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Volkswagen AG said on Thursday it reached a deal to pay its 650 U.S. dealers for their losses from the German automaker's diesel emissions scandal, and a judge ordered it to move quickly to decide whether to fix or buy back 85,000 luxury vehicles with polluting engines. The automaker and a lawyer for VW dealers announced a tentative settlement at a court hearing in San Francisco. The amount of the settlement fund was not disclosed, but it is expected to be significant, a person briefed on the matter said.
By Mirwais Harooni and Hamid Shalizi KABUL (Reuters) - Thirteen people, including students and a professor, were killed in an attack on the American University in Kabul that had students leaping from the windows in panic, the Afghan government said on Thursday. The attack began on Wednesday evening with a large explosion from what officials said was a car bomb followed by gunfire, as suspected militants stormed into the complex where foreign staff and pupils were working. It ended early on Thursday when two gunmen were shot dead by Afghan special forces who surrounded the walled compound and worked their way inside, interior ministry officials said.
By Helen Murphy and Luis Jaime Acosta TACUEYO, Colombia (Reuters) - Jose Toconas picks at branches hanging in rows from the roof of his marijuana drying house and smells their spiky flower buds. In two days he will strip them from their stems, trim the dark green florets into neat little balls and hand them over to dealers working with Marxist rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). "This doesn't make me a drug dealer.