Parnas, a former associate of then-President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Florida businessman Lev Parnas was convicted Friday on charges of conspiracy to make foreign contributions to political campaigns, according to multiple outlets.

Why it matters: Prosecutors said Parnas, then an associate of former President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, funneled over $150,000 from a Russian businessman into U.S. campaigns as part of an effort to land licenses in the U.S.'s legal cannabis industry.