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By Doina Chiacu and Diane Bartz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, a rival-turned-supporter of Donald Trump, overcame his stated qualms about a lack of government experience on Monday to accept the president-elect's nomination to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Carson, a popular writer and speaker in conservative circles, has been a close adviser to Trump since dropping out of the 2016 Republican presidential primary contest. Trump's Cabinet picks so far have been mostly white men, although he has also nominated two women, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and Republican donor Betsy DeVos to be education secretary.
Two Russian army medics were killed Monday in rebel shelling of a field hospital in Syria's Aleppo, Moscow said, blaming Western nations who support rebel fighters. One female medic was killed on the spot when a shell hit the reception area of the hospital, while a second died from her wounds later, Russian defence ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said. Konashenkov earlier said the attack had "undoubtedly been carried out by 'opposition' fighters" and laid the blame at the door of Western nations -- including the US, Britain and France -- that have backed those fighting its ally, Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.