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Trump not qualified to be President, says former CIA chief

Updated: Jul 28, 2016 19:28 IST

Philadelphia, July 28 (ANI): Former CIA Director and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta pointed out that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump went "beyond the pale" in calling on Russia to hack Hillary Clinton's e-mail and said shows he is not qualified to be the President.

In an exclusive interview to CNN's Christiane Amanpour, Panetta said, "That kind of statement only reflects he is truly not qualified to be president of the United States."

He was responding to comments made by Trump about Russia's potential involvement in the Democratic National Committee's e-mail hacking.

Trump's comments were about the missing e-mails from a private server that Clinton had used while she was the secretary of state.

"Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing.I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press," Trump had said.

Panetta, a Democrat who was former president Bill Clinton's chief of staff before serving in President Barack Obama's cabinet, remained horrified on Trump's comments.

"This just is beyond my own understanding of the responsibilities that candidates have to be loyal to their country and to their country alone, not to reach out to somebody like Putin and Russia, and try to engage them in an effort to try to, in effect, conduct a conspiracy against another party," he said.

He added, "You've got now a presidential candidate who is in fact asking the Russians to engage in American politics and I just think that's beyond the pale..I have a lot of concerns of his qualities of leadership or lack thereof. That kind of statement only reflects the fact that he truly is not qualified to be president of the United States."(ANI)

Islamabad [Pakistan], Mar. 24 (ANI): Pakistan's National Day grand parade, for the first time, included Chinese troops, underlining the deepening ties between China and Islamabad.

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Pumped up Trump drives a truck

Updated: Mar 24, 2017 07:12 IST

London [U.K.], Mar. 24 (ANI): Amid the battle over the health care bill yet to be passed, United States President Donald Trump found time to indulge in some fanfare.

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London [U.K.], Mar. 24 (ANI): The Taliban has captured a key district in Helmand province, which was once considered a deadly battlefield for the British and the U.S. troops in Afghanistan, as reported by The Guardian.

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New Delhi [India], Mar. 24 (ANI): Two people were injured after a munition depot in eastern Ukraine caught fire, causing the weapons to detonate, as reported by Sputnik International.

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New Delhi [India], Mar. 24 (ANI): Pakistan on Thursday asserted that Islamabad had always tried to maintain cordial relations with all of its neighbours and expressed hope that its ties with New Delhi would improve in the near future.

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House delays health care bill to Friday

Updated: Mar 24, 2017 05:21 IST

New York [U.S.A.], Mar. 24 (ANI): The House will vote on legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare on Friday morning, following a day of multiple high-level meetings, which one senior administration official describing the meeting with one word - intense.

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Actor Kal Penn targets Trump administration

Updated: Mar 24, 2017 03:52 IST

New Delhi [India], Mar. 24 (ANI): Hollywood actor and longtime Obama supporter Kal Penn took to Twitter to post a series of searingly sarcastic tweets that target the low participation of 'people of colour' in the current White House or the GOP, led by President Donald Trump.

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New York [U.S.A.], Mar. 24 (ANI): U.S. President Donald Trump has defended claims he made in his stint as a political leader in an interview given to the Time magazine published on Thursday.

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Geneva [Switzerland], Mar. 23 (ANI): After the Pakistani delegation at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) interrupted the Baloch Republican Party (BRP) representatives to speak on the issue of gross human rights violation with the Balochi people due to the construction of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project, the international community on Thursday sidelined the former's request and asked the representatives to complete their statement.

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Islamabad [Pakistan], Mar. 23 (ANI): The U.S. Seismological Centre on Thursday measured the earthquake at 4.2 Richter Scale at a depth of 180 kilometre in Swat and surrounding areas of Pakistan.

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Washington D.C. [U.S.], Mar. 23 (ANI): The U.S. State Department is set to approve the Keystone XL pipeline by Monday, reversing the Obama administration's decision to block the controversial oil pipeline.

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Burj Khalifa lit up with Pakistan's flag

Updated: Mar 23, 2017 22:10 IST

Dubai [UAE], Mar. 23 (ANI): Dubai's Burj Khalifa was lit up with the colours of Pakistani national flag on Thursday evening.

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Washington D.C. [U.S.], Mar. 23 (ANI): The man believed to have been responsible for the terrorist attack in Westminster has been identified as 52-year-old Khalid Masood.

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Washington D.C. [U.S.], Mar. 23 (ANI): U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday condoled the family of an American killed in a London terrorist attack.

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Antwerp [Belgium], Mar. 23 (ANI): The Belgium Police on Thursday arrested a man after he tried to drive into a crowd at high speed in a shopping area of Antwerp, Belgium.

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Islamabad [Pakistan], Mar. 23 (ANI): The Indus River System Authority (Irsa) has decided to provide Sindh with additional supply of around 4,000 to 5,000 cusecs of water, Dawn News reported on Thursday.

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Israel [Jerusalem], Mar. 23 (ANI): The Israel Police on Thursday arrested a Jewish teenager in connection with a series of bomb threats that have rattled Jewish institutions and community centers across the U.S. and other countries.

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Islamabad [Pakistan], Mar. 23 (ANI): The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has reminded prospective passengers that it remains unaffected by a recent ban on passengers carrying electronic items on U.S. and UK-bound flights.

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London [UK], Mar. 23 (ANI): The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the Westminster attack that claimed the lives of four and injured 40 others.

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Beijing [China], Mar. 23 (ANI): Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Thursday sent a message of condolences to British Prime Minister Theresa May over a deadly terrorist attack in London that killed four people and injured 40 others.

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