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Bo Andersson held a high-level position at General Motors Co., responsible for the Detroit-based carmaker’s global purchasing, logistics and supply operations, before joining Gaz as chief executive in 2009. He would replace Avtovaz chief executive Igor Komarov, who has run the company since 2009. Franco-Japanese alliance Renault-Nissan plans to take control of the carmaker, maker of the famous Lada cars, in mid-2014. Avtovaz said in a statement that board members including chairman Carlos Ghosn, the head of Renault and Nissan Motor, would propose Andersson as a potential candidate for the job at the next board meeting. Gaz declined immediate comment. Andersson, of Swedish origin, has been credited with turning around Gaz, with a cost-cutting drive which increased profits. Gaz is part of tycoon Oleg Deripaska’s Basic Element group. z Several sources close to Avtovaz said on Wednesday that Komarov was leaving to join a division of Russia’s space agency, confirming an earlier story in Kommersant newspaper. Komarov declined comment. Oleg Lobanov, the company’s vice-president for finance, will be acting CEO until the board of directors appoints a new head, Avtovaz said on Wednesday. A source close to one of Avtovaz’s shareholders said on Wednesday that the new CEO would likely be a representative of the Renault-Nissan alliance. Avtovaz this month reported that it swung to a first-half net loss as a slowdown in Russia’s $2 trillion economy took a heavy toll on demand. Russian car sales have fallen for six months in a row. The Association of European Businesses (AEB) lobby group recently cut its sales forecast for the full year to 2.8 million vehicles, a fall of 5 percent year-on-year.

She was arrested along with 29 other people on a Greenpeace ship in the Arctic, last month. about 2 hours ago Recap: Thirty detained in Russia on piracy charges Last month, a group of 30 people, which included six Britons, were arrested when armed Russian officials boarded their vessel, the Arctic Sunrise. Greenpeace insists they were staging a demonstration against oil drilling, but Russia has charged all of the detainees with piracy, and hinted that further charges may follow. Russia armed guards purportedly about to board the Greenpeace ship on September 18 Credit: Greenpeace Those arrested include citizens of Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, The Netherlands, Finland, France, Sweden, Poland, Turkey and Ukraine and the US. Russian President Vladimir Putin has said the activists were clearly not pirates but that their protest did violate the law. The case has already upset Moscow’s international ties, with the Netherlands launching legal proceedings against Russia, saying it had unlawfully detained the activists and others. about 2 hours ago British activist faces piracy charges in Russian court British activist Alexandra Harris who is being detained in Russia on piracy charges is due to appear in court today. She was part of a group of 30, which included five other Britons, who were last month arrested by Russian coast guards in the Arctic. Dame Vivienne Westwood stands in front of banners urging for Alexandra Harris to be freed. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire Greenpeace insists they were staging a demonstration against oil drilling, but Russia has charged them all with piracy, and has hinted that further charges may follow. Ms Harris, along with Kieron Bryan, activist Philip Ball and second engineer Iain Rogers have been detained for two months pending a piracy investigation. Two other Britons, Frank Hewetson and Anthony Perrett are also being detained, having had earlier bail applications denied. Greenpeace is calling on people to come together in a “global day of solidarity” in support of the campaign to secure the release of the detainees.

8, 2013, in Tusayan, Ariz. The friends traveled from Las Vegas to see the Grand Canyon unknowing it was shut down. The Grand Canyon remains closed to visitors because of the partial government shutdown. (AP Photo/Matt York) Grand Canyon The Grand Canyon National Park entrance is blocked off, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, in Tusayan, Ariz. The Grand Canyon remains closed to visitors because of the partial government shutdown. (AP Photo/Matt York) John Boehner House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio pauses during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, as the partial government shutdown enters its second week with no end in sight. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Barack Obama President Barack Obama makes a statement about the government shutdown during a visit to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) headquarters in Washington, Monday, Oct. 7, 2013. The president thanked workers at the FEMA for doing their jobs under “less than optimal circumstances” during the government shutdown. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) Jay Carney White House press secretary Jay Carney speaks during his daily news briefing at the White House in Washington, Monday, Oct.