The White House's nominee for CIA chief John Brennan has said he did not try to stop harsh interrogation techniques such as waterboarding when he was at the agency earlier in his career, but had objected to them privately.
Speaking at his confirmation hearing, he said: "I did not take steps to stop the CIA's use of those techniques. I was not in the chain of command of that program".
"I had expressed my personal objections and views to some agency colleagues about ... waterboarding, nudity and others ...
" I did not try to stop it, because it was something that was being done in a different part of the agency under the authority of others, and it was something that was directed by the administration at the time."
More top news
Sir Bruce Forsyth had to be rushed to hospital after a fall at his home.
Figures show seal shooting is on the decline but 51 licences were granted this year permitting the cull of more than 850 marine mammals.
Three goals were enough to send the team through to its first major football tournament finals since the World Cup in 1986.