Volkswagen 'satisfied' with Q1 despite profit slump
Embattled German auto giant Volkswagen said Tuesday that it was satisfied with business in the first quarter, despite falling sales and profits, and it would stick to its targets for the whole year. "The VW group put in a solid performance in the first three months," the statement said. "In view of the many challenges we're currently facing, we're satisfied overall with the start we made into what will undoubtedly be a challenging year," said chief executive Matthias Mueller.
Poland restarts procedure to extradite Polanski to US
Poland on Tuesday relaunched a procedure to extradite Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski to the United States to face sentencing over a 1977 case of statutory rape. Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro announced he would appeal to the Supreme Court to overturn a previous decision that Polanski should not face extradition. A lawyer for the 82-year French-Polish director, Jerzy Stachowicz, told AFP that the minister's announcement did not come as a surprise.
Taliban kill 16 bus passengers in northern Afghanistan: officials
The Taliban killed at least 16 people and kidnapped dozens of others on Tuesday after pulling them from buses in northern Afghanistan, officials said, in the latest assault since the insurgents named a new leader last week. The Taliban have so far not commented on the incident in Aliabad district in the volatile province of Kunduz, where the insurgents briefly overran the provincial capital in a stunning military victory last year. "The Taliban shot dead 16 passengers and they are still holding more than 30 others," said Sayed Mahmood Danish, spokesman for the governor of Kunduz province.
Chad's ex-leader Habre, Cold War-era ally of West, gets life in prison for atrocities
By Diadie Ba DAKAR (Reuters) - Former Chad president Hissene Habre, an ally of the West during the Cold War, was convicted on Monday of war crimes and crimes against humanity for ordering the killing and torture of thousands of political opponents during his eight-year rule. The verdict capped a 16-year battle by victims and rights campaigners to bring the former strongman to justice in Senegal, where he fled after being ousted in a 1990 coup. Habre, 73, was sentenced to life in prison by the Special African Chamber (CAE), a tribunal created in 2013 by Senegal and the African Union.
Sisters diagnosed weeks apart fight breast cancer together
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) ? Two Utah sisters grew up in the same bedroom, went to the same college, worked for almost a decade at the same company and have visited over 50 countries side by side. Now every three weeks, they sit together in matching chairs and chat as their bodies are pumped full of chemotherapy drugs.
France faces strike chaos ahead of Euro 2016
Looming strikes on trains and planes are threatening to bring chaos to France less than two weeks before Euro 2016 kicks off, with unions standing firm Monday in demanding that controversial labour reforms are scrapped. As the head of France's bosses' federation accused unions of behaving like "terrorists", the fresh industrial unrest was set to hit transport just days before fans begin arriving for the start of the football championships on June 10. Paris tourism chiefs voiced fears that the strikes and rallies that have frequently descended into violence are putting off visitors to one of the world's top tourist destinations.
Animal rights activists briefly disrupt Sanders' rally in California
By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - At least five animal rights activists on Monday rushed the stage as presidential candidate Bernie Sanders spoke at a rally in Oakland, video posted online showed. The protesters were led away by several Secret Service agents before they were able to reach the Democrat, whose speech was briefly interrupted by the disturbance, a video posted by CNN showed. A Secret Service agent rushed to Sanders' side, grabbed him and wrapped his arms around the presidential candidate during the ruckus.
After San Bernardino, counselor faces other side of crisis
In Egyptian village, attack on Christian grandmother fuels angerBy Ahmed Aboulenein and Omar Fahmy ALKARM, Egypt (Reuters) - Soad Thabet's house no longer has a door. Then come the reconciliation sessions, processes informally backed by the government that see local Coptic priests and Muslim clerics attempt to mediate a communal peace without resorting to the legal system.
Warriors rally from 3-1 deficit after in-flight meeting