Probing Paris Attacks, VW Woes Reach New Cars: Saturday Wrap

  • U.S, Russia agree on plan to end Syria war, elect government
  • Islamic State leader in Libya said killed in U.S. airstrike

Here are highlights of the top news stories from around the world on Saturday:

French investigators are still reconstructing how three teams of Islamic State militants killed at least 129 people in coordinated attacks in Paris on Friday. The revelation that one of the militants was carrying a Syrian passport that had been registered in Greece -- indicating he may have been a refugee -- threatened to unravel German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s open-door policy and dovetailed with calls by some U.S. presidential candidates to close the borders to Syrians. The bloodshed also put terrorism at the top of the agenda for the G-20 summit starting in Turkey on Sunday.

Adding to Volkswagen AG’s cheating woes, the company said 430,000 of its new cars had “implausible” carbon dioxide ratings. It also said it will meet with German regulators on Monday and may have a fix for the cheating software that’s less onerous than it first thought.

The U.S., Russia and 15 other nations agreed on a plan to end Syria’s civil war that included holding UN-supervised elections in 18 months. Of course, this plan doesn’t include Islamic State or Nusra Front, and Assad’s government and opposition groups would have to negotiate a cease-fire for starters.

The European Central Bank found capital gaps totaling 1.74 billion euros ($1.87 billion) among nine lenders it tested. with the biggest hole at Portugal’s Novo Banco SA, which accounts for almost $1.5 billion of the shortfall.

The senior Islamic State leader in Libya was reported killed in a U.S. airstrike, the first time the U.S. has attacked a leader of the extremist group outside of Syria or Iraq.

The Russian Olympic Committee pledged to sanction officials, coaches and athletes implicated in a doping scandal, trying to prevent its track and field team from being shut out of the 2016 Games.

On the eve of the G-20 summit, the host nation’s deputy prime minister says China is on board with a united front rejecting policies that risk currency wars.

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