‘Freedom for Britain’; VW Settling Without Fix: Saturday Wrap

  • India’s central bank chief announces surprise departure
  • Russian hack of U.S. Democrats broader than first thought

Here are highlights of Saturday’s top breaking stories from around the world:

The man charged with murdering British lawmaker Jo Cox declared “death to traitors, freedom for Britain” when asked to give his name during his first court appearance. The first poll taken since Cox’s killing on whether the U.K. should stay or leave the European Union showed a slight shift toward remain, though the gauges were still very close with a significant number of people undecided five days before the referendum.

The hacking of the U.S. Democratic Party’s systems attributed to Russian intelligence interests was far broader than first reported, with the breaches extending beyond the party and Hillary Clinton’s campaign to lobbying firms, think tanks and law offices.

Volkswagen is ready to go forward with a $10 billion settlement of its emissions-cheating scandal without a regulator-approved plan to fix diesel cars that have the rogue software or get them off the road. Car owners would get the option to sell their vehicles back to VW or terminate leases early.

India’s central bank chief Raghuram Rajan pulled a surprise by announcing he’ll leave when his term ends in September, even as talks continued about him re-upping. His decision comes after a member of Prime Minister Modi’s ruling party sought to oust him for keeping interest rates too high.

Belgium arrested 12 men and charged three after getting indications they were planning a terrorist act, possibly against fans during Saturday’s national soccer team match at the Euro 2016 tournament.

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said he’s considering adding a Maserati all-electric sports car to compete with Tesla.

New York’s legislature approved a bill making daily fantasy sports games legal, though that isn’t stopping the state’s attorney general from continuing to pursue fraud and false advertising claims against the two main fantasy operators, FanDuel and DraftKings. More fantasy players live in New York than any other state.

Mohamed Alabbar’s Adeptio investor group agreed to buy a controlling interest in the Kuwaiti operator of KFC and Pizza Hut restaurants in the Middle East and North Africa, a surprise twist in a two-year-long takeover saga that appeared to end three weeks ago with an announcement that any deal was dead.

Brazil Acting President Michel Temer agreed to a one-time payment of $850 million to help Rio de Janeiro state finish work for the Olympics. The state had declared a financial emergency, saying it couldn’t afford to meet its commitments and that the Games would cause a “total collapse” of public security.

Donald Trump may have banned coverage by the Washington Post, but it’s still getting his attention: Reacting to its story that dozens of influential Republican delegates are organizing a convention overthrow, the presumptive presidential nominee called such a move illegal and threatened to stop raising money for the Republican National Committee.

Former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi was sentenced to life in prison, on top of a death sentence and life sentence issued in other cases, on findings that he passed state secrets to Qatar.

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