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Trump names hardliners for three key appointments, rights activists unhappy

Updated: Nov 19, 2016 12:16 IST      
Trump names hardliners for three key appointments, rights activists unhappy

New York [US], Nov. 19 (ANI): U S President-elect Donald Trump has named conservatives rather than appointing more moderate-leaning candidates for three key members of the national security team for his administration, signaling he will stand by his hardline agenda on which he campaigned.

Unveiled Friday were nominations of Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions as attorney general, Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo as Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director, and retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as national security advisor, reports the CNN.

Sessions and Pompeo would be subject to Senate confirmation, while the position of national security advisor is not.

Since the nominations, many rights activists have condemned Trump for the three cabinet appointments saying it could "undo decades of progress" towards racial equality and effectively legitimise the use of torture.

All three men differ sharply from the Obama administration's doctrine.

Sessions is most known for his tough stance on immigration and backed the Trump's proposal early in the campaign to temporary block all foreign Muslims from entering the US - a position Trump has since walked back.

Flynn has a reputation for a fiery temperament and has courted controversy with his strident positions on Islam and terrorism. He was pushed out as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency for his contentious management style, according to US officials, though he says it was because he raised warnings about Islamic terrorism.

Pompeo, who was not a Trump supporter during the primary, co-authored an "additional views" report to the Benghazi Committee's report on its investigation into the diplomatic mission attack in Benghazi, believing the Republican-led committee's report was not hard enough on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration.

Despite Trump's anti-Beltway "drain the swamp" pledge, all three candidates have or have had official positions in Washington. Flynn, who was pushed out of the Defense Department in 2014, runs a firm that does lobbying. And Sessions and Pompeo come directly from Congress, which has a near-historic low approval rating.

As attorney general, Sessions would be ultimately in charge of the prosecutorial decisions made on investigations like the one Comey oversaw on Clinton - and could clash with the bureau director, who is serving a 10-year term. Trump has pledged to have a special prosecutor investigate Clinton, though he has hedged on whether he will pursue that since being elected. (ANI)

Islamabad [Pakistan], May 26 (ANI): Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the reigning King of Saudi Arabia has apologized to leaders, including Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for not presenting them with a chance to address the Riyadh Summit.

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I'm heartbroken by Manchester attack, says Obama

Updated: May 26, 2017 03:22 IST     

Washington D.C. (U.S.), May 26 (ANI): Former U.S. president Barack Obama today said as the father of two daughters, he is heartbroken by the extraordinary tragedy that has occurred in Manchester.

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Twitterati explodes as Trump moves aside Montenegro PM

Updated: May 26, 2017 03:08 IST     

Brussels (Belgium), May 26 (ANI): After speaking at a NATO summit to world leaders, U.S. President Donald Trump was walking with NATO leaders to another event when he apparently moved aside Montenegro Prime Minister Dusko Markovic and moved to the front of the group.

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Trump says NATO allies need 'to pay their fair share'

Updated: May 26, 2017 01:47 IST     

Brussels (Belgium), May 26 (ANI): U.S. President Donald Trump has rebuked his fellow alliance leaders for not being 'fair' to the U.S. taxpayers.

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New Delhi [India], May 25 (ANI): Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday visited the Ariana Grande concert blast victims at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital.

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Former Greek PM injured in envelope explosion

Updated: May 25, 2017 23:16 IST     

Athens [Greece], May 25 (ANI): Former Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papademos was injured today in an envelope explosion in Athens.

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Four ISIS terrorists arrested in Moscow terror plot

Updated: May 25, 2017 21:34 IST     

Moscow [Russia], May 25 (ANI) : Russian security forces on Thursday have arrested four men linked to the Islamic State (ISIS) terror network and suspected of planning a series of terror attacks on Moscow's transport system.

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BLF claims responsibility of attacks on Pakistani forces

Updated: May 25, 2017 20:47 IST     

Quetta [Pakistan], May 25 (ANI) : Baloch Liberation Army on Thursday claimed responsibility for an attack on aPakistan army check-post in Turbat district in which two army personnels were injured .

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Iran announces completion of 3rd ballistic missile factory

Updated: May 25, 2017 20:41 IST     

Tehran [Iran], May 25 (ANI): Iran has announced the completion of a third underground ballistic missile production factory and said the country will keep developing its missile programme to deter any military assault.

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May to raise Manchester 'leak' with Trump

Updated: May 25, 2017 20:13 IST     

New York [U.S.], May 25 (ANI) :United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May said she would raise leaks of crucial intelligence about the Manchester bomb attack with the United States (U.S.) President Donald Trump as they meet at a NATO summit in Brussels, Belgium.

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China protests U.S. Navy patrol through South China Sea

Updated: May 25, 2017 18:07 IST     

New York [U.S.], May 25 (ANI) : The United States under President Donald Trump has challenged China by sailing its Navy destroyer near a disputed South China Sea island controlled by China.

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Two neo-nazi roommates killed for disrespecting Muslim faith

Updated: May 25, 2017 15:29 IST     

Tampa [U.S.A.], May 25 (ANI): Dramatic developments shook Tampa as a Florida man, Devon Arthurs, shot two of his neo-nazi roommates on Friday.

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Islamabad [Pakistan], May 25 (ANI): After the Pakistani media mocked Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for being denied a speech at the U.S.-Arab Islamic summit on counter-terrorism in Riyadh last week, Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said on Thursday that the Prime Minister could not deliver the speech due to "shortage of time."

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Islamabad [Pakistan], May 25 (ANI): A three-judge special bench will hear Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's son's plea, objecting the presence of two Joint Investigation Team (JIT) officers for the family's investigation in the Panama Papers leak on May 29.

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Moscow [Russia], May 25 (ANI): The United States Government has lost track of USD 1 billion worth of military equipment from its assistance packages in Iraq due to its shoddy record-keeping processes, according to a new report.

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NATO to formally join U.S.-led anti-'Islamic State' coalition

Updated: May 25, 2017 12:08 IST     

Berlin [Germany], May 25 (ANI): The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) will formally join the United States-led coalition against the Islamic State extremist group, DW reported, citing sources.

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Beijing [China], May 25 (ANI): Chinese state run media has criticised India's move to block Chinese power firms, citing "India's boycott of Chinese equipment would eventually make its people the biggest losers."

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United Nations, May 25 (ANI): The United Nations (UN) has dismissed Pakistan's claim that the Indian Army targeted UN military observers in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK).

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