Trump's A-G pick opposes Muslim ban, waterboarding Jan 11, 2017 0 371 12345 ReutersWASHINGTONDonald Trump's candidate for attorney general on Tuesday said he opposed banning Muslims from entering the United States and, taking a tougher stance than the president-elect, said waterboarding is torture and illegal.Republican Senator Jeff Sessions, the nominee, responded to questions at a Senate confirmation hearing, the first in a series this week for nominees to serve in the Cabinet once Trump enters the White House on Jan 20.Protesters charging Sessions has a poor record on human rights interrupted the proceedings several times.During the 2016 election campaign Trump said waterboarding was an effective interrogation technique and vowed to bring it back and 'a hell of a lot worse.'More recently Trump has said retired Marine Corps General James Mattis, his nominee for secretary of defence, had persuasively argued against it.Asked if waterboarding constituted torture, Sessions said Congress has since passed legislation that makes it 'absolutely improper and illegal to use waterboarding or any other form of torture.'His stance that the law clearly bans waterboarding could pose a problem for Trump if he tries to reinstate the practice.Sessions said he would not support banning anyone from the United States on the basis of religion, and said Trump's intentions were to block people coming from countries harbouring terrorists, not all Muslims. During his campaign, Trump at one point proposed a temporary ban on Muslims entering the country. Sessions also said he would recuse himself from investigating Hillary Clinton's email practices and charitable foundation if confirmed as attorney general. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES UN chief urges Security Council to do more to prevent war Jan 11, 2017 0 516 Trump pushes Republicans for quick repeal, replacement of Obamacare Jan 11, 2017 0 381 Senate move to sanction Russia over hacking, Syria actions Jan 11, 2017 0 422 Kerry takes jab at Trump tweets; warns of 'authoritarian populism' Reuters WASHINGTON US Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday warned of the dangers of authoritarian populism and offered a thinly veiled critique of Donald Trump's prolific use of Twitter, saying it allowed the .. South Carolina church gunman should be executed, says prosecutor CHARLESTON Convicted murderer Dylann Roof should be executed for killing nine people who welcomed him to their Bible study meeting at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina. Roof, sat with parishioners for 40 .. Canadian PM reshuffles cabinet ahead of Trump's presidency Montreal Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reshuffled his cabinet on Tuesday to prepare for Donald Trump's presidency, according several media reports. International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland .. Cuba names counter-intelligence chief as Interior Minister HAVANA Cuba named Vice Admiral Julio Cesar Gandarilla to the powerful post of Interior Minister, replacing Fernandez Godin, who died on Friday at the age of 78. Gandarilla had served as head of the department of ..