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Ex-NATO chief Javier Solana denied visa-waiver entry to U.S. over Iran trip

Ex-NATO chief Javier Solana denied visa-waiver entry to U.S. over Iran trip

World
June 25 (UPI) -- Former North Atlantic Treaty Organization Secretary-General Javier Solana said the United States denied his entry into the country under a visa-waiver program over his visit to blacklisted Iran. Solana, who also is a former Spanish foreign minister, planned to travel to the United States for an event at the Brookings Institute, a non-profit public policy agency based in Washington, D.C. He was scheduled to speak at the event as a fellow of the Institute. U.S. authorities rejected Solana's application for entry through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization. Citizens of 38 countries can travel to the United States for tourism or business for up to 90 days without a visa under the U.S. Visa Waiver Program. A tightening of requirements in 2016, though, prevented tho...
BT chief executive Gavin Patterson to step down

BT chief executive Gavin Patterson to step down

Business
Gavin Patterson is to step down as the chief executive of BT as frustrated investors pushed for change. Mr Patterson has been under pressure from shareholders to improve the company's stock performance, which has almost halved over the last two years.Last month, the BT said it would cut 13,000 jobs over the next three years as part of a restructuring plan to focus on ultrafast broadband and next-generation mobile phone services. Since taking on the role in 2013, Mr Patterson has splashed billions on buying football rights to attract customers to its pay-TV channels. He also spent £12.5bn to buy mobile phone operator EE in 2016.But the company failed to meet its financial performance targets and forecast flat profit growth over the next few years.A number of issues took...
Dixons chief in talks to join M&S board

Dixons chief in talks to join M&S board

Business
The outgoing chief executive of Dixons Carphone's British operations is ‎in talks to join the board of Marks & Spencer (M&S) as its chairman tries to bolster a board criticised for its dearth of retail expertise. Sky News has learnt that Katie Bickerstaffe, who recently announced her intention to leave the electrical goods chain, is close to an agreement to become a non-executive director at M&S.Sources said her appointment was likely to be confirmed in the coming weeks.It forms part of a planned overhaul of M&‎S's board by Archie Norman, the company's new chairman, who is keen for its crop of non-executives to have more direct experience of a fast-changing retail industry. Image: Archie Norman is in talks to recruit Ka...
UKFI chief Holbourn takes top job at RBS

UKFI chief Holbourn takes top job at RBS

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The City executive who has spent the last two years managing taxpayers' stake in Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) is to join the state-backed lender in one of its most senior posts.Sky News has learnt‎ that Oliver Holbourn, who has just stepped down as chief executive of UK Financial Investments (UKFI), is in talks with RBS about becoming its head of strategy.His appointment is likely to attract attention in Westminster because of his five-year stint at UKFI, the agency set up during the financial crisis to manage the public stakes in Britain's bailed-out lenders at arm's length from the Treasury.Mr Holbourn's decision to join RBS is likely to be announced shortly, according to insiders.He will replace Richard Kibble as the bank's head of strategy, a role which will involve efforts to make RBS
Washington to nominate U.S. Pacific Command chief as ambassador to South Korea

Washington to nominate U.S. Pacific Command chief as ambassador to South Korea

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April 25 (UPI) -- Washington plans to nominate the U.S. Pacific Command chief Harry Harris to fill the long-vacant seat of U.S. Ambassador to South Korea, U.S. and Australian officials said.According to the Washington Post, the Trump administration is planning to re-nominate Admiral Harris, as the top U.S. envoy to Seoul, although he has already been nominated as the U.S. Ambassador to Australia in February.This came after CIA Director Mike Pompeo promised to quickly fill the position in Seoul, which has been vacant for 16 months, after former Ambassador Mark Lippert finished his term in early 2017.Pompeo reportedly requested President Donald Trump to reassign the admiral, who is said to have conveyed to Pompeo he is willing to swap roles.Officials are said to be waiting for the green ligh...