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Top U.S. general says 'not giving up' on Pakistan ties The top U.S. military officer, Marine General Joseph Dunford, said on Monday he was committed to the U.S.-Pakistan relationship, which has been strained in recent weeks as Washington piles pressure on Islamabad to crack down on militants. The United States has long blamed militant safe-havens in Pakistan for prolonging the war in neighboring Afghanistan, giving insurgents, including from the Haqqani network, a place to plot attacks and rebuild their forces.
GM takes $7 bn charge due to US tax reform, sees solid 2018 General Motors projected another solid year in 2018 as it ramps up investment in autonomous technology, in releasing its earnings report on Tuesday. The automaker also became the latest big company to announce a hefty charge due to the US tax reform. At a briefing with reporters, GM executives endorsed the US tax cut package enacted last month and said it expects to benefit the company in the long-term.
Californians launch bid to create new state after accusing government of 'failing' the people A group seeking to carve out a breakaway state called New California issued a declaration of independence that asserted Californiaâ€™s existing government had â€śfailed in their oath of office, obligations, and responsibilities as representatives of 'We the People' to provide a republican form of governmentâ€ť. It accuses California politicians of â€śrepeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of a Tyranny over the Counties of New Californiaâ€ť. â€śAfter years of over taxation, regulation, and mono party politics the State of California and many of itâ€™s 58 Counties have become ungovernable,â€ť the group said in a press release.
In Chile, pope met with protests, passion and skepticism SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) â€” Pope Francis flew in to Chile's capital Monday night for a visit expected to be met with protests over sexual abuse by priests and confronted by many Chileans deeply skeptical about the Roman Catholic Church.
Steve Bannon 'subpoenaed by Robert Muellerâ€™s Russian investigation' Steve Bannon, the former White House chief strategist, has been subpoenaed by the investigation into Russian election meddling, The New York Times has reported.Â Mr Bannon will now be legally obliged to give testimony before a grand jury about the Trump campaignâ€™s links to Russia, according to the paper.Â The move was taken by investigators led by Robert Mueller, the special counsel tasked with getting to the bottom of Russiaâ€™s involvement in the 2016 US election.Â Last week a new book quoted Mr Bannon as saying a meeting attended by Donald Trumpâ€™s son, Donald Jr, and Russian-linked figures was â€śtreasonousâ€ť and "unpatriotic".Â It is believed to be the first time Mr Mueller has used a subpoena â€“ a legal device to force someone to give testimony â€“ since taking over the investigation last year. Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigation Russian election meddling Credit: AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File The New York Times suggested the move could be a negotiating tactic, with it still possible that Mr Bannon will give evidence to investigators rather than before a grand jury.Â Separately, Mr Bannon was giving evidence to the House of Representativesâ€™ Intelligence Committee on Tuesday behind closed doors on the same topic.Â Mr Bannon, the former executive chairman at Breitbart News, the right-wing website, was Mr Trumpâ€™s election campaign chief for the final few months before the vote. He is credited with turning round Mr Trump's fortunes and securing an improbable victory by doubling down on Mr Trump's nationalistic campaign messages.Â However the pair have fallen out spectacularly in the new year after Mr Bannon was quoted at length criticising Mr Trumpâ€™s family members in the book Fire and Fury. In particular, Mr Bannonâ€™s criticism ofÂ a controversial Trump Tower meeting between senior campaign aides and Russian-linked figures before the election infuriated the president.Â The meeting was set up after Mr Trumpâ€™s son was told that the Russians may have dirt on Hillary Clinton, who was running as the DemocraticÂ presidential candidate at the time.Â Mr Trump publicly attacked Mr Bannon after the comments came to light.Â "Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my Presidency. When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind.," he said.Â
Saudi Ritz Carlton to reopen after being used as luxury prison in corruption purge The luxury Riyadh hotel used as a prison during Saudi Arabia's crackdown on corruption will reopen for business next month, suggesting authorities are close to settling the cases of many suspects. Dozens of princes, senior officials and top businessmen were detained and confined in the five-star Ritz-Carlton Riyadh as the government launched the purge in early November. The some 200 detainees occupied half the hotel's 492 rooms. The rest was closed to business. The hotel's website now accepts bookings from Feb. 14, quoting a nightly rate for its cheapest room of 2,439 riyals (ÂŁ480). Saudi authorities have said they expect the vast majority of suspects to agree to financial settlements of charges against them, and that Riyadh hopes to recover about $100 billion of illicit funds. A small number are expected to be prosecuted. Construction giant Saudi Binladin Group said on Saturday that some of its shareholders might transfer part of their holdings to the state in a settlement with authorities. Chairman Bakr Bin Laden and several family members were detained in the crackdown. In late November, senior Saudi Prince Miteb bin Abdullah, once seen as a leading contender to the throne, was freed after reaching a settlement with authorities that involved paying more than $1 billion, according to a Saudi official. Another top businessman who has been held at the Ritz-Carlton is billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, chairman and owner of global investment firm Kingdom Holding. A Saudi official said this week that he was negotiating a possible settlement but so far had not agreed on terms. It has been rumoured, Mr Talal, one of the worldâ€™s richest men, could be forced to pay as much as $7bn. Saudi Arabia is in the midst of a massive political and economic shake-up, marked by the sudden appointment of Prince Mohammed bin Salman as crown prince in June. The 32-year-old son of the king has spearheaded the unprecedented crackdown on corruption among members of the government and royal family, as he consolidates his grip on power in the kingdom.
Mormon church appoints 93-year-old ex-surgeon as president SALT LAKE CITY (AP) â€” The 93-year-old former heart surgeon named Tuesday as the new president of the Mormon Church signaled his intention to make few changes in policy regarding the role of women and LGBT issues â€” two topics that the faith has grappled with in recent years.