Briefly World: US defence pick Hagel faces fierce critics at hearing

US defence pick Hagel faces fierce critics at hearing

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama's nominee for defence secretary said Thursday he would not hesitate to use the "full force of the US military" as he plunged into a Senate confirmation fight with critics from his own Republican Party, who worry that his past statements about Israel, Iran and nuclear weapons are signs of weakness.

US navy to scrap vessel stuck on coral reef

MANILA: The US navy has decided to scrap the $277 million minesweeper stuck on an environmentally-sensitive Philippine reef, a spokesman said Thursday, while Philippine officials examined potential legal violations and fines to be levied against the United States.

China convicts Tibetan monk over immolation

Beijing: Blaming the "Dalai Lama clique" for recurring self-immolations in Tibet, China Thursday handed down a suspended death sentence to a Tibetan Buddhist monk Lorang Konchok and convicted seven others for inciting people to set themselves on fire to protest harsh Chinese rule.

Roadside bomb kills 2 Pak polio workers

PARACHINAR: A roadside bomb killed two Pakistani polio workers, both men, on their way to vaccinate children in a northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border on Thursday, an official said.

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