Volkswagen cleared a big hurdle with a US deal over compensation for its engine-rigging scam, but the embattled auto giant is still a long way from drawing a line under the affair, observers say. VW has agreed to a record payout in the US, pledging to buy back or fix vehicles that tricked pollution tests, and pay each owner up to $10,000.
President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday lifted travel restrictions to Turkey and ordered trade normalised after he mended ties with counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in their first call since Ankara downed a Russian jet. In the wake of the incident last November Moscow slapped a range of sanctions on Ankara, including an embargo on some Turkish food products, as well as a ban on charter flights and sales of package tours to the country and the reintroduction of visas for Turkish visitors. "I want to start with the question of tourism... we are lifting the administrative restrictions in this area," Putin told government ministers in televised comments.
Prime Minister David Cameron, who promised to resign after Britain voted to leave the European Union, had some advice for his opposite number in the Labour Party on Wednesday: "For heaven's sake man, go!" An overwhelming majority of Labour lawmakers passed a no confidence motion in Jeremy Corbyn on Tuesday and almost all his senior policy team have withdrawn their support in protest at his leadership, but Corbyn has refused to step down. Cameron, speaking in parliament, said it was not in the national interest for Corbyn to remain in his post. "For heaven's sake man, go," Cameron said, drawing cheers from members of both parties.