Former White House Security Chief to Head UN Children's Agency


New York, March 17 (DPA) Anthony Lake, a Clinton administration national security adviser, was appointed Tuesday as executive director of the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), which provides healthcare and assistance to children and women worldwide.

"He brings with him a wealth of experience after a long and distinguished career with the United States government," UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said in appointing Lake.

Lake, 70, was security adviser to president Bill Clinton in the 1990s and served on the board of the US Fund for UNICEF for nine years, including a stint as chair from 2004-2007. He was most recently a professor at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in Washington.

Lake will take over UNICEF April 30, replacing Ann Veneman, a former US secretary of agriculture.

Ban paid tribute to Veneman for her "immense dedication, energy and determination to improve the lives of children around the world. She leaves behind an organisation well-equipped for the enormous challenges ahead".

Bin Laden won't be caught alive, says US Attorney General  Text


Washington, March 17 (DPA) Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden will not be tried in a US courtroom because he won't be caught alive, the top US law enforcement official said.

Attorney General Eric Holder Tuesday appeared before a congressional committee for budget testimony but was forced to defend the Obama administration's plan to put some terrorist suspects on trial in civilian courts rather than military commissions at Guantanamo Bay.

Holder rejected charges by Republicans that the policy would make it possible for bin Laden to enjoy the same constitutional rights as US citizens.

"We will be reading Miranda rights to a corpse of Osama bin Laden. He will never appear in an American courtroom," Holder responded, referring to the rights read by police while conducting arrests.

He said that bin Laden "will be killed by us, or he will be killed by his own people".

Bin Laden has been on the run since the Sep 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, believed to be hiding along Afghanistan's border with Pakistan.

Former president George W. Bush had once famously said he wanted bin Laden "dead or alive", and President Barack Obama has vowed to intensify the effort to capture or kill the Al Qaeda figurehead.

  

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