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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], August 24 (ANI): Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is chairing a high-level meet with powerful Pakistani generals and political leaders at his residence to formulate an appropriate "detailed reply" to U.S. policy on Afghanistan and President Donald Trump's accusation of Pakistan being a "safe haven" for terrorists.

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New Delhi [India], Aug 24 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that India is fully committed to increase its partnership in the development of Nepal.

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Washington D.C. [U.S.A.], August 24 (ANI): The United States Navy 7th Fleet on Thursday said the remains found by the Royal Malaysian Navy are not those of a missing sailor from the US destroyer collision.

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Washington D.C. [U.S.A.], August 24 (ANI): A petition 'Defend Dying Christians in Pakistan' has been launched on the American Centre for Law and Justice (ACLJ) over the atrocities on Christians in Pakistan.

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India, Nepal hold delegation level talks to bolster ties

Updated: Aug 24, 2017 14:00 IST     

New Delhi [India], Aug 24 (ANI): India and Nepal on Thursday held delegation-level talks at New Delhi's Hyderabad House to further enhancing the ties between the two sides.

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Asian-origin woman attacked on New York metro station

Updated: Aug 24, 2017 10:47 IST     

Washington D.C. [U.S.A.], August 24 (ANI): An Asian-origin woman received a head injury after she was pushed by a stranger onto the tracks of a local underground metro station in the United States.

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Beijing [China], Aug 24 (ANI): Amid two-month-long border stand-off in Doklam, China on Thursday issued a fresh advisory to the Chinese citizens residing in India asking them to pay attention to personal safety and local security situation.

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Nepal PM Deuba asks PM Modi to 'support Nepal more'

Updated: Aug 24, 2017 10:25 IST     

New Delhi [India], August 24 (ANI): Nepal Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba on Thursday asked Prime Minster Narendra Modi to "support Nepal more" for development plans and to build more trust and understanding to expand the relations between two nations.

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Washington D.C. [U.S.A.], August 24 (ANI): White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Wednesday said United States President Donald Trump will take a decision on former Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio "at the appropriate time."

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Indian-origin CEO abused for penning down anti-Trump op-ed

Updated: Aug 24, 2017 09:02 IST     

Washington D.C. [U.S.A.], August 24 (ANI): An Indian-origin Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of a Chicago company has been racially abused in the United States following his column in CNBC's website last week criticising President Donald Trump's response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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White House to direct Pentagon on transgender ban in military

Updated: Aug 24, 2017 08:39 IST     

Washington D.C. [U.S.A.], August 24 (ANI): The White House will be sending guidance to the Pentagon on the implementation of United States President Donald Trump's proposal to ban transgender people from serving in the military.

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US House panel to hold hearing on Navy warship collisions

Updated: Aug 24, 2017 07:56 IST     

Washington [US], Aug 24 (ANI): The United States House Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing on the slew of deadly warship collisions which have been taking place lately, when Congress returns from the summer recess.

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Earthquake of 4.7 magnitude hits Gilgit

Updated: Aug 24, 2017 07:28 IST     

Gilgit [Pakistan], August 24 (ANI): An earthquake measuring 4.7 magnitudes on the Richter scale hit Gilgit and surrounding areas late Wednesday night, Geo News reported.

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Trump, McConnell 'remain united': White House

Updated: Aug 24, 2017 06:48 IST     

Washington D.C. [U.S.A.], August 24 (ANI): The White House on Wednesday asserted that U.S. President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) "remain united" in the midst of reports that the two leaders have not spoken in weeks.

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Beijing [China], August 24 (ANI): Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi discussed on China-U.S. relations and the Afghanistan issue with on telephone.

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Saudi-led airstrike kills 48 in Yemen's capital

Updated: Aug 24, 2017 06:35 IST     

Sanaa [Yemen], August 24 (ANI): At least 48 people were killed in a Saudi-led coalition airstrike on a hotel near a Houthi-run checkpoint north of the Yemeni capital Sanaa, officials in Yemen said on Wednesday.

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Discount shop in east London catches fire

Updated: Aug 24, 2017 06:35 IST     

London [UK], Aug 24 (ANI): A discount shop in east London caught fire and almost 100 firefighters and officers were pressed to douse it.

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Washington [U.S.A.] Aug 24 (ANI): A new study has said that around 60 million Pakistani people are at risk of a variety of serious health problems including cancer due to an 'alarmingly high' level of arsenic contamination was found in groundwater beneath the Indus Plain in Pakistan.

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Washington D.C. [U.S.A.], August 24 (ANI): Top rabbis have denied holding an annual conference call with U.S. President Donald Trump due to his response to the violence at a Charlottesville, Va., white supremacist rally.

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Rock gig cancelled in Rotterdam over terrorism warning

Updated: Aug 24, 2017 05:03 IST     

Rotterdam [Holland], Aug 24 (ANI): A rock concert in the Dutch city of Rotterdam has been cancelled over a terrorism warning.

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