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UN climate conference to Trump: 'We count on your pragmatism' MARRAKESH: A UN climate conference Friday appealed to the "pragmatism" of president-elect Donald Trump, who has threatened to pull the US out of a global pact to rein in global warming."The message of the (conference) to the new American President is simple: 'We count on your pragmatism and your spirit of commitment," said Moroccan foreign minister Salaheddine Mezouar, who presides over the 22nd UN climate conference."The international community is engaged in a major battle for the future of our planet, for the dignity of millions and millions of people," he added in a message to Trump via journalists attending the annual climate huddle, in Marrakesh.For this reason it was imperative to "stay the course" and continue the fight against climate change, which experts say threatens the human way of life, Mezouar added."We have absolutely no doubt about the spirit of pragmatism of president Donald Trump, nor the commitment demonstrated by ...

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Trump taps Sessions for AG, Pompeo for CIA NEW YORK: US President-elect Donald Trump has tapped three senior leaders of his national security and law enforcement teams, choosing Senator Jeff Sessions for attorney general, Representative Mike Pompeo as CIA director and General Mike Flynn as national security adviser, a transition official said on Friday. The transition official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the announcements would be made formally on Friday. All three men have accepted Trump's offer, the official said. In choosing ...

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Japan PM confident in Trump's diplomacy debut NEW YORK: Japan's prime minister voiced confidence Thursday about Donald Trump as he became the first foreign leader to meet the US president-elect, who was narrowing in on cabinet choices.Trump, who has been receiving a flurry of Republican operatives at his Manhattan skyscraper since his shock victory last week, appeared to be selecting staunch backers but also considering former rivals for top jobs.Several US media outlets reported late Thursday that Trump had offered the role ...

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Trump offers national security adviser post to Flynn WASHINGTON: President-elect Donald Trump has offered the influential post of national security adviser to his controversial campaign adviser, former general Michael Flynn, US media reported Trump officials as saying Thursday.Highly respected as a decorated military intelligence officer helping combat insurgent networks in Afghanistan and Iraq, Flynn, 57, later generated widespread criticism for his strident backing of the Republican's campaign.He served as Trump's leading adviser on national security issues during the campaign and was a highly ...

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US intelligence chief Clapper resigns WASHINGTON: US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said Thursday that he had submitted his resignation, stepping down as President-elect Donald Trump begins to assemble his new administration.Clapper, whose job is to coordinate the work of 17 disparate intelligence agencies like the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency, said resigning "felt pretty good" after six years in the job.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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US jobless claims hit 43-year low as labor market tightens WASHINGTON: The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell to a 43-year low last week, pointing to a rapidly tightening labor market that could allow the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates next month. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 19,000 to a seasonally adjusted 235,000 for the week ended Nov. 12, the lowest level since November 1973, the Labor Department said on Thursday. Claims for the prior week were unrevised. Claims have ...

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Clinton says election exposed deep divisions in US WASHINGTON: In her first public appearance since conceding to Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton on Wednesday said the US presidential vote has exposed deep divisions, in the "greatest country in the world.""Over the past week, a lot of people have asked themselves whether America is the country we thought it was," the former Democratic candidate told an evening benefit event in Washington. "The divisions laid bare by this election run deep, but please listen to me ...