By Alissa de Carbonnel BRUSSELS (Reuters) - 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.
CAIRO (AP) — Human Rights Watch is calling for an arms embargo on Saudi Arabia over the war in Yemen, and says the United States might be complicit in "atrocities" there.
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.
By Marc Jones LONDON (Reuters) - A signal from the European Central Bank that it would slow its stimulus program from April next year spooked bond and money markets on Thursday and triggered a short sharp surge in the euro. Stock markets took the move in their stride with a closely-followed global index extending a three-month high but the decision to reduce the long-running bond buying scheme from April stunned debt markets. "From April 2017, the net asset purchases are intended to continue at a monthly pace of 60 billion euro until the end of December 2017, or beyond," the ECB said, detailing the move that will drop the purchases from 80 billion a month at present.
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's prime minister is urging the Hungarian minority in Romania to vote in Sunday's parliamentary election there and "speak up for their own interests."
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The Latest on the European Central Bank's policy meeting (all times local):
Keaton Jennings scored a "dream" century on his debut as England made a solid start to their must-win fourth Test against India in Mumbai on Thursday. Jennings was dropped before he had scored and took until his 12th ball to get off the mark but once he opened his account he batted fluently. Jennings, who was only called up to the squad after Haseeb Hameed was injured in the third Test, hit 13 fours, including a trio of audacious reverse sweeps during his 219-ball stay at the crease.
LONDON (AP) — Musician Greg Lake, a prog-rock pioneer who co-founded King Crimson and Emerson, Lake and Palmer, has died. He was 69.
Golf's governing bodies have responded to Dustin Johnson's penalty at the U.S. Open by introducing a local rule that will waive the one-shot penalty if a ball moves on the putting green by accident.
Fewer Americans signed up for unemployment benefits last week, another sign of a healthy U.S. job market. The Labor Department says weekly claims for jobless aid slid by 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted ...