Mueller probe no ‘witch hunt’, says Trump’s A-G pick Jan 16, 2019 0 4871 12345 AFPWASHINGTONDonald Trump’s nominee for US attorney general said Tuesday he does not believe the investigation into possible election collusion with Russia is a “witch hunt,” contradicting the president.“I don’t believe Mr Mueller would be involved in a witch hunt,” Bill Barr said, referring to Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is heading the probe.Barr made the comment under questioning by the Senate Judiciary Committee on the first day of hearings into his nomination by Trump to lead the Justice Department.Barr was under pressure to guarantee he would protect the 20-month-old Mueller investigation from interference by Trump, a possible target of the probe.Democrats suggested the Trump has recruited Barr, who was previously attorney general from 1991-1993, to protect him from the investigation, which focuses on whether Trump’s 2016 election campaign colluded with Russians and whether Trump obstructed the probe. RELATED ARTICLES Six-fold increase in Antarctica ice loss since 1979: Study Jan 16, 2019 0 800 Canada-China tensions flare over drug death sentence Jan 16, 2019 0 733 Lawmakers reject Brexit deal in crushing defeat for PM May Jan 16, 2019 0 374 Hondurans’ new US-bound caravan draws fire from Trump AFP San Pedro Sula Hundreds of Hondurans have set out on a trek to the United States, forming another caravan that US President Donald Trump cited on Tuesday to justify building a wall on the border with Mexico. “A big new .. US extends troop deployment at Mexico border Washington: The Pentagon said Monday it would extend until September 30 the deployment of active-duty soldiers and Coast Guard members at the US-Mexico border, while expanding the mission to include surveillance and .. Brazil’s president eases gun laws with decree Bogota: Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday signed a decree relaxing the country’s strict gun controls in an attempt to stem mounting crime. “The people have decided to buy arms and munitions and we cannot deny .. 11th victim in Austria as snow breaks records Vienna: A Czech ski instructor was killed by an avalanche in Austria on Tuesday, the 11th avalanche fatality the Alpine country has seen this winter amid historic snowfall. The 24-year-old man was skiing off-piste with .. Macron kickstarts ‘great debate’ to win back French French President Emmanuel Macron attempted on Tuesday to rebound from two months of often violent anti-government protests by launching a nationwide debate over the grievances fuelling the ‘yellow vest’ movement. .. Turkish coastguard saves 46 migrants, recovers one body DPA Istanbul The Turkish coastguard says it has rescued 46 migrants from the Aegean Sea off the coast of Turkey and recovered one body. They were picked up off the western Turkish district of Kusadasi, the coastguard said .. N-arms treaty faces collapse after failed US-Russia talks AFP Geneva The survival of a key nuclear arms control treaty was cast further in doubt on Tuesday after the United States and Russia blamed each other for pushing the agreement to the brink of collapse. Senior diplomats ..