UPDATE 9-Oil rises near $50; doubts on OPEC plan limit gains
* OPEC plans to cut 700,000 bpd, glut at 1.0-1.5 million bpd (New throughout, updating market activity and comments to settlement)
WASHINGTON, Sept 9 The U.S. Justice Department said a Volkswagen engineer has been charged as part of its criminal probe into the German automaker's diesel emissions scandal.
The engineer was appearing in U.S. District Court in Detroit on Friday and is expected to enter into a plea agreement that includes his cooperation with the government in its ongoing investigation, a department spokesman said. VW has already agreed to spend up to $16.5 billion to address environmental, state and owner claims in the United States. (Reporting by David Shepardson)
* Wall St slides, bank stocks weigh (Updates prices, adds comment)
LIBREVILLE, Sept 29 Gabon's opposition leader Jean Ping called on Thursday for national talks to form a "new republic" and urged foreign powers to impose sanctions on allies of President Ali Bongo, sworn in this week after a disputed election in the oil-producing nation.