Here is CurrentHow’s Daily Briefing™ for the 16th, 17th, and 18th of November, 2016 :-
1. Donald Trump names prominent backer, Jeff Sessions as the next Attorney General of the United States :-
President-elect Donald Trump has settled on Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions for attorney general. Earlier Thursday, Trump telegraphed his decision by praising Sessions’ work as Alabama Attorney General after meeting with Sessions, who also had been under consideration for defense secretary.
The move would elevate one of Trump’s earliest congressional backers, and one of the most conservative senators, to serve as the nation’s top law enforcement official.
The 69-year-old, four-term Alabama Republican is a hard-liner on free trade and immigration, arguing that prospective immigrants don’t have constitutional protections. He has opposed efforts to overhaul prison sentencing, back off the war on drugs and legalize marijuana.
Sessions, a former federal prosecutor, was one of the few lawmakers to defend Trump after he proposed a complete shutdown on Muslims entering the U.S. He told Stephen Bannon — the former Breitbart News chief named as Trump’s chief White House strategist — on a radio show in 2015 that Trump was “treading on dangerous ground” but it is “appropriate to begin to discuss” the issue.
The attorney general represents the U.S. in legal matters and gives advice to the president and government agencies. The Justice Department’s broad portfolio includes prosecution of white-collar crime and enforcement of antitrust and civil rights laws. Sessions would oversee all the U.S. attorneys’ offices.
2. Anti-Erdogan officers involved in the Turkish failed coup seek ‘NATO asylum’ :-
A number of Turkish officers posted to Nato have sought asylum since the country’s failed military coup in July, Nato’s secretary-general has said.
Jens Stoltenberg said the officers had requested asylum in the countries where they had been posted but gave no names, numbers or reasons for the requests.
The countries involved will consider the cases individually.
Turkey has dismissed, suspended, detained or arrested tens of thousands of people since the July coup attempt.
Many have been in the military, although others are teachers, policemen, judges and journalists.
US and EU officials have expressed concern over Turkey’s use of emergency laws, which have been in place since the failed coup and which allow the president and cabinet effectively to rule by decree.
More than 240 people, many of them civilians, died in the events of 15 July.
The Turkish government’s crackdown has targeted those it suspects of links to the man it believes masterminded the coup attempt – the cleric, Fethullah Gulen.
He lives in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania in the United States and has denied any involvement.
3. Chinese astronauts return home after longest stay in space :-
Two Chinese astronauts returned to Earth safely on Friday after completing China’s longest-ever manned space mission as the country firmed up its plans to establish its permanent space station by 2022.
Zhang Youxia, commander-in-chief of China’s manned space programme, announced that the Shenzhou-11 mission, which lasted over a month, was a “complete success”.
The re-entry module of Shenzhou-11 landed safely at the expected site in central Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region at about 1:59 pm Beijing Time, Beijing Aerospace Control Centre (BACC) said.
The two astronauts were reported by the ground team to be in good condition.
They and the re-entry module will later be transferred to Beijing, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
Shenzhou-11 was China’s sixth manned spacecraft, and also the country’s longest mission to date. After its launch on October 17, the spacecraft docked two days later with China’s first space lab, Tiangong-2, where the two astronauts lived for 30 days.
The mission transported personnel and materials between Earth and Tiangong-2, and tested meeting, docking and return processes. It conducted aerospace medical experiments, space science experiments and in-orbit maintenance.
The rigorous testing helps China to firm up its plans to establish its permanent space station by 2022. By the time, it will be the only the country to have such a facility in service as the current in-service International Space Station (ISS) retires by 2024.
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