Political appointments

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Trump nominates U.S. ambassador to Georgia

U.S. President Donald Trump has presented Californian Kelly Degnan for the role of the new U.S. ambassador to Georgia. Degnan currently serves as the political advisor to the Commander of United States …

Trump announces spy chief nominee

U.S. President Donald Trump said he would nominate Representative John Ratcliffe, a Texas Republican, to replace Dan Coats as the U.S. spy chief. Coats, the current U.S. director …

Mark Esper sworn in as Pentagon chief

Army Secretary Mark Esper was sworn in as U.S. secretary of defense, hours after being confirmed by the Senate in a strong bipartisan vote that ended the longest period by far the Pentagon had been without a permanent top …

CDU chief appointed Germany's defense minister

Leader of the ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer was sworn in as Germany’s new defense minister, following her predecessor Ursula von der Leyen’s election as the …

Vladimir Putin dismisses Sevastopol governor

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the decree in which he released Dmitry Ovsyannikov from his position of Sevastopol Governor at his request, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, adding …