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US auto giant General Motors said on Thursday it would largely withdraw its Chevrolet brand from the European market by 2016, citing the "difficult economic situation" on the continent. GM instead plans to concentrate on marketing its German-made Opel vehicles and its British sister brand Vauxhall, and in coming years push its luxury Cadillac models in Europe. The decision will weigh on its accounts and lead to net special charges of $700 million to $1.0 billion (735,000 euros), between the fourth quarter of 2013 and the first half of next year, GM said in a statement. "The company’s Chevrolet brand will no longer have a mainstream presence in Western and Eastern Europe, largely due to a challenging business model and the difficult economic situation in Europe," GM said in a statement.
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A suicide bomber detonated his explosives-laden car Thursday at Yemen's Defense Ministry, killing 15 soldiers and wounding at least 40 in an attack underlining the persistent threat to the stability and security of the impoverished Arab nation, military and hospital officials said.