Volkswagen said on Monday it had agreed to pay up to A$127 million ($87.3 million) to settle lawsuits brought on behalf of thousands of Australian customers caught up in its global diesel emissions cheating scandal.
The European Union agreed on Tuesday to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) from new trucks and buses by 30 percent by a 2030 deadline as part of the bloc's commitment to cut its output of greenhouse gases.
UN member-states on Friday agreed on a global plan to step up the fight against tuberculosis, the world's number one killer among infectious diseases, settling a row with the US over access to cheap drugs.
North and South Korea agreed on Friday to hold their first talks in more than two years, hours after Seoul and Washington decided to defer joint military exercises which always infuriate Pyongyang until after the Winter Olympics.
Leaders of nearly 200 countries have agreed at a climate summit in the French capital to choose one of two draft texts designed to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that are changing the world climate.
Japan has agreed to new military cooperation with the United States in which it will come to the aid of US forces under threat and further expand ties on cyber, space and industrial operations given rising Chinese defense capabilities.