Charity worker returns to US after being detained in Egypt

Trump to nominate Scott Brown as ambassador to New Zealand

The White House announced Thursday that President Trump is tapping former Massachusetts Sen.

Brown backed Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign and was reportedly considered as one of the major candidates for the job of secretary of veterans affairs.

The news brought praise from some leading MA political figures, including US Senator Elizabeth Warren, who beat Brown, in 2012. In 2014, he was the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate in New Hampshire but lost to incumbent Senator Jeanne Shaheen. Like Cabinet members, ambassadors require Senate confirmation - so, assuming the Senate does confirm him, it could be months before Brown assumes his post.

In 1982, as a 22-year-old law student Mr Brown won a Cosmopolitan magazine America's Sexiest Man competition, stripping down for a centrefold photo shoot.

Brown held a series of political events at his Rye, New Hampshire home during the presidential primary a year ago and became one of the first prominent Republicans to endorse Trump.

Mr Brown lost the seat to Elizabeth Warren.

As a senator, Mr Brown supported the use of waterboarding and other "enhanced interrogation techniques", the New Zealand Herald reported. Trump easily topped a large Republican field in the February 9 primary, launching him towards the nomination and eventually the White House. Their release and the freedom of four other humanitarian workers were negotiated by Trump and White House aides, and Trump sent a USA government aircraft to Cairo to bring them home, the Post reported.

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