Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray (France) (AFP) - The Islamic State group said that two of its "soldiers" stormed a church in northern France and slit an elderly priest's throat on Tuesday, the latest attack in a country shaken to its core by repeated terror strikes. In a revelation likely to fuel further questions about security failings in France, investigators revealed one of the attackers had been charged with terror links and was wearing an electronic monitoring bracelet after being released on bail. The hostage drama in the Normandy town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray comes less than two weeks after the truck massacre in the French Riviera city of Nice, which killed 84 people and was also claimed by IS.
A federal judge in California granted preliminary approval on Tuesday to a $14.7 billion settlement over Volkswagen's emissions cheating scandal. At the close of a hearing in San Francisco, US District Judge Charles Breyer praised the "enormous effort" made by both sides. "There's been an enormous effort to achieve a series of goals," said Breyer.