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Obama shortens sentence of Manning, who gave secrets to WikiLeaks

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama on Tuesday shortened the prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the former US military intelligence analyst who was responsible for a 2010 leak of classified materials to anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks, the biggest such breach in US history. A White House official said there was no connection between Manning's commutation and renewed US government concern about WikiLeaks' actions during last year's presidential election, or a promise by founder Julian Assange to accept extradition if Manning…

VIDEO: Obama warns stern test of US democracy, in farewell speech 

CHICAGO: President Barack Obama warned Tuesday that the United States faces a stern test of its democracy, in a speech to the nation that was both a fond goodbye and a call to arms. Capping his eight years in office, Obama returned to his adoptive hometown of Chicago to recast his "yes we can" campaign credo as "yes we did." He also called on supporters to pick up the torch and forge a new "social compact". "Democracy does require a basic sense of solidarity," he said. "For all our outward differences, we are all in…

Serving as US commander in chief a privilege, says Obama

HAWAII: President Barack Obama said on Sunday it had been the "privilege of my life" to serve as US commander in chief and promised his continued gratitude and commitment to service members and their families during a Christmas Day visit to Marine Corps Base Hawaii. "Although this will be my last time addressing you as president, I want you to know that as a citizen, my gratitude will remain, and our commitment to standing by you every step of the way, that won't stop," Obama told several hundred people gathered in a mess…

Top US spy agency has not embraced CIA assessment on Russia hacking: sources

WASHINGTON: The overseers of the US intelligence community have not embraced a CIA assessment that Russian cyber attacks were aimed at helping Republican President-elect Donald Trump win the 2016 election, three American officials said on Monday. While the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) does not dispute the CIA's analysis of Russian hacking operations, it has not endorsed their assessment because of a lack of conclusive evidence that Moscow intended to boost Trump over Democratic opponent Hillary…

Trump turns to Washington lawyer to navigate legal, ethics issues

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA./WASHINGTON: President-elect Donald Trump on Friday chose Washington insider Donald McGahn to be his White House counsel, giving him the job of untangling potential conflicts of interest that the New York businessman's presidency may present. McGahn, a former chairman of the Federal Election Commission, had been the chief counsel of the Trump campaign and was one of the few members of the Republican establishment to embrace the outsider candidate. While Trump during his campaign frequently promised…

Trump considers seeking Bill Clinton’s advice

WASHINGTON: Donald Trump has said he would consider seeking advice from Bill Clinton, just days after besting the former president's wife, Hillary, in the upset US presidential election. Trump received a call from Bill Clinton after the vote in which the former president "couldn't have been more gracious," the 70-year-old Republican billionaire said in excerpts of an interview released Friday by CBS. The comments echo Trump's remarks after a meeting with President Barack Obama on Thursday, when he said he looked…

Defiant Trump, confident Clinton set for last debate in Vegas

LAS VEGAS, UNITED STATES: Democrat Hillary Clinton and rival Donald Trump wade into their last presidential debate Wednesday with the Republican candidate spiralling downward in the polls amid allegations of sexual misconduct and wild charges of a ‘rigged’ US election. With less than three weeks to go before Americans cast ballots November 8, polls showed Clinton widening her lead over the Republican nominee. The 90-minute debate at the University of Las Vegas, Nevada offers Trump what may be his last chance to turn around…