Judge gives final approval in Volkswagen emissions settlement
A US judge on Tuesday granted final approval for a $14.7 billion class action settlement in Volkswagen's diesel emissions cheating scandal. The settlement offers compensation to nearly a half-million owners of polluting Volkswagen and Audi diesel-powered vehicles in the US which the German automaker has admitted configuring to deceive emissions tests. "The settlement adequately and fairly compensates class members," US District Judge Charles Breyer wrote in an opinion approving the deal.
'Groundwork' being laid for 'isolation' of Raqa: US
Syrian Kurds say fear Turkish 'stab in back' in Islamic State battleSyria's Kurds fear a "stab in the back" by Turkey if they join a push to drive Islamic State from its Syrian capital of Raqqa, one of their chief political leaders told Reuters on Tuesday. The remarks by Salih Muslim, joint chairman of the main Syrian Kurdish party, the Democratic Union Party (PYD), underscore how friction between Turkey and Syrian Kurds threatens to undermine efforts to combat their mutual enemy Islamic State.
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Vatican, Argentine church to open 'dirty war' archivesVATICAN CITY (AP) ? The Vatican and Argentina's bishops have finished cataloguing their archives from the country's "dirty war" and will soon make them available to victims and their relatives who have long accused church members of complicity with the military dictatorship.
Germany nixes Armenian 'genocide' concert in IstanbulBERLIN (AP) ? Germany's Foreign Ministry has halted plans for a classical concert about the Armenian genocide that was due to be held at its consulate in Istanbul.
Coalition huddles as Iraqi forces inch towards Mosul
Iraqi forces were inching to within striking distance of eastern Mosul Tuesday as defence chiefs from the US-led coalition met in Paris to review the offensive on the jihadist bastion. The United Nations said it had received reports of a new series of atrocities by the Islamic State group (IS) as troops close in on its last major urban stronghold in Iraq. With the Mosul battle in its second week, French President Francois Hollande called for the coalition to prepare for the aftermath and the next stages of the campaign against the jihadists.
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Arafat museum recovers Nobel prize from HamasRAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) ? A relative of Yasser Arafat says the Hamas militant group has returned the late Palestinian leader's 1994 Nobel Peace Prize to the Palestinian government in the West Bank.
Spain's Rajoy says king has tasked him with forming government