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  • #AceNewsGroup 20:19 on August 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    World Food Programme: ‘ GAZA – For The First Time Since 2007 a Humanitarian Convoy of UN WPF Successfully Crossed from Egypt into the Gaza Strip Today ‘ 


    #AceWorldNews – GAZA – August 27 – For the first time since 2007, a humanitarian convoy of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) successfully crossed from Egypt into the Gaza Strip today, carrying enough food to feed around 150,000 people for five days.

    ​’ Rafah Border Crossing Was Closed Now Open For Aid and Feeding People ‘

    After a seven-hour drive from Alexandria – where the food was procured – across the Sinai Peninsula, WFP’s trucks arrived at the Rafah crossing. The convoy of 18 trucks carried 15,600 food parcels – part of a total batch of 25,000 food parcels. The parcels include ready-to-eat food such as canned meat, canned beans, tea and dates.

    A second convoy with the remaining parcels is expected to cross into Gaza in the next few days.

    ​This is the first time that WFP has used the Rafah crossing point since the start of the Gaza blockade in 2007.

    “It is extremely important that we have access to the Gaza Strip from different routes including the Rafah crossing to ensure a constant flow of humanitarian supplies to meet the growing needs of the people affected by the recent violence. We are grateful to the Government of Egypt for opening the Rafah crossing and allowing WFP to procure food in Egypt,” said Mohamed Diab, WFP Regional Director for the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia and East Europe.

    To respond to the urgent need for humanitarian aid in Gaza, the UN in Palestine has activated the logistics cluster. Under the leadership of WFP, the cluster is in charge of coordinating the movement of humanitarian assistance into Gaza. The Egyptian Red Crescent is coordinating all the crossing of humanitarian goods through Rafah.

    “The opening of the Rafah crossing for humanitarian aid provides a major opportunity to scale up aid delivery to Gaza and needs to be sustained,” says WFP Country Director Pablo Recalde. “WFP has provided emergency relief from the onset of the conflict and will continue its food deliveries to Gaza to reach people affected by the conflict”.

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  • #AceNewsGroup 20:20 on August 18, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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  • #AceNewsGroup 20:24 on August 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    UNITED STATES: ‘ Google X Development of Flying Drones to Deliver Disaster Relief or Commerce We Shall See Which One Gets Priority ‘ 


    #AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES – August 29 – For two years, Google has quietly been developing autonomous flying vehicles that can be used to deliver packages for disaster relief or for commerce purposes, the company revealed Thursday.



    The program, dubbed Project Wing, has been housed under Google X, the company’s secretive facility where it created other projects like Google Glass and its self-driving cars.“Self-flying vehicles could open up entirely new approaches to moving goods—including options that are cheaper, faster, less wasteful and more environmentally sensitive than what’s possible today,” the company says in a document describing the effort.

    The drones are designed to follow a pre-programmed route at the push of a button, flying at 40 to 60 meters above the ground.

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  • #AceNewsGroup 20:06 on August 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    ‘ UK Raises Terror Level to SEVERE this English Language Shopping List for Making Bombs and Targeting Targets in UK and US Maybe Reason WHY ‘ 


    #AceNewsServices (Exclusive) – August 29 – Looking for a reason for the raising of the UK threat level to severe and maybe you need to look no further than the Al-Qaeda terrorist group published an English-language ‘shopping list’ for making bombs that can be used to attack British and American targets, Al-Alam website reported.

    The media arm of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) this week published a nine-page how-to guide in its English-language magazine on making car bombs and suggests terror targets in the UK and the US.

    The publication suggested that followers target the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Thames House in London and department stores during Friday prayers.

    There is a suggested list of targets for lone-wolf, or individually executed, terror attacks, including New York’s Times Square, casinos and nightclubs in Las Vegas, oil tankers and busy train stations.

    It also encouraged attacks on places around the world where Britons, Americans and Zionists take holidays.

    Included in the article is a timeline of terror attacks, including 9/11 and the Boston bombings that includes a blank entry marked 201?, implying a terror attack on foreign soil is planned for the near future.

    The manual goes on to praise the “Boston bomber brothers” Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, praying mercy for them.

    Steve Stalinsky, whose organization Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) monitors the online and media activity of radical groups and reported on the release of this publication, said, “Both AQAP and ISIL (the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant), as well as every other al-Qaeda branch and offshoot is relying on US social media companies including Twitter and YouTube for their cyber-Jihad efforts”.

    “There could be some envy by AQAP that ISIL is now getting all the headlines,” Stalinsky said.

    Middle East has been witnessing a surge in radical militancy since the US-backed war started in Syria in 2011.

    Militant groups which used the opportunity of Western governments’ silence on any activity that could lead into fall of the government in Damascus developed in large numbers across Syria and Iraq.

    Mass executions and extremist violence by these groups, mainly the ISIL and al-Qaeda’s al-Nusra Front, left thousands of victims across the Arab countries.

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  • #AceNewsGroup 16:00 on August 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    ISRAEL: Body of Aaron Sofer Has Been Positively Identified Showing No Sign of Any Criminal Act Though No Further Details Available at Present ‘ 


    #AceBreakingNews – ISRAEL – August 29 – Israeli police said Thursday they have found the body of an American student who went missing last week while hiking and do not suspect a crime was involved, media reports say.


    The body of Aaron Sofer, 23, a Jewish seminary student from New Jersey, was positively identified after being found earlier in the day, The Jerusalem Post and other Israeli media reported. He vanished last Friday while walking in woods not far from the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum in Jerusalem.

    "Following a forensic examination, the body … was identified as that of missing person Aaron Sofer. Tests showed that no criminal act was committed and the body will be transferred to the family in the coming hours," police said in a statement, Reuters reported.

    No further details on the circumstances of his death were disclosed immediately.

    In New Jersey, Sofer’s family intends to bury him in Israel, according to friends who have spoken with them, the Asbury Park (N.J.) Press reported.

    Township Committeeman Meir Lichtenstein said he spent the morning with Sofer’s family after they received the news.

    "They’re overwhelmed," Lichtenstein said. "At the same time, there is some relief that Aaron has been found."

    The Jerusalem Post reported that DNA tests confirmed the identity.

    The body was found earlier Thursday, and police said initially that it appeared likely to be that of the missing American.

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  • #AceNewsGroup 15:48 on August 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    BRITAIN: ‘ UK Government Raises THREAT Level to ‘ SEVERE ‘ in Response to ‘EVENTS ‘ in Iraq and Syria Citing NO-SPECIFIC Threats or Information to SUGGEST an ATTACK ‘ 


    #AceBreakingNews – BRITAIN (London) – August 29 – The United Kingdom raised its terror threat level to "severe" on Friday in response to events in Iraq and Syria.

    "What we’re facing in Iraq now with ISIL is a deeper and greater threat to our security than we have known before," said U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron in a press conference from 10 Downing Street, referring to the Islamic State by its former name, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

    "With ISIL we are facing a terrorist organization not being hosted in a country but actually seeking to establish and violently expand its own terrorist state," he added.

    There is no specific threat or information suggesting an attack is imminent, Home Secretary Theresa May said, however the second-highest threat level of "severe," indicates a terrorist attack is "highly likely."

    Severe is the second-highest of five possible threat levels. The U.S. threat level remains elevated.

    "This is not some foreign conflict thousands of miles from home that we can hope to ignore, Cameron said. It is a "threat to our own security in the U.K."

    Britain has grown increasingly worried about the number of British citizens becoming radicalized with the intention of returning home to carry out attacks.

    Speaking about the "poisonous ideology of Islamic extremism," Cameron said at least 500 people have traveled from Britain to Syria and Iraq to fight with militant groups.

    "We must take whatever action is necessary to keep British residents safe here at home," Cameron said, adding the U.K. has already taken steps to stop suspects from travelling by seizing passports, and depriving others of citizenship.

    Further steps are needed, Cameron said, saying he would be working on new legislation that prevents people from traveling to fight for extremist groups and makes it easier to "tackle that ideology of Islamic extremism head on."

    The Joint Terrorism Analysis Center sets the national threat level based on the latest intelligence. The threat level for the U.K. last changed in July 2011, when it was reduced to "substantial."

    BBC News – USA Today – NBC

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  • #AceNewsGroup 15:37 on August 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    MINNEAPOLIS: ‘ US Government Sues Small Minneapolis Suburb Accusing it of Religious Discrimination After Local Leaders Denied Muslim Group Right to Open Centre ‘ 


    #AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES (Minneapolis) – August 29 – The U.S. government sued a small Minneapolis suburb on Wednesday, accusing it of religious discrimination after local leaders denied a Muslim group the right to open a centre in the municipality.

    ​The Justice Department filed a complaint in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis against St. Anthony Village, where council members voted 4-1 in 2012 to deny a request by the Abu Huraira Islamic Centre to create a place of worship in the basement of the St. Anthony Business Centre.

    "Religious freedom is one of our most cherished rights, and there are few aspects of that right more central than the ability of communities to establish places for collective worship," Molly Moran, acting assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division, said in a statement.

    The complaint argues the municipality treated the group’s application for a conditional use permit on less than equal terms than other, non-religious, conditional use permits for assembly.

    The denial of the permit unlawfully prohibited religious use because the zoning code for where the building is located allowed “assemblies, meeting lodges and convention halls,” the Justice Department said.

    St. Anthony Village, north-east of Minneapolis, said in a statement the decision to deny the permit was not based on religion, but rather on its limited supply of industrial space where jobs can be created.

    Reuters US (Reporting by Brendan O’Brien in Milwaukee; Editing by Victoria Cavaliere and Peter Cooney)

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  • #AceNewsGroup 15:02 on August 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    UNITED STATES: ‘ Penny for the Wheat the Oil and the Wine in this Case as Store-Owners Count the Cost of Recent Earthquake and Insurance ‘ 


    #AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES (Napa Valley) – August 29 – Today Reuters reported that during Sunday’s 6.0 magnitude earthquake, some $75,000 worth of bottles of wine, rum and whiskey flew off the shelves of Aiyaz Masani’s liquor store in Napa, California. He estimates about half his inventory was damaged, winding up in three-foot piles in the aisles.


    But that financial hit is far from enough to convince him to buy earthquake insurance for Redwood Liquor. That would mean forking over about 7 to 8 percent of his insured value of $100,000 in premiums alone, he said.

    "It doesn’t amount to good financial sense," Masani said on Monday, while standing beside a side-walk dumpster where workers shovelled broken glass and the stench of fermenting alcohol hung in the air. "It’s useless to buy insurance."

    In one of the most quake-prone areas of the world, the cost of earthquake insurance remains too high for many California residents. Flood coverage is often more affordable and mandatory in areas of the country where hurricanes are frequent, but only 6 percent of Napa’s residents carried coverage before Sunday’s quake, the biggest to hit the Bay Area in 25 years and the first major quake in the state in two decades.

    When The Big One hits, taxpayers may end up paying for much of the damage.

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  • #AceNewsGroup 12:27 on August 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    WASHINGTON: ' President Obama Side-Steps Question When Asked Whether Russia Has Mounted Invasion of Ukraine ' 


    AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – August 29 – President Obama on Thursday sidestepped the question of whether Russia has mounted an invasion of Ukraine, describing the movement of troops and equipment across the border as an he repeatedly avoids direct question.

    Obama accused Russia of "deliberately and repeatedly" violating the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, and vowed "more costs and consequences" from the United States and its allies.

    "The separatists are trained by Russia, they are armed by Russia, they are funded by Russia," Obama said. "Russia has deliberately and repeatedly violated the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, and the new images of Russian forces inside Ukraine make that plain for the world to see."

    More than 1,000 Russian troops have entered the country, and two columns of tanks and military vehicles have crossed the border, Ukrainian and NATO officials told The Associated Press. Russia has also reportedly fired missiles from across the border to clear a pathway for the convoy. Reports also said Russian forces had taken control of a key Ukrainian town.

    The president announced plans to meet with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko at the White House in the next month, and said the crisis in Ukraine would be a point of discussion at next week’s NATO summit in Wales. Obama spoke with German Chancellor Angela Merkel before his statement to reporters Thursday afternoon.

    Republican lawmakers, including House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.), have asked Obama to say definitively whether he considered Russia’s actions in Ukraine an invasion.

    "If reports prove accurate that Putin has in fact sent over 1,000 troops into Ukraine to support and fight alongside Russian-backed separatists, this is an act of war against the sovereign state of Ukraine," McKeon and Rep. Michael Turner (R-Ohio) said in a joint statement.

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  • #AceNewsGroup 11:57 on August 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    NEW YORK: ‘ September 11 Memorial Plaza Will Be Open to Allow Public to Visit Ground Zero on Commemoration Date of 9/11′ 


    #AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES (New York) – The Sept. 11 memorial plaza will be open on the night of the attacks’ anniversary this year, marking the first time the general public will be able to visit ground zero on the commemoration date.

    ​The plaza will be closed to the public during the remembrance ceremony and much of the rest of the day, but it will open from 6 p.m. to midnight for those who want to pay respects and view one of the most evocative observances – the twin beams called the Tribute in Light – from an especially "meaningful vantage point," memorial President Joe Daniels said in an email Thursday to victims’ families AP reported.

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  • #AceNewsGroup 11:48 on August 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    INDIA: ‘ British Law Minister to Visit Delhi and Ahmedabad to Further Bi-Lateral Relationship with New Government ‘ 


    #AceWorldNews – INDIA – August 29 – The United Kingdom’s Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State and Minister for the Courts and Legal Aid at the Ministry of Justice, Shailesh Vara MP, will visit Delhi and Ahmedabad from 1-3 September 2014.

    The Minister’s visit is the latest in a series of senior British Government visitors to India to further develop the bilateral relationship with the new Indian Government.

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  • #AceNewsGroup 11:43 on August 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    MOSCOW: ‘ Vladimir Putin Calls on Pro-Russian Seperatists to Release Ukrainian Soldiers ‘ 


    #AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – August 29 – Russia’s President Vladimir Putin on Friday called on pro-Russian separatists to release Ukrainian soldiers who have been surrounded by the rebels in eastern Ukraine.

    Putin’s statement came several hours after Ukraine accused Russia of entering its territory with tanks, artillery and troops, and Western powers accused Moscow of lying about its role and dangerously escalating the conflict.

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  • #AceNewsGroup 11:26 on August 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    SAMOA: ‘ Toxic Weed Could Become Life-Saver in Partnership Between Government and United Nations to Produce Bio-Gas ‘ 


    #AceWorldNews – SAMOA – August 29 – A toxic weed in Samoa is being turned into electricity, raising hopes that families on the southern coast of the Pacific island can be connected to the national grid as a result of a partnership between the Government and the United Nations.


    “This is the first time ever in Samoa that you produce electricity from biogas,” said Mina Weydalh,

    Energy Analyst and acting head of the energy unit at the UN Development Programme (UNDP) office in the country. “It’s not a new technology. They do it in Europe, and they do it in China. But it’s new in Samoa.”

    To showcase the bio-fuel partnership, delegates at the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) conference set to begin on Monday in the Samoan capital, Apia, will be riding around in 15 six-seater electric carts partially fuelled by organic waste. The project is run by UNDP, along with Samoa’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).

    “The system we have here is not big enough to power all those golf carts completely but we are going to give them a little top up,” Ms. Weydalh told the UN News Centre standing next to a cart that was being charged from a biogas digester.

    Reminiscent of a large white propane tank, the biogas digester breaks down organic waste through a fermentation process that does not use air. The methane is then fed into a generator to produce electricity.

    In the southern coast village of Piu, plans are underway to use this same technology to build a much larger bio-digester that can provide power for six families. Additional energy can be sold back to the national grid, generating income for the community.

    The project is part of the regional Pacific Island Greenhouse Gas Abatement through Renewable Energy Programme (PIGGAREP). Funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the project is now supporting Piu to build and manage a power station fuelled entirely by local organic waste. The Danish Government, added another $3 million to be used by Samoa and eight other countries in the region.


    “This project is quite interesting because we are going to use a vine, it’s called the Merremia vine. That is an evasive vine to Samoa and, if you go out to the outer areas of Samoa, you’ll see it covers everything,” Ms. Weydalh noted, describing a type of ‘Morning Glory’. The vine is blamed for killing more than 60 per cent of Samoa’s forests. But as biomass, it could be fuel for bioenergy.

    “The goal is to demonstrate the viability of biogas solutions on the island, while at the same time stopping the spread of the invasive vine,” UNDP has said.

    Samoa, like many other Pacific island states, is very heavily dependent on generators that run on either diesel or petrol, and which have to be shipped to the island. The country imports up to 100 million litres of petrol per year, of which nearly half are used for transport, according to official figures.

    Seventy per cent of the power consumption in Samoa comes from fossil fuel, according to the UN agency. Most of the remaining 30 per cent is hydro power.

    “Samoa is lucky because they have a little bit of mountains,” said Ms.Weydalh, “but many of the island states are flat. They’re atoll, so they don’t have any hydro because you need a little height difference to do hydro.”

    Biogas, then, offers potential for development in small island developing states, particularly at the community level.

    Whereas wind or hydropower systems can be large generating thousands of megawatts, bio-fuel systems such as the one being demonstrated the UN conference is “something that a smaller village or a smaller household in the community can invest in,” the energy expert noted.

    She added that the price of one kilowatt hour in Samoa is roughly an “extremely expensive” 45 cents, as compared with the rest of the world.

    As the UN conference on small island developing states officially kicks on Monday, the carts run on bio-fuel are meant to be reminders of successful partnerships and how to expand them.

    “This can produce electricity,” Ms. Weydalh said. “That’s what we’re demonstrating here, to get people talking.”

    UN News Centre

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  • #AceNewsGroup 21:14 on August 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    WASHINGTON: ‘ Hilary Clinton Finally Wakes Up To Events in Ferguson Since the Killing of Michael Brown Saying We Don’t Want Our Streets Like a War-Zone – Really ‘ 


    #AceBreakingNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – August 28 – Hillary Clinton addressed the events in Ferguson, Mo., for the first time on Thursday since the killing of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer, calling for a "thorough and speedy investigation."

    "We don’t want to see our streets look like a war zone. Not in America. We are better than that," she said at technology conference in San Francisco.

    She also praised "decent and respectful law enforcement officers, who showed what quality law enforcement looked like."

    By Peter Sullivan @ The Hill

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  • #AceNewsGroup 21:07 on August 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    WHO: ‘ Issues Latest Update on Road-Map that aims to Stop Ebola Transmissions Saying Case-load Could Exceed 20,000 Urging Scaling up of Response Mechanisms ‘ 


    #AceWorldNews – WEST AFRICA – August 28 – The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a roadmap that aims to stop Ebola transmissions within six to nine months, but acknowledges the actual number of cases may be much higher than that currently reported and the total case-load could exceed 20,000 over the course of the emergency.

    The roadmap “responds to the urgent need to dramatically scale up the international response,” WHO said in a statement. “Nearly 40 per cent of the total number of reported cases have occurred within the past three weeks.”

    “The $490 million indicative budget for the roadmap presents a consolidated view of the estimated global resources required over the next six months – by national governments, WHO, some UN agencies and other partners – for the health response to stop Ebola transmission,” according to the 27-page document issued by the Geneva-based UN health agency.

    Priority is being given to needs for treatment and management centres, social mobilization, and safe burials, it said.

    The latest official number of Ebola virus disease (EVD) cases in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone stands at 3,069, with over 1,552 deaths, making this the largest Ebola outbreak ever recorded, WHO says. An unprecedented number of health care workers have also been infected and died due to this outbreak.

    According to the latest West African update, “the overall case fatality rate is 52 per cent. It ranges from 42 per cent in Sierra Leone to 66 per cent in Guinea.” A separate outbreak of Ebola virus disease, which is not related to the outbreak in West Africa, was laboratory-confirmed on 26 August in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

    In that update, WHO reiterated that it “does not recommend any travel or trade restrictions be applied except in cases where individuals have been confirmed or are suspected of being infected with EVD or where individuals have had contact with cases of EVD.

    The WHO roadmap issued today “assumes that in many areas of intense transmission the actual number of cases may be 2-4 fold higher than that currently reported. It acknowledges that the aggregate case load of EVD could exceed 20,000 over the course of this emergency.”

    UN News Centre

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  • #AceNewsGroup 20:51 on August 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    UNITED STATES: ‘ Death of Michael Brown has Stirred Up Police Handling of the Situation and What’s More the Issue Over Black and White Feelings’ 


    #AceNewsServices – UNITED STATES – August 28 – After Michael Brown has been laid to rest in Missouri, a USA TODAY/Pew Research Centre Poll finds Americans by 2-to-1 say police departments nationwide don’t do a good job in holding officers accountable for misconduct, treating racial groups equally and using the right amount of force.

    While most whites give police low marks on those measures, blacks are overwhelmingly negative in their assessment of police tactics. More than nine of 10 African Americans say the police do an "only fair" or poor job when it comes to equal treatment and appropriate force.

    The shooting of the unarmed black teenager by a white police officer two weeks ago in a St. Louis suburb has sparked protests across the country and spotlighted a federal program that sends military equipment to local law enforcement agencies.

    More than four in 10 of those surveyed say they have little confidence in police departments to use the military equipment and weapons appropriately. President Obama has ordered a review of the program that disperses the gear not only to big cities such as New York and Washington but also to small towns.

    Pew Research Poll Report

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  • #AceNewsGroup 20:36 on August 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    WASHINGTON: ‘ Justice Department and FBI Joined Veteran Affairs to Investigate Allegations of Obstruction of Justice at Dozens of Hospitals ‘ 


    #AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – August 28 – The Justice Department and the FBI have joined the Veterans Affairs inspector general to investigate allegations of obstruction of justice at dozens of veterans hospitals across the country, according to a long-awaited report released Tuesday.

    The report by the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General said 93 VA health care sites across the country are being investigated in connection with falsifying scheduling records to hide delays in veterans’ health care and "attempting to obstruct OIG (Office of Inspector General) and other investigative efforts."

    "These investigations confirmed wait-time manipulations were prevalent throughout" the VA health system, the report said.

    The document cited a "breakdown of the ethics system" within the VA health care program.

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  • #AceNewsGroup 20:03 on August 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    SOUTH SUDAN: ‘ Security Council Condemns Downing of UN Helicopter Resulting in Three Russian Crew Members Deaths – Cause of Crash Unknown ‘ 


    #AceWorldNews – SOUTH SUDAN – 27 August 2014 – The Security Council has strongly condemned the downing yesterday of a United Nations helicopter in South Sudan which resulted in the death of three Russian crew members and left a fourth severely injured, and called for a thorough investigation.

    ​The MI-8 helicopter contracted by the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) was performing a cargo flight from Wau in Western Bahr El Ghazal state to Bentiu in Unity state when it crashed.

    The members of the Security Council extended their heartfelt condolences to the families of the crew members and to the Government of Russia, and offered wishes for a full recovery to the injured crew member.

    “They stressed that this attack constituted a grave violation of the Status of Forces Agreement of 8 August 2011 and jeopardized the UNMISS operations,” said a press statement issued by the 15-member body.

    “They strongly urged UNMISS and the Government of South Sudan to conduct a swift, thorough and transparent investigation of this attack.”

    Further, the Council strongly emphasized that those responsible for the attack must be held accountable and all necessary measures to avoid such attacks in the future must be taken.

    UN News Centre

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  • #AceNewsGroup 19:38 on August 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    SYRIA: ' UN States Forty Three Peace-Keepers Serving in Golan Heights by Armed Militants ' 


    #AceBreakingNews – 28 August 2014 – The United Nations said today that 43 of its peacekeepers serving in the Golan Heights were detained this morning amid increased fighting in the area between Syrian Government forces and armed elements.

    ​The peacekeepers from the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) were detained by an armed group in the vicinity of Al Qunaytirah, according to information released by the UN.

    Another 81 peacekeepers are currently being restricted to their positions in the vicinity of Ar Ruwayhinah and Burayqah.

    “The United Nations is making every effort to secure the release of the detained peacekeepers, and to restore the full freedom of movement of the Force throughout its area of operation,” said the Organization.

    UNDOF peacekeepers were previously detained by armed elements in March and May of 2013 and were released safely.

    Peacekeepers serving with UNDOF monitor the 1974 disengagement accord between Syria and Israel after their 1973 war. In June, the Security Council extended the mission’s mandate until 31 December 2014.

    As of 31 July 2014, there are 1,223 peacekeepers from six countries – Fiji, India, Ireland, Nepal, Netherlands, and the Philippines – serving in UNDOF.

    UN News Centre

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  • #AceNewsGroup 19:02 on August 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    SYRIA: ‘ Second American Jihadist Killed Fighting for ISIS ‘ 


    #AceBreakingNews – SYRIA – August 28 – The State Department is investigating reports that a second American jihadist was killed last weekend in Syria fighting for ISIS. A video on USA today states at this link confirms.

    ​The news comes a day after NBC News first reported that Douglas McAuthur McCain, a U.S. citizen, died fighting for the Islamic militants. A Free Syrian Army source told NBC News said the second American was killed in the same battle.

    A law enforcement official told NBC News that “it appears to be true” a second American died in the fighting.

    McCain, 33, grew up in Minnesota and lived in San Diego. Two opposition groups in the Syrian civil war were fighting in the weekend battle, with heavy casualties on both sides.

    A spokeswoman said the State Department had seen reports of a second American killed alongside McCain and was looking into it.

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  • #AceNewsGroup 18:17 on August 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    The Southern Front Catastrophe – August 27, 2014 


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    Map of Operations, August 10-27, 2014 – Created by Kot Ivanov and Anthony Hartin

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    Novorossiya Military Briefing – Novorossiya Shall Be!

    Original: Colonel Cassad LiveJournal
    Translated from Russian by Daniel Mikhailovich / Edited by Gleb Bazov

    pic1We are currently witnessing an epic and in its own way historic event. The Ukrainian regular army and the punitive battalions are suffering a catastrophic defeat to the south of Donetsk. Only a short time ago the Republics were in dire straits: the DPR was hanging only by a thin supply thread, which the Ukrainian army was attempting to sever near Shakhtersk and Krasnyi Luch; the summit of Saur-Mogila has been abandoned, and Bolotov’s counteroffensive had failed to bring decisive victories.

    To many it seemed that the Militia forces were on the ropes and just about to break, which would have led to the collapse of Novorossiya and a military victory for the fascist Junta…

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  • #AceNewsGroup 18:11 on August 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    UKRAINE: ‘ Two Columns of Tanks and Military Vehicles Rolled into South-Eastern Ukraine After Grad Missiles Fired at Border Posts’ 


    #AceBreakingNews – UKRAINE (Novoazovsk) – (AP) Two columns of tanks and military vehicles rolled into south-eastern Ukraine from Russia on Thursday after Grad missiles were fired at a border post and Ukraine’s over-matched border guards fled, a top Ukrainian official said.

    ​​Echoing the comments by Ukraine’s Col. Andriy Lysenko, a top NATO official said at least 1,000 Russian troops have poured into Ukraine with sophisticated equipment, leaving no doubt that the Russian military had invaded south-eastern Ukraine.

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    TURKEY: ‘ Recep Tayyip Erdogan Sworn in As Turkeys Twelve President ‘ 


    #AceWorldNews – TURKEY (Ankara) – August 28 – Recep Tayyip Erdogan was sworn in as Turkey’s 12th president at a ceremony in parliament Thursday.

    ​Reading the oath of office, he swore to safeguard the existence and independence of the state, Reuters said.

    Erdogan has dominated Turkish politics for a decade and won Turkey’s first direct presidential elections on Aug. 10. He has indicated he wants to transform the presidency from a largely ceremonial post into a more powerful position and is expected to hold sway in the running of the country.

    He intends to exercise the full powers of the presidency, including summoning Cabinet meetings.

    Taking the oath in parliament, Erdogan said: "As president I swear on my pride and honour that I will protect the state, its independence, the indivisible unity of the nation … and that I will abide by the constitution, the rule of law, democracy … and the principle of the secular republic."

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    WHO: ‘ Ebola Cases Exceed 1,550 Cases ‘ 


    #AceWorldNews – WEST AFRICA – August 28 – The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has taken 1,552 lives out of 3,069 known cases in four countries, the World Health Organization said on Thursday.

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    “More than 40 percent of the total number of cases have occurred within the past 21 days. However, most cases are concentrated in only a few localities,” WHO said, as cited by Reuters.

    The UN agency is preparing a new strategic plan for tackling the world’s worst Ebola outbreak, which, WHO says, “continues to accelerate.”

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  • #AceNewsGroup 13:27 on August 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    WASHINGTON: ‘ Police Associations Lobby to Protect Access to Riot Gear ‘ 


    #AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – August 28 – Police associations are beginning a major lobbying push to protect their access to the military equipment that was used against demonstrators in Ferguson, Missouri The Hill reported.

    Law enforcement groups argue a Pentagon program that provides surplus military gear helps protect the public and are gearing up for a fight with lawmakers and the Obama administration over whether it should be continued.

    “We are the most vigorous law enforcement advocacy group and we intend to be at our most vigorous on this issue,” said Jim Pasco, the executive director of the Fraternal Order of Police, the largest police organization in the country.

    The Fraternal Order and other groups told The Hill that they are already meeting with lawmakers’ offices in an attempt to get a jump on the issue before Congress returns from the August recess.

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  • #AceNewsGroup 13:22 on August 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    OSCE: Russia’s Permanent Attach’e Denies Participation in Supply of Hardware in Ukraine Hostilities ‘ 


    #AceBreakingNews – MOSCOW, August 28. /ITAR-TASS/. No participation of Russian military, hardware in Ukraine hostilities – Russia’s permanent representative to OSCE Andrey Kelin. “We clearly stated that there is no participation of Russian military.

    We do not supply any hardware there,” Kelin said.

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  • #AceNewsGroup 13:17 on August 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    WASHINGTON: ‘ President Obama’s Mad Man or Axe Man Plan to Win Climate Change Accord With-Out Senate Approval Has Democrats Worried ‘ 


    #AceBreakingNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – August 28 – President Obama’s election-year plan to win a new international climate change accord is making vulnerable Democrats nervous.

    The administration is in talks at the United Nations about a deal that would seek to reduce global emissions by “naming and shaming” governments that fail to take significant actions.

    The State Department on Wednesday denied a report in The New York Times that the plan is to come up with a treaty that would not require Senate confirmation, but that appeared to provide cold comfort to Democrats worried the issue will revive GOP cries about an imperial Obama presidency.

    By Timothy Cama @ The Hill

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    KIEV: ‘ CyberBerkut Releases Hacked Data Showing Large Losses Inflicted by Ukraine Militias on Pro-Kiev Troops – Unverified Report ‘ 


    #AceWorldNews – UKRAINE (Kiev) – August 28. /ITAR-TASS/. CyberBerkut anonymous hacker group released a new portion of the Ukrainian army’s hacked data on Thursday, showing large losses inflicted by east Ukraine militias on pro-Kiev troops.

    ​Over the week of August 16-23 alone, self-defence fighters of the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics seized 14 T-64 tanks, 25 infantry fighting vehicles, 18 armored personnel carriers, one armoured reconnaissance and patrol vehicle, one Uragan multiple launch rocket system, two Gvozdika self-propelled artillery guns, four D-30 howitzers, four mortars, one ZU-23-2 air defence system and 33 vehicles, according to the hackers’ data.

    “Therefore, our estimates alone show that the defenders of the Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics seized 79 T-64 tanks, 94 infantry fighting vehicles, 57 armored personnel carriers and 24 Grad multiple launch rocket from June 20 to August 23 during the Ukrainian military’s punitive operation,” hackers said.

    ITAR-TASS has no confirmation of this information from other sources so far.

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  • #AceNewsGroup 12:30 on August 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    GENEVA: ‘ WHO Issues Road-Map to Guide and Coordinate International Response to Outbreak of Ebola Virus in West Africa ‘ 


    #AceNewsServices – GENEVA – Statement WHO/07 28 August 2014 – The World Health Organization is today issuing a "roadmap" to guide and coordinate the international response to the outbreak of Ebola virus disease in West Africa.

    Ebola Response Road-Map PDF Link

    The aim is to stop ongoing Ebola transmission worldwide within 6–9 months, while rapidly managing the consequences of any further international spread. It also recognizes the need to address, in parallel, the outbreak’s broader socio-economic impact.

    It responds to the urgent need to dramatically scale up the international response. Nearly 40% of the total number of reported cases have occurred within the past three weeks.

    The roadmap was informed by comments received from a large number of partners, including health officials in the affected countries, the African Union, development banks, other UN agencies, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), and countries providing direct financial support.

    Courtesy of: WHO – MSF – UN – Relief Web – African Union

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  • #AceNewsGroup 11:14 on August 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    SCOTLAND: ‘ Scottish Business Leaders Hit Back With Open-Letter Backing Scottish Independence ‘ 


    #AceWorldNews – SCOTLAND – August 28 – More than 200 business figures have signed an open letter backing Scottish independence.

    ​Stagecoach chairman Sir Brian Souter and Clyde Blowers boss Jim McColl are among signatories who say independence is in Scotland’s economic interest.

    It comes a day after a similar letter from 130 pro-UK business leaders said the case for independence had not been made.

    The pro-independence letter has been published in The Herald newspaper.

    Other signatories include Ralph Topping, retired chief executive of William Hill, Professor Nathu Puri, founder of Purico, former Scottish Enterprise chairman Sir Donald Mackay and former RBS chairman Sir George Mathewson.

    The letter states: "An independent Scotland will recognise entrepreneurs small and large as the real wealth and job creators of the nation’s economic future.

    "It will encourage a culture in which innovation, endeavour and enterprise are nurtured. It will place power in the hands of Scotland’s people to channel the huge resources of our country in the interests of those who live and work here."

    The letter goes on to argue that the real threat to Scotland is the "real possibility of a British exit from the European common market".

    The letter was a response to a letter which appeared in the Scotsman newspaper on Wednesday, signed by more than 130 business figures who argued the case for independence had not been made.

    The pro-Union signatories, who included the head of engineering firm Weir Group, warned of "substantial risks" if there is a "Yes" vote in the referendum.

    Scotland will go to the polls in the referendum on 18 September, with voters being asked the "Yes/No" question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?"

    BBC News (Scotland) Reported: http://bbc.in/VS3BC3

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  • #AceNewsGroup 11:04 on August 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    BRITAIN: ‘ David Cameron Calls Angela Merkel and Herman Van Rompuy Ahead of European Council Summit Agenda With Real Reason Eastern Ukraine and Russia ‘ 


    #AceWorldNews – BRITAIN – August 28 – On 27 August David Cameron made calls to Angela Merkel and Herman Van Rompuy ahead of the European Council Summit and appointments of new council President and High Representative, briefly touching of course on Eastern Ukraine. The statement by Number 10 spokesperson as follows:

    ‘ ​Herman Van Rompuy – Angela Merkel – David Cameron ‘

    A Number 10 spokesperson said:

    The Prime Minister has made more calls to European leaders ahead of this weekend’s European Council.

    Yesterday, he called Chancellor Merkel to discuss the agenda for the summit, particularly the appointment of the new Council President and High Representative; and the situation in Eastern Ukraine.

    On the appointments, they agreed that there are a number of credible candidates for both roles. The Prime Minister emphasised that it is important that the next Council President is willing to work with Britain to address our concerns in the coming years.

    On Ukraine, both leaders agreed that Saturday’s European Council should address the ongoing situation in Eastern Ukraine, including Russia’s provocative actions.

    Both leaders agreed that there could be no military solution to the crisis and President Putin had to enter into negotiations in good faith to find a political solution.

    The Prime Minister also spoke to President Van Rompuy yesterday afternoon about the summit, including the appointment of the new Council President and High Representative and the situation in Ukraine, on which they agreed that the EU should continue to put pressure on President Putin to de-escalate the situation.

    They also agreed that leaders should address the situation in Iraq and Syria and how the EU can help to co-ordinate national responses, including efforts to tackle foreign fighters.

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  • #AceNewsGroup 10:53 on August 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    AFGHANISTAN: ‘ David Cameron Calls Ashraf Ghani and Abudullah Abdullah Over Formation of Government Meaning Stabilisation of Afghanistan Real Meaning Trade ‘ 


    #AceWorldNews – AFGHANISTAN – August 28 – On the 27 August Cameron made calls to Dr Ashraf Ghani and Dr Abudullah Abdullah about forming a new government and the need to work through the process set-out by US Secretary of State John Kerry. The statement by Number 10 spokesperson follows:

    ​A Number 10 spokesperson said:

    The Prime Minister made calls to both Afghan presidential candidates, Dr Ashraf Ghani and Dr Abdullah Abdullah, earlier this afternoon about their ongoing negotiations to form a Government.

    The Prime Minister urged both to continue to work through the process set out by US Secretary of State John Kerry and to form a unity government as quickly as possible.

    He emphasised the enormous prize at stake for the Afghan people – to secure their democratic future – and that he hoped that the process could be completed by the NATO Summit.

    The Prime Minister said that the Summit represented an opportunity to reflect on the progress made in Afghanistan over the last 10 years and to look at how NATO allies could work with the new government to support Afghanistan in the future.

    Both Dr Abdullah and Dr Ghani welcomed the Prime Minister’s support and thanked him for the UK’s ongoing commitment to Afghanistan.

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  • #AceNewsGroup 10:30 on August 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    INDONESIA/AUSTRALIA: ‘ Finally After Months of Wrangling Over Spying on Tit-for-Tat Basis an Agreement is Signed Pledging Not to Use Intelligence Agencies to Harm One Another ‘ 


    #AceWorldNews – INDONESIA – August 28 – Indonesia and Australia on Thursday signed an agreement that could draw a line under an espionage row and pave the way for the resumption of full cooperation.



    The two states pledged not to use their intelligence agencies to harm one another, AFP reported.

    Ties between the neighbours sank to their lowest point in November after reports that Australian spies tried to tap the phones of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and his inner circle.

    In December 2013 Press TV reported that Australia would stop spying on Indonesia if Indonesia stopped spying on Australia. The interview went as follows:

    Asked whether Australia had agreed to halt spying on Indonesia, Abbott said, “No.”

    He also called on Jakarta to work towards becoming Canberra’s trusted partner.

    “And they (the Indonesians) certainly haven’t agreed to stop collecting intelligence on Australia,” Abbott said.

    “But we are close friends, we are strategic partners and I certainly want Australia to be a trusted partner of Indonesia and I hope Indonesia can be a trusted partner of Australia.”

    ​The documents leaked by American whistleblower Edward Snowden in October showed that Australia’s Defence Signals Directorate (DSD) tracked the Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s activities on his personal mobile phone for 15 days in August 2009.

    Reports that Canberra spied on the Indonesian president and his wife have sparked anti-Australian rallies in Jakarta and caused the government to suspend its military and intelligence cooperation with Australia.

    The relations between the two countries have plummeted to their lowest point since the late 1990s.

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  • #AceNewsGroup 09:37 on August 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    BRITAIN/SCOTLAND: ‘ David Cameron Will Address CBI Saying UK Supports One Million Scottish Jobs and its is an Economy of Opportunity Salmond Says Prove IT ‘ 


    #AceWorldNews – BRITAIN/SCOTLAND – August 28 – The UK is "an economy of opportunity" which supports one million Scottish jobs, David Cameron is to tell business leaders.

    ​The prime minister will address the CBI conference later, calling the UK one of the "most successful single markets".

    The speech takes place in the final weeks of the referendum campaign.


    ​Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond challenged Mr Cameron to name a single job-creating power certain to come after a "No" vote.

    In his address to the employers’ organisation, Mr Cameron is expected to say: "This is one of the oldest and most successful single markets in the world.

    ‘Domestic market’

    "Scotland does twice as much trade with the rest of the UK than with the rest of the world put together – trade that helps to support one million Scottish jobs."

    He will add: "This success doesn’t happen by accident. It happens because of the skill of people in Scotland and the opportunities that come from being part of something bigger.

    "A large domestic market, underpinned by a common currency, common taxes, common rules and regulations, with no borders, no transaction costs, no restrictions on the flow of goods, investment or people.

    Ours really is an economy of opportunity."

    BBC NEWS

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  • #AceNewsGroup 09:17 on August 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    BRUSSELS: ‘ German Government Approves Draft Legislation Aimed at Curbing ‘ Welfare Abuse ‘ by EU Citizens ‘ 


    #AceFinanceNews – BRUSSELS – August 28 – The German government on Wednesday (27 August) approved draft legislation aimed at curbing ‘welfare abuse’ by other EU citizens coming to the country.

    • EU citizens will have up to six months to find a job in Germany or return home. (Photo: Stephan Mosel)

    "Freedom of movement is an indispensable element of European integration, which we fully support. But we must not close our eyes to the problems linked to it," German interior minister Thomas de Maiziere said in a press conference when presenting the bill and a 140-page report on the problems relating to freedom of movement and access to welfare for EU citizens.

    One of the new provisions envisaged by the German government is a controversial re-entry ban of up to five years for EU citizens who tricked the system or lied in their applications for welfare benefits.

    So far, such bans could only be demanded by German authorities for individuals who were a threat to national security or public safety.

    A spokesman for the EU commission told this website the EU executive will "have to look very closely at this re-entry ban to verify its compliance with the Freedom of Movement Directive of 2004."

    "But we are reassured by indications that the German ministers have given, regarding their intention to remain compliant with EU legislation," EU commission spokesman Jonathan Todd added.

    The draft bill also limits to six months the period in which an EU citizen can stay in Germany and look for a job, a measure which is in line with the EU rules on freedom of movement.

    But another controversial measure, demanded by Bavarian Conservatives, is to restrict child allowances for people whose kids stay in the home country.

    The language of the draft bill is vague, however, only promising to "verify" if the child allowance could be cut back to the living standards of the home country.

    If such measures were to be put in place, it would be a breach of EU law, which states that EU workers who pay taxes are entitled to the same child allowances as nationals, irrespective of the country they come from.

    In addition, EU citizens who cash in child allowances will have to give a tax registration number and document the existence of the child, so that they are not being paid both at home and in Germany. This measure is in line with EU law.

    Several German cities had complained about the arrival of large families of Roma, notably from Romania and Bulgaria, who are entitled to child allowances and social benefits despite not seriously seeking a job in Germany.

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  • #AceNewsGroup 09:08 on August 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    BRUSSELS: ‘ Ukraine and Russia Spoke of Agreements Over Road-Map to Cease-fire US Weigh in Russian Troops Amassing on Border Coincidence or Disruption of Talks ‘ 


    AceWorldNews – BRUSSELS – August 28 – Just as there seems to be a chance of Ukraine and Russia agreeing some sort of truce along comes Germany and the US have lent weight to Ukraine’s claim that Russian troops are directly involved in opening up a new front in the conflict EUobserver reports.

    The fresh Western concern comes after Andriy Lysenko, a Ukrainian army spokesman, told press in Kiev on Wednesday (26 August) that Russian soldiers took part in a rebel attack on the town of Novoazovsk, near Crimea, in south-east Ukraine.

    He added that Russian soldiers and armoured vehicles also crossed the border further north, near the Ukrainian town of Amrosievka.

    Steffen Seibert, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman, said Merkel called Russian leader Vladimir Putin the same day to ask him if it is true.

    “The latest reports of the presence of Russian soldiers on Ukrainian territory must be explained. She emphasised Russia’s major responsibility for de-escalation and for watching over its own frontiers”, his statement said.

    The Kremlin’s communique on the Merkel call said nothing on the subject, however.

    Instead, it “announced the intention of the Russian side to provide new supplies of humanitarian aid to Luhansk and Donetsk” – two rebel-held areas where Russian "aid" trucks recently came and went without approval from Ukraine or the Red Cross.

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  • #AceNewsGroup 21:43 on August 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    FACEBOOK: ‘ Facebook Favours Click-Baiting to Target News Feeds ‘ 


    #AceNewsServices – FACEBOOK – August 27 – Facebook favours click-baiting and if you click picture ……………………….. ?

    ClickBaiting650Facebook’s next steps to improve the content users see in their News Feeds include taking aim at click-baiting headlines in posts from pages and emphasizing links that are shared via the social network’s link format over those shared in photo captions and status updates.

    The social network said the move against click-baiting headlines should only affect the pages of “a small set of publishers” that repeatedly deploy the tactic, and Research Scientist Khalid El-Arini and Product Specialist Joyce Tang explained the reasons behind the move in a Newsroom post:

    “Click-baiting” is when a publisher posts a link with a headline that encourages people to click to see more, without telling them much information about what they will see. Posts like these tend to get a lot of clicks, which means that these posts get shown to more people, and get shown higher up in News Feed.

    However, when we asked people in an initial survey what type of content they preferred to see in their News Feeds, 80 percent of the time, people preferred headlines that helped them decide if they wanted to read the full article before they had to click through.

    Over time, stories with “click-bait” headlines can drown out content from friends and pages that people really care about.

    El-Arini and Tang also described how Facebook determines which headlines are click-bait:

    One way is to look at how long people spend reading an article away from Facebook. If people click on an article and spend time reading it, it suggests that they clicked through to something valuable. If they click through to a link and then come straight back to Facebook, it suggests that they didn’t find something that they wanted. With this update, we will start taking into account whether people tend to spend time away from Facebook after clicking a link, or whether they tend to come straight back to News Feed when we rank stories with links in them.

    Another factor we will use to try and show fewer of these types of stories is to look at the ratio of people clicking on the content compared to people discussing and sharing it with their friends. If a lot of people click on the link, but relatively few people click like or comment on the story when they return to Facebook, this also suggests that people didn’t click through to something that was valuable to them.

    A small set of publishers who are frequently posting links with click-bait headlines that many people don’t spend time reading after they click through may see their distribution decrease in the next few months. We’re making these changes to ensure that click-bait content does not drown out the things that people really want to see on Facebook.

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    They also explained the emphasis on links in the link format, compared with those in photo captions or status updates:

    We’ve found that people often prefer to click on links that are displayed in the link format (which appears when you paste a link while drafting a post), rather than links that are buried in photo captions. The link format shows some additional information associated with the link, such as the beginning of the article, which makes it easier for someone to decide if they want to click through. This format also makes it easier for someone to click through on mobile devices, which have smaller screens.

    With this update, we will prioritize showing links in the link format, and show fewer links shared in captions or status updates.

    The best way to share a link after these updates will be to use the link format. In our studies, these posts have received twice as many clicks compared to links embedded in photo captions. In general, we recommend that you use the story type that best fits the message that you want to tell — whether that’s a status, photo, link or video.

    Readers: What do you think of the latest changes to Facebook’s News Feed algorithm?

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    • writeshianwrite 22:30 on August 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Yes please because it’s very annoying

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      • #AceNewsGroup 08:56 on August 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        They worked out a way to hide sales behind pictures and people just have to know who is in the picture,celeb status and all that jazz!

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        • writeshianwrite 11:13 on August 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply

          Yup, it would be good if that was all. Sometimes it’s malware and viruses.

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          • #AceNewsGroup 14:19 on August 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply

            Yes l tell everyone on my Facebook page and News Group do not click any link unless you know who it is from, some take notice other – well !!

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  • #AceNewsGroup 19:54 on August 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    UNCHR: ‘ More Than 300 People Have Died in Crossings on the Mediterranean from North Africa to Europe ‘ 


    #AceWorldNews – August 27 – The past few days have been the deadliest this year for people making irregular crossings on the Mediterranean from North Africa to Europe, with the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) reporting that at least 300 people have died in successive boat tragedies.

    ​“In all, we now believe 1,889 people have perished this year while making such journeys, 1,600 of these since the start of June,” said Melissa Fleming, UNHCR spokesperson, telling reporters in Geneva today that over the past few days, at least three vessels having overturned or sunk.

    The first and largest of these incidents occurred on Friday when a boat reportedly carrying at least 270 people overturned near Garibouli to the east of Tripoli. Nineteen people, one of them a woman, survived.

    “The Libyan coastguard has since recovered the bodies of 100 others, including five children under the age of five and seven women, but the remaining passengers are feared drowned,” said Fleming.


    ​According to survivors’ reports, the boat was packed full and more people were pushed on board before they departed. The boat suddenly flipped trapping the people on the lower deck. To support the search and recovery operation, the Libyan coastguard has requested body bags, equipment, medical help and manpower.

    In a second incident on the evening of Saturday, 23 August, a damaged rubber dinghy was recovered by the Italian Navy 20 miles from Libyan territorial waters. Seventy-three people were rescued, and 18 bodies recovered. Ten people are believed still missing. The passengers were mainly from Mali, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea and Sudan.

    In a third incident, on Sunday evening, 24 August, a fishing boat carrying roughly 400 people capsized north of the Libyan coast in bad weather conditions. The Italian navy and coastguard, in a joint operation with a nearby merchant ship, rescued 364 people. So far 24 bodies have been recovered and more are feared dead.

    The main departure country for Europe is Libya, where the worsening security situation has fostered the growth of people smuggling operations, but also prompted refugees and migrants living there to risk the sea rather than remain in a zone of conflict.

    UN News Centre

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  • #AceNewsGroup 19:19 on August 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    WASHINGTON: ‘ Congressional Budget Office Raises Projection for Federal Deficit to $506 Billion ‘ 


    #AceBreakingNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – August 27 – The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) on Wednesday raised its projection for this year’s federal deficit to $506 billion.


    The budget office’s last report in April had projected the deficit for fiscal 2014 would top out at $492 billion on Sept. 30.

    By Rebecca Shabad @ The Hill

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  • #AceNewsGroup 19:15 on August 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    WASHINGTON: ‘ Obama Administration Denies Trying to By-Pass Congress to Create Global Agreement to Mitigate Climate Change – Really ‘ 


    #AceBreakingNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – August 27 – The Obama administration denied Wednesday that it is trying to bypass Congress in forming a global agreement to mitigate climate change.

    State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said “it is entirely premature to say whether it will or won’t require Senate approval” since the officials haven’t even begun to write a United Nations climate change agreement to reduce international greenhouse gas emissions.

    By Timothy Cama @ The Hill

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  • #AceNewsGroup 17:37 on August 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    UNITED STATES: ‘ Who Shot The Sheriff Seems Apt in US But Zara Clothing Toddler T-Shirt Tells Jewish Buyers a Different Story ‘ 


    #AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES – August 27 – The Zara clothing firm fell ‘fashion flat’ this week with a toddler tee shirt allegedly intended to be a “sheriff’s shirt” for little ones in Israel.

    ​Screenshot of ZARA Striped "Sheriff" t-shirt REF. 0371/550 on the clothing chain’s Israel online store. Aug. 27, 2014.
    Photo Credit: Screenshot / zara.com/il/

    The shirt, produced in Turkey, appeared instead to be an ugly, sly swipe at Jewish Holocaust survivors with its yellow, six pointed star sewn on to a dark navy-and-white striped long sleeve shirt.

    Israel has no “sheriffs.” Moreover, the word ‘Sheriff’ vanishes in letters that are transparent, outline shapes on the bright yellow fabric of the star.

    To survivors of the Holocaust and their relatives and friends in Israel, that message is crystal clear.

    It is especially loud after recent fiery rhetoric from Turkey’s new President-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has made his dislike of Jews and Israelis very plain over the years.

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