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AceNewsServices – EXCLUSIVE: UNITED STATES (Texas) – Social media chatter shows Islamic State militants are keenly aware of the porous U.S.-Mexico border, and are “expressing an increased interest” in crossing over to carry out a terrorist attack, according to a Texas law enforcement bulletin sent out this week.
“A review of ISIS social media messaging during the week ending August 26 shows that militants are expressing an increased interest in the notion that they could clandestinely infiltrate the south-west border of US, for terror attack,” warns the Texas Department of Public Safety "situational awareness" bulletin, obtained by FoxNews.com.
The three-page bulletin, entitled “ISIS Interest on the US Southwest Border” and dated Aug. 28 was released to law enforcement on Thursday.
“Social media account holders believed to be ISIS militants and propagandists have called for unspecified border operations, or they have sought to raise awareness that illegal entry through Mexico is a viable option,” states the law enforcement bulletin, which is not classified.
It notes no known credible homeland threats or specific homeland attack plot has been identified. That assertion was underscored by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, who said Friday that DHS and the FBI are "unaware of any specific, credible threat to the U.S. homeland" from Islamic State.
Despite assurances that no threat to American soil is imminent, the watchdog group Judicial Watch said Friday that Islamic State operatives are in Juarez, just across the border from Texas, and are planning to attack the United States with car bombs.
"Agents across a number of Homeland Security, Justice and Defence agencies have all been placed on alert and instructed to aggressively work all possible leads and sources concerning this imminent terrorist threat," Judicial Watch stated on its website.
The Texas law enforcement bulletin cites suspected fighters from the terrorist group previously known as ISIS and based in Syria and Iraq as eyeing a border crossing.
“The identities of persons operating these accounts cannot be independently verified; however the accounts were selected for monitoring based on several indications that they have been used by actual ISIS militants for propaganda purposes and collectively reach tens of thousands of followers,” states the bulletin. “One account was verified as belonging to an individual located in Mosul, Iraq.”
Some 32 Twitter and Facebook posts monitored by law enforcement over one recent week reflected interest in the southern border, according to the bulletin. The messages, which were forwarded thousands of times, included calls for jihadists to cross over from Mexico to carry out attacks and even alluded to a recent video by U.S. activist James O’Keefe, who was recorded coming across the Rio Grande valley in an Usama bin Laden costume.
The bulletin details numerous “calls for border infiltration” on social media, including one from a militant confirmed to be in Mosul, Iraq who explicitly beckons the “Islamic State to send a special force to America across the border with Mexico.”
“This Twitter account holder, who is the administrator of an ISIS propaganda trading group, stated that the time was right for such an action because ‘the US-Mexican border is now open large numbers of people crossing,’” the bulletin said.
Another message sent out via Twitter suggested that Islamic State fighters have already entered the U.S. via the border, warning that, as a result, “Americans in for ruin (sic).”
The Texas DPS bulletin comes on the heels of a federal Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice Joint Intelligence bulletin dated August 22, a copy of which was also obtained by FoxNews.com.That bulletin, entitled “Online Reaction but No Known Credible Homeland Threats from ISIL and Its Supporters Following US Air Strikes,”addresses potential threats to the Homeland in response to recent US air strikes on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) targets in Iraq and the murder of journalist James Foley.
This bulletin notes that while the FBI and DHS are unaware of specific credible threats against the U.S. from homegrown violent extremists, ISIL or other violent extremist groups overseas “we continue to assess that violent extremists who support ISIL have demonstrated the capability to attempt attacks on US targets overseas with little-to-no warning.”
The report also says that “because of the individualized nature of the radicalization process—it is difficult to predict triggers that will contribute to [homegrown violent extremists] attempting acts of violence…lone offenders present law enforcement with limited opportunities to detect and disrupt plots, which frequently involve simple plotting against targets of opportunity.”
“FBI and DHS assess that civilian deaths reportedly associated with these US military air strikes will almost certainly be used as further examples of a perceived Western war against Islam in English-language violent extremist messaging that could contribute to [homegrown violent extremist] radicalization to violence,” the report notes.
The FBI and DHS bulletin includes a section titled "ISIL Supporters Increasingly Using Social Media to Encourage Violent Acts against US Interests."
"ISIL and its online supporters have employed—and will almost certainly continue—Twitter “hashtag” campaigns that have gained mainstream media attention and been able to quickly reach a global audience of potential violent extremists, highlighting ISIL’s supporter message and encouraging individuals to commit acts of violence, in Iraq or in the West," the bulletin states.
"Several of the Tweets in response to the air strikes featured original and creative use of graphics—including a photo of the ISIL flag in front of the White House—and graphically rendered images depicting desecration of US monuments and landmarks."
Source: Fox News – Judicial Watch – Twitter – Social Media Sources
#AceNewsServices – BRITAIN (London) – September 01 – Press Statement Extract – Part Two – Relating to British Jihadists – ISIL.
The NATO summit in Wales this week will provide an opportunity for us to review the effectiveness of the international response so far and to discuss what more we should do to help the region overcome the ISIL threat. Britain will continue to consider what further role is in our national interests, including any further diplomatic, humanitarian or, indeed, military measures we might take.
Let me turn to how we address the terrorist threat at home. We have already taken a wide range of measures, including stopping suspects from travelling to the region by seizing passports, barring foreign nationals from re-entering the United Kingdom, legislating so that we can prosecute people for all terrorist activity, even where that activity takes place overseas, and bringing forward emergency legislation, for instance to safeguard our use of communications data.
We have also stepped up our operational response, with a fivefold increase in Syria-related arrests and the removal of 28,000 pieces of extremist material from the internet this year alone, including 46 ISIL-related videos.
But I have said all along that there should not be a knee-jerk reaction or the introduction of sweeping new blanket powers that would ultimately be ineffective. That is not what those who work so hard to keep us safe actually want. They want a targeted approach that reflects a forensic focus on the threat we face and that protects their operational independence and decision making.
To achieve this, there are 2 key areas where we need to strengthen our powers to fill specific gaps in our armoury: preventing suspects from travelling; and dealing decisively with those already here who pose a risk. I want to mention both briefly.
First, on stopping people travelling in the first place, passports are not an automatic right. The Home Secretary already has the discretion to issue, revoke and refuse passports under the royal prerogative if there is reason to believe that people are planning to take part in terrorist-related activity. When police suspect a traveller at the border, however, they are not currently able to apply for the royal prerogative and so have only limited stop-and-search powers.
To fill that gap, we will introduce specific and targeted legislation providing the police with a temporary power to seize a passport at the border, during which time they will be able to investigate the individual concerned. This power will include appropriate safeguards and, of course, oversight arrangements.
The House should also be aware that our current royal prerogative powers are being challenged in the courts. I want to be clear: if there is any judgement that threatens the operation of our existing powers, we will introduce primary legislation immediately so that Parliament, not the courts, can determine whether it is right that we have this power.
I can announce today that we will start preparing the primary legislation and consult Parliament on the draft clauses.
As well as stopping people going, we must also keep out foreign fighters who would pose a threat to the UK. We already have important powers to block return: we can deprive dual nationals of their citizenship to stop them returning; we can bar foreign nationals on the basis of the threat they pose; and we legislated, in the Immigration Act 2014, to allow stronger powers to strip citizenship from naturalised Britons.
But, of course, these powers do not apply to those who are solely British nationals, who could be rendered stateless if deprived of citizenship.
Some have said that we should deal with this gap by criminalising travel to certain individual countries or fundamentally changing our criminal burden of proof. The government are clear that it would be wrong to deal with the gap by fundamentally changing core principles of our criminal justice system. But it is abhorrent that people who declare their allegiance elsewhere can return to the United Kingdom and pose a threat to our national security.
We are clear in principle that what we need is a targeted, discretionary power to allow us to exclude British nationals from the UK. We will work up proposals on this basis with our agencies, in line with our international obligations, and discuss the details on a cross-party basis.
We are also putting our long-standing arrangements on aviation security around the world on a statutory footing. Airlines will have to comply with our no-fly list arrangements, give us information on passenger lists and comply with our security screening requirements. If they do not do so, their flights will not be able to land in Britain.
Secondly, we need stronger powers to manage the risk posed by suspected extremists who are already in the United Kingdom. The Home Secretary can already impose terrorism prevention and investigation measures on security grounds, including overnight residence requirements and internet restrictions, but the intelligence agencies and the police believe they need stronger powers to impose further restrictions, and the independent reviewer of counter-terrorism legislation, David Anderson, agrees.
So we will introduce new powers to add to our existing terrorism prevention and investigation measures, including stronger locational constraints on suspects under TPIMs, either through enhanced use of exclusion zones or though relocation powers.
Dealing with the terrorist threat is about not just new powers but how we combat extremism in all its forms. That is why we have a new approach to tackling radicalisation, focusing on all types of extremism, not just violent extremism. This has included stopping the funding of organisations that promote extremism, banning hate preachers and ensuring that every part of government, from schools and universities to prisons, is focused on beating the scourge of extremism. As part of this, we are now putting our de-radicalisation programme, Channel, on a statutory footing.
Anyone subject to our strengthened terrorism prevention and investigation measures will be required to engage with the Prevent programme.
We are proud to be an open, free and tolerant nation, but that tolerance must never be confused with a passive acceptance of cultures living separate lives or of people behaving in ways that run completely counter to our values. Adhering to British values is not an option or a choice; it is a duty for all those who live in these islands.
So we will stand up for our values; we will, in the end, defeat this extremism; and we will secure our way of life for generations to come.
I commend this statement to the House.
#AceNewsServices – BRITAIN (London) September 01 – Press Statement (Extract) Relating to Terrorism Measures and Anti-Semitism.
David Cameron gave a statement in the House of Commons about the recent European Council and the measures we are taking to defeat extremism.
On Israel and Gaza, we have all been deeply saddened by the violence there and the dreadful civilian suffering it has caused, particularly to innocent children. The government have worked hard with our international partners to help bring about a sustainable ceasefire, and we warmly welcome the agreement reached in Cairo.
The loss of life this summer has been truly appalling and the number of civilian casualties completely unacceptable – the life of a Palestinian child is worth the same as that of a child of any one of our nations – but support for a lasting settlement that includes a Palestinian state does not mean we should ever support the terrorist tactics of Hamas, which has rained down rockets on Israel and continually refused to accept ceasefires.
We will continue to support Israel and Israel’s right to defend itself, but that does not mean we support every decision the Israeli government take. Most recently, the appropriation of nearly 1,000 acres of land in the west bank near Bethlehem is utterly deplorable.
Settlements are illegal under international law and will do nothing to create the kind of peace process we all want, and we urge the Israeli government to reverse this decision.
While I understand the many strong emotions around this tragic conflict, I am deeply concerned by growing reports of anti-Semitism on our streets in Britain. Let me be clear: we must not tolerate this in our country. There can never be any excuse for anti-Semitism, and no disagreements on politics or policy should ever be allowed to justify racism, prejudice or extremism in any form.
On the terrorist threat that we face in the UK, we have all been shocked and sickened by the barbarism that has been witnessed in Iraq this summer: the widespread slaughter of Muslims by fellow Muslims; the vicious persecution of religious minorities, such as Christians and Yazidis; the enslavement and raping of women; and, of course, the beheading of American journalist James Foley, with the voice of what seems to be a British terrorist recorded on that video.
The European Council conclusions could not be clearer:
“The European Council believes that the creation of an Islamic Caliphate in Iraq and Syria and the Islamist-extremist export of terrorism on which it is based, is a direct threat to”
every European country. On Friday, the independent joint terrorism analysis centre increased the threat level in the UK from substantial to severe, and we now believe that at least 500 people have travelled from Britain to fight in the region, in addition to 700 from France, 400 from Germany and hundreds more from countries including America, Canada, Austria, Denmark, Spain, Sweden, Belgium, the Netherlands and Australia.
The Council agreed to co-ordinate action in cracking down on those travelling to fight in Syria and Iraq and ensuring that all European countries are taking the necessary steps to tackle this problem of radicalisation. We should be clear about the root cause of this threat: a poisonous ideology of Islamist extremism that believes in using the most brutal forms of terrorism to force people to accept a warped world view and to live in a mediaeval state.
And we should be clear that this has nothing to do with Islam, which is a religion observed peacefully and devoutly by more than a billion people and one that inspires countless acts of kindness every day.
To confront the threat of Islamist extremism, we need a tough, intelligent, patient and comprehensive approach to defeat the terrorist threat at source. We must use all the resources at our disposal – our aid, diplomacy and military – and we need a firm security response, whether that means military action to go after the terrorists, international co-operation on intelligence or uncompromising action against terrorists at home. Britain is already providing equipment directly to the Kurdish forces.
We support US military air strikes against ISIL in Iraq, and we have secured a United Nations Security Council resolution to disrupt the flows of finance to ISIL, to sanction those seeking to recruit to ISIL and to encourage countries to do all they can to prevent foreign fighters from joining the extremist cause.
Alongside a tough security response, however, there must also be the right political response. We know that terrorist organisations thrive where there is political instability and weak or dysfunctional institutions, so we must support the building blocks of free and open societies.
In Syria, that means a political transition and an end to Assad’s brutality, which has allowed ISIL to flourish. In Iraq, that must begin with a new and genuinely inclusive government capable of uniting all Iraqis – Sunni, Shi’a, Kurd, Christian and others – against the shared threat.
#AceNewsServices – GAZA – September 01 – Ariel Video Footage and Extent of Damage and Ruins on Gaza’s al-Shujaiyya Neighborhood. caused by ground attacks by Zionist Military forces.
Over 2,000 Palestinians were martyred and more than 10,000 others were injured in the Israeli regime’s 51-day onslaught on the blockaded territory, further destroying hundreds of residential quarters, schools, mosques, hospitals and other public facilities.
#AceWorldNews – NETHERLANDS – September 01 – Police in the Netherlands and Germany have arrested two men for allegedly recruiting "jihadi" fighters to go to Iraq and Syria, Dutch police said Thursday AFP reported.
A woman was also held with the man arrested in Germany as part of a long-running investigation, police said in a statement.
All three are from The Hague and are accused of inciting hatred through social media and plotting terror attacks, police said, likely referring to help allegedly given to would-be extremist fighters to reach the Middle East.
"The two male suspects are suspected of recruiting for the armed terrorist struggle in Syria and/or Iraq and conspiring to commit murder with terrorist intent," the statement said.
Dutch police said they raided four homes as part of the operation.
State broadcaster NOS said that the man, 32, and woman, 24, arrested in Germany were a married couple.
Nine people have so far been arrested as part of an investigation into would-be Dutch "jihadis" which began in April 2013, police said, with five still in custody.
More arrests could follow, police said according to AIVD UK At the end of the first decade of this century, jihadism in the Netherlands appeared to be in decline. After the conviction of several so called ‘Hofstad Group’ members, Dutch home-grown jihadism had become a quiet affair.
In the years thereafter Dutch jihadism consisted of small, isolated networks, mostly invisible and only partly active.
Some networks disintegrated.
#AceWorldNews – ISRAEL (Jaffa) – September 01 – It has been revealed that the remains of dozens of Palestinians killed during the Zionist war on Arabs in 1948 were found in six mass graves in the Jaffa district of Tel Aviv on Wednesday Almanar reported.
The graves were found when ground subsided as builders carried out renovation work in the area, an official at the Muslim cemetery there told AFP.
The bodies are believed to belong to the victims of a massacre carried out by right-wing Jewish militias in the former Arab district.
As-Safri newspaper reported that up to 200 bodies may be in the graves, with an unknown additional number in the other graves.
‘The remains belong to people of different ages, including women, children and the elderly, some of which bear signs of violence,’ Researcher and historian Mahmoud Obeid said.
Around 760,000 Palestinians were forced out of their homes in the war, many of them still living as refugees in Jordan.
The roots of the modern Arab–Israeli conflict are bound in the rise of Zionism and Arab nationalism towards the end of the 19th century. Territory regarded by the Jewish people as their historical homeland is also regarded by the Pan-Arab movement as historically and presently belonging to the Palestinian Arabs, and in the Pan-Islamic context, as Muslim lands. The sectarian conflict between Palestinian Jews and Arabs emerged in the early 20th century, peaking into a full-scale civil war in 1947 and transforming into the First Arab-Israeli War in May 1948.
This followed the Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel by David Ben-Gurion, the Executive Head of the World Zionist Organization, who declared the establishment of a Jewish state in Eretz-Israel to be known as the State of Israel
Almanar Reported Local Source: Contributions AFP – Safri Newspaper – Wiki-source.
#AceWorldNews – GAZA STRIP – September 01 – Any international move aiming at disarming the Palestinian faction Hamas would be valueless, a movement spokesman has said.
"Any movement in this regard would be valueless because it will violate international laws," Sami Abu Zuhri added in a statement to Almanar.
He said the international community would rather move to disarm the Zionist entity and also prevent the American administration from providing its army with weaponry, which according to him, is used in killing Palestinian children and women.
Some diplomats have revealed earlier that efforts are being made inside the United Nations Security Council to prevent a repetition of the Palestinian-Zionist war in the Gaza Strip in the future.
The Zionist entity has been calling for disarming Hamas as part of any project for calm in the Gaza Strip.
#AceNewsServices – BRITAIN (Wales) – September 01 – As well as the 60 world leaders, 70 foreign ministers, 70 defence ministers and 28 NATO member countries invited to the summit, there will be:
3 military bands involved over the 2 days
Around 5 kilometres of power cables laid by Port Talbot-based Aggreko to support the summit
800 staff from Celtic Manor
6 warships from 6 NATO nations’ navies in Cardiff Bay
Over 7,000 square metres of flooring at summit venues provided and fitted by Cwmbran-based Floorex
An estimated 15,000 meals served to delegates, media and production crew over the 2 days
24,000 room nights in 80 hotels reserved in Newport, Cardiff and Bristol
An estimated 12,500 litres of water drunk
Over 1,000 school children in Wales taught from the NATO lesson plan
157 Royal Mint commemorative pieces struck and given to world leaders and Newport schools
12 students from Cardiff Met University cooking with Chef Stephen Terry
AceWorldNews – UKRAINE (Donetsk) has the first morning without blasts and gunfire on Monday, locals said reporting to local media.
The city was under artillery fire overnight almost till 02:00 a.m. An explosion hit a residential area on Sunday night after the district was shelled supposedly from a Tochka-U missile system.
The militia continued fighting for the airport building on Sunday. By the night, the militia headquarters said the airport was completely blocked. Ukrainian soldiers who had seized the building began to give up. About 270 people surrendered by the morning.
During the fighting, a fire broke out at the terminal.
Ukrainian troops also surrendered artillery guns they had used to fire at the city and two BM-21 launchers.
Seized weapons, including Tulip mortars, are used by the militia against the Ukrainian forces.
Part of the city is left without electricity and gas as a result of last days’ shelling.
#AceBreakingNews – NEKHOTEYEVKA (Belgorod region). Sept 1 (Interfax-AVN) – All Russian paratroopers who were detained on the territory of Ukraine after accidentally crossing the border have returned to Russia, Major-General Alexei Ragozin, deputy commander of the Russian Air Landing Troops, said.
"The negotiations were very difficult. However, common sense prevailed and everything ended well. The main thing is that the guys are now with us, in Russia. We don’t abandon our people," Ragozin said.
The Russian authorities have done everything to speed up the paratroopers’ return to Russia from the first minutes of their detention, Ragozin said. "Our guys are upset about what has happened. All of them will receive the psychological and other assistance they need. I believe it is unacceptable that our servicemen have been held in Ukraine for so many days. Moreover, they were sent to Kyiv," he said.
"At the same time, hundreds of Ukrainian troops who found themselves on the territory of Russia are immediately handed over to Ukraine by the appropriate authorities after receiving comprehensive assistance," Ragozin said.
"However, I want to reiterate: we don’t abandon our people. Our guys will be fine," he said.
According to earlier reports, the Russian servicemen got lost, crossed an unmarked section of the Russian-Ukrainian border and were detained by Ukrainian Security Service officials on August 25.
According to the Institute, last month, all the patients have visited Tokyo’s central Yoyogi Park allegedly inhabited by infected mosquitoes.
On the previous week it was reported that two young women from the Saitama Prefecture and a young man from Tokyo Prefecture, who knew each other and also visited the Yoyogi Park, had dengue fever. Thus, for the first time since 1945, Japanese people catch dengue fever in their own country. The area allegedly inhabited by infected mosquitoes in the Yoyogi Park was conditioned.
Mosquitoes are the main transmitting agents of dengue fever. The disease is often accompanied by fever, adenopathy, skin rash, and pain in muscles and knuckles. When repeatedly infected, a person may have a bad case of dengue fever especially dangerous for people with compromised immunity.
According to the statistics of the World Health Organization, about 100 million people become infected with dengue fever each year.
In 2013, 249 Japanese were infected abroad.
#AceWorldNews – BRITAIN (London) – September 01 – Muslim leaders have issued a fatwa condemning Islamic extremist group Isis, and have said that British jihadis are “betraying their own societies” by getting involved in the conflicts in Iraq and Syria.
’ ISIS Jihadists Rip-Up Passports ‘
The fatwa represents the British Muslim community’s strongest denunciation of Isis yet, calling the extremist group “heretical” and “an oppressive and tyrannical group.”
According to The Sunday Times, the fatwa, authored by Sheik Usama Hasan, a former imam from east London, and supported by six senior Islamic scholars across the country, says it is “religiously prohibited (haram) to support or join” Isis.
Though Muslims have a “moral obligation” to help the Syrian and Iraqi people, they must do so “without betraying their own societies,” the fatwa states.
Baroness Warsi, former Foreign Office minister: “These are substantial figures and I welcome this announcement. The Islamic State is neither a state nor Islamic. I echo the words of these religious leaders.”
#AceWorldNews – BRUSSELS – September 01 – David Cameron is under new pressure from a eurosceptic backlash inside his Conservative party, amid reports that up to 100 of his MPs will promise to vote for Britain’s withdrawal from the EU after the next election.
The move, reported by the Independent on Sunday (August 31), follows the defection of backbench MP Douglas Carswell to the eurosceptic Ukip party last week. Carswell called a snap by-election in the process, stating that Cameron’s promise to reform rather than leave the EU was one the principle reasons for his defection.
Opinion polls released over the weekend suggested that Carswell will hold his Clacton seat in Essex, a region where Ukip topped the poll in May’s European elections, as Ukip’s candidate by a margin of more than 40 points over the Conservative candidate.
Ukip has prioritised 12 seats, most of them currently held by Conservatives, as it tries to make its first breakthrough into the Westminster parliament, even as Conservatives fear that a surge in support for the anti-EU party would lead to Labour, which does not support an EU referendum, winning next May’s election.
For his part, Cameron has promised to renegotiate the UK’s EU membership terms followed by an in/out referendum in 2017 if the Conservatives win next year’s election. He, and the majority of his ministers, have maintained that they would vote to remain in a reformed EU.
#AceNewsServices – (Exclusive) UNITED STATES (Washington) – August 31 – Members of Congress have made a tidy profit from the stock market boom, a review of financial disclosure forms shows and The Hill reported.
Lawmakers vary wildly in their investment strategies, with some buying individual stocks and others preferring investments in mutual funds, bonds and real estate trusts.
But many lawmakers have investments of some kind, placing them among the millions of people who are getting a financial lift from the recovery in financial markets.
Both the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the Standard & Poor’s 500 — the two most popular barometers of the stock market — posted bullish growth in 2013, closing the year at all-time highs.
The gains that lawmakers are accruing highlight how lawmakers are generally wealthier than the public at large.
Calculations by The Hill found that about 47 percent of lawmakers — or 253 of 535 — had a minimum net worth of $500,000 or more in 2012. The actual number could be much greater, however, because lawmakers report their assets in sizable ranges.
The median household net worth in the United States was about $56,300 in 2013, according to a study from the University of Michigan.
One member with a sizeable stock portfolio is Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.), who owns more than $50 million in CapitalSource, according to his disclosure forms, a financial services company he founded in 2000.
Though Delaney relinquished his role as chairman of CapitolSource when he ran for office in 2012, he still holds millions of shares. Its stock value shot up last year when PacWest Bancorp announced it would be purchasing the company for $2.3 billion.
Within a family trust, Delaney also saw a boost in stock holdings in Williams Sonoma, Sherwin Williams and Harley Davidson.
Most lawmakers tend to be risk adverse with their investing, putting their money in blue chip companies such as JP Morgan Chase, Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Exxon Mobil and Proctor & Gamble.
In 2012, more than 15 percent of Congress had stock in General Electric, making it the most common corporate investment for lawmakers, according to the most recent data available from the CRP. The 84 lawmakers who reported having stock in GE had an overall total of at least $3.1 million invested.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is another lawmaker with several investments. He reported Wells Fargo stock held by his wife, former Labour Secretary Elaine Chao, that increased in value last year from a minimum of $1,001 to a minimum of $500,001. Chao sits on the bank’s board of directors.
While it’s perfectly legal for lawmakers to hold and trade stock, critics argue that it often can create the appearance of a conflict of interest when lobbyists from those companies work to shape legislation.
“Congressional stock holders have a greater return on investment than the average American,” said Craig Holman, a government affairs lobbyist at Public Citizen. “Either they are geniuses on the stock market or they know something that we don’t. I suspect the latter.”
Holman lobbied for passage of the STOCK Act, which forces the disclosure of stock trades made by Congress and some in the executive branch. He says the disclosure provisions were weakened before the bill was passed, but said the new rules might are likely having an impact.
“I don’t know how much active trading has gone on since the STOCK Act. I suspect it’s dampened it,” Holman said. “Members are going to be more cautious now.”
Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), the head of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, is another member with a diverse stock portfolio. He disclosed a stock holding in Pepsi that jumped in value last year to between $500,001 and $1 million.
The Democrat leader in the House, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), reported stock gains as well.
She saw her husband Paul Pelosi’s stock in Facebook increase in value from at least $100,000 to a minimum of $250,000 last year. Pelosi’s overall net worth grew by about $4 million in 2013, to $28.6 million, mostly due to an increase in a real estate investment. Paul’s holdings in Comcast rose from at least $250,000 to a minimum of $500,000.
The question is when does what a member of congress knows, influence how they vote! Either to help influence their shares or their constituents/voters.
It is a slim-line between knowing and insider dealing, as you can influence a policy or bill or even look like your are providing ‘Best Advice ‘ when you could be making your shares grow.
Then as the graph shows trader stocks could Boom.
The Fact that President Obama has just signed a roll-back of key transparency provisions of the STOCK Act. in April 2013 amending 2011 law with a swipe of his pen. It was reported as follows by Open Secrets that late Thursday night, as we reported last week, the Senate gutted the disclosure requirements by approving S.716, an act amending the requirements of the 2011 law. The House followed suit the next day, and the president signed the bill minutes ago.
The bill doesn’t just eliminate a controversial requirement that personal financial disclosures of tens of thousands of high level federal employees be made publicly accessible online. It also reverses two critical components of the original STOCK act: mandatory electronic filing of PFDs by the president, his cabinet and members of Congress, and the creation of a publicly accessible database.
The elements of the STOCK Act that were removed include:
#AceWorldNews – SYRIA (Aleppo) – August 31 – Fanatics from the Islamic State terror group have beheaded one of their own commanders after accusing him of being an MI6 agent, according to reports.
Abu Ubaida Almaghribi, head of IS security in Aleppo, northern Syria, has been executed after fellow extremists accused him of being an MI6 agent, according to reports. Above, this grainy image is thought to be Abu Ubaida
Abu Ubaida Almaghribi, head of IS security in Aleppo, northern Syria, was once in charge of a prison where American journalist James Foley and other Western hostages were held.
But he has now been executed after fellow extremists accused him of passing on information about IS activities to the UK.
Abu Ubaida is believed to be a Dutch national of Moroccan descent, although his real identity is not known. IS claimed he was executed a day after video footage of Mr Foley’s beheading emerged on YouTube.
A former IS prisoner last year told Belgian state prosecutors that Abu Ubaida was in charge of security when he and Mr Foley were held there last year.
Last night the Foreign Office declined to comment on the claims, circulated by Moroccan and Jordanian news agencies.
A security source said: ‘In the past, other extremist groups and states have made claims of spying as a justification for executing one of their own.’ He added that the IS message may have been passed on to the local media by a third party.
Execution: Abu Ubaida was once in charge of a prison where American journalist James Foley and other Western hostages were held. Above, Mr Foley is pictured in a sickening video that captured his execution
A report by Moroccan news outlet Alyoum24 said: ‘Ubaida Almaghribi, who is originally from Morocco, and served as the head of intelligence services of the ISIS organisation in Aleppo, Syria, was beheaded after being accused of reporting information on the activities, movements, and plans of ISIS to the UK.’
Morocco World News stated: ‘ISIS militants reportedly beheaded a group of prominent leaders including Abu Ubaida Almaghribi, because of doubts regarding their allegiance and work for foreign entities.’
Mike Doran, a Middle East expert at the Washington-based Brookings Institution, said the alleged execution was a sign of ‘nervousness’ within IS’s higher ranks.
#AceBreakingNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – August 31 – Less than 70 days away from the midterm election, Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Saturday urged conservatives to do everything they can to give Republicans control of the U.S. Senate Martin Matishak reported The Hill
In a fiery speech delivered at Americans For Prosperity’s “Defending the American Dream Summit” in Dallas, the prospective 2016 presidential hopeful vowed that the GOP would "retake the United States Senate and retire” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).
The November election would also hinge on four issues, he said, with immigration being chief among them.
#AceWorldNews – AFGHANISTAN (Baghdad) – August 31 – Iraqi security forces and Shiite militiamen on Sunday broke a six-week siege imposed by the Islamic State extremist group on the northern Shiite Turkmen town of Amirli, following U.S. air-strikes against the Sunni militants’ positions, officials said with AP reporting.
Army spokesman Lt. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi said the operation started at dawn Sunday and the forces entered the town shortly after midday.
#AceBreakingNews – LIBYA (Tripoli) – August 31 – ISLAMIST MILITIA GROUP SAYS IT HAS ‘SECURED’ A US EMBASSY COMPOUND IN LIBYA’S CAPITAL
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Just in from AP TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) – An Islamist-allied militia group “secured” a U.S. Embassy residential compound in Libya’s capital, more than a month after American personnel evacuated from the country over ongoing fighting, one of its commanders said Sunday.
An Associated Press journalist walked through the compound Sunday after the Dawn of Libya, an umbrella group for Islamist militias, invited onlookers inside. Some windows at the compound had been broken, but it appeared most of the equipment there remained untouched. The journalist saw treadmills, food, televisions and computers still inside.
#AceWorldNews – CHINA (Beijing) – August 31 – China’s legislature on Sunday ruled out allowing open nominations in inaugural elections for Hong Kong’s leader, saying they would create a "chaotic society.
" Democracy activists in the Asian financial hub responded by saying that a long-threatened mass occupation of the heart of the city "will definitely happen."
The legislature’s powerful Standing Committee said all candidates should be approved by more than half of a special nominating body in order to go before voters.
That’s at odds with demands from Hong Kong’s pro-democracy camp, which staged a massive protest in July to press for genuine democracy in the Chinese territory over fears candidates would continue to be screened to assess their loyalty to Beijing.
At least 41 bodies of migrants, most of them Syrians, who drowned trying to sail to Europe, have been recovered by the Tunisian Coast Guard, AP reports, citing local authorities.
The search for the bodies was launched Friday after a few decomposed bodies washed up on shore. Identity papers found with some of the bodies suggested most of the dead migrants were from Syria.
They most likely tried to reach Europe on an overcrowded inflatable raft.
#AceBreakingNews – BRITAIN (London) – August 31 – British-born fighters for the Islamic State may be temporarily prohibited from returning to the UK, media reports. Prime Minister David Cameron is expected to announce the government’s plans on countering possible jihadist attacks in Britain in a statement Monday.
According to the BBC, Britons suspected of being involved in terrorist acts would be allowed to keep their British citizenship, but would not be allowed to re-enter the country for some time.
Earlier in the week, the UK’s terror threat level was raised from "substantial" to "severe" over events in Iraq and Syria.
#AceWorldNews – WEST AFRICA – August 31 – Women are the most affected by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, according to Laurent Duvillier, Regional Communication Specialist for UNICEF’s West and Central Africa office.
He told that Anzhelika Devis that this is because many of the healthcare workers dealing with the epidemic on the ground are women.
Also, women are also most likely to look after family members at home who have contracted the disease.
The Ebola virus is transmitted by direct contact with the blood, body fluids and tissues of infected animals or people.
The mortality rate is close to 60 percent and there is no known cure.
The outbreak in West Africa has killed over 600 people so far in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, with one death reported in Nigeria.
Mr Duvillier also told Anzhelika Devis about the common misconceptions on the ground regarding disease.
He started by explaining what UNICEF and its partners are doing to help contain the outbreak.
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“It’s critically important for us to put our best foot forward and we have done just that,” chief executive of the conference Falalavauu Perina Sila told UN Radio following the flag raising.
With cannons firing, the UN blue and the Samoan blue, red and white were hoisted over the Tuana’imato sports complex in a symbolic handing-over of the venue to the UN for the next several days.
The site’s aquatic centre is used for accreditation, with photos for identification cards being taken next to diving boards and a lap pool. The hockey stadium has been temporarily converted into office space. Hanging bananas decorate walkways where joggers once stepped, and electric carts ride up and down the complex routes.
On Friday afternoon, the site had more visiting families than delegates. The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States is set to begin on 1 September, with a series of pre-conference forums on youth, private sector and civil society, organized mostly off-site.
Safuneituuga Paaga Neri, surrounded by her grandchildren, was among those visiting the complex.
“I wanted them to see this. It is historic,” she said. As part of the preparations for the conference, the school year was adjusted to give students a break, and free up more volunteers for the conference.
In addition, residents have been decorating the villages between the Faleolo International Airport and Apia’s centre. Visitors are welcomed with flags, painted coconuts and flowers.
Asked what she hoped the conference would bring, Ms. Neri’s answer turned to climate change. She stressed that partnerships must be created that will allow people living near the shores to withstand extreme weather and rising sea levels.
Samoan journalist Andrew Fassau told UN Radio that the people he has interviewed in the run-up to the event are particularly concerned about the impact of climate change.
“They hope that something good will come out of this conference with regard to the small island nations like us,” he said, adding that islanders are pointing to industrialized nations for causing the climate woes.
The expectations held for this conference are seen outside of the sports complex gates, where Samoan police direct traffic on streets named “SIDS,” “welcome” and “hope.”
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#AceBreakingNews – PAKISTAN (Islamabad) – Pakistani police on Sunday clashed with scattered pockets of anti-government protesters trying to advance on the prime minister’s residence after a night of violence that saw hundreds wounded and the first death in more than two weeks of demonstrations.
The violence has raised the stakes in a political stand-off, in which cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan and cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri have led twin protests demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, alleging massive voting fraud in the election that brought him into office last year in the country’s first democratic transfer of power.
#AceBreakingNews – PHILIPPINES (Manila) – August 31 – Under cover of darkness, 40 Filipino peacekeepers made a daring escape after being surrounded and under fire for seven hours by Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights, Philippine officials said Sunday, leaving 44 Fijian troops still in the hands of the al-Qaida-linked insurgents Associated Press reported.
"We may call it the greatest escape," Philippine military chief Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang said.
UNDOF peacekeepers patrol Golan Heights. UN Photo/Wolfgang Grebien
A UN official said a number of UNDOF contingents participated in the action on Saturday, assisted by Israeli and Syrian forces. It was unclear what form that assistance took.
Another group of UN soldiers – also from the Philippines – remained trapped by the Islamists who surrounded their positions on Thursday, and a gun battle was ongoing, the UN press office said.
A Reuters cameraman spotted 11 UN armoured vehicles returning to their base in Israeli-controlled territory about 12 hours after the peacekeepers came under fire at around 6 A.M. on Saturday.
#AceBreakingNews – GAZA CITY – August 31 – Israel’s defence establishment will recommend to politicians that they show generosity in indirect negotiations with Hamas when discussing the conditions for a permanent cease-fire, in order to forestall renewed hostilities at the end of September.
A senior military source has told Haaretz that it is in Israel’s interest to avoid intense social and economic pressure on Gaza.
By Amos Harel @ Haaretz
#AceBreakingNews – UNITED STATES – Washington (Pentagon) – August 31
|Statement From Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby
Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. Kirby provided the following statement:
At the request of the Government of Iraq, the United States military today airdropped humanitarian aid to the town of Amirli, home to thousands of Shia Turkomen who have been cut off from receiving food, water, and medical supplies for two months by ISIL. The United States Air Force delivered this aid alongside aircraft from Australia, France and the United Kingdom who also dropped much needed supplies.
In conjunction with this airdrop, U.S. aircraft conducted coordinated airstrikes against nearby ISIL terrorists in order to support this humanitarian assistance operation.
These military operations were conducted under authorization from the Commander-in-Chief to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian assistance and to prevent an ISIL attack on the civilians of Amirli. The operations will be limited in their scope and duration as necessary to address this emerging humanitarian crisis and protect the civilians trapped in Amirli.
The U.S. military will continue to assess the effectiveness of these operations and work with the Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development, as well as international partners including the Government of Iraq, the United Nations, and non-government organizations to provide humanitarian assistance in Iraq as needed.
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#AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – August 31 – On the August 26 this statement was released as follows:
|National Guard (In Federal Status) and Reserve Activated as of August 26, 2014
The Army National Guard and the Air National Guard announced this week a decrease in activated National Guard members and reservists, while the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, the Air Force Reserve, and the Coast Guard Reserve announced an increase of activated reservists. The net collective result is a decrease of 53 activated National Guard members and reservists in comparison to last week.
At any given time, services may activate some units and individuals while deactivating others, making it possible for these figures to either increase or decrease. The total number currently on active duty from the Army National Guard and Army Reserve is 22,651; Navy Reserve, 3,132; Marine Corps Reserve, 1,180; Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, 6,149; and the Coast Guard Reserve, 314. This brings the total National Guard and reserve personnel who have been activated to 33,426, including both units and individual augmentees.
A cumulative roster of all National Guard and reserve personnel who are currently activated may be found online at:http://www.defense.gov/news/MoblilizationWeeklyReport-140826.pdf
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#AceWorldNews – ROMANIA – August 31 – Romania is preparing a female candidate for the EU commission, while sticking to Dacian Ciolos as first option, prime minister Victor Ponta said.
The European Parliament has threatened to veto the new EU commission if fewer than nine members are female.
Only five other countries have nominated women so far.
#AceWorldNews – BRUSSELS – August 31 – EU leaders have given Russian president Vladimir Putin one week to stop attacking Ukraine or face more sanctions EUObserver reported.
The latest ultimatum came after Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko personally told the 28 presidents and PMs at a summit in Brussels on Saturday (30 August) that he is a hair’s breadth away from “full-scale war” with his neighbour.
The summit conclusions corroborated his claim that last week saw an open “aggression by Russian armed forces on Ukrainian soil”.
The conclusions tasked the European Commission to present new sanctions options “within a week” and said they will include “a provision on the basis of which every person and institution dealing with the separatist groups in the Donbass [east Ukraine] will be listed”.
They did not spell out what will prompt the EU decision, referring only to “the evolution of the situation on the ground”.
“There is no precise criterion”, EU Council chairman Herman Van Rompuy told press.
For her part, German chancellor Angela Merkel noted that the Russian army’s incursion into Ukraine marks “a new step in the escalation”.
#AceWorldNews – BRUSSELS – August 31 – EU leaders on Saturday (30 August) agreed to appoint Polish PM Donald Tusk as the next EU Council president and Italian minister Federica Mogherini as the bloc’s new foreign affairs chief EUobserver reported.
Outgoing council head Herman Van Rompuy praised Tusk’s pro-European credentials and for the way he steered Poland through the economic crisis, noting that it was the only EU economy which kept growing while most suffered recession.
Tusk said his appointment comes at a time when "eastern European expertise will be badly needed in Europe" and that he will seek an EU consensus on how to handle the Russia-Ukraine conflict.
As he will also chair summits of eurozone leaders only, Tusk added that Europe should not be divided into “separate clubs” and that he would not have taken the post if there was to be a separate, eurozone-only chairman.
Amid criticism from some EU states on his weak English, he threw in an English pun: “Nothing is good enough for Europe, including my English, and I will polish my English … So don’t worry”.
German chancellor Angela Merkel also voiced approval.
“It is good that Europe will have such a highly qualified and motivated European, 25 years after the collapse of the Berlin wall, 25 years after the end of the Cold War”, she said in a brief statement.
#AceNewsServices (Exclusive) – UNITED STATES (Arizona) City of Payson – August 30 – A Press-Release on August 27 confirms that Interior Deputy Secretary Michael Connor and Agriculture Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment Robert Bonnie joined state, local and private partners today to mark the signing of a new joint watershed restoration agreement for C.C. Cragin Reservoir in Central Arizona.
The agreement is a pilot project of the Western Watershed Enhancement Partnership, aimed at reducing the risks of costly wildfires and their impact on western watersheds as part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan.
"This agreement reflects our commitment to work with state and local partners in restoring and improving the health and resiliency of priority watersheds in Central Arizona," Deputy Secretary Connor said. "Restoration activities and proactive planning help minimize the impacts of the hotter and longer wildfire seasons on western reservoirs and other critical infrastructure, and help water managers avoid costly repairs in the future."
"USDA and the Obama Administration are working with partners across the country to restore the health of our forests and watersheds across public and private lands," Under Secretary Bonnie said. "Given longer fire seasons and increased fuel loads in our forests, increasing the pace and scale of forest restoration is critical to reducing the threat of catastrophic fire and protecting watersheds."
This new partnership joins the Salt River Project, National Forest Foundation, City of Payson, Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Forest Service in collaborative efforts to assess and implement treatments that protect the municipal water supply and minimize wildfire and flood risks. Potential projects include forest thinning, prescribed fire, tree planting, riparian vegetation improvements, stream, spring and channel restoration and other forest and watershed health improvements on National Forest System lands within the area.
The partners will develop a collaborative five-year action plan specifying the treatment zones and planned restoration and protection activities, as well as accomplishment goals and funding commitments.
Deputy Secretary Connor and Under Secretary Bonnie were joined by Payson Mayor Kenny Evans, Salt River Project Deputy General Manager John Sullivan and National Forest Foundation’s Colorado Program Director Marcus Selig.
Since 2002, three large fires have threatened the watersheds that contribute to C.C. Cragin Reservoir, burning more than 10,000 acres. The location of these fires was of great concern due to their potential to quickly progress through a large part of the watersheds. There have been several small fires near C.C. Cragin Reservoir itself, including one last year that burned 40 acres and one this year burning close to ten acres.
The Western Watershed Enhancement Partnership was formally established in July 2013 by Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. Its goal is to restore forest and watershed health, and proactively plan for post-wildfire responses to protect municipal and agricultural water supplies. Flows of sediment, debris and ash into streams and rivers after wildfires can damage water quality and often require costly emergency measures at treatment plants to repair damage to habitat, reservoirs and facilities. Restoration projects aim to maintain reliable, clean and sustainable water supplies in the West by reducing wildfire risk through forest thinning, prescribed fire and other forest health treatments, minimizing post-wildfire erosion and sedimentation and restoring areas that are currently recovering from past wildfires through tree planting and other habitat improvements.
Interior and USDA are working with state and local stakeholders on five additional pilots across the West, including:
C.C. Cragin Dam and Reservoir, part of the Salt River Project since 2005 when the Arizona Water Settlements Act was implemented, is part of a system of reservoirs in two watersheds encompassing 8.4 million acres. It impounds water from East Clear Creek, a tributary to Clear Creek and the Little Colorado River. Virtually all of the land surrounding the reservoir is owned by the USDA Forest Service. The Reservoir and Dam are owned by Reclamation but operated by the Salt River Project.
#AceFriendsNews – So Much Intolerance in Pakistan – something l personally noticed when l was their on business – even in 1996. This post is a #MustRead and #Share #TheHumanLens
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Will Pakistan continue to be a country where Ahmedis and Shia Muslims will continue to be slaughtered, where Sikhs are prevented from entering their places of praying, where shrines of patron saints are destroyed by suicide bombers, or where a common man go out to work and ends up end on the street. Or will it be a country where religious pluralism, as was envisioned by Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Pakistan’s founding father, would flourish?
To many, the crucial question remains same. Why is Pakistan filled with such intolerance?
Human rights experts blame the twisted religious teachings and hate material in textbooks responsible for prevalent unrest in the country. Moreover, experts pinpoint that incorporating the concept of religion in wars was the biggest mistake; and that its effects won’t wear off that easily.
“Before the arrival of cable TV in 2001, my school going daughter thought…
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#AceWorldNews – SAUDI ARABIA (Riyadh) – August 30 – The king of Saudi Arabia has warned that extremists could attack Europe and the U.S. if there is not a strong international response to terrorism after the Islamic State group seized a wide territory across Iraq and Syria AP reported.
While not mentioning any terrorist groups by name, King Abdullah’s statement appeared aimed at drawing Washington and NATO forces into a wider fight against the Islamic State group and its supporters in the region.
Saudi Arabia openly backs rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar Assad, but is concerned that the breakaway al-Qaida group could also turn those very same weapons on the kingdom.
#AceNewsServices – UNITED STATES – August 30 – Here it is. All the people who said we were making it up, inventing charges of fraud at the CDC…well, here it is. CDC Whistleblower William Thompson’s own statement, released from his lawyer’s office today.
I’ll have more to say about Thompson’s confession. But for now, read his words, particularly the opening. The 2004 CDC study on the MMR vaccine and autism was cooked.
by JON RAPPOPORT | INFOWARS.COM | AUGUST 28, 2014
#AceWorldNews – (Exclusive) – BRUSSELS – August 30 – NATO is reportedly working towards the creation of an expeditionary force composed of 10,000 troops from seven different member states as a result of escalating tensions with Russia over the conflict in Ukraine RT reported.
According to the Financial Times, the force’s creation will be spearheaded by Britain and involve contributions from Denmark, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Norway, and the Netherlands. Canada is also interested in joining the group, but it’s not known what its final decision will be.
Although no formal announcement has been made, British Prime Minister David Cameron is expected to declare its formation at the upcoming NATO summit in Wales on September 4th.
Many specifics have yet to be worked out or announced, but planners are reportedly implementing ways to increase the number of soldiers involved even more if necessary. Air and naval units will be integrated into the group, as well as ground troops led by British commanders.
As noted by the Times, the creation of the force comes as a response to Russia’s involvement in the ongoing Ukrainian crisis, with the ultimate goal being to “create a fully functioning, division-sized force for rapid deployment and regular, frequent exercises.” NATO has accused Russia of deploying more than 1,000 troops into Ukraine to bolster separatists in the eastern part of the country.
Russia, however, insists that it does not have troops operating inside of Ukraine and has dismissed NATO’s assertions.
Despite the fact that NATO has opted not to act militarily in Ukraine – unnamed sources told Foreign Policy on Friday that there are no plans to confront Russia with anything more than stronger sanctions – Jonathan Eyal of the London-based Royal United Services Institute said the group needs to demonstrate that its eastern European members are just as integral to the alliance as other states.
“We need to end the idea of different zones of security in Europe,” he told the Financial Times. “We need to be talking about prepositioning, regular rotation of troops and making it very clear that we do not accept that the eastern Europeans are in some different category of membership of NATO.”
The revelation also arrives just a few days after NATO’s Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen expressed interest in forming “a more visible presence” in Eastern Europe in the form of facilities capable of rapidly receiving“response forces” needed to counter Russia.
For his part, Russia’s envoy to NATO, Aleksandr Grushko, said any attempt to stretch further into the region would impact Moscow’s own security planning.
#AceWorldNews – BRITAIN (London) – August 30 – British lawmaker George Galloway has been hospitalized after being attacked by a pro-Israeli man in London Friday.
The MP was posing for a picture with some of his fans in Golborne Road, in Notting Hill neighbourhood, when the attack took place.
Galloway’s spokesman said the attack appeared to be “connected with his comments about Israel,” as the attacker was shouting comments about the Holocaust.
He added that the British MP sustained bruises as the result of the assault and was in "a pretty bad shape."
#AceWorldNews – NETHERLANDS – August 30 – Dutch Foreign Minister Evo Opstelten announced Friday that his country plans to withdraw the nationality from the "jihadist" fighters who have joined terrorist groups, even without prior judiciary condemnation.
The local authorities announced that around 130 Dutch "jihadists" have joined the terrorist groups in Syria as well as Iraq and that 30 of them returned home, while 14 others were killed.
According to the Dutch intelligence services, at least two Dutch "jihadists" carried out suicide bombings in Syria and Iraq.
#AceWorldNews – SYRIA (Qalamoun) – August 30 – The Syrian army advanced towards the northern side of Tufail in Qalamoun and carried out a special operation, destroying five car bombs, confiscating three tons of explosive materials and detecting a factory which manufactures bombs and shells Alaman reported.
A Syrian military source mentioned that the factory had sandy ways to the Lebanese town of Brital, adding that this security achievement is the most prominent since detecting similar factories in Yabroud.