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Forces loyal to Libya's UN-backed government said Monday they had seized full control of the city of Sirte from the Islamic State group, dealing a major blow to the jihadists. The battle for the city, which was the last significant territory held by IS in Libya, took more than six months and cost the lives of hundreds of loyalist troops. "Our forces have total control of Sirte," Reda Issa, a spokesman for pro-government forces, told AFP.
Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, a presidential rival-turned-supporter, has been nominated to serve as President-elect Donald Trump's head of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Trump said on Monday. "Dr. Carson is a distinguished national leader who overcame his troubled youth in the inner city of Detroit to become a renowned neurosurgeon who served as the director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Maryland," Trump's transition team said in a statement announcing the nomination. Carson, who like Trump has never held public office and has no government experience, recently said he was not interested in serving in Trump's administration because he lacked experience in the federal government.