WASHINGTON: ‘ White House Urges Secret Services to Release More Information About Fence-Jumper ‘


#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON – September 30 – The White House on Tuesday urged the Secret Service to release “as soon as possible” information about the incident involving a fence-jumper who entered the executive mansion, as troubling details about the security breach began to leak out.

“It is my view that it is in the interest of the agency in question and all of you for the information to be accurate and released as soon as possible,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters.

“There is legitimate public interest in this matter because it relates to the safety and security of the commander in chief.”

The statement suggested waning patience within the West Wing for the press operation at the Secret Service.

In a pair of reports this week, the Washington Post revealed that Omar Gonzalez, a 42-year-old Iraq war veteran with a folding knife in his pocket, was able to get farther into the White House than previously thought.

Gonzalez apparently overpowered a female agent, ran through the main foyer and past a staircase leading to the private residence, and entered the East Room — a large space regularly used for public events and speeches. He was then tackled by an off-duty agent on the security detail for the president’s daughter. The agent was leaving work when he came upon the intruder, individuals familiar with the incident told the paper.

That account differed from public statements made by the Secret Service to reporters after the incident that misstated the extent of the security breach.

Associated Press White House correspondent Josh Lederman tweeted that the agency told him that Gonzalez was apprehended “just inside the North Portico doors.” NPR White House correspondent Tamara Keith also noted that the Secret Service had originally described Gonzalez as unarmed.

Earnest sidestepped questions about whether he believed the Secret Service had deliberately misled reporters, saying the contradictions likely reflected the “chaotic” aftermath of the incident.

But Earnest added that such situations were precisely why he has so far declined to confirm any specifics about the incident until the release of a final report detailing what occurred.

By Justin Sink @ The Hill 

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INDIA: ‘ Narendra Modi’s Visit to US Opens Door to India for Business ‘


#AceNewsServices (Sponsored) – INDIA – September 30 – Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the United States has provided an extraordinary opportunity that deserves our attention.  At a time when the world seems beset by troubles, we have the chance to elevate relations between the U.S. and India to a new level – a new level that can benefit the citizens of both nations for decades to come.

The Modi government came into office this spring with the overwhelming support of Indian voters and the promise of job creation and economic growth – of less government and more governance. The information technology sectors of the U.S. and India have already demonstrated how both nations can benefit from collaboration and the exchange of products, services and intellectual talent. Today, 10 of the top 15 tech companies operating in India are American. And many of those companies are working to train and mentor people to become future entrepreneurs, IT professionals and students in STEM education programs.

To provide vital operational support to 96 percent of Fortune 500 companies and thousands of other American businesses, India-based IT services companies have invested more than $5 billion, created more than 280,000 jobs for Americans, and paid $15 billion in taxes to the U.S. Treasury in the last five years.  High-skilled IT professionals on temporary visas often augment the permanent U.S. employees of global IT service companies to support their customers’ in-house IT staff and management on major initiatives.  This gives U.S. businesses the specific type of support they require – where, when and only for as long as they need it – helping them innovate, enter markets, grow and create more American jobs.

No wonder that Secretary of State John Kerry commented in July, before the 2014 U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue, that “the dynamism and the entrepreneurial spirit of Mumbai and Bangalore, of Silicon Valley and of Boston – that is precisely what is required in order to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges.”

Initial steps taken by Prime Minister Modi’s new government make this clear: India is open for business.  In the Strategic Dialogue, senior representatives of the U.S. and Indian government pledge to work together to address remaining issues such as taxation, intellectual property rights protection, FDI reforms, investment in infrastructure and manufacturing, and  the ease of doing business in India.  These talks have also produced encouraging signals for strategic cooperation in defence and other areas. 

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By Diane Farrell, Acting President U.S.-India Business Council – 09/29/14 02:49 PM EDT

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‘ Russia and France May Sign an Act on Transferring French-Built Mistral War Ship ‘


AceWorldNews – KRASNOARMEISK – September 30 – Russia and France may sign an act on transferring first French-built Mistral class amphibious assault ship to Russia in late October or early November, Igor Sevastyanov, a deputy director general of Russian state arms exporter Rosoboronexport, said Tuesday (RIA Novosti) reported.  

“If France fulfills its obligations, then the transfer act will be signed in late October or early November,” Sevastyanov said.

Earlier on September 25, Russian Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov said that the delivery of the Mistral helicopter carriers was expected as scheduled, with the first one, the Vladivostok, arriving this fall.

The second ship, the Sevastopol, is expected in 2015.

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‘ Secret Service Chief Julia Pierson Admits No Automated Lock Was On The Front Door of White House ‘


AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON – September 30 – U.S. lawmakers scolded the head of the U.S. Secret Service on Tuesday over a security breach that allowed a knife-wielding intruder to run deep into the White House, and Director Julia Pierson promised them it would never happen again Reuters reported.  

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) stands with U.S. Secret Service agent Julia Pierson (L) after she is sworn in as the first woman Director of the Secret Service by Vice President Joe Biden (C) in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, March 27, 2013. CREDIT: REUTERS/LARRY DOWNING

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) stands with U.S. Secret Service agent Julia Pierson (L) after she is sworn in as the first woman Director of the Secret Service by Vice President Joe Biden (C) in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, March 27, 2013.
CREDIT: REUTERS/LARRY DOWNING

Pierson acknowledged the agency charged with protecting the president had failed on Sept. 19 when it allowed a man to jump the fence at the home of the President of the United States, burst through the front door and run into the East Room, which is used for events and receptions.

“This is unacceptable and I take full responsibility,” she told a U.S. House of Representatives committee investigating the incident, promising a complete review of agency procedures.

“We are all outraged within the Secret Service at how this incident came to pass. It is self evident mistakes were made,” Pierson said.

Pierson said that the front door of the White House now has an automated lock when there is a security breach. It did not have one at the time of the intrusion.

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‘ David Cameron Says if EU is Not in Britain’s Interest I Would Not Argue to Stay ‘


#AceNewsServices – BRITAIN – September 30 – Prime Minister David Cameron says Britain’s departure from the European Union would not leave him heartbroken, emphasizing that he feels “1,000 times more strongly about the UK than the EU.”

' The EU is “not working properly” for Britons at present, according to PM David Cameron. (Reuters/Luke MacGregor) '

‘ The EU is “not working properly” for Britons at present, according to PM David Cameron. (Reuters/Luke MacGregor)

Speaking on the BBC’s Today program, the PM said the union is “not working properly” for the British populace at present. Cameron suggested that the best solution for Britain is to secure a “reformed position in the EU,” because the British state is ultimately a trading nation. The Tory leader argued that the UK government does not just want access to EU markets, but also wishes to retain leverage over trade regulations that underpin those markets.

The state’s future membership of the EU is a “matter of important pragmatism,” Cameron said, rather than one of possible heartbreak – a phrase he issued prior to the Scottish independence referendum. While he acknowledged it “is going to be tough” to renegotiate the UK’s standing on the European stage, he said he was confident he would be successful in doing so.

Cameron emphasized that the widespread dissatisfaction across Europe – stemming from the manner in which the euro is driving integration throughout the region – would give Britain extra leverage in negotiating its EU membership status.

The PM’s efforts to renegotiate Britain’s EU membership terms drew extra support in May, following rising dissent against Brussels that surfaced during the European elections.

Cameron’s comments were issued just one day after John Redwood, a Conservative former cabinet minister, warned that high-ranking corporate executives who publicly back Britain’s EU membership will face a “very dear economic and financial price.”

Redwood, a prominent figure within the Conservative Party’s eurosceptic wing, warned UK-based firms to “keep out” of the debate, insisting they should beware of meddling in politics.

Speaking at a fringe gathering, Redwood suggested that eurosceptics would seek to destabilize pro-EU executives.

Redwood, a prominent figure within the Conservative Party’s eurosceptic wing, has warned UK-based firms to "keep out” of Britain's EU membership debate. (Reuters/Luke MacGregor)

Redwood, a prominent figure within the Conservative Party’s eurosceptic wing, has warned UK-based firms to “keep out” of Britain’s EU membership debate. (Reuters/Luke MacGregor)

“[We] will then make life difficult for them by making sure that their customers, their employees and their shareholders who disagree with them – and there will be a lot who disagree with them – will be expressing their views very forcefully and will be destabilizing their corporate governance,” he said.

Reflecting on his hawkish eurosceptic comments, Labour MP Barry Sheerman said that Redwood had “finally flipped.”

Katja Hall, deputy director-general of Britain’s most prolific business lobby CBI, also criticized Redwood’s comments.

“On an issue of such great importance to the UK’s economic future, business has both the right and duty to be involved in the debate. The vast majority of businesses are clear that Britain’s continued membership of a reformed EU is in the country’s interest,” she told RT.

Cameron has recently faced increasing pressure to harden his stance on Europe in the wake of a series of defections by eurosceptic Tories and Nigel Farage’s UK Independence Party. The defectors collectively suggested the prime minister would be unlikely to retain his promise to hold an EU membership referendum in Britain in 2017, should the Tories manage to cling to their position of power in the aftermath of Britain’s upcoming general election.

Cameron indicated on Sunday that he has not entirely ruled out Britain’s departure from the EU. “If I thought that it was not in Britain’s interests to be in the European Union, I would not argue for us to be in it,” Cameron told BBC’s The Andrew Marr Show.

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FBI: ‘ Oklahoma Man Charged with First Degree Murder in Gruesome Beheading of a Co-Worker’


#AceWorldNews – OKLAHOMA (Norman) – September 30 – An Oklahoma man who had been suspended from his job was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder in the gruesome beheading of a co-worker, who was attacked from behind as the man sought revenge, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

Alton Nolen, 30, could face the death penalty for Thursday’s deadly attack on Colleen Hufford, 54, at the Vaughan Foods plant in Moore.

' Vaughn Foods Co-worker '

‘ Vaughan Foods Co-Worker Plant in Moore’

He also faces two assault charges.

The FBI also is investigating the attack, given Nolen’s interest in beheadings and a recent surge in Middle East violence.

“There was some sort of infatuation with be-headings.

It seemed  to be related to his interest in killing someone that way,” Cleveland County Prosecutor Greg Mashburn said. “Other than that, it seemed to be related to his being suspended earlier in the day.”

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‘ US-led Coalition Hit Islamic State Near Turkish Border as Militants Hold Kobani ‘


#AceNewsServices – September 30 – U.S.-led coalition air-strikes targeted fighters, vehicles and artillery pieces of the Islamic State group on both sides of the Syria-Iraq border Tuesday, including around a beleaguered Kurdish town near the Syrian-Turkish that is under assault by the militants, activists said.

The aerial campaign, which began last week in Syria and last month in Iraq, aims to destroy the extremist faction known as the Islamic State that has seized control of a huge chunk of territory stretching from northern Syria to the western outskirts of the Iraqi capital.

Despite the coalition air-strikes, the militants have pressed their offensive on the town of Kobani, also known by its Arabic name of Ayn Arab, and surrounding villages near Syria’s border with Turkey.

The fighting has created one of the single largest exoduses in Syria’s civil war, now in its fourth year: More than 160,000 fled the area into Turkey the past few days, the U.N. humanitarian chief Valerie Amos said.

“Their fear is so great that many people crossed heavily mined fields to seek refuge,” she told the U.N. Security Council.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Tuesday’s strikes hit Islamic State fighters east and west of Kobani.

The Local Coordination Committees, another activist group, also confirmed the airstrikes on the town’s outskirts.

Both groups attributed the strikes to the U.S.-led coalition.

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