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Gina Haspel confirmed as CIA's first female director

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The US Senate has voted in favour of appointing the CIA's first female director.

The confirmation of Gina Haspel, a veteran of the spy agency, follows a partisan fight among lawmakers over her role in the its post-9/11 interrogation programme.

She replaces former CIA chief Mike Pompeo who was recently made Secretary of State.

Haspel has been criticized for her role in a program that detained and interrogated terror suspects at covert sites abroad following 9/11.

There she oversaw the use of harsh interrogation techniques such as waterboarding.