The European Union started legal action on Thursday against seven countries including Germany and Britain for failing to police emissions test cheating by carmakers after the Volkswagen scandal. Amid mounting frustration in Brussels over what it sees as governments colluding with the powerful car industry, the European Commission is wielding the biggest stick it has - potentially ending in court - to try to force nations to clamp down on diesel cars spewing health-harming pollution. German officials - who say EU law is poorly framed - had been skeptical Brussels would take on the EU's leading power and by far its biggest carmaker at a time when the unity of the bloc is being challenged by eurosceptics and Britain's vote to leave.
By Kwasi Kpodo and Matthew Mpoke Bigg ACCRA (Reuters) - Ghana's main opposition party said on Thursday it had an unassailable lead in a presidential election and called on President John Mahama to concede defeat - comments dismissed as "treasonable" by the incumbent's campaign team. Ghana has enjoyed two peaceful transitions of power via elections since 2000, a fact unusual in Africa. The New Patriotic Party said its candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo, had taken 53.5 percent of the vote according to its own tally, against 44.8 percent for Mahama based on 92 percent of 29,000 polling stations collated.