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Obama tipped to appoint first black Attorney-General

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A few weeks ago, Barack Obama made history by being elected as the first black President of the United States.

Now he wants to make history again by appointing the country’s first African-American Attorney General.

Senior Democrats say former Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder has accepted the offer, which hinges on him winning Senate approval and broad bi-partisan support.

Obama wants widespread backing to clean up the Justice Department that was dogged by scandal during the Bush era.

Obama has also clarified his position on climate change, promising that the US will “engage vigorously” in talks once he is President.

Speaking at a global warming summit in California, he also pledged to stick to plans to reduce emissions significantly by 2020, despite the constraints created by the financial crisis.

The President-Elect said his plans to invest billions of euros every year in solar power, wind power and other renewable fuels would reduce US dependence on foreign oil.