War hero se­na­tor re­jects CIA nom­i­nee

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dent Barack Obama’s ac­tion ban­ning tor­ture.

Two days af­ter tak­ing of­fice in 2009, Obama is­sued an ex­ec­u­tive or­der pro­hibit­ing all gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees from us­ing any in­ter­ro­ga­tion method that wasn’t spelled out in the Army Field Man­ual, a mil­i­tary guide that banned bru­tal in­ter­ro­ga­tion tech­niques, such as wa­ter­board­ing, which sim­u­lates drown­ing.

For McCain, get­ting the an­ti­tor­ture amend­ment passed in 2015 was per­sonal. He was beaten and kept in soli­tary con­fine­ment as a pris­oner of war in Viet­nam in the 1960s. ex­ec­u­tive

Gra­ham, who missed much of the Se­nate ac­tion this week to spend time with his friend at the McCain fam­ily home, said in an in­ter­view that it’s thanks to the Ari­zona se­na­tor’s work that Haspel will be re­quired to fol­low the law, as she said she would do.

‘‘Se­na­tor McCain’s view of what the coun­try’s do­ing won the day,’’ Gra­ham told AP. ‘‘The rea­son we are where we are is from Se­na­tor McCain’s voice.’’

Haspel, the CIA’s act­ing direc­tor and a ca­reer in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cer, faced grilling at the Se­nate In­tel­li­gence Com­mit­tee about her role over­see­ing some CIA op­er­a­tions in the af­ter­math of the Septem­ber 11, 2001, at­tacks. Some sen­a­tors asked about her morals. Haspel told them she doesn’t be­lieve tor­ture works.

Haspel also said she be­lieves the US should hold it­self to the moral stan­dards out­lined in the man­ual.

The panel is ex­pected to send the nom­i­na­tion on to the full Se­nate in com­ing weeks where con­fir­ma­tion will be tight.

The GOP’s nar­row 51-49 ma­jor­ity in the Se­nate has been fur­ther slimmed with McCain’s ab­sence. The 81-year-old se­na­tor was di­ag­nosed in July with glioblas­toma, an ag­gres­sive brain can­cer. McCain left Wash­ing­ton in De­cem­ber and hasn’t yet been able to re­turn.

But at least one Demo­crat, Sen Joe Manchin of West Vir­ginia, an­nounced he would vote in her favour. Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Pence can be re­lied on to break a tie.

Fe­in­stein said yes­ter­day that she will op­pose the nom­i­nee, call­ing the in­ter­ro­ga­tion pro­gram part of ‘‘one of the dark­est chap­ters in our na­tion’s his­tory and it must not be re­peated.’’ – AP John McCain, Re­pub­li­can Se­na­tor Vil­lagers said it started with a loud rum­ble, then houses col­lapsed one by one un­der an ap­proach­ing wall of wa­ter.

‘‘We took our chil­dren and rushed to higher ground,’’ farmer Joseph Maina told The As­so­ci­ated Press. Their home was sub­merged and their crops were washed away but, un­like dozens of others, they sur­vived.

At least 44 were dead and another 40 were miss­ing yes­ter­day af­ter a dam swollen by weeks of sea­sonal rains burst in Kenya’s Rift Val­ley, sweep­ing away hun­dreds of homes and send­ing peo­ple flee­ing, of­fi­cials said.

At least 20 of the dead were chil­dren. The es­tranged wife of Har­vey We­in­stein has said she was ‘‘ter­ri­bly naive’’ not to sus­pect his be­hav­iour and fears their chil­dren’s lives will be blighted for­ever by the scan­dal.

Ge­orgina Chap­man, a fash­ion de­signer, said she had been hap­pily mar­ried and con­sid­ered We­in­stein to be a ‘‘won­der­ful part­ner’’ un­til ac­cu­sa­tions of sex­ual as­sault and ha­rass­ment against him be­gan mount­ing up.

Break­ing her si­lence for the first time since the al­le­ga­tions be­gan sur­fac­ing in Oc­to­ber, Chap­man wept as she dis­cussed the cou­ple’s chil­dren, In­dia, seven, and Dashiell, five.

‘‘There was a part of me that was ter­ri­bly naive – clearly, so naive. I have mo­ments of rage, I have mo­ments of con­fu­sion, I have mo­ments of dis­be­lief.

‘‘And I have mo­ments when I just cry for my chil­dren. What are their lives go­ing to be? What are peo­ple go­ing to say to them? It’s like, they love their dad. They love him. I just can’t bear it for them,’’ Chap­man told US Vogue.

She main­tained that We­in­stein

‘‘Many peo­ple are miss­ing. It is a dis­as­ter,’’ said Ron­gai town po­lice chief Joseph Kioko.

The burst­ing of the Pa­tel Dam in So­lai, Nakuru County, on Wed­nes­day night lo­cal time, was the dead­li­est sin­gle in­ci­dent yet in the sea­sonal rains that have killed more than 170 peo­ple in Kenya since March. The floods hit as the East African na­tion was re­cov­er­ing from a se­vere drought that af­fected half of the coun­try.

Al­most an en­tire vil­lage was swept away by silt and wa­ter from the burst dam, said Gideon Ki­bunja, the county po­lice chief in charge of crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tions. Of­fi­cials said homes over a ra­dius of nearly 2km were sub­merged.

Forty peo­ple have been re­ported miss­ing, Re­gional Com­mis­sioner Mwongo Chimwanga said, while was ‘‘a won­der­ful fa­ther to my kids’’ and ‘‘a won­der­ful part­ner to me’’.

She added: ‘‘That’s what makes this so in­cred­i­bly pain­ful: I had what I thought was a very happy mar­riage. I loved my life.’’

Asked if she was ever sus­pi­cious about the Hol­ly­wood mogul’s be­hav­iour, she said: ‘‘Ab­so­lutely not. Never.’’

Chap­man said she had stayed out of the spot­light since Oc­to­ber out of ‘‘dig­nity and re­spect’’ for the vic­tims.

‘‘I was so hu­mil­i­ated and so bro­ken that I didn’t think it was re­spect­ful to go out. I thought, who am I to be parad­ing around with all of this go­ing on? It’s still so very, very raw.’’ about 40 others were res­cued from the mud and taken to lo­cal hos­pi­tals.

The area has seven dams used by a com­mer­cial farm, said Keffa Ma­geni, an of­fi­cial with an ad­vo­cacy group that helps to re­set­tle dis­placed peo­ple. With the heavy sea­sonal rains the dams do not have an out­let, he said.

‘‘There are two other dams which are leak­ing,’’ one resident, Stephen Nganga, said.

He asked the gov­ern­ment to in­ves­ti­gate them for the res­i­dents’ safety.

In­te­rior Cab­i­net Sec­re­tary Fred Ma­tiangi, vis­it­ing the scene, said the gov­ern­ment had launched in­ves­ti­ga­tions to de­ter­mine the sta­bil­ity of the other dams.

Nakuru County Gover­nor Lee Kinyan­jui said wa­ter from one of the other dams would be dis­charged to

She added that she ‘‘lost 10lb in five days’’ af­ter the reve­la­tions were pub­lished, and was now see­ing a ther­a­pist.

We­in­stein, who en­tered re­hab as the al­le­ga­tions piled up against him, has sold the fam­ily homes in the Hamp­tons, Con­necti­cut and Man­hat­tan and the cou­ple have re­port­edly agreed to a US$15-20 mil­lion di­vorce set­tle­ment.

Chap­man is mov­ing with her chil­dren to a farm in up­state New York.

Ac­tresses who have made al­le­ga­tions against We­in­stein in­clude Uma Thurman, Salma Hayek, Daryl Han­nah, An­gelina Jolie, Lupita Ny­ong’o, Gwyneth Pal­trow and Rose Mc­Gowan. avoid a dis­as­ter and that a vil­lage near that dam would be evac­u­ated.

More than 225,000 peo­ple in Kenya have been dis­placed from their homes since March, ac­cord­ing to the gov­ern­ment.

Mil­i­tary he­li­copters and per­son­nel in the past week have been de­ployed to res­cue peo­ple ma­rooned by the flood­ing.

The dam burst has again raised con­cerns about the state of Kenya’s in­fra­struc­ture. The Na­tional Con­struc­tion Author­ity in the past has blamed con­trac­tors by­pass­ing build­ing codes to save on cost.

In April 2016 a res­i­den­tial build­ing in the cap­i­tal, Nairobi, col­lapsed dur­ing rains, killing 52 peo­ple. Last May the wall of a hos­pi­tal col­lapsed due to rains, killing six peo­ple in Kenya’s sec­ond largest city, Mom­basa. – AP We­in­stein has said that while his be­hav­iour was ‘‘not with­out fault, there cer­tainly was no crim­i­nal­ity’’.

The sym­pa­thetic in­ter­view comes two days af­ter Scar­lett Jo­hans­son wore a dress by March­esa to the Met Gala.

Chap­man founded the la­bel with Keren Craig, her busi­ness part­ner, in 2004, and it quickly be­came a red car­pet sta­ple – due in part to We­in­stein’s in­flu­ence.

In an ar­ti­cle ac­com­pa­ny­ing the in­ter­view, Anna Win­tour, edi­tor-inchief of US Vogue, urged sym­pa­thy for Chap­man.

‘‘Ge­orgina is essen­tially quite old-fash­ioned, and just as she was al­ways the good daugh­ter – she is still very close to her fam­ily – she also be­came the good wife,’’ Win­tour wrote.

‘‘I am firmly con­vinced that Ge­orgina had no idea about her hus­band’s be­hav­iour; blam­ing her for any of it, as too many have in our glad­i­a­to­rial dig­i­tal age, is wrong. I be­lieve that one should not hold a per­son re­spon­si­ble for the ac­tions of his or her part­ner.

‘‘What Ge­orgina should be re­ceiv­ing is our com­pas­sion and un­der­stand­ing.’’

– Tele­graph Group Congo’s min­is­ter of health yes­ter­day an­nounced the first death since a new Ebola out­break was de­clared in the coun­try, as well as nine other cases of peo­ple sick­ened by a haem­or­rhagic fever that is sus­pected as Ebola.

Health of­fi­cials de­clared an Ebola out­break in the coun­try’s north­west on Wed­nes­day af­ter lab tests con­firmed the deadly virus in two cases from the town of Bikoro in the Equa­teur prov­ince. Of­fi­cials from the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion and other in­ter­na­tional health agen­cies are in the area to help con­tain the out­break’s spread.

Seven peo­ple with a hem­or­rhagic fever, in­clud­ing two con­firmed cases of Ebola, were hos­pi­talised in Bikoro as of yes­ter­day, ac­cord­ing to Health Min­is­ter Oly Ilunga. The death hap­pened overnight at a hos­pi­tal in nearby Ikoko Im­penge hos­pi­tal that also re­ported four new sus­pected cases of Ebola, Ilunga said.

Ilunga told The As­so­ci­ated Press that the pa­tient who died was a nurse. Three other nurses also were be­ing treated for a hem­or­rhagic fever, he said.

The min­is­ter clar­i­fied with The As­so­ci­ated Press that test­ing still must be done in nine cases, and equip­ment to con­duct rapid test­ing on the pa­tients has been dis­patched.

‘‘This si­t­u­a­tion wor­ries us and re­quires a very im­me­di­ate and en­er­getic re­sponse,’’ he said at a news con­fer­ence.

The two Ebola cases were con­firmed as the Zaire strain af­ter of­fi­cials in the cap­i­tal, Kin­shasa, were alerted early this month to the deaths of 17 peo­ple from a hem­or­rhagic fever and trav­elled to the Bikoro area to per­form tests.

The deaths oc­curred over a pe­riod of time and Ebola, which is not the only virus re­spon­si­ble for hem­or­rhagic fevers, has not been con­firmed as the cause in any of the 17 cases, Ilunga said.

Bikoro Hos­pi­tal direc­tor Dr Serge Ngale­bato said ear­lier yes­ter­day that nurses at the hos­pi­tal were among the five sus­pected Ebola cases there.

‘‘We have iso­lated the pa­tients,’’ Ngale­bato said. ‘‘There are no deaths yet, but all of the sick are pre­sent­ing signs of fever, di­ar­rhoea, vom­it­ing, ab­dom­i­nal pain and in­tense fa­tigue.’’

This is the ninth Ebola out­break in Congo since 1976, when the deadly dis­ease was first iden­ti­fied.

Ebola oc­ca­sion­ally jumps to hu­mans from an­i­mals, in­clud­ing bats and mon­keys.

There is no spe­cific treat­ment for Ebola, which is spread through the bod­ily flu­ids of peo­ple ex­hibit­ing symp­toms. With­out pre­ven­tive mea­sures, the virus can spread quickly be­tween peo­ple and is fa­tal in up to 90 per cent of cases.

The direc­tor of the Na­tional In­sti­tute of Bi­o­log­i­cal and Bac­te­rial Re­search, Dr Jean Jac­ques Muyembe, said that health ex­perts should be able to quickly con­tain this out­break be­cause the area is so re­mote.

The cases could be linked to a po­lice­man in the Bikoro health zone who dis­played symp­toms of hem­or­rhagic fever and died in De­cem­ber, Muyembe said. His mother and 10 others then showed sim­i­lar symp­toms.

None of the Ebola out­breaks in Congo have been con­nected to the mas­sive out­break in West Africa that be­gan in 2014. – AP


Peo­ple gather in front of the bro­ken banks of the Pa­tel dam near So­lai, in Kenya’s Rift Val­ley.

Ge­orgina Chap­man said she con­sid­ered We­in­stein to be a ‘‘won­der­ful part­ner’’ un­til ac­cu­sa­tions of sex­ual as­sault and ha­rass­ment be­gan mount­ing up.

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