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Biden inauguration: New president sworn in amid Trump snub

Biden inauguration: New president sworn in amid Trump snub

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Kenneth Braithwaite sworn in as Secretary of the Navy

Kenneth Braithwaite sworn in as Secretary of the Navy

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May 29 (UPI) -- Kenneth J. Braithwaite, appointed by President Donald Trump in 2017 as U.S. ambassador to Norway, was sworn in Friday as Secretary of the U.S. Navy. A retired rear admiral, Braithwaite is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, the University of Pennsylvania, the Naval War College and the Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. His business career includes positions with Atlantic Richfield and St. Thomas Health System in Nashville. Advertisement The Senate confirmed Braithwaite last week after his May 7 testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee, in which he offered a negative assessment of current Navy management. "It saddens me to say [that] the Department of the Navy is in troubled waters due to many factors, primarily the failings of leade...
Trump impeachment: Senators sworn in for historic trial

Trump impeachment: Senators sworn in for historic trial

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Media playback is unsupported on your device The 100 lawmakers of the US Senate were sworn in on Thursday as jurors for the impending impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John Roberts administered the oath to the senators to "do impartial justice".In the coming weeks, the senators will decide whether Mr Trump should be removed from office over charges brought by the House of Representatives.The trial is scheduled to begin on 21 January.Justice Roberts asked the senators, "Do you solemnly swear that in all things appertaining to the trial of the impeachment of Donald John Trump, President of the United States, now pending, you will do impartial justice according to the Constitution and the laws, so help you God?"The...
First leftist sworn in as Mexico's president in decades

First leftist sworn in as Mexico's president in decades

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Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Andres Manuel López Obrador, 65, known as AMLO, was sworn in as Mexico's president Saturday. The 65-year-old starting his six-year term took 53 percent of the vote in a three-way race, allowing him to become the first leftist president since Mexico went from a one-party authoritarian state to a full democracy in 2000. López Obrador also became the first winning candidate to obtain more than half the country's vote when he won the election in July. He ran on a campaign that promised to stop corruption and reduce poverty. And his win was accompanied by his party also gaining a majority in Congress. He ran three times before securing the historic landslide presidential victory. "Today we don't only begin a new government, today we begin a change of our politica...
Mario Abdo Benítez sworn in as Paraguay's new president

Mario Abdo Benítez sworn in as Paraguay's new president

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Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Former Senator Mario Abdo Benítez was sworn in as president of Paraguay on Wednesday after narrowly winning the presidential election in April. The 46-year-old Abdo Benítez -- the son of ex-military dictator Alfredo Stroessner's right-hand man, Mario Benítez -- pledged to fight poverty and corruption in the country and improve judicial transparency. "We are going to build an independent and courageous justice so that impunity ends," he said. Abdo Benítez defeated his opponent, liberal candidate Efraín Alegre, by a margin of less than 3 percentage points to keep control of the country in the hands of the conservative Colorado Party. His predecessor, Horacio Cartes, and several Colorado Party senators chose not to attend the ceremony. The...