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Presidential chief of staff to join NSC's standing committee

SEOUL, April 15 (Yonhap) -- The Cabinet on Tuesday approved a measure to add the presidential chief of staff to the standing committee of the National Security Council (NSC), South Korea's top decision-making body on security and foreign policy issues. The move is aimed at making the chief presidential secretary more familiar with security and external issues as those matters are closely related to other issues, officials said. The measure will also improve the efficiency of the committee's operations, they said.

Presidential chief of staff to join NSC's standing committee

SEOUL, April 15 (Yonhap) -- The Cabinet on Tuesday approved a measure to add the presidential chief of staff to the standing committee of the National Security Council (NSC), South Korea's top decision-making body on security and foreign policy issues. The move is aimed at making the chief presidential secretary more familiar with security and external issues as those matters are closely related to other issues, officials said. The measure will also improve the efficiency of the committee's operations, they said.

White House pledges $1 billion to prepare for climate change

By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Friday unveiled a $1 billion fund in his 2015 budget to help communities across the United States prepare for the impact of climate change. The fund, announced in Fresno, California, is part of Obama's pledge to speed federal assistance to the most populous U.S. state. California is attempting to cope with its worst drought in recorded history, which is threatening its critical agriculture industry, energy production and other industries.

White House names Mike Boots as interim environmental adviser

By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Thursday named Mike Boots, currently chief of staff of its Council on Environmental Quality, as the interim chair of the council, which advises the president on environmental issues. Boots will step into the role on February 18, after current chair Nancy Sutley leaves her job, which she has held since early in President Barack Obama's first term.

U.S., Japan deepen NSC-level security consultations

By Lee Chi-dong WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 (Yonhap) -- The United States and Japan agreed Friday to strengthen cooperation between their top national security bodies in dealing with North Korea and other pending issues, the White House said. National Security Adviser Susan Rice met with her Japanese counterpart, Shotaro Yachi, at her office here.

U.S., Japan deepen NSC-level security consultations

By Lee Chi-dong WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 (Yonhap) -- The United States and Japan agreed Friday to strengthen cooperation between their top national security bodies in dealing with North Korea and other pending issues, the White House said. National Security Adviser Susan Rice met with her Japanese counterpart, Shotaro Yachi, at her office here.

Park OKs permanent security committee

SEOUL, Dec. 20 (Yonhap) -- President Park Geun-hye approved a plan to set up a permanent committee of the national security council and its secretariat on Friday to better deal with security uncertainty following North Korea's execution of its leader's once-powerful uncle, a presidential aide said. Park gave the green light to the plan to hold NSC meetings regularly and to set up a NSC secretariat, Ju Chul-ki, the chief presidential secretary on foreign affairs and security, said in a briefing.

Longtime Obama aide plans to leave as part of White House overhaul: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - One of President Barack Obama's longest-serving advisers plans to leave the White House at the end of the month, the New York Times confirmed late on Wednesday, part of a staff shake-up in the West Wing after a botched rollout of the administration's signature health care reforms. Obama told the New York Times in an interview that the impending departure of Pete Rouse, who had worked for him since Obama was an Illinois senator, "will be a tough loss."

Head of White House environmental council to step down

By Roberta Rampton and Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Nancy Sutley, the chairwoman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, will step down in February, the White House confirmed on Tuesday. The Council on Environmental Quality coordinates environmental efforts between federal agencies and helps to develop policy. Chairwoman since January 2009, Sutley has been the main environmental policy adviser to President Barack Obama.

Secret Service learned lessons of JFK assassination

Never forget. But implement the lessons of failure. That was the collective vow of the US Secret Service after the assassination of John F. Kennedy 50 years ago this week -- which sparked a revolution in how presidents are protected and led to the current ring of steel and formidable firepower around the US leader. The circumstances of Kennedy's killing in Dallas -- with the 35th US president a sitting duck in a slow moving, open-topped limousine are unthinkable today.
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