Top stories at 11 am, January 31: Donald Trump sacks his attorney general, Barack Obama breaks his silence on refugee ban, Hafiz Saeed under house arrest

From Barck Obama's statements on Donald Trump's refugee ban to Hafiz Saeed house arrest, here are the top stories for the morning bulletin on January 31.

US Attorney General who refused to support refugee ban, sacked by Donald Trump

In a shocking turn of events, United President Donald Trump has fired his attorney general, Sally Yates, on January 30 after she reportedly “betrayed” the administration and opposed the refugee ban executive order and refused to defend it in court. She was also urging others to not defend Trump’s immigration order. The Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, Dana Boente has replaced Yates and is now the acting attorney general of the US until Senator Jeff Sessions is finally confirmed by the Senate. Read More here.

Barack Obama breaks his silence on Donald Trump’s refugee ban, says ‘heartened’ by protests

After weeks of keeping mum about the decisions taken by United States President, Donald Trump, former US President Barack Obama on January 30 broke his silence stating that he absolutely “disagrees” with the refugee ban executive order. He further said that he was in reality “heartened” by the scale of protest against the Muslim’s travel ban. Asserting that he “fundamentally disagrees” with discriminating on the basis of caste and religion, Obama who has still not returned from his vacation made a statement through his spokesperson, Kevin Lewis. Read More here.

Under pressure from the US, Pakistan puts Hafiz Saeed under house arrest

Amid pressure on Pakistan from the United States, Mumbai attack mastermind and Jammat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed was on Monday night put under house arrest in Punjab Province along with four others. The action comes three days after Punjab’s Ministry of Interior included Saeed and four others — Abdullah Ubaid, Zafar Iqbal, Abdur Rehman Abid and Qazi Kashif Niaz — in the Watch List as per UNSC 1267 Sanctions ordering their preventive detention. There has been rising pressure on Pakistan from the Donald Trump administration to act against JuD and Saeed to avoid sanctions. Read More here.