OTTAWA: ‘ GUNMAN BEHIND SHOOTING AT PARLIAMENT HILL HAD APPLIED TO RENEW HIS LIBYAN PASSPORT ‘


#AceNewsServices – OTTAWA – October 24 – Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, the gunman behind Wednesday’s shooting in Ottawa, had applied to renew his Libyan passport but was denied, CBC News has learned.

Ottawa shooting: Michael Zehaf-Bibeau wanted Libyan passport

Ottawa shooting: Michael Zehaf-Bibeau wanted Libyan passport

Zehaf-Bibeau shot and killed Cpl. Nathan Cirillo at the National War Memorial in Ottawa Wednesday before attacking Parliament Hill.

Zehaf-Bibeau, whose father is Libyan, applied for the passport renewal on Oct. 2 and was refused the same day, the CBC’s Evan Dyer reported. The chargé d’affaires at the Libyan Embassy in Ottawa told CBC News he presented a B.C. driver’s licence with a Vancouver address. He did not present a Canadian passport.

Zehaf-Bibeau had received a Libyan passport in 2000 and then travelled to the country in 2007. That document had expired, and Zehaf-Bibeau told officials that he wanted a new passport so he could visit family and friends in Libya.

The Libyan official said Zehaf-Bibeau was polite but that his demeanour seemed off. They were also concerned that his photos didn’t seem to match his appearance, or the photos of him in his Libyan documents.

Officials also questioned why Zehaf-Bibeau’s old Libyan passport gave his first name as Abdul but his driver’s licence listed him as Michael.

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EGYPT: ‘ SUICIDE BOMBER RAMMED EXPLOSIVE LADEN VEHICLE INTO ARMY CHECKPOINT ‘


#AceWorldNews – EGYPT – October 24 – A suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden vehicle into an army checkpoint in the northern part of Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula near Israel and Gaza on Friday.

At least twenty five members of the Egyptian security forces were killed in the attack, according to medical and security officials.

Earlier reports said 17 people were wounded and several were in a critical condition.

The violence spiked in the Sinai after the military overthrew Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.

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NEPAL: ‘ DANGEROUS ROADS AND OVERLOADED BUSES LEADING CAUSES OF ROAD ACCIDENTS ‘


#AceNewsServices – NEPAL – October 24 – An overloaded bus plunged down a hill in central Nepal on Friday, killing at least 14 people including three foreigners, AFP reported.

' Kathmandu to Nepal Roads are Dangerous '

‘ Kathmandu to Nepal Roads are Dangerous ‘

Rescuers have reportedly taken more than 50 people to hospitals in and around Kathmandu.

The bus carried tourists and Nepalese people travelling for the Hindu festival of Tihar when it crashed in Nuwakot, a small hill town outside Kathmandu, police said.

They are also attempting to find a passenger list, but the holiday season usually sees bus drivers picking up travellers without registering them.

The bus was travelling from Jorayal in Doti district to Dhangadi, about 800km (500 miles) west of Kathmandu, when the accident occurred.

Local and wire reports said it veered off a hilly road and fell at least 200m (656ft) into a gorge.

' Roads in Nepal are the Most Dangerous in the World '

‘ Roads in Nepal are the Most Dangerous in the World ‘

In January 2013, the same number of people were killed in the same area when a bus driver lost control on the road amid foggy conditions.

Bad roads and reckless driving are among the leading causes of road accidents in Nepal, says BBC Nepal’s Surendra Phuyal.

In recent years, road accidents have claimed the lives of more than 1,500 people annually, says our correspondent.

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‘ ISRAEL DOES NOT SEE ISLAMIC STATE AS A THREAT AND HERE IS WHY – OPINION ‘


#AceNewsServices (Analysis & Opinion) October 24  At first sight, it seems that Israel is just as preoccupied with the rise of Islamic State as anyone else.

PHOTO: A masked man speaking in what is believed to be a North American accent in a video that Islamic State militants released in September 2014 is pictured in this still frame from video obtained by Reuters October 7, 2014.

PHOTO: A masked man speaking in what is believed to be a North American accent in a video that Islamic State militants released in September 2014 is pictured in this still frame from video obtained by Reuters October 7, 2014.

Israeli media report diligently on the extremist group’s assault on the Kurdish town of Kobani and run at least a story every few days on its atrocities.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu references Islamic State frequently, as do other Israeli ministers. And the stories of two Palestinian citizens of Israel who died fighting for the group have been recently featured in the press.

Still, Israel remains the least concerned and least directly threatened country in a region increasingly rocked by Islamic State’s advance. It certainly does not see the group as an external threat. Shocking though the events in Syria and Iraq are, Israel is far beyond the range of even the most sophisticated of Islamic State’s weapons.

The group’s immediate territorial interests do not extend to anywhere near Israeli borders, and its support in areas adjacent to Israel is still negligible.  

What’s more, unlike many militant groups and states in the region, Islamic State has declared itself emphatically disinterested in intervening in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, preferring instead to draw its support from Sunni revanchism and introducing a semblance of order into war-torn regions of Iraq.

Islamic State also does not yet pose an internal threat to Israel. Unlike most countries bordering Syria, Israel has not been politically or demographically unsettled by the civil war there. The diversified systems of control employed by Israel – some liberal democracy and some military rule — have cemented differences among the country’s constituencies disgruntled with the Israeli government.

The divisions have precluded the emergence of a broad uprising similar to those that constituted the Arab Spring. The relatively short, highly militarized border between Israel and Syria has prevented the influx of refugees into Israel, as well as any significant spread of the fighting.

In the absence of incentives to change policy, Israel remains determined to display an official disinterest in Iraq and a staunch neutrality toward Syria. Although the government has often expressed sympathy for victims of the Syrian civil war and offered some of them medical treatment, and has on one or two occasions hit targets in Syria, Israel has been careful to signal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad that it considers him a relatively reliable neighbor and would not work actively to replace him.

It’s also unlikely that Israeli leaders will come under any internal pressure to change this position. While the images of the war in Syria have prompted some Palestinians to travel abroad and take up arms against the Syrian regime, sometimes fighting alongside jihadist organizations, the numbers have been small — and their wrath, for now, directed at the Syrian regime, not at Israel. Images of Islamic State’s atrocities, combined with the group’s religious fanaticism, contempt for nation-states and express disinterest in the Palestinian cause have left Palestinians — largely secular, nationalist and deeply committed to building their own nation-state — more alienated than attracted.

Even attempts by Israeli centrists and the U.S. to tie progress in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process to the fight against Islamic State have left Israel unmoved. Israel, the argument went, should make concessions in its talks with Palestinians to mollify Arab populations as their governments yet again throw in with the Americans — and by extension, with the Israelis. This tactic rests on the idea that the only real threat that Islamic State poses to Israel, however remotely, is if it toppled any of the “moderate” Arab states, especially Jordan, by invading them or capitalizing on their local discontents, or a combination of the two.

But the Israeli government, which has no interest, political or ideological, in facilitating a two-state solution, has so far responded with a shrug. The view in Israel is that the moderate Arab regimes are sufficiently threatened by the spread of Islamic State to prioritize drawing the Americans in, warts and all. If anything triggers revolutions in these countries, it will not be the plight of the Palestinians.

The lack of direct threats notwithstanding, Israel has been able to extract some short-term gains from unfolding catastrophe. With the West again mobilizing against a radical Islamist group, Netanyahu find himself on the familiar turf of the “war on terror.” He is capitalizing on this by trying to equate Palestinian nationalism — especially the religious wing of it — with Islamic State at every conceivable opportunity (even if with little perceptible effect).  Second, Israel is again making itself useful to the West as a corner of stability and pro-Western sentiment  in an otherwise turbulent Middle East — and is using this to push the Palestinian issue further down the agenda.

These considerations apart,  Israel sees Islamic State as something that’s happening to other people — and the country will do its best to keep it so.

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Here’s why Israel loses no sleep over Islamic State

Here’s why Israel loses no sleep over Islamic State

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#AceWorldNews – POLAND – October 24 – Poland has lodged an appeal with the European Court of Human Rights against a July ruling that Poland had hosted a secret CIA prison on its soil, Reuters reported, citing a Foreign Ministry statement.

An appeal was being prepared on procedural grounds, Poland’s prosecutor-general said earlier this week.

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JAPAN: ‘ NEW STUDY REVEALS NINETY FIVE PERCENT OF THE POPULATION IS AT RISK OF A MAJOR VOLCANIC ERUPTION ‘


#AceNewsServices – JAPAN – October 24 – About 95 percent of Japan’s population is at risk of being devastated by a major volcanic eruption, which could happen “at any moment” within the next century, a study revealed.

Volcanic activity has reportedly increased today: 

‘Signs of volcano’s increased activity’ near Japan’s nuclear plant

Japan warned on Friday that a volcano in southern Japan located roughly 64km from a nuclear plant was showing signs of increased activity. This could possibly lead to a small-scale eruption, officials said, warning people to stay away from the summit. Ioyama, a mountain on the southwestern island of Kyushu, has been shaken by a tremor lasting as long as seven minutes, Reuters said. A month ago, another volcano, Mt. Ontake, erupted suddenly when crowded with hikers, killing 57 people in Japan’s worst volcanic disaster in nearly 90 years.

The research, conducted by Japanese scientists, was released on Kobe University’s website on Wednesday.

“It is not an overstatement to say that a colossal volcanic eruption would leave Japan extinct as a country,” the authors said, according to AFP.

Kobe University’s professors Yoshiyuki Tatsumi and Keiko Suzuki analyzed the scale and frequency of local volcanic eruptions over the past 120,000 years. At about 1 percent over the next 100 years, they predicted a possibility of a massive volcanic eruption that could leave about 120 million people living across Honshu, Japan’s main island, “hopeless.”

But this figure should not be underestimated, the scientists warn. Back in 1995, a day before a 7.2-magnitude quake destroyed Kobe – with almost 6,400 people killed and 4,400 injured – the chance of a major earthquake striking that Japanese port city was estimated at a similar 1 percent. 

Smoke rises after an eruption of Mount Sakurajima in Kagoshima, southwestern Japan, in this photo taken through a window by Kyodo August 18, 2013 (Reuters / Kyodo)

Smoke rises after an eruption of Mount Sakurajima in Kagoshima, southwestern Japan, in this photo taken through a window by Kyodo August 18, 2013 (Reuters / Kyodo)

Nearly 7 percent of the volcanoes that have erupted over the past 10,000 years are located in the nation, with a population of 127 million people.

One of them, a gigantic crater, 23km (14 miles) across, in southern island of Kyushu, which has been struck by seven massive eruptions over the past 120,000 years, served as a model for the scientists.

According to their prediction, should the eruption occur, in just two hours the area would be buried by flows of lava and molten rock, and westerly winds would carry volcanic ash to the second most-populous island in the world, making it “unlivable.”

Another Kyushu mountain, Ioyama, has recently shown some signs of volcanic activity, such as small tremors, an official at the Japan Meteorological Agency’s volcano division told Reuters on Friday. Belonging to Kirishima range, it is located some 64km from the Sendai nuclear plant, run by Kyushu Electric Power Co.

Furthermore, the frequently erupting Sakurajima Volcano, about 50 km from the plant, also forced officials to issue a warning for people not to approach the peak.

Japan Self-Defense Force (JSDF) soldiers conduct rescue operations near the peak of the Mount Ontake, which erupted September 27, 2014 and straddles Nagano and Gifu prefectures, central Japan, in this handout photograph released by Joint Staff of the Defence Ministry of Japan and taken October 11, 2014 (Reuters / Joint Staff of the Defence Ministry of Japan)

Japan Self-Defense Force (JSDF) soldiers conduct rescue operations near the peak of the Mount Ontake, which erupted September 27, 2014 and straddles Nagano and Gifu prefectures, central Japan, in this handout photograph released by Joint Staff of the Defence Ministry of Japan and taken October 11, 2014 (Reuters / Joint Staff of the Defence Ministry of Japan)

Although the nuclear plant is currently not operational, it may be restarted next year, after it passes safety checks and gets the approval of local authorities.

In late September, the nation’s deadliest volcanic eruption in almost 90 years occurred. Honshu’s Mount Ontake dramatically erupted without warning, killing 57 hikers and leaving at least six other people missing.

Japan is home to nearly 100 active volcanoes, lying on the ‘Ring of Fire’ – a 40,000km-long horseshoe-shaped area around the coasts of the Pacific Ocean, where a large number of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur.

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TUNISIA: ‘ SECURITY FORCES KILLED FIVE WOMEN AND A MAN AFTER STAND-OFF WITH ISLAMIST MILITANTS ‘


#AceWorldNews – TUNISIA – October 24 – Tunisian security forces killed five women and a man after a stand-off with an Islamist militant group on the outskirts of Tunis on Friday, Reuters said.

At least two militants and women and children had been holed up in the house in Oeud Ellil, west of Tunis, since Thursday.

In earlier clashes, one police officer was killed when troops surrounded the building.

One militant and five women were killed when troops stormed the house on Friday, an Interior Ministry spokesman said.

He added that at least one of the women had opened fire on security forces with a rifle.

The clash happened two days before a parliamentary election.

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