Obama gives CIA its first woman deputy
WASHINGTON, 13 JUNE: US President Barack Obama today nominated a lawyer, who advised him on sensitive Intelligence operations, for the number two position in the CIA, putting a woman for the first time in one of the spy agency’s top jobs. In a statement, Mr Obama announced to appoint 43-year-old Avril D Haines, the top lawyer at the National Security Council, as the new Deputy Director of the CIA. Ms Haines would replace Michael J Morell, who has been appointed a Member of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board, after remaining in the spy agency for 33 years. pti
‘Nearly 93,000 killed in Syrian conflict’
Geneva, 13 June: The United Nations’ human rights office said today that almost 93,000 people have been confirmed killed in the Syrian conflict, but the real number is likely to be far higher. The analysis found 92,901 documented killings in Syria between March 2011 and the end of April 2013, said the UN’s top human rights official, Navi Pillay, but she acknowledged that it was impossible to put an exact figure on the toll from Syria’s upward spiral of violence. ap
6 Afghan cops found murdered
KABUL, 13 JUNE: An official says six Afghan policemen have been found shot dead at their checkpoint in the country’s south. Two other policemen were missing, raising suspicions they killed their comrades. District chief Nayamatullah Samim today said that the police were found shot dead in the shelter near their checkpoint overnight after they did not check in. ap
Mandela responding to treatment
Johannesburg, 13 June: Nelson Mandela was “responding well to treatment” for a recurrent lung infection on the sixth day of hospitalisation, as the South African Cabinet today wished the 94-year-old anti-apartheid icon a speedy recovery. pti