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Pentagon defends new Air Force One after Trump slam WASHINGTON: The Defense Department defended Wednesday the project to replace Air Force One, the flagship plane used by US presidents, a day after President-elect Donald Trump called the project's costs "ridiculous."Boeing has received a $170 million contract to develop the scope and requirements of replacing the aging Air Force One, which is actually two planes -- one for the president and a spare. On Tuesday, Trump said Boeing was spending $4 billion on the new plane and called for the order to be canceled.Converting a pair of 747-8 jumbo jets to state-of-the-art luxury command centers by 2024 had been estimated to cost $3 billion, and cost overruns and delays could bring the price tag up to Trump's estimate.But Pentagon spokesman Navy Captain Jeff Davis underscored the complexities of the project and suggested it was not a simple bonanza for Boeing."It sounds like a lot, but you have to remember: This is a system of systems, it's multiple aircraft and it's not all Boeing," ...

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Trump to pick retired Gen. Kelly for Homeland Security WASHINGTON: President-elect Donald Trump plans to nominate retired Marine General John Kelly to lead the Department of Homeland Security, CBS News reported on Wednesday. Kelly, the former head of the US Southern Command, has accepted the offer, CBS said, citing unidentified sources.  Reuters has not independently confirmed the choice.  Kelly, 66, would be the third general Trump has tapped for a high-level position in his administration.  The Republican president-elect, who has no military experience, planned to nominate retired General James Mattis to lead the Department ...

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Syrians leaving east Aleppo in bus loads: UN      GENEVA: More Syrians have fled eastern Aleppo, with reports of about 800 arriving in the past 24 hours at a disused cotton factory in the Jibreen district of west Aleppo and 1,260 in Hanano district, retaken by government forces, a UN official said on Wednesday. Bus loads of civilians continue to arrive in government-controlled areas of the city and leave for other sites or to lodge with family members, the UN official said by email.  They join an estimated 31,500 people from ...

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Time magazine names US President-elect Trump person of the year         WASHINGTON: Time Magazine has named US President-elect Donald Trump person of the year, the magazine said on Wednesday.  "It's a great honor, it means a lot," Trump told NBC's "Today" show in an interview shortly after the announcement.        Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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Trump boasts of $50bn investment at victory rally FAYETTEVILLE: Donald Trump embarked Tuesday on the second leg of an unorthodox "victory tour," promising tough policies to put the US economy first and boasting of securing a $50 billion Japanese investment to create 50,000 jobs.The US president-elect provided no details on the jobs or investment, which he spent all day trumpeting after talks with Japanese telecoms billionaire Masayoshi Son at Trump Tower in New York."Great guy of Japan. He's pledged that he's going to put $50 billion into the United States ...

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Son of Trump advisor booted after WASHINGTON: The son of Donald Trump's national security advisor -- who has pushed wild conspiracy theories on social media -- has been dismissed from the president-elect's transition team, Vice president-elect Mike Pence confirmed Tuesday."Mike Flynn Jr. is no longer associated with general Flynn's efforts or with the transition team and we're focused eyes forward," Pence told CNN, saying the younger Flynn had been helping his father with scheduling and other administrative work.The ouster of 33-year-old Michael G. Flynn, son of retired lieutenant ...

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Kerry to try again with Russia on Syria talks  BRUSSELS: US Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday said he would try to get Syrian peace talks going again with Russia's help as government forces closed in on rebels in the besieged city of Aleppo.Moscow launched an air campaign last year to help long-time ally Syrian President Bashar al-Assad who now appears on the verge of capturing all of Aleppo in what would be a huge blow to the rebel cause."We have been trying to find a way to ...