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Seemingly unfazed at being ousted from the Asian Athletics Association, scam-tainted Suresh Kalmadi on Monday said losing the presidential re-election bid to Qatar’s Dahlan Jumaan Al-Hamad has actually given him a chance to work at the “grassroots” level.
“I have no issues today and I congratulate Mr Al-Hamad for being elected as President. I am rather relieved that I will be able to work at the grassroots level in athletics,” Mr. Kalmadi said after losing the vote during the ongoing AAA Congress in Pune.

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US Senate committee approves Kerry as secretary of state

Wednesday - Jan 30, 2013, 11:37am (GMT+5.5)
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Washington - The US Senate Foreign Relations Committee Tuesday unanimously approved the nomination of John Kerry as the new secretary of state.

The 69-year-old Kerry's nomination must be confirmed by a full Senate vote, due to take place later Tuesday. He is expected to win an easy confirmation by the Senate, Xinhua reported.

Kerry, a Democratic Senator, was nominated by President Barack Obama Dec 21 as the next chief diplomat of the country.

Kerry won a Silver Star, a Bronze Star and three Purple Hearts for his service in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969.

First elected to the Senate as a representative of Massachusetts in 1984, Kerry is serving his fifth term.

He was elected to chair the Foreign Relations Committee in December 2008 after then chairman Joe Biden was elected vice president.

Kerry launched a bid for the White House in 2004 but lost to then incumbent George W. Bush by a margin of 34 electoral votes.

As a reliable emissary of the Obama administration, Kerry went to talk Afghan President Hamid Karzai into agreeing to a run-off presidential election in 2009.

In 2011, he secured the release by Pakistan of a CIA contractor accused of killing two Pakistanis as well as the return of parts of a US stealth helicopter that crashed during the operation in which Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed.


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