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Kazan (Russia), April 2, 2017: The Chinese diving “dream team” maintained their dominance at the FINA Diving World Series as they swept all the three gold medals on offer, according to the official website of FINA, the world swimming governing body.

The Chinese divers showed supremacy in the women’s 10m platform here on Saturday. Ren Qian and Si Yajie made a strong impression in the final. They decidedly took initiative in their hands to book the double win ahead of schedule, reports Xinhua news agency.

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Olympic champion Ren collected 394.25 points to win the title, while Si came second in 382.25 points. Angel Peniche Del of Mexico ranked third in 349.55.

In the men’s 3m springboard, China also extended the unbeaten streak. Cao Yuan showed consistency in the final and finished over eight points ahead of his compatriot Xie Siyi, 515.40, registering his first win in 2017 FINA/NVC Diving World Series.

Russia’s Ilia Zakharov was third in 486.70. Olympic champion in 3m synchro springboard Jack Laugher was fourth.

In the mixed 10m platform, Chinese divers Lian Jie and Lian Junjie left no chances for their challengers. They totalled 347.76 to win the gold. Russia and Australia took the silver and bronze respectively. (IANS)

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A security clearance allows a person access to classified national security information or restricted areas after completion of a background check. The clearance by itself does not guarantee unlimited access. The agency seeking the clearance must determine what specific area of information the person needs to access.

What are the different levels of security clearance?

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Why does one need a security clearance in retirement?

Retired senior intelligence officials and military officers need their security clearances in case they are called to consult on sensitive issues.

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Apparently. But there is no precedent for a president revoking someone’s security clearance. A security clearance is usually revoked by the agency that sought it for an employee or contractor. All federal agencies follow a list of 13 potential justifications for revoking or denying a clearance, which can include criminal acts, lack of allegiance to the United States, behavior or situation that could compromise an individual and security violations. (VOA)