U.S. President-elect Joe Biden will tap a former career diplomat in William Burns to lead the CIA, his transition team said on Monday, as the Democrat races to put a national security team in place before his inauguration.
U.S. President-elect Joe Biden will tap William Burns, a former career diplomat, to lead the CIA, his transition team said on Monday.
Over a 33-year career as a U.S. diplomat and eventually deputy secretary of state, Burns, who speaks Russian, Arabic and French, served in the Middle East and Russia.
As ambassador from 2005 to 2008 to the United States' old Cold War adversary, he led secret talks that paved the way to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, under former Democratic President Barack Obama.
That background will be critical at the spy agency in a new Biden administration which has vowed to punish Russia if it is found responsible for a massive cyber breach affecting U.S. government agencies.
The Kremlin has denied involvement.
Burns, who is currently president of an international affairs think tank, will also help the Biden administration decide where it can cooperate with China and where to confront the rising Asian power.
Biden, who promised to pick a team of tested officials ready on day one, is unlikely to have a full complement of permanent national security officials when he takes office as his transition was delayed by Trump contesting the election.
Burns must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate, where Biden's fellow Democrats narrowly hold the majority.
Acting Chief of the Capitol Police Yogananda Pittman said on Thursday that Donald Trump supporters who launched a deadly assault on the U.S. Capitol last month have indicated they want to "blow up" the building and kill members of Congress when President Joe Biden gives his State of the Union address to Congress.
First Lady Jill Biden offered advice to talk show host Kelly Clarkson during a recent TV appearance, telling her "over time you heal" from a divorce and that if she hadn't gotten divorced, she never would have met her husband, President Joe Biden..
U.S. President Joe Biden’s nominee to be director of the CIA, William Burns, told a Senate committee on Wednesday that he saw competition with China - and countering its “adversarial, predatory” leadership - as the key to U.S. national security.
Former US president Barack Obama has made a startling revelation. The normally composed politician said he once broke a schoolmate's nose for using a racial slur in a locker room fight. The 44th US President reflected on why people dehumanise others.
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CNN’s Manu Raju reports on Senate moderates Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) presenting obstacles in the confirmation of President Joe Biden’s nomination to lead the Office of Management and Budget, Neera Tanden.
Deb Haaland, Democratic congresswoman from New Mexico, who would be the first Native American Cabinet secretary if confirmed by the Senate, pledged to work together with President Joe Biden and his Cabinet secretaries.
Two Senate committees postponed meetings scheduled for Wednesday to consider President Joe Biden’s pick as budget director, Neera Tanden, suggesting she may not have the votes to be approved and thus become the first high-profile Biden nominee to be rejected. Conway G. Gittens reports.
Snow has been blanketing the Middle East over the last few days, an exceptionally rare event in countries like Israel, Lebanon and Jordan.
Some areas around the city of Jerusalem in Israel have seen up to 15cm of snow, while a resident in Lebanon said that he hasn’t seen anything similar in at least the last eight years.
Blizzard conditions brought the daily commute in Istanbul to a grinding halt, while roads have been blocked and traffic disrupted in Syria. Report by Bassaneseg. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
India has expressed its commitment to help the world fight against COVID-19. At UNSC, India said "No one is safe, till everyone is safe". "The endeavour should be to work towards making the vaccine accessible on a universal, equitable and affordable basis in a phased manner." UN chief Antonio Guterres also called India's vaccine production capacity one of the world's best assets. India also participated in an open debate on the Middle East. It welcomed the announcement of Palestinian elections. Expressed support for President Abbas' call to hold an international peace conference. Ambassador Tirumurti announced India's pledge of US $150,000 for peace building. India also expressed its commitment to support Libya for peace and stability. It said there is no military solution to the conflict. India also raised concern over terror outfits using pandemic to ramp up recruitment. India took part at the UNSC Arria Formula meeting on children and armed conflict. It highlighted that for terror groups, children are most susceptible to manipulation whether as active participants in terror or as human shields to protect the perpetrators of terror. The children are increasingly the target of coercion, both physical and mental.
Hindu by faith, a man from Hyderabad is following his passion of calligraphy which includes painting Quranic verses on the walls of several mosques in and around Hyderabad. For around 30 years, Anil Kumar Chawhan, a Hindu calligrapher who works in keeping the Arabic and Urdu art alive, has been receiving requests to paint Quranic verses on the wall of several mosques in and across Hyderabad city. "I was not familiar with Urdu script but the demand for signboards in Urdu inspired me to learn it. Some people objected when I started painting the verses because of my religion but were given permission by Jamia Nizamia. I have painted the walls of over 100 mosques... People of all religions should live together with love, peace and harmony," said Calligrapher Chawhan to ANI.
In order to provide a platform to young artists and keep the age-old art alive in the Valley, Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Development Corporation organised a calligraphic exhibition cum workshop. During the time of pandemic, this art form received much attention from the youth. They ventured into various form of calligraphy, ranging from 2-D, 3-D, Western, Arabic, and Oriental. This platform not just exhibits the art work of people but also nourishes them with new techniques. Event attracted hundreds of participants and visitors amid the severe cold conditions. The youth participating in the exhibition cum workshop believes that calligraphy is continuously growing in the Valley. Similar platforms can contribute in giving a boost to this emerging form of art. This visual art related to writing, is the design and execution of lettering with a broad-tipped writing instrument.