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MOSCOW: ‘ CEO OF FRENCH OIL CORPORATION KILLED WHEN HIS PRIVATE JET HIT A SNOW PLOUGH ON TAKE-OFF’


#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – October 21 – The chief executive of French oil major Total, Christophe de Margerie, was killed when his private jet collided with a snow plough as it was taking off from Moscow’s Vnukovo airport on Monday night.

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CEO OF FRENCH OIL CORPORATION KILLED WHEN HIS PRIVATE JET HIT A SNOW PLOUGH ON TAKE-OFF’

De Margerie’s death leaves a void at the top of one of the world’s biggest listed oil firms at a difficult time for the industry as oil prices fall and state-backed competitors keep them out of some of the best oil exploration territory.

The collision occurred minutes before midnight Moscow time as de Margerie’s Dassault Falcon jet was taking off for Paris.

Russia’s Investigative Committee said the driver of the snow plough had been drunk and that a criminal investigation had been launched.

The plane’s three crew also died, said Total.

The airport said visibility was 350 meters (1,150 feet) at the time of the crash.

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CHINA: ‘ CHINESE-BACKED HACKERS MAY HAVE INFILTRATED APPLE’S ICLOUD STORAGE AND BACK-UP SYSTEM ‘


#AceNewsServices – CHINA – October 21 – Chinese backed hackers may have infiltrated Apples iCloud storage and backup service in China was attacked by hackers trying to steal user credentials, a Chinese web monitoring group said, adding that it believes the country’s government is behind the campaign.

Apples iCloud storage and backup service in China

Apples iCloud storage and backup service in China

Using what is called a “man-in-the-middle” (MITM) attack, the hackers interposed their own website between users

"man-in-the-middle" (MITM) attack

“man-in-the-middle” (MITM) attack

and Apple’s iCloud server, intercepting data and potentially gaining access to passwords, iMessages, photos and contacts, Greatfire.org wrote in its blog post.

The attack coincided with the start of iPhone 6 sales in China on Friday, the blog said.

“This is clearly a malicious attack on Apple in an effort to gain access to usernames and passwords and consequently all data stored on iCloud such as iMessages, photos, contacts, etc,” the security blog said.

It was unclear whether the hackers were still active. Apple did not have an immediate comment when contacted.

“All the evidence I’ve seen would support that this is a real attack. The Chinese government is directly attacking Chinese users of Apple’s products,” said Mikko Hypponnen, chief research officer at security software developer F-Secure.

“As always, we recommend using the Internet over a trusted virtual private network.”

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YEMEN: ‘ AL-QAEDA MILITANTS CAPTURE THE CAPITAL OF SAANA ‘


#AceWorldNews – YEMEN (Sanna) – October 21 – Al-Qaeda militants have captured a town south of Yemen’s capital Sanaa as government troops fought fierce battles elsewhere against Houthis Shiite rebels, security officials said.

Sunni militants on Monday seized al-Adeen town 200km south of Sanaa in Ibb province, AP reported, citing officials.

Militants linked to Al-Qaeda last week stormed the local security headquarters in al-Adeen and held it for hours before fleeing to the mountains.

Source: Associated Press 

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TBILISI: ‘ CITY COURT SENTENCES EX PRIME MINISTER MERABISHVILI TO THREE YEARS IN PRISON ‘


#AceNewsServices – GEORGIA (Tbilisi) – October 21 – The Tbilisi City Court has sentenced former Georgian prime minister and minister of the interior, Vano Merabishvili, to three years in prison for abuse of power in a murder case, RIA Novosti reported.

Georgian prime minister and minister of the interior, Vano Merabishvili, to three years in prison for abuse of power in a murder case,

Georgian prime minister and minister of the interior, Vano Merabishvili, to three years in prison for abuse of power in a murder case,

Three other defendants in the case of the murder of United Georgian Bank employee, Sandro Girgvliani, were former interior ministry officials, who were sentenced to four years and six months in prison each, RAPSI said.

Ace News reported previously that Merabishvili is already serving a term after the Kutaisi City Court sentenced him to five years in prison for embezzlement and spending of interior ministry funds, bribing voters and abuse of power.

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DHAKA: ‘ TWO BUSES COLLIDE HEAD-ON KILLING 32 AND INJURING DOZENS OF PEOPLE ‘


#AceWorldNews – BANGLADESH (Dhaka) – October 21 – At least 32 people were killed and dozens injured when two buses collided head-on in north-west Bangladesh on Monday, police said.

Bus Accident Kills 32 and Injures 30

‘ Bus Crash 32 Killed and 30 Injured and Rising in Bangladesh ‘

The accident took place at Baraigram in Natore, 220 km (140 miles) from the capital Dhaka.

The death toll could rise further as some of the injured are in a critical condition, police official Mohammad Manirul Islam told Reuters.

A three-member committee has been formed to investigate the accident.

Road accidents kill around 10,000 people a year in impoverished Bangladesh.

They are often blamed on reckless driving, poor roads and aged vehicles.

Another 30 people were injured, and some of them are in critical condition, Reuters reported later. 

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NEW YORK: ‘ LEGENDARY FASHION DESIGNER OSCAR DE LA RENTA DIES AT 82 ‘


#AceNewsServices – UNITED STATES (New York) – October 21 – Legendary fashion designer Oscar de la Renta dies at 82 The Associated Press reported. 

OSCAR DE LA RENTA, LEGENDARY DESIGNER, DEAD AT 82

OSCAR DE LA RENTA, LEGENDARY DESIGNER, DEAD AT 82

He is well  remembered for the dazzling and sumptuous designs that adorned some of the most famous celebrities and well known women.  

OSCAR DE LA RENTA, LEGENDARY DESIGNER, DEAD AT 82

OSCAR DE LA RENTA, LEGENDARY DESIGNER, DEAD AT 82 

At his Fashion Week runway show in September, Oscar de la Renta sat in his usual spot: in a chair right inside the wings, where he could carefully inspect each model just as she was about to emerge in one of his sumptuous, impeccably constructed designs.

At the end of the show, the legendary designer himself emerged, supported by two of his models.

He didn’t walk on his own, and didn’t go far, but he was beaming from ear to ear.

He gave each model a peck on the cheek, and then returned to the wings, where models and staff could be heard cheering him enthusiastically.

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PRETORIA: ‘ OSCAR PISTORIUS SENTENCED TO FIVE YEARS IN PRISON ‘


#AceBreakingNews – SOUTH AFRICA (Pretoria) – October 21 – South African athlete Oscar Pistorius was sentenced Tuesday to a maximum of five years in prison for the Valentine’s Day, 2013, killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

The double-amputee Olympic runner was given a suspended, three-year sentence for an unrelated firearms charge.

Judge Thokozile Masipa delivered the ruling more than seven months after the Olympic runner’s trial for killing Steenkamp started.

She earlier found him guilty of culpable homicide, which is comparable to manslaughter.

He was acquitted of murder.

Pistorius testified during his murder trial that he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder.

It was not immediately clear if Pistorius would appeal the ruling.

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