Venezuela’s Maduro names new potential successor

Venezuela’s Maduro names new potential successor

Venezuela’s leader Nicolas Maduro named an ex-security minister Wednesday as his vice-president, who would become head of state if Maduro were removed from office this year as the opposition demands. Maduro told a televised cabinet meeting that he had named to the post Tareck El Aissami, 42, a powerful state governor who cracked down on […]

Trump names retired general ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis as defence chief

Trump names retired general ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis as defence chief

US President-elect Donald Trump said Thursday he has picked tough-talking retired general James Mattis to be his defense secretary as he soaked up adulation at a large Ohio rally where he pledged to unite the nation. The splash of hard news came during a sea of soaring — and then blunt — rhetoric from the […]

Trump names Pence head of operations in transition team shakeup

Trump names Pence head of operations in transition team shakeup

President-elect Donald Trump is shaking up his transition team as he plunges into the work of setting up his administration, elevating Vice President-elect Mike Pence to head the operations. It amounts to a demotion for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who had been running Trump’s transition planning for months. On the heels of Trump’s upset […]

Lebanon’s president names Saad Hariri new prime minister

Lebanon’s president names Saad Hariri new prime minister

Lebanon’s new Prime Minister Saad Hariri, the son of former billionaire premier Rafik Hariri, is a vociferous critic of Hezbollah and the Syrian regime which he blames for his father’s assassination. The 46-year-old was nominated Thursday to form a cabinet by his one-time political adversary, President Michel Aoun, who took office this week after receiving […]

French govt will not share names of terror suspects with mayors

French govt will not share names of terror suspects with mayors

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve has ruled out sharing details of individuals on the intelligence services’ watch list with town mayors, he told weekly newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche. Suspects on the so-called “Fiche S” watch list are “under surveillance but not under official investigation because they have not been proven to have committed any […]

US names first ambassador to Cuba in five decades

US names first ambassador to Cuba in five decades

The United States has tapped Jeffrey DeLaurentis, America’s top diplomat in Havana, to become the first official ambassador to Cuba in five decades. “The appointment of an ambassador is a commonsense step forward toward a more normal and productive relationship between our two countries,” President Barack Obama said in a statement. Obama and Cuban President […]

Uncertainty over Boko Haram leadership as IS group ‘names new leader’

Uncertainty over Boko Haram leadership as IS group ‘names new leader’

The Islamic State group’s online weekly Al-Naba has named a new leader for their West African affiliate, fuelling speculation about the fate of Boko Haram’s longtime commander Abubakar Shekau. The jihadist magazine made the announcement on Tuesday in an interview with Sheikh Abu Musab al-Barnawi, whom it referred to as the new “governor of West […]