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  • #AceNewsGroup 07:02 on June 24, 2014 Permalink
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  • #AceNewsGroup 20:06 on May 6, 2014 Permalink
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    RIA NovostiOPINION: US Strangled by Budget While China Beefs Up Investment in Africa18:22 06/05/2014 The US is restricted by budgetary issues in its strive to wield influence in Africa, while China is beefing up its investment into the continent, Oded Shenkar, professor of international business at the Fisher College of Business, told RIA Novosti.>>

     

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  • #AceNewsGroup 18:44 on February 24, 2014 Permalink
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    Good evening from my UK home and to all my friends and readers of my news articles and posts, well just so you can write your news as it happens, and chat on the go, l have just launched. `Ace Friends News ‘ anyone following my news can visit this link and post in the box.

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  • #AceNewsGroup 16:37 on February 22, 2014 Permalink
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    #AceNewsDesk – #Kiev – Latest – 22 February 2014 – RT – Reuters – AP -

    12:27 GMT:
    “The decisions taken here are positive and concrete. What is important is that everything voiced here was implemented in the interests of the Ukrainian people and the entire Ukraine. What Ukraine needs now is common sense and a survival instinct,” said Evgeny Savchenko, Governor of Russia’s Belgorod region, which borders Ukraine, commenting on the Kharkov gathering.

    He added that the turmoil in Ukraine has already hurt residents of his region, who are reluctant to travel to its western neighbor and do business there.

    12:25 GMT:
    The gathering in Kharkov was attended by about 3,000 representatives of local governments, according to the governor of the Kharkov region, Mikhail Dobkin, one of the key sponsors of the event.

    Russia sent several officials in the capacity of observers to the gathering, including Aleksey Pushkov, the head of the Russian parliamentary commission on foreign affairs, Mikhail Markelov, Pushkov’s counterpart in the Council of Federation, the upper chamber of the parliament, and several governors from regions in western Russia.

    12:14 GMT:
    “The territorial integrity of Ukraine is at risk,” the gathering stated in the resolution.

    It added that instability in Ukraine is highly dangerous and may cause unpredictable consequences, considering that the country hosts five nuclear power plants with 15 reactors in total, which some extremists have threatened to attack.

    12:08 GMT:
    The resent decisions of the national parliament were taken in conditions “of terror, threats of violence and death,” the resolution says. The gathering says the legislative acts may have been passed involuntarily and are neither legitimate nor lawful.

    12:08 GMT:
    The opposition has broken the agreement with the government signed on Friday, the resolution says.

    “Armed gangs have not given over their weapons, they continue taking over governmental buildings, killing citizens and officers of the law,” it says.

    11:56 GMT:
    The Kharkov public gathering has announced a number of measures local authorities should take in response to the developments in Kiev. They should take full responsibility for all decision in respective regions, with no regard to authorities in Kiev until the constitutional order in Ukraine is restored, a resolution of the gathering says.

    The military commanders should take measures to protect arms depots and prevent their take-over and looting by radical opposition activists.

    Meanwhile citizens are encouraged to form local militias to protect public order. Local authorities are to fund and support those militias.

     
  • HAD A GOOD TIME BLOGGING 20:18 on February 20, 2014 Permalink
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    Signs That America Is Rapidly Becoming More Like Nazi Germany, EDUCATE! 


    IT PAINS me to blog this list, and while many will dismiss, many will read, many will ignore, many will be worried. I am worried. I have said for MONTHS what is happening in the USA, Hitler did to his people. Check just the headlines of each issue and ask “IS THIS SO?” Forget your political leanings and JUST FOCUS ON BEING HUMAN and being yourself and be clever and open your mind a little to understand the real and dangerous path the USA is on. I am almost done here, you guys MUST read this and ask “Are we Sheeple” Please. History has warned you. JFK warned you and died for it. The video at the bottom got that man fired. I am not saying “100% this is true” I am placing before the American people the FACTS.
    YOU DECIDE! AND DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH LIKE MR SCOTTISH DID HERE!

    #1 Nazi Germany was a totalitarian Big Brother police state that constantly monitored everything that German citizens did.
    Today, the bureaucrats that run things in the United States are also absolutely obsessed with constantly trying to monitor us. For example, there are now control freaks that inspect the lunches of preschool students in certain areas of the country in order to make sure that they contain the “right” foods….

    A preschooler at West Hoke Elementary School ate three chicken nuggets for lunch Jan. 30 because the school told her the lunch her mother packed was not nutritious.

    The girl’s turkey and cheese sandwich, banana, potato chips, and apple juice did not meet U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines, according to the interpretation of the person who was inspecting all lunch boxes in the More at Four classroom that day.

    The Division of Child Development and Early Education at the Department of Health and Human Services requires all lunches served in pre-kindergarten programs – including in-home day care centers – to meet USDA guidelines. That means lunches must consist of one serving of meat, one serving of milk, one serving of grain, and two servings of fruit or vegetables, even if the lunches are brought from home.

    #2 Nazi officials often used their positions of power to force others to do dehumanizing things.

    This is exactly what the TSA is doing today. It would be really easy to imagine some Nazi military officers forcing a young woman to walk back and forth in front of them several times so that they could admire her form. Well, that is what TSA agents are doing to American women today. The following comes from a recent Wired article….

    TSA agents in Dallas singled out female passengers to undergo screening in a body scanner, according to complaints filed by several women who said they felt the screeners intentionally targeted them to view their bodies.

    One woman who flew out of Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport several months ago said a female agent sent her through a body scanner three times after the agent commented on her “cute” body.

    #3 In Nazi Germany, even women and children were treated like dehumanized cattle.
    Well, today schoolchildren are being strip-searched all over the United States. Down in Georgia, one student was recently strip-searched by public school officials after another student falsely accused him of having marijuana.

    Another student down in Albuquerque was recently forced to strip down to his underwear while five adults watched because he had $200 in his pocket. The student was never formally charged with doing anything wrong.

    #4 In Nazi Germany, authorities could stop you and search you at any time and for any reason.
    In America that is not supposed to happen, but it is happening. Last year, TSA “VIPR teams” conducted approximately 8,000 “unannounced security screenings” at subway stations, bus terminals, seaports and highway rest stops.

    If you are not able to produce “your papers”, there is a good chance that you will get thrown into prison in America. For example, a 21-year-old college student named Samantha Zucker was recently arrested and put in a New York City jail for 36 hours just because she could not produce any identification for police.

    #5 Under Adolf Hitler, there were massive increases in government spending.
    According to eyewitness Kitty Werthmann, just about everyone was getting some sort of a handout from the German government….

    Newlyweds immediately received a $1,000 loan from the government to establish a household. We had big programs for families. All day care and education were free. High schools were taken over by the government and college tuition was subsidized. Everyone was entitled to free handouts, such as food stamps, clothing, and housing.

    Of course, as I have written about so many times before, this is the exact same thing that we are seeing in the United States today.

    #6 Under Hitler, taxes were raised dramatically in order to pay for all of these social programs.

    Kitty Werthmann says that “our tax rates went up to 80% of our income.”

    In the United States our tax rates have not gotten that bad yet, but when you total up all federal taxes, all state taxes, all local taxes, all property taxes and all sales taxes, there are a significant number of Americans that do pay more than 50% of their incomes in taxes.

    #7 The economy of Nazi Germany was very highly socialized.

    As Ludwig Von Mises once correctly observed, the German economy under Hitler was not capitalist at all….

    What Mises identified was that private ownership of the means of production existed in name only under the Nazis and that the actual substance of ownership of the means of production resided in the German government. For it was the German government and not the nominal private owners that exercised all of the substantive powers of ownership: it, not the nominal private owners, decided what was to be produced, in what quantity, by what methods, and to whom it was to be distributed, as well as what prices would be charged and what wages would be paid, and what dividends or other income the nominal private owners would be permitted to receive. The position of the alleged private owners, Mises showed, was reduced essentially to that of government pensioners.

    The United States has not gotten to the level of Nazi Germany yet, but we do have a socialist president and back in 2009 the cover of Newsweek boldly proclaimed that “We Are All Socialists Now“.

    #8 In Nazi Germany, if you conducted business outside of the socialist paradigm you were heavily punished.

    Well, the same thing is happening in the United States today. For example, the FDA has been running elaborate entrapment schemes that are designed to entrap producers of raw milk. Any “unauthorized commerce” is dealt with very strictly by the U.S. government these days.

    #9 In Nazi Germany, government regulation of business got wildly out of control.
    The following is eyewitness testimony from Kitty Werthmann….

    My brother-in-law owned a restaurant that had square tables. Government officials told him he had to replace them with round tables because people might bump themselves on the corners. Then they said he had to have additional bathroom facilities. It was just a small dairy business with a snack bar. He couldn’t meet all the demands. Soon, he went out of business.

    If the government owned the large businesses and not many small ones existed, it could be in control.

    We had consumer protection. We were told how to shop and what to buy. Free enterprise was essentially abolished. We had a planning agency specially designed for farmers. The agents would go to the farms, count the live-stock, then tell the farmers what to produce, and how to produce it.

    Of course we all know about all of the ridiculous regulations that the U.S. government is burdening businesses with today. In every day and age control freaks love to stick it to business people that are just trying to make a living.

    #10 Under Hitler, free market capitalism was absolutely hated.
    National Socialist theologian Gregor Strasser once stated the following….

    We National Socialists are enemies, deadly enemies, of the present capitalist system with its exploitation of the economically weak … and we are resolved under all circumstances to destroy this system.

    And as I have written about previously, a lot of Barack Obama’s strongest supporters are socialists and communists, and an increasing number of Americans are showing disdain for capitalism. In fact, some recent polls show that young adults in America actually have a more favorable view of socialism than they do of capitalism.

    #11 In Nazi Germany, the health care system was taken over by the government.
    The following is more eyewitness testimony from Kitty Werthmann….

    Before Hitler, we had very good medical care. Many American doctors trained at the University of Vienna . After Hitler, health care was socialized, free for everyone. Doctors were salaried by the government. The problem was, since it was free, the people were going to the doctors for everything. When the good doctor arrived at his office at 8 a.m., 40 people were already waiting and, at the same time, the hospitals were full. If you needed elective surgery, you had to wait a year or two for your turn. There was no money for research as it was poured into socialized medicine. Research at the medical schools literally stopped, so the best doctors left Austria and emigrated to other countries.

    Of course we all know what is going on in America today. The government spends nearly half of all health care dollars and Obamacare is going to mean more government control over the health care system than ever before.

    #12 Under Adolf Hitler, abortion was made “safe and legal” in Germany.

    It turns out that Hitler was a huge fan of the founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger. And as I wrote about recently, it was Sanger that once said the following….

    “The most merciful thing that a family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.”

    Hitler echoed this sentiment when he wrote the following in Mein Kampf….

    “The demand that defective people be prevented from propagating equally defective offspring. . . represents the most humane act of mankind.”

    After the Nazis came to power in 1933, abortion was very quickly legalized. By 1935 there were approximately 500,000 abortions being performed in Germany every single year.

    Yes, Hitler very much encouraged Aryan women to have as many children as possible. But he also very much viewed abortion as a way to reduce “undesirable” populations.

    Unfortunately, something very similar is happening today. Abortion clinics are often located in the “poor” part of town, and a staggering 72 percent of Planned Parenthood’s “customers” have incomes that are either equal to or beneath 150 percent of the federal poverty level.

    #13 In Nazi Germany, killing the “defective”, the “weak” and the “disabled” was considered to be a good thing because it made the German people “stronger”.
    Unfortunately, many in America today have fully embraced the eugenics principles which were so dominant in Nazi Germany.

    A 3 year old girl named Amelia was recently denied a kidney transplant because she is considered to be “mentally retarded”, and we all remember what happened to Terri Schiavo.

    Not only that, the editorial page editor of the Detroit News recently proposed putting contraceptives into the drinking water in Michigan because the state has become a “breeding ground for poverty“.

    This kind of sick thinking is rapidly spreading in America, and that is a very frightening thing.

    #14 In Nazi Germany, education was nationalized and God was kicked out of the schools.
    The following is more eyewitness testimony from Kitty Werthmann….

    Our education was nationalized. I attended a very good public school. The population was predominantly Catholic, so we had religion in our schools. The day we elected Hitler (March 13, 1938), I walked into my schoolroom to find the crucifix replaced by Hitler’s picture hanging next to a Nazi flag. Our teacher, a very devout woman, stood up and told the class we wouldn’t pray or have religion anymore. Instead, we sang Deutschland, Deutschland, Uber Alles, and had physical education.

    Unfortunately, the exact same thing is happening to U.S. public schools.

    #15 Under Adolf Hitler, God was mocked and religion was pushed out of every corner of public life.
    Just check out the following information uncovered by author Bruce Walker….

    The Nazi tract Gott und Volk was distributed in 1941, and it describes the life cycle of German youth in the future, who would: “With parties and gifts the youth will be led painlessly from one faith to the other and will grow up without ever having heard of the Sermon on the Mount or the Golden Rule, to say nothing of the Ten Commandments… The education of the youth is to be confined primarily by the teacher, the officer, and the leaders of the party. The priests will die out. They have estranged the youth from the Volk. Into their places will step the leaders. Not deputies of God. But anyway the best Germans. And how shall we train our children? Thus, as though they had never heard of Christianity!”

    Once again, this parallels what we are seeing happen in America today. Last year, a high school student in Southern California was suspended for two days because he had private conversations with his classmates during which he discussed Christianity. He was also banned from bringing his Bible to school ever again.

    For many more examples of this phenomenon, please see this article: “18 Examples Of How Christians Are Being Specifically Targeted By Big Brother“.

    #16 Adolf Hitler fully embraced the theory of evolution, and Darwinism provided the intellectual foundation for much of Nazism.
    At a Nazi Party rally in Nuremberg in 1933, Hitler declared that “higher race subjects to itself a lower race . . .a right which we see in nature and which can be regarded as the sole conceivable right“.

    Hitler was obsessed with the “survival of the fittest” and he took this theory to its logical extremes. The following is how one author put it….

    “Hitler was influenced above all by the theories of the nineteenth-century social Darwinist school, whose conception of man as biological material was bound up with impulses towards a planned society. He was convinced that the race was disintegrating, deteriorating through faulty breeding as a result of a liberally tinged promiscuity that was vitiating the nation’s blood. And this led to the establishment of a catalogue of ‘positive’ curative measures: racial hygiene, eugenic choice of marriage partners, the breeding of human beings by the methods of selection on the one hand and extirpation on the other”

    But of course we have no problem with teaching this flawed theory to our children in the public schools of America today.

    Haven’t we learned anything from history?

    #17 Under Adolf Hitler, the state started taking over the job of child care.
    The following is more eyewitness testimony from Kitty Werthmann….

    When the mothers had to go out into the work force, the government immediately established child care centers. You could take your children ages 4 weeks to school age and leave them there around-the-clock, 7 days a week, under the total care of the government. The state raised a whole generation of children. There were no motherly women to take care of the children, just people highly trained in child psychology.

    Of course this is exactly what is happening in America today. Children are raised by day care centers and public schools, and most parents spend very little time with their own children.

    #18 In Nazi Germany, it became fashionable to mock Christians and the Christian faith.
    The following is more from author Bruce Walker….

    By 1935, the virulently anti-Christian leader of the Hitler Youth, Baldur von Shirach issued a regulation that prohibited any child from belonging simultaneously to a church youth group and the Hitler Youth, and gradually membership in the Hitler Youth became almost obligatory – parents were told that their children would not get jobs in the civil service unless they belonged to the Hitler Youth and employers were told not to hire children who did not belong to the Hitler Youth. Christian schoolchildren who did not belong to the Hitler Youth or its female counterpart were routinely beaten up by young Nazi thugs.

    Boys inducted into the Hitler Youth were required to explicitly reject Christianity by oaths like this: “German blood and Christian baptismal water are completely incompatible.” At Hitler Youth center at Halle, was the following prominent statement: “The Faith fanatics, who still to-day slide down on their knees with faces uplifted to heaven, waste their time in churchgoing and prayers, and have not yet understood that they are living on the earth and that therefore their task is of a thoroughly earthly kind. All we Hitler people can still only look with the greatest contempt on those young people who still run to their silly Evangelical or Catholic Churches in order to vent their quite superstitious religious feelings.”

    Those that believe that the Nazis embraced Christianity are delusional. The following are direct quotes out of Hitler Youth training manuals….

    “Christianity is a religion of slaves and fools.”

    “How did Christ die? Whining at the Cross!”

    “The Ten Commandments represent the lowest instincts of man.”

    “Christianity is merely a cloak for Judaism.”

    This is definitely where things are going in America today. Our television shows and our movies regularly mock Christians and they are always portrayed as the “bad guys”.

    In addition, the name of Jesus is rapidly becoming a forbidden word. Some U.S. courts have even ruled that it is unconstitutional to use the name of “Jesus Christ” during any official government meeting. The following comes from a recent WorldNetDaily article….

    But the American Civil Liberties Union and Americans United for Separation of Church and State are standing by their victory in a U.S. circuit court decision that states even “a solitary reference to Jesus Christ” in invocations before the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners’ meetings could do “violence to the pluralistic and inclusive values that are a defining feature of American public life.”

    #19 Under Adolf Hitler, sexual promiscuity was actually encouraged.
    The following is more eyewitness testimony from Kitty Werthmann….

    My mother was very unhappy. When the next term started, she took me out of public school and put me in a convent. I told her she couldn’t do that and she told me that someday when I grew up, I would be grateful. There was a very good curriculum, but hardly any fun no sports, and no political indoctrination. I hated it at first but felt I could tolerate it. Every once in a while, on holidays, I went home. I would go back to my old friends and ask what was going on and what they were doing. Their loose lifestyle was very alarming to me. They lived without religion. By that time unwed mothers were glorified for having a baby for Hitler. It seemed strange to me that our society changed so suddenly. As time went along, I realized what a great deed my mother did so that I wasn’t exposed to that kind of humanistic philosophy.

    Of course the exact same thing is happening in America today. If you doubt that your tax dollars are going to promote sexual promiscuity, then I have a video for you to watch. It is a video from the American Life League, and you can view it right here. DO NOT let any children watch this video. It is done by a pro-life organization but it is very graphic. I have posted a link to it because it is imperative that parents understand what is really going on out there. But please be warned that it is very, very graphic.

    #20 Once the Nazis took power, they rapidly implemented gun control legislation and later on they took all of the guns away from the populace.
    Kitty Werthmann remembers very well what happened in Austria under the Nazis….

    Next came gun registration. People were getting injured by guns. Hitler said that the real way to catch criminals (we still had a few) was by matching serial numbers on guns. Most citizens were law abiding and dutifully marched to the police station to register their firearms. Not long after-wards, the police said that it was best for everyone to turn in their guns. The authorities already knew who had them, so it was futile not to comply voluntarily.

    Last year, more than 10 million guns were sold in the United States, but gun control legislation continues to become even more strict, and it is only a matter of time before the federal government tries to disarm the U.S. population completely.

    #21 Under the Nazis, large numbers of children were taken away from good families.
    The following is more from author Bruce Walker….

    Parents who resisted Nazi anti-Christian indoctrination too strongly simply had their children taken away from them. The Nazis even forbade parents to give their children Christian names and ordered babies instead to be given names like Dietrich, Otto or Siegfried. The home teaching of Christianity by parents in the home was forbidden. Not content with simply driving Christianity out of public schools, Himmler banned all Confessing Church seminaries and instruction in 1937 and he closed all private religious schools two years later.

    Doesn’t this sound exactly like where America is headed?

    In many states, CPS (“child protective services”) has become one of the most feared government agencies. All over the nation, thousands upon thousands of children have been removed from good homes because the parents were not raising them “correctly”.

    You can read about one particularly bad CPS horror story right here.

    #22 Under Adolf Hitler, society became very highly militarized.
    Of course we are seeing the same thing in the U.S. right now.

    Sadly, this is even happening to our public schools. According to blogger Alexander Higgins, students in kindergarten and the 1st grade in the state of New Jersey are now required by law to participate “in monthly anti-terrorism drills”. The following is an excerpt from a letter that he recently received from the school where his child attends….

    Each month a school must conduct one fire drill and one security drill which may be a lockdown, bomb threat, evacuation, active shooter, or shelter-in place drill. All schools are now required by law to implement this procedure.

    This is the kind of thing that a sicko like Adolf Hitler would try to do, and it is not good for our children.

    #23 In Nazi Germany, the prisons were absolutely packed.
    Right now, the United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world by far and the largest total prison population on the entire globe by far.

    Even children are being arrested in alarming numbers. In a previous article, I described how one 12-year-old girl down in Texas was recently arrested for spraying herself with perfume and how police were recently sent out to collect an overdue library book from a 5-year-old girl in Massachusetts.

    #24 Under Adolf Hitler, there was basically no freedom of speech.
    In the United States today we are told that we still have freedom of speech, but that freedom is being “chilled” in thousands of different ways.

    For example, the FBI is now admittedly recording Internet talk radio programs all over the United States. The following comes from a recent article by Mark Weaver of WMAL.com….

    If you call a radio talk show and get on the air, you might be recorded by the FBI.

    The FBI has awarded a $524,927 contract to a Virginia company to record as much radio news and talk programming as it can find on the Internet.

    The FBI says it is not playing big brother by policing the airwaves, but rather seeking access to what airs as potential evidence.

    So please speak freely on talk radio. Just realize that the feds will be recording every single word.

    #25 Under Adolf Hitler, paranoia was standard operating procedure.
    In Nazi Germany, every citizen was a potential threat and everyone had to be constantly watched for suspicious activity.

    Of course the exact same thing is happening in America today. Just about anything you do can get you labeled as a “potential terrorist” by the government.

    According to a new DHS report, the following are some of the beliefs and ideologies of potential terrorists….

    -”fiercely nationalistic (as opposed to universal and international in orientation)”

    -”anti-global”

    -”suspicious of centralized federal authority”

    -”reverent of individual liberty”

    -”believe in conspiracy theories”

    -”a belief that one’s personal and/or national “way of life” is under attack”

    -”a belief in the need to be prepared for an attack either by participating in paramilitary preparations and training or survivalism”

    -”impose strict religious tenets or laws on society (fundamentalists)”

    -”insert religion into the political sphere”

    -”those who seek to politicize religion”

    -”supported political movements for autonomy”

    -”anti-abortion”

    -”anti-Catholic”

    -”anti-nuclear”

    And the definition of “suspicious activity” has become so broad in America that it pretty much covers 100% of us. In 2012, the following activities are considered to be “suspicious” by the FBI….

    -shielding your computer screen from others

    -paying with cash

    -acting “nervous”

    -using multiple cell phones

    -requesting a specific room at a hotel

    -traveling with a large amount of luggage

    -refusing maid service at a hotel

    -staying in your room for too long

    -changing your appearance

    In addition, the U.S. government has decided that it would be a really good idea for all of us to spy on one another. The “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign looks like it could have been pulled right out of a Gestapo security handbook.

    But America is not supposed to be about spying on one another and reporting each other to the secret police.

    America is supposed to be about liberty and freedom.

    Recently, Fox News made a really bad decision by cancelling Freedom Watch. Judge Andrew Napolitano was one of the few voices on television that was still standing up for individual liberty.

    As we think about how the Nazification of America has progressed, let the things that Judge Napolitano said on his last show echo in our minds. Video from that show is posted below….

    http://prayingforoneday.wordpress.com/?s=FEMA

     
  • HAD A GOOD TIME BLOGGING 18:30 on February 20, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: Ajit Pai, , , Goverment Researchers To Be Placed in U.S. Newsrooms, grave danger it presented to the First Amendment., News owned by USA Govenment, , The FCC Plan To Police The Newsrooms   

    Goverment Researchers To Be Placed in U.S. Newsrooms. 


    The FCC Plan To Police The Newsrooms

    If proof was EVER needed the USA is turning into a police state, well this is it, it CAN’T be denied. Forget left, right, blue, red, this is WRONG. First Amendment: The FCC has cooked up a plan to place “researchers” in U.S. newsrooms, supposedly to learn all about how editorial decisions are made. Any questions as to why the U.S. is falling in the free press rankings?
    As if illegal seizures of Associated Press phone records and the shadowy tailing of the mother of a Fox News reporter weren’t menacing enough, the Obama administration is going out of its way to institute a new intrusive surveillance of the press, as if the press wasn’t supine enough.
    Ajit Pai, a commissioner with the Federal Communications Commission, warned this week in a Wall Street Journal op-ed that a plan to dispatch researchers into radio, television and even newspaper newsrooms called the “Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs” is still going forward, despite the grave danger it presented to the First Amendment.US-President-Barack-Obama-looks-through-binoculars-towards-North-Korea-from-Observation-Post-Ouellette-in-South-Korea-772222
    Pai warned that under the rationale of increasing minority representation in newsrooms, the FCC, which has the power to issue or not issue broadcasting licenses, would dispatch its “researchers” to newsrooms across America to seek their “voluntary” compliance about how news stories are decided, as well as “wade into office politics” looking for angry reporters whose story ideas were rejected as evidence of a shutout of minority views.
    Pai questioned if such a study could really be voluntary, given FCC’s conflict of interest (and, he might have added, the Obama record of going after political opponents).
    The origin of the idea is a recrudescence of the Fairness Doctrine, inoperative since 1987 or so, to provide equal time to leftist points of view in broadcasting and other media that otherwise wouldn’t have a willing audience in a free market.
    190214newsIt’s an idea so fraught with potential for abuse it ought to have news agencies screaming bloody murder. The very idea of Obama hipsters showing up in newsrooms, asking questions and judging if newspapers (over which they have no jurisdiction), radio and TV are sufficiently diverse is nothing short of thought control.
    But the reaction from the National Association of Broadcasters was mealy-mouthed. The FCC “should reconsider” “qualitative” sections of its study, it wrote.
    The FCC now says it will be “closely reviewing the proposed research design to determine if an alternative approach is merited,” as a result of Pai’s warning. Adweek actually reported that as a “retreat.”
    It’s because of this don’t-rock-the-boat attitude that Reporters Without Borders said the U.S. had “one of the most significant declines” in press freedom in the world last year, dropping 13 places to a wretched 46th in its newly released global ranking. If the FCC has its way, it can drop even further. A FCC plan to police the newsrooms ? monitoring-news-oulets

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  • #AceNewsGroup 15:34 on February 19, 2014 Permalink
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    #AceNewsDesk says meanwhile, the fire raging in the House of Trade Unions has apparently gone out, but the smoke keeps issuing from several charred floors.

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    16:06 GMT:
    The United States and the European Union are discussing the possibility of imposing sanctions on Ukraine “to try create conditions for compromise,” Reuters reports citing US Secretary of State John Kerry.

    15:45 GMT:
    Nearly 800 people have been injured in violent clashes in Kiev, including 392 law enforcement officers, the deputy chief investigator of the Ukrainian Interior Ministry, Oleg Tatarov, told foreign ambassadors at a Wednesday meeting. He added that 83 of the injured officers have been hospitalized with serious gunshot wounds.

    15:29 GMT:
    The US imposed sanctions on Ukraine on Wednesday, having canceled visas for several officials, who supposedly were connected with the use of force in central Kiev, according to the US Ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt.

    15:29 GMT:
    Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski says he is heading to Ukraine on Wednesday on behalf of the European Union.

    14:33 GMT:
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the imminent threat of sanctions against the Ukrainian government was meant to show Kiev that the European Union is serious about the need for a return to political dialogue.

    “When (EU) foreign ministers meet tomorrow in Brussels they must talk about which specific sanctions should be imposed to show we are serious that the political process must resume…,” she told a news conference with French leader Francois Hollande, adding that it was necessary to talk to both the opposition and Viktor Yanukovich’s government to help bring peace to Ukraine. (Reuters)

    14:23 GMT:

    The responsibility for the deadly riots in Ukraine lies not with extremists alone, but also with the leaders of the Ukrainian opposition and some Western politicians, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said.

    14:12 GMT:

    Rioters have captured and beaten the governor of the western Volyn Oblast, Aleksandr Bashkalenko, and are demanding that he resigns. According to reports in Ukrainian media, Bashkalenko was handcuffed to a stage in front of a crowd of about 10,000 people and was doused with cold water but refused to sign his resignation. Earlier, he was beaten for refusing to kneel before the people, but a group of organized rioters averted a lynching by the angry mob by taking the governor into a police station.

    14:04 GMT:

    Ukraine’s security service has announced it is launching a counter-terror operation, RIA Novosti reports. The service that said radicals have seized over 1,500 firing arms and 100,000 bullets in the last 24 hours.

    13:56 GMT:
    In the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius, people are lighting candles to commemorate the victims of the deadly clashes in Kiev.

    13:45 GMT:

    Smoke is covering no man’s land between the crowd of protesters on Independence Square (Maidan) and the police cordons. Protesters are burning tires as riot police constantly regroup behind the lines of interior troops surrounding the square. A spurt of water can be seen firing in the direction of the barricades.

     
  • #AceNewsGroup 14:09 on February 19, 2014 Permalink
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    #AceNewsDesk says Embattled Ukraine: Kiev’s vicious Cycle of Violence Rages, as one protester says -You want to see Hell On Earth’ well Independence Square’ is where it is Happening”

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    13:20 GMT:
    The European Investment Bank (EIB) said on Wednesday it had frozen its activities in Ukraine after at least 26 people died in the worst violence since the former Soviet republic gained independence. “For the time being the situation is so cruel that it would be politically the wrong signal, but also irresponsible vis-a-vis the people we asked to do the job, to be active on business in Ukraine,” EIB President Werner Hoyer told a news conference. [REUTERS]

    13:03 GMT:
    All sides in the Ukrainian conflict must exercise maximum restraint, UN human rights chief, Navi Pillay, said on Wednesday.

    “I reiterate my call for respect for the right to peaceful assembly, as provided under international human rights law, to be respected. I also call for an urgent and independent investigation to establish facts and responsibilities, including the possible use of excessive force, and to ensure accountability for these deadly clashes,” Pillay said in a statement.

    13:00 GMT:
    At least 751 people have been injured in the latest surge of violence in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, Itar-Tass quotes Interior Ministry officials as saying. Since Tuesday, 26 people have been killed in clashes, including 10 police officers, with many of the victims perishing from gunshot wounds.

    12:39 GMT:
    Forty criminal cases have been launched and 58 people detained all in all following the latest violence that’s gripped Kiev, according to the Ukrainian Interior Ministry.

    12:34 GMT:
    Crimean MPs are considering bringing up the question of returning the peninsula to Russia if the escalation of violence in the country continues.

    The local deputy of the ruling Party of Regions, Nikolay Kolisnichenko, has addressed the Supreme Council of the autonomous republic saying that “if the situation in Ukraine is not resolved, we as deputies must raise the issue of returning Crimea to Russia,” local media quotes the MP as saying.

    The Crimean peninsula was transferred from the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic to the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic in 1954. Following the breakup of the Soviet Union, Russia continued to lease part of the ex-Soviet naval base in Sevastopol for its Black Sea Fleet. According to the latest 2001 survey, 58.5 percent of the Crimean population is Russian.

     
  • #AceNewsGroup 12:25 on February 19, 2014 Permalink
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    #AceNewsDesk says Embattled Ukraine: Kiev’s vicious Cycle of Violence Rages, as one protester says -You want to see Hell On Earth' wellIndependence Square’ is where it is Happening”

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    12:00 GMT:
    Up the hill from the Kiev’s Independence Square, the protesters receive medical treatment and are given shelter at St. Michael’s Cathedral, which has been turned into a makeshift hospital and refuge.

     
  • Kev 20:12 on February 1, 2014 Permalink
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  • #AceNewsGroup 16:21 on January 31, 2014 Permalink
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    #AceNewsDesk : ” Headlines – 31 January 2014 – 11.00 GMT” 


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    Israeli soldiers shoot 10 Palestinians at West Bank demo – reports

    Israeli soldiers have shot and wounded 10 Palestinians near the West Bank town of Ramallah on Friday, Palestinian medics and security sources said. The Palestinians were hit by live rounds on the outskirts of Jalazun refugee camp when hundreds protested over the killing of a teenager, AFP reported. The wounded were hospitalized in Ramallah, one with serious injuries. Many of protesters hurled rocks at the soldiers. The Israeli Army said Mohammed Mubarak, 19, who was working on a project funded by USAID, was shot dead on Wednesday near a Jewish settlement outside Ramallah after having opened fire at them.

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    More than 800,000 Malians starving – humanitarian groups

    More than 800,000 Malians are desperate for food while another 3 million risk going without meals, 11 humanitarian groups warned Friday. “The number of vulnerable people facing a new food crisis is likely to double if the needs identified are not met quickly,” said Franck Vannetelle, director of Action Against Hunger in Mali. An Islamist insurgency and the after-effects of a food crisis in 2012, combined with poor recent harvests have limited access to basic supplies for the most vulnerable, AFP said.

    Al-Qaeda militants attacked a military checkpoint in the city of Shibam in southeastern Yemen 13:52

    Al-Qaeda militants kill 15 soldiers in Yemen – reports

    Suspected Al-Qaeda militants attacked a military checkpoint in the city of Shibam in southeastern Yemen and killed 15 soldiers Friday, a security source told AFP.“Unknown armed men suspected to be from Al-Qaeda attacked an army checkpoint in Shibam, killing 15 soldiers and wounding several others,” the official said. Casualties among the attackers were also reported.

    Brize Norton Royal Air Force base in Britain.13:15

    Cameron praises Hollande’s new economic policies

    British Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday praised President Francois Hollande’s moves to boost the struggling French economy. The two met at Brize Norton Royal Air Force base in Britain. The plans Hollande recently announced to cut taxes on business, reduce employment costs and remove unnecessary regulation are “the right way to boost investment and create jobs,” AFP quoted Cameron as saying after the summit.

    Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.12:32

    Nearly 1,900 killed in Syria since talks in Switzerland began – Observatory

    Nearly 1,900 people have been killed in Syria since peace talks opened in Switzerland on January 22, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. It said on Friday that at least 498 civilians were among those killed in the fighting. The group said 646 mainstream or Islamist rebels had been killed in fighting with government forces or the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. The Geneva 2 talks between the government and opposition delegations are due to wrap up later Friday after a first round produced no visible signs of progress.

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    Maine court says school violated rights of transgender student

    School officials violated state anti-discrimination law when they would not allow a transgender fifth-grader to use the girls’ bathroom, AP reported, citing Maine’s highest court’s ruling. The family of student Nicole Maines and the Maine Human Rights Commission sued in 2009 after school officials required her to use a staff, not student, restroom. The court said the Orono school district‘s actions violated the Maine Human Rights Act, which bans discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. A lower court’s ruling that the district acted within its discretion was overturned.

    Philippines Army, 11:16

    Child soldiers among 53 rebels killed by Philippines troops

    Three child soldiers recruited by hard-line Muslim rebels were among 53 people killed in a week of fighting with the Philippines Army, the military said on Friday. The offensive against members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) group in the southern island of Mindanao had resulted in the deaths of 52 rebels, including the children, and one soldier, AFP quoted regional spokesman Colonel Dickson Hermoso as saying. “They are employing child soldiers with guns and camouflage uniforms. When we encounter them, we cannot discriminate if they are children or not,” he said.

    syria-chemical-weapons10:25

    June deadline to destroy Syrian chem weapons realistic – Russian diplomat

    The June 30 deadline for the destruction of Syria’s chemical arsenal remains “completely realistic” despite delays, Interfax quoted Mikhail Ulyanov, head of the Russian Foreign Ministry‘s security and disarmament department, as saying on Friday. He blamed delays on security issues on the road to the port of Latakia and said there had been “insufficient” technical support from the international community.

    Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif talks with European Union foreign policy chief Ashton after a ceremony at the United Nations in Geneva09:43

    Iran nuclear talks with 6 powers set for Feb. 18 in New York – Moscow

    Talks between Iran and six world powers on a deal for Tehran to curb parts of its nuclear program in exchange for easing sanctions will be held in New York on February 18, Mikhail Ulyanov, head of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s security and disarmament department, said Friday. “The next meeting at the level of ‘political directors’ will take place Feb. 18 in New York,” Interfax quoted the diplomat as saying.

     

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  • #AceNewsGroup 10:52 on January 31, 2014 Permalink
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    #AceNewsDesk : ” World News – Headlines – 31 January 2014″ 


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    Up to 17,000 smuggled into US annually to work in sex trade or as forced labor – report

    Some 14,000 to 17,000 people are smuggled illegally into the US every year to work in the sex trade or in factories, farms and bars as forced labour, according to the Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking. The group is calling for greater government controls on the recruiters who lure vulnerable people to the US, AFP reported. The House of Representatives is preparing to consider legislation seeking to require foreign hirers to be registered with the Labor Department. Foreign labor contractors will also have to provide the names of the employers and recruiters and a signed contract.

    08:59

    3 wounded in northern Lebanon by rocket fire from Syria

    Three people were wounded in the northern Lebanese border town of Mashta Hammoud by rocket fire from Syria on Friday, according to security sources. At least four rockets launched from across the border struck the outskirts of Mashta Hammoud in the northern province of Akkar at 6am, the Daily Star newspaper reported. The spillover from Syria’s war has raised tensions in Lebanon.

    English: HELMAND PROVINCE, Islamic Republic of...

    English: HELMAND PROVINCE, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan – Soldiers from the Afghan National Army relax after a patrol in Marjah, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Feb. 14, 2010.The ANA soldiers and Marines from 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, have been conducting Operation Moshtarak to eliminate Taliban presence and intimidation from the city of Marjah. (Official Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tommy Bellegarde) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

    07:32

    Afghan policeman killed as Taliban attack 3 checkpoints

    The Taliban have attacked three police checkpoints overnight in the southern province of Helmand, killing one officer, AP reported. At least 13 insurgent fighters were killed in the gun battles that followed the checkpoint attacks, police chief of Marjah district, Zamaria Zarak, said on Friday.

    06:27

    US cancels funds for Afghan opinion polls as election nears

    The US has cancelled funding for opinion polls in the run-up to Afghanistan’s presidential election, Reuters reported. In December, initial poll triggered accusations of US attempts to manipulate the outcome. The US-funded group Democracy International said it and other similar organizations had planned to carry out opinion polls as Afghanistan prepares for the April 5 election. Some electoral authorities and candidates’ camps “suggested that there was… a perception that the polling results were somehow biased,” a US embassy spokesman in Kabul said. In order to avoid any “baseless perception” of US interference, a decision was taken to forgo additional US-funded polling.

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    English: Logo of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

    00:42

    ​Over a third of world’s school-age children cannot read – UN report

    At least 250 million of the world’s 650 million primary-school-age children cannot read, write or perform basic mathematics, according to a new UN report released Wednesday. The report found about 130 million in primary school have not reached basic learning levels, and around 120 million have spent little or no time in a classroom, including 57 million children who do not attend school at all. The cost of a lack of learning for 250 million children around the world costs governments around US$129 billion per year. The report was conducted by an independent research team for the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

     

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  • #AceNewsGroup 10:50 on January 30, 2014 Permalink
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    #AceNewsDesk : “World News – Headlines – 30 January 2014″ 


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    EU will agree next month to deepen relations with Cuba09:36

    EU to begin talks with Cuba on cooperation accord

    The EU will agree the next month to deepen relations with Cuba in the most significant overture to the communist island since the bloc lifted diplomatic sanctions in 2008, Reuters reported, citing its sources. On February 10, foreign ministers from EU countries will give the go-ahead to launch talks with Havana on a special cooperation accord. The pact, aimed at increasing trade, investment and dialogue on human rights, could be agreed by the end of 2015. “Cuba wants capital and the EU wants influence,” said one source involved in the talks.

    Cleric who supported the Afghan Taliban has been shot dead in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta,08:51

    Gunmen shoot dead influential pro-Taliban cleric in Pakistan

    An influential cleric who supported the Afghan Taliban has been shot dead in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta, officials said Thursday. “Two unknown gunmen on a motorcycle” shot dead Maulana Abdullah Zakiri as he was on his way to a mosque Wednesday night,” senior police official Abdul Razzaq told AFP. Zakiri had lived in Quetta for a long time and had no known disputes with anyone. However, his family has accused Afghan intelligence services of his murder.

    Saudi Arabia is expected to give Egypt up to $4 billion08:26

    Egypt to receive up to $4bn more aid from Saudi Arabia – report

    Saudi Arabia is expected to give Egypt up to $4 billion in additional aid in the form of central bank deposits and petroleum products, Reuters said. State-run Egyptian newspaper Al Ahram reported Thursday that the package would be worked out during a visit next week to Riyadh by Egypt’s interim prime minister, Hazem el-Beblawi. Funds from Gulf Arab states have kept Egypt’s economy afloat during the recent political turmoil, which has hit investment and tourism hard.

    British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Thursday that his country will accept the most vulnerable Syrian refugees07:49

    UK to accept vulnerable Syrian refugees – Hague

    British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Thursday that his country will accept the most vulnerable Syrian refugees this year. Hague said in the Philippine capital, Manila, that the details were still being worked out, did not specify a number of the refugees, AP reported. However, he said that Britain would prioritize displaced Syrians who have been exposed to the horrors of the conflict, including victims of sexual violence.

    Head of Jamaat-e-Islami party, Motiur Ra07:32

    Bangladesh court sentences top Islamist, 13 others to death for arms smuggling

    A Bangladesh court on Thursday sentenced 14 people to death over an arms smuggling racket 10 years ago, AFP reported. Those convicted include the leader of the country’s largest Islamist party, the Jamaat-e-Islami party. “The judge sentenced 14 people including Motiur Rahman Nizami, to death on smuggling charges,”prosecutor Kamal Uddin Ahmed said.

    10 killed as mob attacks India village in land dispute06:52

    10 killed as mob attacks India village in land dispute

    A mob armed with shotguns attacked a remote village in northeast India, killing at least 10 people in a land dispute, police said Thursday. The attackers fired indiscriminately Wednesday evening in Chauldhua village in the densely forested area in northern Assam state, AP reported, citing witnesses. The gunmen came from neighboring Arunachal Pradesh state, police said. The dispute dates back to 1987, when Arunachal Pradesh state was created and the village was declared to be in Assam.

    Suicide car bomber kills 2 officers in east Afghanistan06:21

    Suicide car bomber kills 2 officers in east Afghanistan

    A suicide car bomber has attacked a police facility in the country’s east, killing two officers, AP reported. The attacker targeted a police and intelligence compound in the Nangarhar province’s Pachir Wagam district early on Thursday morning, said Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, a spokesman in the province. Three members of the security forces were injured in the attack. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in an emailed statement.

    scarlett-johansson-steps-down-as-oxfam-ambassador05:08

    ​Johansson breaks with humanitarian group Oxfam over Israeli settlement boycott

    Actress Scarlett Johansson has decided to end her eight-year tenure as ambassador for Oxfam International, a prominent group fighting against poverty and injustice, saying she does not endorse the group’s boycott of Israeli settlements in occupied territories. Oxfam opposes all trade with the settlements, saying their existence is illegal and violates Palestinians’ rights. Johansson recently came under fire for signing on as the first global brand ambassador of SodaStream, a company maintaining a large factory in an Israeli settlement in the West Bank.

    ​Latin America and Caribbean to become ‘zone of peace’01:27

    ​Latin America and Caribbean to become ‘zone of peace’

    The Community of Latin American and Caribbean States bloc has signed a resolution declaring the region a “zone of peace”. The 33 nations thus pledged to resolve regional disputes without the use of force in respect to another. The measure was approved on the final day of a summit of Western Hemisphere nations, minus the United States and Canada.

    EU agrees on accord to normalize relations with Cuba00:01

    ​EU agrees on accord to normalize relations with Cuba – source

    EU states have agreed on the “whole package” for a new accord with Cuba aimed at normalizing relations with the communist state and encourage reforms and strengthen the human rights in the country, an EU source told AFP. The text of the agreement will be discussed among EU foreign Ministers next month. The bloc suspended ties with Cuba in 2003 after a crackdown on 75 dissidents, which have all now been released from jail.

     

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  • #AceNewsGroup 10:43 on January 29, 2014 Permalink
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    Three Killed in Karachi

    3 members of Pakistan security forces killed in separate Karachi attacks

    Three members of Pakistan’s security forces have been killed in separate attacks in the southern city of Karachi, AP reported. Assailants threw a grenade at a vehicle carrying paramilitary rangers in the Nazimabad neighborhood of Karachi on Wednesday, killing one of them, senior police officer Amir Farooqi said. Minutes later, a roadside bomb wounded three security personnel in the same area. A suicide bomber blew himself up about an hour later, outside the headquarters of the paramilitary rangers, killing one ranger and a private guard.

    Formula One champion Michael Schumacher is still being kept in a medically-induced coma,

    Schumacher put into phase of ‘gradual awakening’ – reports

    Formula One championMichael Schumacher is still being kept in a medically induced coma, the BBC reported, citing his manager. He remains in a stable condition after a skiing accident on December 29, and a leading British neurosurgeon suggested Schumacher could still make a full recovery. Meanwhile, doctors at the Neurosurgery Department at a hospital in Grenoble cited positive changes in Schumacher’s condition. L’Equipe newspaper reported that Schumacher was placed into the phase of “gradual awakening.” Doctors say it is too early to diagnose his recovery at this stage.

    37 hardline Islamic fighters have been killed in a two-day offensive against insurgents, a Philippine military official

    Philippine military says 37 rebels killed in offensive

    At least 37 hardline Islamic fighters have been killed in a two-day offensive against insurgents, a Philippine military official said Wednesday. The militants are opposed to a new peace deal between the government and the main Muslim rebel group. Regional military spokesman Col. Dickson Hermoso said that 12 of the slain rebels of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement have been identified in a village in southern Maguindanao province, AP reported. However, rebel spokesman Abu Misry disputed the military report, saying that no one was killed and only seven of fighters have been wounded in army shelling and helicopter rocket fire. One soldier died and several were wounded Tuesday by home-made bombs hidden around a mosque.

    Beijing court convicted two anti-graft campaigners on Wednesday

    2 anti-graft activists convicted in China

    A Beijing court convicted two anti-graft campaigners on Wednesday for their roles in a protest urging officials to reveal their assets. Hou Xin and Yuan Dong were convicted on a charge of “gathering a crowd to disturb public order.” Yuan was sentenced to one-and-a-half years in prison, but Hou escaped a jail term, Reuters said. The ruling is part of the government’s 10-month drive on the ‘New Citizens’ Movement’, which advocates working within the system to press for change. The new convictions came three days after movement founder Xu Zhiyong, one of China’s most prominent rights activists, was sentenced to four years in prison.

    Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan visits Iran

    ​Turkish PM visits Iran to talk trade, Syria

    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is visiting Iran in a bid to mend relations strained by the Syrian civil war, in which Ankara and Tehran have been supporting opposing parties. The PM has arrived on Tuesday evening accompanied by his foreign, energy and economy ministers, marking what Iranian government described as a new phase of contact. He will meet Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

     

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  • #AceNewsGroup 10:44 on January 28, 2014 Permalink
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    #AceNewsDesk :`Headlines – 28 January 2014′ 


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    A policeman detains a squatter during clashes at a squatter district in Quezon city08:10

    Shots fired at Thai army facility where PM Shinawatra holds meeting

    Shots were fired at a Thai army facility in north Bangkok on Tuesday where Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was holding meetings, Reuters reported. Two people were injured, said Chumpol Jumsai, an anti-government protest leader. “Someone fired shots. One protester was hurt and the man who fired the shots was hurt, too,”Chumpol said. Yingluck was meeting members of the country’s Election Commission on Tuesday. The commission says the country is too unstable to hold an election on February 2.

    Authorities in eastern China announced a ban Tuesday on live poultry sales07:21

    Poultry trading halted in eastern China after new H7N9 cases

    Authorities in eastern China announced a ban Tuesday on live poultry sales. The move followed an increase in the number of people infected with the H7N9 strain of bird flu. The virus has killed 19 people in China so far this year out of 96 infections, AP quoted Feng Zijian, the deputy director of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, as saying. More than 50 cases had been reported a week ago, and most cases have been linked to contact with poultry. The jump in cases comes during the 40-day travel period around Chinese New Year.

    Japanese Government to Review Terrirtorial Waters Rights with South Korea06:30

    Japan revising teaching manuals to emphasize territorial claims

    The Japanese government is revising official teaching manuals to emphasize territorial rights to the islands disputed with China and South Korea, AP reported. Tuesday’s decision is to reflect the government’s official view on the territorial claims, according to the Education Ministry. The revision affects ministry-issued teaching manuals for junior high and high school social classes, but the manuals are not legally binding. The manuals currently in use do not mention the Japan-claimed East China Sea islands, which are also claimed by China. Officials also say and the reference to the Japan-claimed islands held by South Korea in the Sea of Japan is “too soft.”

    Senate Agriculture committees announced Monday a bipartisan deal on a new farm bill02:39

    ​US farm bill deal proposes 1% cut to food stamps, continues big subsidies

    After a two-year fight, the US House and Senate Agriculture committees announced Monday a bipartisan deal on a new farm bill that proposes a one percent cut to funding for food stamps while continuing to heavily subsidize major crops. The legislation is expected to cost around $100 billion a year over five years, a cut of around $2.3 billion a year from current spending levels, AP reported. The measure would cut $800 million per year, or one percent, from the $80 billion-a-year food stamp program – a decrease from House legislation that proposed a five percent decrease, yet more than the Senate’s $400 million cut. The bill released Monday also proposes a work-requirement test program for food stamp recipients in 10 states. The farm bill also continues generous subsidies for major crops like corn, soybeans, wheat, rice, and cotton, though many subsidies will shift to an insurance program, requiring farmers to take losses before any payout. Powerful meat and poultry groups said they will not support the legislation, given that the bill’s language does not delay a country-of-origin labeling program they have opposed. House GOP leaders have said they will support the deal made with the Democratic-led Senate.

    00:04

    19 people die from H7N9 virus in China as infections rise

    The H7N9 bird flu virus has killed 19 people in China this year. The total number of human infections now stands at 96, the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention announced. China has also banned live fowl trading in some areas, following more reports of the H7N9 infection in several provinces, Xinhua reported. On Monday evening, Hong Kong’s health authority confirmed a H7N9 case at a local market. It plans to slaughter about 20,000 birds to curb the infection from spreading.

     

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  • #AceNewsGroup 16:33 on January 27, 2014 Permalink
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    #AceNewsDesk : “World News – Latest Headlines – 14.56 GMT – 27 January 2014″ 


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    14:56

    Syria sides to continue Geneva talks despite diplomatic deadlock

    The sides in the Syrian conflict will continue their talks in Geneva despite different approaches to the discussion agenda, AFP said. The government delegation earlier proposed the basic principles of the negotiations. The opposition insisted they contradicted the main goals of Geneva 2, which they said included the creation of a transitional government. Despite the deadlock, both sides do not intend to leave Switzerland. However, Rima Fleyhane, a representative of the opposition, said its delegation will insist on transitional governance.

    Cambodia Demonstations14:40

    Egypt’s top military council approves Sisi running for president – reports

    Egypt’s top military council has given the army chief, Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, a green light to run for president, Reuters reported, citing a security source. “The top army officials all endorsed Sisi running for the presidency,” according to the source. Sisi could announce his candidacy within days.

    Extremists kill 52 in northeast Nigeria attack14:21

    Extremists kill 52 in northeast Nigeria attack – officials

    Suspected Islamic extremists used explosives to attack a village in Nigeria’s northeast, killing 52 people and destroying more than 300 homes, AP said, citing security officials. The attackers reportedly planted several explosives at a market near Kawuri village on Sunday. Witnesses say there were more than 50 attackers. Officials blame the Islamic terrorist network Boko Haram, which has killed thousands over four years in Nigeria’s northeast. Since May, Northeast Nigeria has been under a military state of emergency.

    The Chairman of the State Duma’s International Affairs Committee, Aleksey Pushkov, was elected on Monday14:09

    Russian MP heads conservative caucus at PACE

    The Chairman of the State Duma’s International Affairs Committee, Aleksey Pushkov, was elected on Monday the head of the faction of European Democrats in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). “It unites more than 80 deputies from Britain, Turkey, and Norway,” Pushkov wrote on his Twitter account. Pushkov earlier assumed the functions of acting head of the European Democrat Group. He is also the head of the Russian delegation in the PACE.

    13:40

    Tunisia president signs new constitution

    President Moncef Marzouki and the head of the National Assembly signed Tunisia’s new constitution on Monday, Reuters reported. The constitution was approved by assembly deputies on Sunday evening, which ended months of deadlock. The country’s transition got back on track when ruling Islamist party, Ennahda, agreed to compromise late last year and step down to make way for a technocrat government. It will govern until the vote later this year.

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    12:59

    US urges Syria to allow aid convoy into Homs

    The US called on the Syrian government on Monday to allow aid convoys into the old city of Homs, where “people are starving,” Reuters reported. All civilians must be allowed to leave the besieged area freely as the situation is “desperate,” US State Department spokesman, Edgar Vasquez, said in Geneva. The evacuation of women and children from rebel-held Homs, as proposed by the Damascus delegation at peace talks, is “not sufficient,” Vasquez said.

    Iran and the Lifting of Sanctions12:46

    ‘Significant sanctions’ still in place against Iran – US official

    David Cohen, the top US Treasury official dealing with sanctions, has told companies interested in doing business in Iran to “hold off,” AP said. Speaking in Turkey, Cohen warned that there are still significant sanctions in place against Iran. “The day may come when Iran is open for business but the day is not today,”the official said. Ankara is looking to expand business opportunities with its neighbor. Last week, Washington and the EU partially lifted economic sanctions on Tehran. The move came after Iran unplugged banks of centrifuges involved in its most sensitive uranium enrichment.

    Syria Opposition Refuses to Take Part at Geneva212:28

    Opposition rejects Syria govt terms for Geneva talks – report

    Syria’s government delegation at peace talks in Geneva presented a declaration of basic principles for negotiations which did not mention a transition of power, Syrian television said on Monday. The proposal was rejected by the opposition, Reuters reported. The declaration said Syrians would choose a political system without “imposed formulas” from abroad. The West and regional state demand that President Bashar Assad step down and hand power to a transitional government.

    Egypt's interim President Adly Mansour has promoted the country's powerful army chief to the top military rank of marshal,11:19

    Egypt’s interim president promotes army chief to rank of marshal

    Egypt’s interim President Adly Mansour has promoted the country’s powerful army chief to the top military rank of marshal, state television said. Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi, who led the July 3 coup that ousted the nation’s Islamist president, is expected to step down to become a candidate in Egypt’s coming presidential elections, AP said. As the elections are set to take place before the end of April, al-Sisi has yet to publicly announce his intentions.

    Afghanistan Priosoners Released10:27

    Afghanistan to free 37 prisoners despite US protests

    Afghanistan announced Monday that within two weeks it will release the first batch of alleged Taliban prisoners whom the US says are responsible for dozens of NATO and Afghan deaths, AFP said. Earlier Kabul said that a total of 72 detainees held at Bagram Prison near the Afghan capital would be freed due to lack of evidence. The US military force in Afghanistan condemned the news, saying the prisoners were “dangerous insurgents.” US-Afghan relations are strained over a number of issues including President Hamid Karzai’s refusal to sign a pact on Washington’s future military role in the country.

     

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  • #AceNewsGroup 10:17 on January 27, 2014 Permalink
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    #AceNewsDesk: “World News – Headlines – 27 January 2014″ 


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    09:30

    Cambodia police disperse demonstrators in TV channel protest

    Cambodian military police used smoke grenades and batons on Monday to quell a protest by demonstrators demanding that a new television channel be allowed to broadcast, Reuters said. At least eight people were wounded, according to witnesses. The demonstration near the Information Ministry breached a ban on public gatherings imposed by the government of Prime Minister Hun Sen. The ministry earlier refused to grant a broadcast license to a new television channel run by a staunch government critic.

    Cambodia Demonstations09:02

    Thai protesters won’t negotiate over freeing up access to ministries

    Protesters seeking to overthrow Thailand’s government will not negotiate over freeing up access to ministries and state agencies that they have blockaded, Reuters reported protest leader, Suthep Thaugsuban, as saying on Monday. The protesters have blockaded seven big intersections in the capital of Bangkok. Many ministries and other bodies such as the central bank were forced to close their doors, with staff working from home or back-up facilities.

    Thailand Protests 08:45

    Hackers attack Israeli defense computer – expert

    Hackers attacked Israeli computers including one used by the Defense Ministry, an Israeli data protection expert said on Monday. “At the beginning of this month a number of mails were sent to a number of companies in Israel, including security organizations,” AFP quoted Aviv Raff, chief technology officer at Israeli cyber security firm Seculert, as saying on army radio. An attachment that was in the email was infected with a virus, a Trojan Horse, which allowed the attackers to control the computers, Raff said. One of the computers belonged to the Defense Ministry department dealing with civilians in the occupied West Bank. The radio said the attack was “apparently from Gaza” and added that 15 Israeli computers were targeted.

    AFP08:16

    At least 20 killed in Congo arms depot blasts

    Explosions from an arms depot near the diamond-mining hub of Mbuji-Mayi have killed more than 20 people, the UN peacekeeping mission in Congo announced. The explosions injured 50 people and destroyed many houses, causing “desolation” in the heart of Congo’s third largest city, AP said, citing the statement. A lightning bolt on Friday reportedly hit the munitions depot of an army barracks outside Mbuji-Mayi and exploding shells hit homes some 6km away.

    Congo Military 07:33

    China ships sail off Tokyo-controlled islands after Abe’s WWI claim

    Chinese ships sailed through disputed waters off Tokyo-controlled islands on Monday, AFP reported. Around 9am (00:00 GMT), Chinese coastguard vessels entered the 12-nautical-mile territorial waters of one of the Senkakus, which China claims and calls the Diaoyus, according to Japan’s coastguard. The move came days after Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe compared Sino-Japanese tense relations with the run-up to World War I.

    Chinese Ships off Tokyo07:05

    Magnitude 4.9 earthquake hits southeastern Iran

    A moderate earthquake has struck southeastern Iran, and no injuries or damage were immediately reported, AP said. An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.9 struck at 6:16am local time Monday (02:46 GMT), some 100km southwest of Zahedan, Iran, according to the US Geological Survey. That area is near Iran’s eastern border with Pakistan.

    Iran Hit by Earthquake06:12

    S. Korea proposes family reunions in February

    Seoul on Monday proposed that the rival Koreas restart arranging reunions next month for families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War, AP reported. North Korea last week agreed to resume the reunions and let South Korea choose dates for the humanitarian program, the latest move in a recent series of conciliatory gestures Pyongyang has taken. Seoul’s Unification Ministry said Monday that it sent a message proposing that the reunions to take place from February 17-22 at a North Korean mountain. About 22,000 North and South Koreans briefly met with their relatives during a period of détente, but family reunions have not been held since October 2010.

    S Korea Proposes Family Reunions 00:41

    Libyan militias release kidnapped Egyptian diplomats

    Libya’s deputy foreign minister said Sunday that five Egyptian diplomats and an embassy employee kidnapped by militias in Tripoli have been released. They were abducted by armed gunmen as retaliation to Egypt for the arrest of Shaban Hadia, commander of the Operations Room of Libya’s Revolutionaries, a powerful militia. The kidnappings forced Egypt to evacuate its embassy and Benghazi consulate on Friday, prompting it to once again stress the Libyan central government’s inability to reign in armed groups operating around the country. Deputy Foreign Minister Abdul Razak Al-Grady told Reuters that three of the released are already back home, while another three are on their way back to Tripoli. He did not provide any further details on their release.

     

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  • #AceNewsGroup 10:38 on January 26, 2014 Permalink
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    #AceNewsDesk : ” World News – Headlines – Good Morning – 26 January 2014″ 


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    10:01

    ​Israeli woman jailed for espionage released after 26 months

    Former Israeli soldier, Anat Kam, went free after serving 26 months of a four-and-a-half year prison sentence. She was convicted of spying and leaking classified military documents to the media in October 2011. In move to expose the army’s policies in the occupied Palestinian territories she leaked information to the Haaretz newspaper that troops were ordered to carry out targeted killings of Palestinian militants in violation of a Supreme Court order.

    Fighting in Egypt09:43

    ​At least 49 killed in clashes during anniversary of Egypt revolution

    The death toll from clashes during protests, dedicated to the third anniversary of the Egyptian military coup on Saturday, rose to nearly 50, a health ministry official said on Sunday. Over 245 people were wounded in Cairo and several other provinces, according to the ministry. The fighting erupted between protesters, who opposed the military-backed government, and thousands, who supported army chief, General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who overthrew Egypt’s first democratically elected President Mohammed Morsi in July.

    09:33

    ​4 Egypt soldiers killed in attack on bus in Sinai

    Four soldiers were killed and 13 wounded as gunmen attacked a military bus in the Egyptian part of the Sinai Peninsula on Sunday, an army spokesperson said. The attack comes a day after a military helicopter crash in northern Sinai. The militant group, Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis, claimed responsibility for the strike.

    04:53

    Iran says nuclear talks will resume in February

    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Saturday that talks with the six world powers on reaching a long-term deal on Tehran’s nuclear program will resume the next month. A six-month agreement with the United States, Britain, Russia, France, and Germany – the P5+1 – was struck in November and took effect on Monday. The deal requires that Tehran curb its nuclear activities for six months in exchange for some sanctions relief while both sides attempt to reach a comprehensive agreement.

    03:30

    Taliban suicide attack on army bus kills 3 in Afghanistan

    Two Afghan soldiers and a civilian woman were killed in a suicide bombing on an army bus in Kabul, TOLO News reported. Nine others were wounded in the attack, most of them members of the Afghan National Army. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the blast.

     

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  • #AceNewsGroup 16:10 on January 24, 2014 Permalink
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    #AceNewsDesk : ” World News – Headlines – 24 January 2014″ 


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    Romanian hacker ‘Guccifer’ appeals for release

    “Guccifer” – the Romanian hacker renowned for accessing the private emails of former US president George W. Bush and various key entertainment figures appealed his arrest on Friday, according to Reuters. Marcel Lazar Lehel, whose name roughly translates as “Small Fume” was detained in Bucharest on Wednesday after hacking the email accounts last February. Leading Romanian lawyer, Catalin Dancu, stated there was “close to no chance” of the request for release being granted.

    Three killed in US Yemen drone strike

    Three suspected militants have been killed in a drone strike in Yemen, east of the capital Sanaa. Local officials and tribal sources told Reuters that it was a US drone which killed the trio. A succession of explosions was heard by witnesses, after which a car with the charred remains of three bodies was found. Fifteen people were killed and a further five injured in December when a US drone struck a wedding party.

    Argentina Govt lifts restrictions on buying foreign currency

    Argentinian authorities on Friday lifted restrictions in place since 2011 that limited the purchase of foreign currency, AFP reported. The announcement came a day after the peso suffered its worst single-day dive since the 2002 financial crisis. Jorge Capitanich, President Cristina Kirchner’s cabinet chief, said the government has decided “to authorize the purchase of dollars for holding or savings.” At a rate of 8.01 pesos to the dollar, the peso “has reached a level acceptable to the objectives of economic policy convergence,” he said. The peso plunged by more than 11 percent against the dollar on Thursday.

    UN nuclear inspectors’ visit to Gchine uranium mine in Iran imminent

    UN nuclear watchdog inspectors will visit Iran’s Gchine uranium mine in the coming days, under a cooperation agreement signed late last year. The move was announced by Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Reuters reported. Amano did not give further details about the planned visit.

    Three killed in US Yemen drone strike

    Three suspected militants have been killed in a drone strike in Yemen, east of the capital Sanaa. Local officials and tribal sources told Reuters that it was a US drone which killed the trio. A succession of explosions was heard by witnesses, after which a car with the charred remains of three bodies was found. Fifteen people were killed and a further five injured in December when a US drone struck a wedding party.

    3,000 Serbians protest anti-crisis laws

    Some 3,000 workers have rallied against laws that Serbian government officials say are a key to economic reform, but which could lead to further job losses, AP said. Demonstrators marched in downtown Belgrade on Friday, demanding that new labor, bankruptcy and privatization laws be withdrawn. They also want the economy minister, Sasa Radulovic, to resign. Radulovic has insisted that the laws are necessary to restart Serbia’s economy. The reform bills are yet to be approved in Parliament.

    2,000 Morsi supporters clash with security forces in Cairo

    Fierce clashes broke out between about 2,000 supporters of deposed Islamist President Mohamed Morsi and Egyptian security forces in Cairo on Friday, Reuters reported. They happened hours after a suicide bomber attacked a major police compound in the capital. The fighting took place on the road that leads to the Pyramids of Giza. Some Islamists burned tires and hurled petrol bombs at security forces, who responded by firing tear gas.

    Child dead in apartment explosion in Nice, France

    An explosion in an apartment building on Friday morning in Nice, in the south of France, has killed a four-year child and injured four others – two of them were hospitalized. The multi-story building was seriously damaged, local media say. The blast ripped through two apartments, and parts of the roof and wall crumbled. The cause of the explosion was not immediately clear.

    Syria delegation to leave Geneva if no ‘serious sessions’ before Saturday

    Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said on Friday that if no serious work sessions were held by Saturday, the government delegation would leave, Reuters reported. “If no serious work sessions are held by [Saturday], the official Syrian delegation will leave Geneva due to the other side’s lack of seriousness or preparedness,”state television quoted Muallem as telling UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi. Brahimi and a Syrian government delegation reportedly met on Friday at the UN in Geneva. The mediator is due to meet the Syrian opposition delegation later on Friday.

    More than 65,000 flee Iraqi fighting in week – UN

    More than 65,000 people have fled fighting in the Iraqi cities of Fallujah and Ramadi during the past week, the UN refugee agency UNHCR said on Friday. More than 140,000 have been made homeless since fighting broke out at the end of last year, Reuters quoted UNHCR spokesman Adrian Edwards as saying.

    UK can renegotiate ties with the EU to avoid exit – Cameron

    British Prime Minister David Cameron said Friday he was confident he could renegotiate his country’s relations with the EU to allow it to remain in the bloc. “I’m confident that we’ll have a successful renegotiation and a successful referendum,” Reuters quoted him as saying at the World Economic Forum in Davos. He referred to his plan to reshape his country’s EU ties before offering Britons an in/out referendum if he is re-elected next year.

    No talks between Syrian govt, opposition due to transitional body demands

    Face-to-face talks between the Syrian government and the opposition will not take place on Friday, the UN said. It also confirmed that the Syrian mediator, Lakhdar Brahimi, will meet Syrian government and opposition delegations separately on Friday, Reuters reported. The opposition delegates earlier said they would not meet with the delegation led by Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem until it endorses the Geneva communique of June 30, 2012, calling for a transitional governing body to be established. Syria’s Information Minister, Omaran Zoabi, said Damascus will not accept opposition demands to form a transitional body. The Syrian delegation also said it is ready to discuss a ceasefire and the exchange of prisoners of war.

    S. Sudan looters steal food to feed 220,000 for a month – UN

    The UN World Food Program may have lost more than 3,700 tons of food in looting in South Sudan, enough to feed 220,000 people for a month, Reuters reported. WFP’s warehouses in Malakal had been almost entirely emptied, spokeswoman Elisabeth Byrs said on Friday in Geneva. The agency was working to recover lost stocks wherever possible and trying to protect remaining stocks.

    Attack at German сourt leaves 1 killed and 1 wounded

    One man has been killed and another is in a life-threatening condition after an attack in a courthouse in Frankfurt, German police said. The suspected attacker used a firearm and wielded a knife, dpa reported. He was arrested shortly afterward.

    Philippine police detain 4, seize drugs worth $22mn

    Philippine police have arrested four men and seized 1 billion pesos ($22 million) worth of methamphetamine. This was the second large drug bust in Manila in 10 days. The National Police anti-illegal drugs task force said the men were driving a van filled with five wooden crates containing 200kg of crystal methamphetamine when they were stopped on Friday. Last week, the National Bureau of Investigation arrested four Canadian men suspected of trafficking drugs from Mexico in separate raids. Agents recovered $2.25 million worth of cocaine, methamphetamine and MDMA, which is similar to Ecstasy.

     

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  • #AceNewsGroup 09:45 on January 24, 2014 Permalink
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    #AceNewsDesk – “World News – 24 January 2014 – Headlines” 


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    Home-made bomb explodes near French church in Rome

    A small home-made bomb exploded in a street in central Rome early on Thursday, Reuters said. The bomb caused slight damage to a building belonging to a French religious establishment and three parked cars. The explosion occurred ahead of a visit to Pope Francis by President Francois  Hollande.

    Gunman kills 5 Afghan cricket players

    A gunman on a motorcycle opened fire at a group of local cricket players, killing five of them during a game in eastern Laghman province, AP reported. The attacker fled the scene in Alinghar district, a provincial spokesman, Sarhadii Zhouak, said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack that took place on Thursday. Also, police in southern Helmand province found the body of slain journalist Noor Ahmad Noori late on Thursday night.

    China issues warnings to foreign military planes over defence zone

    Beijing has begun issuing warnings to foreign military planes entering its self-declared air defense zone over the East China Sea, AP reported. Air Force spokesman Shen Jinke said that multiple types of Chinese planes recently conducted a long-range patrol inside the sweeping zone that was declared in November. The Chinese planes flew alongside a number of foreign military aircraft and issued warnings to them. The spokesman did not identify the planes or say when the patrol was conducted. The US, Japan and other countries earlier denounced the zone’s declaration as provocative.

    UN urges Myanmar to probe killings of Rohingya Muslims

     The UN has called on Myanmar to investigate reports that dozens of people were killed in attacks on Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine state. It said “credible information” was received of a series of attacks in a remote area of Rakhine earlier this month. The western state of Rakhine remains tense after outbreaks of inter-communal violence between Buddhist and Muslim communities since 2012.

    South Sudan ceasefire signed in Ethiopia

    South Sudan’s government and rebels have signed a ceasefire agreement, considered to be the first step to reconciliation between the two sides, following violence that erupted in mid-December and is thought to be a result of strained relations between President Salva Kiir and Vice-President Riek Machar, whom Kiir sacked in July 2013. The conflict had since taken on an ethnic dimension. The deal was reached on Thursday in Ethiopia and was greeted by mediators and regional leaders alike. It is expected to come into effect 24 hours after being signed.

    Blast reported in Cairo

     A large blast was heard in Cairo on Friday, eyewitnesses report. Smoke was seen rising over the city center. State TV said the blast happened near police headquarters, indicating that it may have been an attack.

    N. Korea practiced attack on Seoul’s Incheon airport – report

    The North Korean military secretly carried out a practice exercise simulating an attack on a South Korea’s largest airport, using specially designed jets that are meant to enter Southern airspace. A South Korean government source told JoongAng Ilbo that the nighttime exercises came on January 19, one day before North Korean state media reported that Kim Jong-un attended a military drill without expanding on any details. The North Koreans are suspected of practicing entering South Korea by parachute, staging a terrorist attack at the Incheon International Airport, and then occupying planes sitting on the runway. The South Korean official added that such an event is “extremely rare.”

    Virginia attorney general will oppose state’s gay marriage ban

     Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced Thursday that he will no longer defend the state’s gay marriage ban, saying he will join a lawsuit that seeks to have the prohibition declared unconstitutional. Herring, a Democrat, said he has voted against marriage equality in the past but told NPR that his views have changed because he saw that he “hurt a lot of people and it was very painful for a lot of people” when he previously voted in favor of the ban. Herring admitted that the ban was put in place by Virginia voters but said that as attorney general, he “cannot and will not defend laws that violate Virginians  `rights’ 

     

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  • #AceNewsGroup 10:53 on January 23, 2014 Permalink
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    #AceNewsDesk : ” World News – `Good Morning’ – 23 January 2014″ 


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    Iran negotiating normalization of relations with US, Europe – Rouhani

    Iran is negotiating with the US and is seeking actions from Washington to back up its words, President Hassan Rouhani said on Thursday. Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, he also said relations with Europe will be normalized as an interim nuclear accord is implemented, Reuters reported. Rouhani announced that one of the priorities of his government is “constructive engagement with the world.”

    UAE blocking rights news conference – HRW

    Human Rights Watch has announced that the United Arab Emirates prevented it from holding a news conference Thursday to release a report criticizing rights violations in the country. “Blocking Human Rights Watch from holding a news conference in the UAE sadly underscores the increasing threat to freedom of expression in the country,” AFP quoted Sarah Leah Whitson, HRW’s chief for the Middle East and North Africa, as saying. The watchdog had booked a room a month ago at a Dubai hotel for the news conference, but staff said early in the morning that the reservation had been canceled. It said HRW had failed to obtain a special government permit to hold the conference.

    Al-Qaeda leader calls on rebel factions in Syria to unite

    Al-Qaeda leader Ayman Zawahri called on militant rebel factions in Syria to stop fighting each other, Reuters reported. They should set up a judicial committee to sort out their differences, he said in an audio recording released on Islamist websites. A small faction, the Al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has been caught up in clashes with other Islamist insurgents in recent weeks. The fighting was often triggered by disputes over authority and territory.

    At least 21 dead in Turkey bus crash

    At least 21 people were killed on Thursday during a bus accident in central Turkey, AFP reported, citing a local governor. The bus tipped over after sliding on an icy road in a town in Kayseri province, Orhan Duzgun said on television. “The number of the dead has risen to 21,” Duzgun said. Some of the passengers died when they jumped out of the vehicle’s windows.

    Abbas ready to meet with Israeli PM, address Knesset – reports

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is prepared to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at any time, the Institute for National Security Studies at Tel Aviv University said. It also quoted Abbas as saying he does not rule out addressing the Knesset. The Palestinian goals include strengthening the vision of two states, where Israel would exist alongside a Palestinian state created on pre-1967 lines, he said. Abbas dismissed the possibility of signing any agreement that pertains only to the West Bank and stressed that any agreement reached with Israel would be brought to a referendum.

    Kidnapped S. Korean trade official freed in Libya – govt

     A South Korean trade agency employee abducted on Monday by four unknown assailants in Libya has been freed by security forces, said the Libyan government. Han Seok-woo, head of the Libya unit of the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA), was kidnapped as he was returning home after his work at the trade office in Tripoli. “The trade attaché … is now in the South Korean Embassy in good health,” reports Libya’s Foreign Ministry, adding that “some of the kidnappers were arrested.”

    Five killed in Egypt in militant raid on checkpoint

    Five people were killed and two others injured in an armed attack on a security checkpoint in the southern Egyptian town of Beni Suef, state television reported on Thursday. The checkpoint was raided by two masked gunmen on motorcycles, the Interior Ministry said. It’s the latest episode in a spree of attacks on security troops and army, which started after the military coup in July 2013, which deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi. The violence took at least 250 lives of soldiers and police officers.

    EU suggests backing away from clean fuel standard

     The European Union signaled in an energy and climate policy statement released Wednesday that it is backing away from a clean fuel standard aimed at reducing harmful emissions, InsideClimate News reported. The EU’s Fuel Quality Directive, established in 2009, was created in an effort to cut 6 percent of emissions from Europe’s transport sector by 2020. Yet in a wide-ranging statement Wednesday, the EU recommended not extending or strengthening the policy after 2020. Such a policy change is a win for high-carbon fuels like tar sands, environmental groups said. Canada, with its own large reserves of Alberta tar sands set for easier export to new markets thanks to pipelines like Keystone XL, has lobbied aggressively to weaken the directive since its adoption. The policy suggestion will face further review in March.

    ​Verizon releases ‘transparency report,’ received 320,000 data requests in US

    Verizon released its promised “transparency report” on Wednesday, saying it received 320,000 data requests last year in the United States alone. The report said the US government sent the company 164,184 subpoenas, 62,857 court orders, 36,696 warrants, around 50,000 “emergency requests” from law enforcement, 1,496 wiretap orders, and between 1,000 and 2,000 “national security letters” – in which information is demanded independent of court authority. “We do not release customer information unless authorized by law, such as a valid law enforcement demand or an appropriate request in an emergency involving the danger of death or serious physical injury,” the company said. Verizon did not say how often it refuses to provide information after it is subpoenaed, or how many of its users were targeted. The company is the first major US telecom to divulge such inquiries, following the lead of Google, Apple, and Microsoft in issuing a report. AT&T also said last month that it would offer its own report.

    ​S. Africa platinum workers to strike for higher wages

    Tens of thousands of members of South Africa’s largest platinum-sector union plan to strike Thursday at the country’s top three platinum producers. The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) is demanding a “living wage” of around US$12,500 – over double their current pay. AMCU organizers say that 70,000 of its members will strike indefinitely. The three targeted companies – Anglo American, Impala, and Lonmin Platinum – said they have received notice of the strike from AMCU. A separate strike in the gold sector was also planned for Thursday, but was postponed after a court ruling. The platinum strike would be the largest in the sector since the 2012 Marikana massacre, when 34 protesting miners were shot and killed by police for engaging in an illegal demonstration. The planned walkout by the platinum workers is legal.

     

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  • #AceNewsGroup 18:23 on January 22, 2014 Permalink
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    Pakistani Christians Search For New Homeland Because Of Muslim Persecution 


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    Qur’an Sura 9:29-30, “Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of [Islam], even if they are of the People of the Book [Christians] … the Christians say: The Messiah is the son of Allah; these are the words of their mouths; they imitate the saying of those who disbelieved before; may Allah destroy them; how they are turned away!”

    A Christian family rests in front of their destroyed house

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    By Lubna Thomas Benjamin, Christian Today – “It happened during 1947 at the creation of Pakistan when the Christians decided to come and settle in Pakistan as their home country. Very proudly, the Christians call themselves Pakistanis.

    Ever since the inception of the country, the Christians living there have contributed in all spheres of life, from education to health, to…

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  • #AceNewsGroup 16:11 on January 22, 2014 Permalink
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    #AceNewsDesk : ” World News – Latest Headlines – 22 January 2014″ 


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    Israel – Palestine – Gaza Strip – Syria – Bashar Assad – Al Qaeda – Germany – Latvia – Saudi – United States – Ukraine – Security – Cyber-Crime    

    15:23

    Israel detains 2 Palestinians in Jerusalem ‘planning attacks’ for Al-Qaeda

    Israel has arrested two Palestinians from East Jerusalem who were planning to carry out attacks for Al-Qaeda, with the help of foreign suicide bombers posing as Russian tourists, the Shin Bet intelligence agency said. The men were recruited by another Al-Qaeda agent in the Gaza Strip, Reuters reported. Hamas Islamists governing Gaza rejected the spy agency’s account as “silly fabrications” and described it as an attempt to justify Israeli military strikes in the territory.

    14:56

    Syria govt, opposition to start talks in Geneva on Friday – UN

    Delegations of the Syrian government and the opposition will start bilateral talks on Friday, Itar-Tass reported, citing the UN secretary-general’s spokesman, Martin Nesirky. UN chief Ban Ki-moon earlier met with representatives of the Syrian opposition. He will also meet with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem.

    14:32

    German cyber crime watchdog knew of mass cyber theft

    Germany’s cyber crime watchdog said on Wednesday it had learnt last month of the mass theft of 16 million digital identities through a criminal probe. The Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) said it required weeks of investigation before alerting the public, AFP reported. Cyber criminals stole email addresses and matching passwords, which could also compromise linked social media, shopping and other online services.

    13:15

    Assad ‘won’t step down’ – Syrian minister

    President Bashar Assad will not step down, as demanded by some of the international powers, Syria’s Information Minister said on Wednesday. “Assad isn’t going,” AFP quoted Omaran Zoabi as saying on the sidelines of peace talks in the Swiss resort of Montreux. The Syrian opposition had just before called on the Syrian leader to hand over power to a transitional government.

    11:52

    Straujuma becomes Latvia’s first female PM

    Latvian lawmakers have confirmed the country’s first government led by a female prime minister, Laimdota Straujuma. Sixty-four votes were cast in favor of the center-right government, while 27 were against on Wednesday, AP reported. Straujuma, 62, a long-time civil servant, is a compromise figure after Latvia’s president rejected several other candidates. She joined the senior coalition party Unity earlier this month to take the post. The previous government of Valdis Dombrovskis resigned in November after a supermarket roof collapse killed 54 people.

    11:24

    No role for Assad in Syria transition – Saudi FM

    There can be no role in Syria’s transition for President Bashar Assad and those whose hands are “stained in blood,” Reuters quoted Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal as saying on Wednesday. Speaking at an international conference on Syria in Switzerland, Prince Saud called for the withdrawal of all foreign forces from Syria, including Lebanese Hezbollah fighters and Iranian Revolutionary Guards. They are backing the Syrian government against rebel forces.

    10:49

    US revokes Ukrainian officials’ visas for crushing protesters

    The US has revoked the visas of several Ukrainian citizens who were allegedly linked to violent actions against the protestors in Kiev in November and December 2013. Their names were not disclosed due to US confidential policy. The US Embassy in Kiev said it is considering further sanctions against people responsible for violence in Kiev.

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  • #AceNewsGroup 11:29 on January 22, 2014 Permalink
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    #Kiev : "Mass Riots Timeline of Events and Videos" 


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    #AceNewsServices says `Kiev‘ mass riots timeline courtesy of a number of sources for which l am grateful.

    Published time: January 20, 2014 19:33
    Edited time: January 22, 2014 10:59

    Protesters clash with the police in the center of Kiev on January 22, 2014. (AFP Photo/Sergei Supinski)Protesters clash with the police in the center of Kiev on January 22, 2014. (AFP Photo/Sergei Supinski)
     

    Unrest in Kiev enters fourth day as protesters are pelting police cordons with stones and Molotov cocktails, and police retaliate with flash grenades and rubber bullets. Over two hundreds of protesters and police have been injured in violent clashes.

    Wednesday, January 22

    19:28 GMT:

    Rioters have wrecked a car and brought it to the Hrushevskogo street to reinforce yet another barricade http://t.co/XRb96uGoNj

    — Alexey Yaroshevsky (@Yaro_RT) January 22, 2014

    18:27 GMT:

    Ukraine opposition leaders have threatened to “go on the offensive” if President Viktor Yanukovich “does not respond” to their demands.

    “Tomorrow if the president does not respond … then we will go on the offensive,Vitaly Klitschko, one of the leaders, declared.

     

    Head of UDAR (Punch) political party and one of the leader of Ukrainian opposition Vitalii Klitschko speaks during a mass rally on Independence Square in Kiev on January 22, 2014.(AFP Photo / Anatoliy Stepanov)Head of UDAR (Punch) political party and one of the leader of Ukrainian opposition Vitalii Klitschko speaks during a mass rally on Independence Square in Kiev on January 22, 2014.(AFP Photo / Anatoliy Stepanov)

    He has called on the people to stay and defend the square and prepare for a police offensive against them.

    “Today they (the police) are preparing to clear us out of the ‘Maidan’ (Independence Square),” he said.“We must do all we can to stop them clearing us out.”

    17:47 GMT:

    Opposition leaders have called on President Yanukovich to hold an emergency meeting of the Ukrainian parliament – the Verkhovna Rada – to cancel the laws imposed on January 16, the opposition Fatherland party leader said. Yanukovich offered to “continue talks regarding the laws tomorrow,” stated Arseny Yatsenuk, a deputy in Ukraine’s parliament.

    Klitschko: “no agreement on early ballot, no agreement on government stepping down, no agreement on abolishing the anti-riot laws”

    — Alexey Yaroshevsky (@Yaro_RT) January 22, 2014

    17:36 GMT:

    Police are withholding information about five alleged deaths in the rioting in central Kiev.“There are two cases we confirm,” the press-office confirmed to RIA Novosti. The investigation of those deaths is now ongoing, police stressed.

    17:12 GMT:

    Police are using water cannons to extinguish burning tires as protesters continue to throw debris and inflammable projectiles.

    17:01 GMT:

    A medical services coordinator in the protests, Oleg Musiy, has told local media the number of killed in the riots has reached five people. He has blamed the deaths on Berkut special police forces, who, Musiy claims, did not allow emergency medical services to reach the wounded. He says the number of injured is 300 people.

    16:18 GMT:

    President Yanukovych and opposition leaders have held the “first stage” of negotiations amid violent clashes between protesters and riot police. The meeting lasted for more than three hours. Yanukovych’s office declined to provide additional details.

    16:18 GMT:

    Activists also remain encamped at Independence Square, Maidan, where protests seem to be peaceful for now. According to journalists’ estimate there are between 8,000 or 10, 000 people there.

    15:53 GMT:

    Poland’s foreign ministry has voiced its “deep concern” about a crackdown on anti-government protests in Kiev when it summoned the Ukrainian ambassador in Warsaw. Poland said it was worried by the new laws restricting protests in Ukraine and suggested the recent violence might be linked to the new restrictions, the statement by secretary of state at the ministry, Katarzyna Pelczynska-Nalecz, said.

    15:25 GMT:

    Opposition leaders have left the presidential administration building after meeting with Yanukovich. However, they declined to comment, the pro-opposition Ukrainska Pravda online newspaper posted on its Twitter page.

    15:14 GMT:

    Ukraine’s Ministry of Justice has expressed concerns over foreign diplomats visiting administrative buildings seized by the opposition. That is where “militants that are preparing Molotov cocktails,” Justice Minister Elena Lukash said, calling for European countries to condemn the violence committed by protesters in Kiev.

    15:14 GMT:

    The Ukrainian army will not be deployed to “take part” in the “events, connected to the protest in Kiev,” the Ministry of Defense told the Interfax news agency.

    15:14 GMT:

    Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt says he does not see signs that the “regime” in Kiev is ready to sit down with the opposition. “It is extremely serious. There is no question that the responsibility lies with the regime. The regime has a responsibility to sit down with the opposition, but unfortunately I don’t see any sign of them doing it,” Bildt said.
    When asked about the EU response to Ukraine violence, he replied: “It remains to be seen but certainly not business as usual after this.”

    Supporters of European integration of Ukraine during riots on Grushevskogo Street in Kiev. (RIA Novosti/Andrey Stenin)Supporters of European integration of Ukraine during riots on Grushevskogo Street in Kiev. (RIA Novosti/Andrey Stenin)

    15:06 GMT:

    The Ukrainian Council of Churches and Religious Organizations have called for an end to bloodshed in the country, harshly condemning the killing of innocent civilians. The Council requested an urgent meeting with both the president and opposition leaders.

    14:55 GMT:

    Heavy smoke from burning tires has forced Berkut special police forces to retreat.

    14:38 GMT:

    Medics have extracted the bullets from the bodies of the two dead men. It has been established that one of the victims was killed by a shot from a sniper rifle with a 7.62 mm caliber bullet. The second man was mortally wounded by a 9 mm bullet, apparently from a Makarov pistol, local espreso.tv said.

    14:32 GMT:

    Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich has been negotiating with opposition leaders and a working group for 2.5 hours. No details have emerged from the ongoing meeting.

    Riot policemen prepare a a Molotov cocktail during clashes with pro-European protesters in Kiev January 22, 2014. (Reuters/Gleb Garanich)Riot policemen prepare a a Molotov cocktail during clashes with pro-European protesters in Kiev January 22, 2014. (Reuters/Gleb Garanich)

    14:14 GMT:

    A 22-year-old man, who earlier was proclaimed dead after falling from a 13-meter-high colonnade in front of Dynamo Stadium, is alive, doctors from a local hospital have said as cited by espreso.tv. The “radical activists”, as called by police, used the vantage point in Grushchevskovo Street to bombard riot police with petrol bombs and stones.

    13:59 GMT:

    Police have warned civilians that “radicals” might use firearms and urged them to avoid the protests.

    13:39 GMT:

    Around 10 people have been arrested on suspicion of “using weapons, baseball bats, curbstones and Molotov cocktails, thus putting the lives of many people in danger,” the local prosecutor’s office spokeswoman said. An arrest application for another 16 activists has been submitted.

    now. #Євромайдан #Евромайдан #Euromaidan pic.twitter.com/EXR9bMg640

    — ЄВРОМАЙДАН (@euromaidan) January 22, 2014

    13:37 GMT:

    Info from several sources that final police assault will commence at 16-00 local time (in half-hour). Special dispersal means to be used

    — Alexey Yaroshevsky (@Yaro_RT) January 22, 2014

    13:21 GMT:

    Local law-enforcement bodies have received permission to restrict the movement of vehicles as well as temporarily prevent citizens’ access to particular areas in the city.

    12:38 GMT:

    Women and children were being discouraged from visiting the rally by its organizers. Aleksandr Turchninov, the coordinator of the opposition cabinet, has made a statement, RIA Novosti.

    12:35 GMT:

    RT’s Peter Oliver has been caught in the crowd as police began clearing the scene of the mass protest in central Kiev, forcing people to run away helter-skelter. Peter managed to hide inside a nearby hotel from where he saw the police’s brutal actions. An RT camera caught the moment of a police officer severely beating one the protesters lying on the ground.

    12:34 GMT:

    Offices, banks, schools close massively amid warnings of crackdown by 4pm, in 1,5h#Ukraine #євромайдан #euromaidan

    — Olga Tokariuk (@olgatokariuk) January 22, 2014

    12:25 GMT:

    Interfax reports the police has been given the green light to use water cannons in freezing temperatures. There was previously a ban.

    Temperatures currently fall to -9 during the day and -11 at night.

    12:19 GMT:

    Dramatic live images being seen in these shots, as protesters set up a wall of fire. RT’s RUPTLEY live feed is below with the latest.

    12:13 GMT:

    Kharkov is to become the scene of a rally in support of President Yanukovich, Interfax-Ukraine says. Several thousand people will take part in protesting against the deteriorating situation in the country at Freedom Square in the city. Buses have been transporting people to the location.

    12:05 GMT:

    A criminal investigation for murder in the first degree has been launched with regard to two earlier protester deaths, the Interior Ministry told ITAR-TASS.

    11:54 GMT:

    Armored personnel carriers (APC) are now seen roaming central Kiev.

    #UKRAINE PHOTO: APCs spotted on streets of #Kiev – LIVE UPDATES:http://t.co/O42IFflQVn pic.twitter.com/zb6yd00LOA

    — RT (@RT_com) January 22, 2014

    11:21 GMT:

    It has now been ascertained that one of the victims of the violence is an Armenian. The confirmation comes from the country’s foreign ministry, Interfax says.

    “The Armenian embassy in Ukraine has confirmed reports that the person who had died in Kiev, one Sergey Nigoyan, is an Armenian national”

    11:16 GMT:

    RT’s Alexey Yaroshevsky is reporting that it is getting harder to breathe because of all the smoke that is rising as the rioting crowd sets fire to tires underneath the ‘Dinamo’ soccer stadium

    His latest tweets can be found here.

    Kiev now. Warzone pic.twitter.com/HKCBC7695a

    — Alexey Yaroshevsky (@Yaro_RT) January 22, 2014

    11:12 GMT:

    The president’s meeting with the opposition has been agreed for 11:45 GMT (15:45 Moscow time), according to Arseniy Yacenyuk’s Twitter account. “The three of us are due to meet Yanukovich. I confirm can confirm it.”

    11:06 GMT:

    Although initial police action has broken up the protesters’ ranks for the time being, they refuse to leave the square. Flash grenades are being heard and smoke now rises up from multiple occasions. This is the scene now.

    11:00 GMT:

    The scene grows tense as each gunshot rings out. The rioting crowd appears to be more decentralized after the latest police onslaught.

    10:48 GMT:

    As the situation on the street is becoming more volatile by the minute, President Yanukovich has appealed to the protesters to sit down for concrete talks and put an end to the violence, RIA Novosti reports.

    The president has also asked peaceful citizens not to give in to the pressure of the opposition, believing that the situation can still be resolved by peaceful means.

    “I once again implore the opposition to sit down for talks and end the violence. I ask that the citizens return to their homes. We must return peace, calm and stability to Ukraine.”

    The president feels the loss of life sustained so far is a tragic occurrence and a result of concerted political efforts at destabilization.

    10:45 GMT:

    Smoke from flash grenades are being seen and rubber bullets appear to be used presently as protesters refuse to dissipate.

    10:44 GMT:

    The onslaught by the police is ongoing as embattled rioters are banging on their shields and barricades are being taken apart by force.

    10:30 GMT:

    Watch RT‘s live HD stream of the events, as there are now fresh reports that the police has broken the protesters’ barricades in the latest offensive on their lines.

    10:20 GMT:

    The police has reportedly started to push back against the protesters, trying to dismantle their defenses. A fresh offensive is being prepared at the moment.

    10:17 GMT:

    RT’s Aleksey Yaroshevskiy is on the scene witnessing the protesters carrying one of their deceased.

    09:55 GMT:

    Information that over 1400 people had last night needed urgent medical attention has turned out to be unsubstantiated, especially the part about 80 percent having gunshot wounds, Kiev’s health department reported.

    Such information is “absolutely false and is aimed at seeding panic among the civilians.” The true figure, according to authorities, is closer to 122 protesters over the course of the afternoon of the 19th and until the morning of the 21st of January.

    The department’s head also strongly criticized the notion that anti-government protesters in need of urgent medical help were being driven off to police stations, instead of hospitals.

    09:44 GMT:

    The Ukrainian general prosecutor has confirmed the death of a third protester, information earlier circulated by activists. The body was riddled with gunshot wounds. About an hour prior to the report, the news had been circulated by a local TV station, who said the unidentified man of around 40 years of age had reportedly died during a police storm.

    Pro-European protesters launch a pyrotechnic pistol towards riot police during clashes in Kiev January 22, 2014. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)Pro-European protesters launch a pyrotechnic pistol towards riot police during clashes in Kiev January 22, 2014. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)

    Wednesday, January 22

    09:27 GMT:

    The city of Lvov has dispatched new ‘defense brigades’ to Kiev to assist the activists there, Interfax reports. The idea is a result of the latest developments there. Activists say they want to keep the police from “unlawfully” targeting them.

    09:09 GMT:

    Another protester has reportedly lost their life, according to medics working with the protesters. This brings the reported death toll in Kiev’s unrest up to three.

    09:05 GMT:

    RT video agency RUPTLY is on the scene, streaming live in HD.

    08:21 GMT:

    A local live stream of the Euromaidan chaos continuing into the afternoon of the fourth day. The police appear to be holding their defense line, as it continues to be pelted with stones and other things.

    07:55 GMT:

    Ukraine is concerned that foreign diplomats are touring the governmental buildings held by protesters, Justice Minister Elena Lukash said. She alleged that “militants are cooking incendiaries” in those buildings.

    Deputy Interior Minister Viktor Ratushnyak called on foreign diplomats, who have contacts with the opposition, to convince them to turn over those among their ranks, who have been involved in crimes.

    “We have on many occasions told representatives of the opposition, requested them to hand over those militants to police, but they ignored our calls,” he said.

    07:21 GMT:

    Police confirm that a demonstrator died from a gunshot in Kiev overnight, spokesman Sergey Burlakov said. He added that police was not involved in the killing. “Law enforcement do not carry firearms there,” he said.

    07:14 GMT:

    There are serious violations of law on the part of the radical protesters, and “authorities will not tolerate it without a relevant lawful reaction,” Ukrainian Interior Minister Leonid Kozhara said. He added that the government wants to resolve the conflict in a peaceful way.

    07:11 GMT:

    The standoff continues in Khrushchevskovo Street. Police are holding their lines, to which they retreated after dismantling a barricade, while protesters are gathering about 100 meters from them past a line of damaged buses. No active clashes are currently underway.

    06:44 GMT:

    Police are using loudspeakers to call on protesters to leave and not confront the officers, footage from the scene showed. The activists respond with defiant shouting and loud banging on barrels and damaged vehicles.

    Pro-European protesters take cover behind a burnt bus during clashes with riot police in Kiev January 22, 2014. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)Pro-European protesters take cover behind a burnt bus during clashes with riot police in Kiev January 22, 2014. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)
    06:39 GMT:

    Ambulances are arriving at the scene of latest scuffles between riot police and radical protesters in Khrushchevskovo Street. It appears that security forces have launched a planned operation to disperse the protesters.

    06:39 GMT:

    Ambulances are arriving at the scene of latest scuffles between riot police and radical protesters in Khrushchevskovo Street. It appears that security forces have launched a planned operation to disperse the protesters.

    06:32 GMT:

    Riot police advanced to barricades erected by the rioters and started dismantling them, reports Interfax. The protesters responded with an intensified barrage of stones and Molotov cocktails. This briefly disrupted the police advancement, which resumed minutes later.

    Police are using stun grenades and tear gas to fend off the rioters. There are reports of several activists being detained.

    06:15 GMT:

    A second fatality at Khrushchevskovo Street has been reported. The victim received a gunshot overnight and died early in the morning, a protester medic said.

    It’s not clear why the protesters failed to take their wounded comrade to hospital, as the report implies, but they may have been concerned that he would be arrested.

    Police have been called to a local building, where the body was being kept, and confirmed the death. However, they didn’t confirm how the person died. An investigation into the incident is underway.

    05:36 GMT:

    Brussels has downgraded a Russia-EU summit, which will take place later this month, Russia’s envoy to the European Union said. Instead of the usual two-day format, the meeting will take on only one day, January 28, Vladimir Chizhov said.

    Those who believe the decision was linked to the EU’s differences with Russia over the Ukrainian turmoil “are not really wrong,” he added.

    The ongoing political crisis in Ukraine was triggered by its decision in November 2013 to postpone the signing of a key EU integration deal. While Kiev cited economic considerations, many European officials blamed Russia for putting pressure on Ukraine not to sign the association treaty. Moscow maintains that it only was frank in warning Ukraine that it would have to cancel trade preferences in order to protect its own economy once Ukraine had a free trade zone with the EU.

    A pro-European protester gestures, with riot police officers seen in the background, during a rally in Kiev January 22, 2014. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)A pro-European protester gestures, with riot police officers seen in the background, during a rally in Kiev January 22, 2014. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)
    03:59 GMT:

    The opposition says a 22-year-old protester died in hospital after falling from a 13-meter-high column at Dynamo Stadium in on Khrushchevskovo Street, Segodnya website reported. The victim is said to be one of the rioters, who used the vantage point to bombard riot police with petrol bombs and stones. No official confirmation of the fatality was ready to avail.

    02:02 GMT:

    UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Tuesday that the new national protest laws in Ukraine are a dramatic step away from democracy. “Such provisions will roll back the enjoyment of human rights for the people of Ukraine, stifle debate and dissent, and jeopardize the democratic achievements of the past two decades,” she said in a statement.

    00:06 GMT:

    Witnesses are reporting that buses are arriving around the outskirts of Kiev, while small groups of thugs are said to be forming downtown.

    Tuesday, January 21

    23:09 GMT:

    Ukrainian authorities plan to restore peace to central Kiev by containing the rioters on Hrushevskogo street, Zerkalo Nedeli news website quoted a source within the Council of National Security and Defense as saying.

    The operation plans to use 4,631 interior troops, 1,460 police officers, and 1,530 Berkut soldiers. The minimum goal of the operation is to establish full control over Hrushevskogo street. The maximum task is to clear Independence Square, according to the source.

    22:33 GMT:

    Surreal scene at government quarter in Kiev. Molotovs thrown from one side, police reinforcing their ranks on the other, priests in-between

    — Alexey Yaroshevsky (@Yaro_RT) January 21, 2014

    22:15 GMT:

    Renewed clashes between police and rioters have begun on Hrushevskogo street in central Kiev, with protesters throwing Molotov cocktails at police officers. Gunfire has reportedly been heard.

    Tuesday, January 21

    21:46 GMT:

    Protesters in Kiev have launched a new website that helps demonstrators find transportation to Independence Square. The site, titled ‘I Go to Maidan,’ allows users to offer or ask for rides to downtown Kiev.

    21:13 GMT:

    Protesters making molotov cocktails at the barricades in Kiev:

    20:20 GMT:

    Missing opposition activist Igor Lutsenko has been found, RIA Novosti reports, citing the activist’s Facebook page.

    According to messages on Lutsenko’s Facebook wall, he was kidnapped and left in a forest without a cell phone by unknown people. The messages say he is now “in a good mood and in awful shape.”

    Earlier on Monday, Kiev police opened a criminal case into the disappearance of Lutsenko, UNIAN agency reports, citing the Ukrainian Interior Ministry.

    Police have denied they detained Lutsenko after he brought another protester to a hospital. The statement comes after the opposition Batkivshchina (Fatherland) Party claimed that law enforcement was behind his “kidnapping.”

    19:57 GMT:

    The police will apply force in accordance with the law if the violent riots continue in central Kiev, Ukrainian Prime Minister Nikolay Azarov told Russia 24 TV channel.

    “If the provocateurs do not stop, the authorities will have no other choice but to apply force as provided for in the legislation. We are hoping for some common sense. The people must see for themselves that they are being offered chaos and destruction,” Azarov said.

    The Prime Minister, however, ruled out the possibility of imposing a state of emergency in Kiev.

    17:54 GMT:

    The Ukrainian government is calling on the leaders of the opposition to persuade those rioting in central Kiev to cease violent clashes with the police, the secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, Andrey Kluyev, has said.

    Negotiations with opposition parties are “practically impossible” while members of those parties are taking part in “extremist and aggressive actions against law enforcers,” Kluyev stressed.

    Meanwhile, the leader of the Batkivshchina (Fatherland) Party, Arseny Yatsenyuk, demanded that the Ukrainian Prosecutor General ban the police from firing at the protesters.

    Yatsenyuk and Oleg Tyagnibok of the Svoboda (Freedom) party met with the Prosecutor General, Viktor Pshonka, on Tuesday to discuss the situation in the capital.

    “God forbid there is even one death. That would be the red line, after which we would never be able to return to peaceful ways,” Yatsenyuk told Pshonka, as quoted by the Batkivshchina Party press service.

    17:27 GMT:

    Several thousand protesters and hundreds of cars are blocking several military installations in Western Ukraine, according to reports by the Ukrainian Interior Ministry.

    In the city of Lvov, “about 200 cars and up to two thousand people, including masked radical youth,” are blocking a military unit. According to the ministry, the blockade is preventing the military from “guarding public order” in the city.

    In Ivano-Frankovsk, the protesters have blocked an Interior Troops department for the second day in a row.

    The protesters believe their actions will prevent the dispatching of additional troops to Kiev.

    17:09 GMT:

    Protesters have made barricades from burnt police vehicles, Aleksey Yaroshevsky reports from central Kiev.

    16:21 GMT:

    The Ukrainian opposition and “representatives of a number of foreign states” are directly responsible for the ongoing riots in central Kiev, President Viktor Yanukovich’s aide, Andrey Portnov, has announced at a briefing of the task group on settling the political crisis in the country.

    Although the opposition leaders have insisted the protest is peaceful, they now identify themselves with those responsible for blocking the government buildings and clashing with law enforcement officers, Portnov said.

    Those international groups and foreign officials who “justify the unlawful actions of the rioters” also bear responsibility for the situation in Ukraine, the presidential aide stressed.

    15:33 GMT:

    The controversial laws limiting mass demonstrations and toughening penalties for taking part in mass disorders will come into effect on Wednesday at midnight, according to Ukrainian Minister of Justice Elena Lukash.

    15:17 GMT:

    At least 163 law enforcement officers have sought medical help and 80 of them have been hospitalized with injuries in the three days of riots in central Kiev, says the latest statement by the Ukrainian Interior Ministry.

    The policemen suffered head injuries, fractures, burns, stab and slash wounds, as well as poisoning by“unknown substances,” the statement said.

    Tuesday, January 21

    21:46 GMT:

    Protesters in Kiev have launched a new website that helps demonstrators find transportation to Independence Square. The site, titled ‘I Go to Maidan,’ allows users to offer or ask for rides to downtown Kiev.

    21:13 GMT:

    Protesters making molotov cocktails at the barricades in Kiev:

    20:20 GMT:

    Missing opposition activist Igor Lutsenko has been found, RIA Novosti reports, citing the activist’s Facebook page.

    According to messages on Lutsenko’s Facebook wall, he was kidnapped and left in a forest without a cell phone by unknown people. The messages say he is now “in a good mood and in awful shape.”

    Earlier on Monday, Kiev police opened a criminal case into the disappearance of Lutsenko, UNIAN agency reports, citing the Ukrainian Interior Ministry.

    Police have denied they detained Lutsenko after he brought another protester to a hospital. The statement comes after the opposition Batkivshchina (Fatherland) Party claimed that law enforcement was behind his “kidnapping.”

    19:57 GMT:

    The police will apply force in accordance with the law if the violent riots continue in central Kiev, Ukrainian Prime Minister Nikolay Azarov told Russia 24 TV channel.

    “If the provocateurs do not stop, the authorities will have no other choice but to apply force as provided for in the legislation. We are hoping for some common sense. The people must see for themselves that they are being offered chaos and destruction,” Azarov said.

    The Prime Minister, however, ruled out the possibility of imposing a state of emergency in Kiev.

    17:54 GMT:

    The Ukrainian government is calling on the leaders of the opposition to persuade those rioting in central Kiev to cease violent clashes with the police, the secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, Andrey Kluyev, has said.

    Negotiations with opposition parties are “practically impossible” while members of those parties are taking part in “extremist and aggressive actions against law enforcers,” Kluyev stressed.

    Meanwhile, the leader of the Batkivshchina (Fatherland) Party, Arseny Yatsenyuk, demanded that the Ukrainian Prosecutor General ban the police from firing at the protesters.

    Yatsenyuk and Oleg Tyagnibok of the Svoboda (Freedom) party met with the Prosecutor General, Viktor Pshonka, on Tuesday to discuss the situation in the capital.

    “God forbid there is even one death. That would be the red line, after which we would never be able to return to peaceful ways,” Yatsenyuk told Pshonka, as quoted by the Batkivshchina Party press service.

    17:27 GMT:

    Several thousand protesters and hundreds of cars are blocking several military installations in Western Ukraine, according to reports by the Ukrainian Interior Ministry.

    In the city of Lvov, “about 200 cars and up to two thousand people, including masked radical youth,” are blocking a military unit. According to the ministry, the blockade is preventing the military from “guarding public order” in the city.

    In Ivano-Frankovsk, the protesters have blocked an Interior Troops department for the second day in a row.

    The protesters believe their actions will prevent the dispatching of additional troops to Kiev.

    17:09 GMT:

    Protesters have made barricades from burnt police vehicles, Aleksey Yaroshevsky reports from central Kiev.

    16:21 GMT:

    The Ukrainian opposition and “representatives of a number of foreign states” are directly responsible for the ongoing riots in central Kiev, President Viktor Yanukovich’s aide, Andrey Portnov, has announced at a briefing of the task group on settling the political crisis in the country.

    Although the opposition leaders have insisted the protest is peaceful, they now identify themselves with those responsible for blocking the government buildings and clashing with law enforcement officers, Portnov said.

    Those international groups and foreign officials who “justify the unlawful actions of the rioters” also bear responsibility for the situation in Ukraine, the presidential aide stressed.

    15:33 GMT:

    The controversial laws limiting mass demonstrations and toughening penalties for taking part in mass disorders will come into effect on Wednesday at midnight, according to Ukrainian Minister of Justice Elena Lukash.

    15:17 GMT:

    At least 163 law enforcement officers have sought medical help and 80 of them have been hospitalized with injuries in the three days of riots in central Kiev, says the latest statement by the Ukrainian Interior Ministry.

    The policemen suffered head injuries, fractures, burns, stab and slash wounds, as well as poisoning by“unknown substances,” the statement said.

    Tuesday, January 21

    15:10 GMT:

    The Ukrainian government will not impose a state of emergency in Ukraine in connection with the ongoing riots, the Secretary of National Security and Defense Council, Andrey Kluyev, has said.

    Armour-clad security forces block access to the Verkhovna Rada parliament in Kiev on January 21, 2014. (AFP Photo)Armour-clad security forces block access to the Verkhovna Rada parliament in Kiev on January 21, 2014. (AFP Photo)
    15:07 GMT:

    Vitaly Klitschko, the leader of the opposition party UDAR, has withdrawn from the negotiation process, the Secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, Andrey Kluyev, has announced.

    According to Kluyev, there was “no constructive dialogue” and Klitschko started by saying he is going to quit.
    The official, however, called on the opposition leader to return to the negotiation table.

    14:54 GMT:

    The EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy, Stefan Fule, will arrive in Kiev on Friday to meet the Ukrainian government and opposition to discuss the situation in the country, Fule’s spokesman, Peter Stano, told Interfax-Ukraine.

    14:41 GMT:

    Opposition leader, Vitaly Klitschko, of the UDAR party said he has not met Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich because the president was busy holding a consultation meeting.

    Klitschko left the meeting of the task group on settling the situation in the country after being told by presidential advisors that Yanukovich would “call” him as soon as he is free, UDAR’s press service reports.

    The opposition leader then went back to the scene of the recent clashes in central Kiev.

    Pro-European integration protesters hold a rally in Kiev January 21, 2014. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)Pro-European integration protesters hold a rally in Kiev January 21, 2014. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)
    14:20 GMT:

    Twenty-two of the 50 detained participants in the violent riots in central Kiev may be charged with criminal offences, the Ukrainian Interior Ministry press service said in a statement, confirming the detainees have been “notified of being under suspicion.”

    13:06 GMT: The reason for violent clashes between protesters and police forces lies in the reluctance of the [Ukrainian] government to enter into dialogue with society, says the leader of the Batkivshchina (Fatherland) Party, Arseny Yatsenyuk, reports Interfax-Ukraine.

    “People got the right to change peaceful protest into a violent one because “the voicelessness” of power and the [government’s] neglect of its people provoked what we have now in Kiev,” said Yatsenyuk in the National Resistance Headquarters.

    The opposition made a list of strict requirements, according to him. Among them are the canceling of the January-16 bills, resignation of the government and the standing down of police forces and Berkut troops.

    RIA Novosti/Andrey Stenin RIA Novosti/Andrey Stenin

    12:20 GMT: UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay expressed her concern over the recent escalation of unrest in Ukraine, particularly in the wake of new legislation passed on January 16.

    “I call on the authorities to suspend application of the laws to allow time for a thorough review of their content,” she says.

    Pillay says she is “particularly concerned by the potential that these laws have to curtail the right to freedom of expression and freedom of assembly, the right to information, the right of civil society to work freely.”

    Nine controversial bills, which permit the arrest of protesters who wear masks or helmets and erect tents or stages without permission from the authorities, come into force on January 22.

    11:48 GMT: Government supporters have gathered in Mariinsky park next to the Ukrainian Parliament in Kiev to hold a rally, reports Interfax-Ukraine. The venue for the protest, dubbed “Stop the coup d’état!”, is being guarded by police officers.

    Over 3,000 protesters have gathered in Mariinsky park, according to the organizers of the rally, but police figures put it at 1,500.

    Protesters reinforce their barricade in Kiev on January 21, 2014 during clashing break of the opposition and the police. (AFP Photo/Sergei Supinski)Protesters reinforce their barricade in Kiev on January 21, 2014 during clashing break of the opposition and the police. (AFP Photo/Sergei Supinski)

    11:23 GMT: The number of protesters injured in recent clashes in Kiev has reached 122 and 50 still remain in hospitals, reports Kiev City State Administration. On Tuesday 6 protesters from Grushevskogo Street sought medical help, 5 of them have been admitted to hospitals.

    119 police officers have sought medical help after two days of clashes in the Ukrainian capital, 80 of them remain hospitalized.

    10:28 GMT: The leader of the opposition Udar (Strike) party Vitaly Klitschko is to meet President Viktor Yanukovich for negotiations on Tuesday, reports Ukrainian TBi news channel.

    “Viktor Yanukovich has promised me to settle the conflict but he didn’t. I will meet him to seek answers, including on the five demands of the opposition,” said Klitschko.

    09:58 GMT: Police forces have managed to dismantle a barricade and a catapult which was set up by protesters to hurl objects at police on Monday.

    09:55 GMT: Hundreds of protesters have flooded the streets of Kiev. Many of them camped out overnight, despite low temperatures and the huge riot police presence. The protesters are now banging on lamp posts and oil drums on Grushevskovo Street as if making a call to battle.

    08:51 GMT: Moscow is ready to be a mediator to settle the Ukrainian crisis only if Kiev asks it to, says Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during a press conference.

    “However I understand that our help is not needed as a direct contact between the [Ukrainian] president, government and opposition,” he adds.

    08:39 GMT: The government in going to do its best to settle the conflict peacefully in Kiev, the Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs said in the statement.

    “The Ukrainian government plans to exercise maximum efforts to settle the conflict peacefully and [the government] hopes that international community will condemn the radical actions that provoke clashes and threaten life and health of citizens,” says the statement.

    08:55 GMT: The center of Kiev is ravaged after a new wave of anti-governmental protests that took place in the Ukrainian capital overnight. After the clashes between opposition and police forces the streets remain in chaos. Overnight the protesters were throwing stones at police and banging on drums.

    07:44 GMT: A pro-Western dictatorship in Ukraine is the aim of those fighting against police forces in Kiev, said the chairman of the State Duma’s Foreign Affairs Committee, Alexey Pushkov.

    “Those fighting for power in Kiev are not democrats, but trained and armed militants,” adds Pushkov.

    07:32 GMT: Four priests from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church managed to stop clashes between protesters and police for a short time. They were standing and praying between opposition activists and police officers.

    pic.twitter.com/dCjxwIFuVw

    — U.REVOLUTION (@U__REVOLUTION) January 21, 2014

     

    07:05 GMT: Nearly 32 people have been detained by police during riots in Kiev, the Ukrainian Interior Ministry reported. Twenty-two of them remain in police custody as law enforcers investigate the mass disorders. Thirteen of those 22 are suspected of committing criminal offences.

    One hundred and nineteen police officers have sought medical help after two days of clashes in Kiev, 80 of whom remain in hospitals, the ministry added.

    06:25 GMT: Nine controversial laws from January, 16, which some members of the Ukrainian opposition branded as a state coup, have been published in the parliamentary newspaper the Voice of Ukraine (Golos Ukraini). In Ukraine, a law comes into force the day after its publication in a newspaper.

    06:20 GMT: Violence appears to be calming down in Kiev. Several hundred radical protesters are currently in the center of the city. But only a few dozen are still throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails at riot police, who are responding with stun grenades and rubber bullets, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

    Police seized and dismantled one of the barricades erected by the rioters, but did not launch any major offensive.

    Elsewhere in Kiev opposition forces clashed with young people, who they believe to be ‘titushky’ – provocateurs allegedly hired by the government to wreak havoc and discredit the protest. The leader of the opposition Udar (Strike) party Vitaly Klitschko called upon Kievans citizens not to fall for provocations.

    “With the titushky in the streets and no police at all, people should organize themselves to protect peace and security in the city,” Klitschko said in a statement.

    01:12 GMT: Police just destroyed the catapult which was built earlier by protesters to hurl rocks at police, RT’s Alexey Yaroshevsky reported.

    01:11: Police are trying to push protesters off the street in Ukraine’s capital as clashes enter the third day. Reports of police retaliating against Molotov cocktails with rubber bullets.

    00:23 GMT: Large groups of people in sports outfits with clubs and baseball bats are descending on Independence Square, according to multiple twitter reports.

    Monday, January 20

    23:35 GMT: Protesters are pulling up to the governmental quarter in Kiev, fearing an assault by the police, RT’s Alexey Yaroshevsky reported.

    Protesters lining up preparing for a possible assault by the policepic.twitter.com/QU0HoD9Si1

    — Alexey Yaroshevsky (@Yaro_RT) January 20, 2014

    22:48 GMT: Video footage by Ruplty news agency shows emergency services carrying Kiev’s injured from the streets to the hospital.

    22:47 GMT: Around 10,000 protesters are throwing Molotov cocktails and fireworks at police around the Dynamo Stadium in Kiev. Police have retreated 10 meters and are retaliating with tear gas and rubber bullets, according to Kyiv Post.

    20:45 GMT: Around 90 EuroMaidan protesters demonstrate outside the London apartment of Ukraine’s wealthiest billionaire Rinat Akhmetov, Kyiv Post reported. Demonstrators shouted “Akhmetov stop Yanukovych!” and “Akhmetov stop the bloodshed!”

    Pro-European protesters take cover behind barricades during clashes with Ukranian riot police in Kiev January 20, 2014. (Reuters / Vasily Fedosenko) Pro-European protesters take cover behind barricades during clashes with Ukranian riot police in Kiev January 20, 2014. (Reuters / Vasily Fedosenko)

    20:44 GMT: Protesters launch rocks from the catapult that they built earlier, as police retaliate with flash grenades.

    The catapult has even got its own Twitter account @ukr_catapult.

    New clashes have broken out by the Dynamo Stadium in central Kiev, and police were stationed around the trees there.

    Pro-European integration protesters build a catapult to throw stones during clashes with police in Kiev January 20, 2014. (Reuters / Vasily Fedosenko) Pro-European integration protesters build a catapult to throw stones during clashes with police in Kiev January 20, 2014. (Reuters / Vasily Fedosenko)

    Here’s the gear of my cameraman with a pellet hole in it pic.twitter.com/M8qR1rdGHv

    — Alexey Yaroshevsky (@Yaro_RT) January 20, 2014

    19:04 GMT: At least 44 people have been taken to hospital with various injuries since Sunday, and a total number of 104 have been injured, Kiev mayor office administration reported. The figures are likely to increase as they did not include casualties from the latest clashes.

    Pro-European protesters bang on a metal bin during a rally in Kiev January 20, 2014. (Reuters / Gleb Garanich) Pro-European protesters bang on a metal bin during a rally in Kiev January 20, 2014. (Reuters / Gleb Garanich)

    Wounded policemen have also been excluded from the count, with the latest estimate by Ukrainian Interior Ministry stating that 61 out of 100 injured law enforcers have been hospitalized since Sunday.

    18:12 GMT: RT’s Alexey Yaroshevsky reports “unprecedented brutality from both sides” in Kiev. Following brutal beatings of police officers by the protesters, the clashes with law enforcers now leave more people injured.

    Ruptly’s crew filmed inside a temporary hospital at the Maidan. Some injured have open wounds with bones sticking out. Gruesome

    — Alexey Yaroshevsky (@Yaro_RT) January 20, 2014

    17:59 GMT: A rubber bullet hits a cameraman of Ukraine’s ICTV channel in the eye. Doctors at the scene say he might partially lose eyesight.

    Grenade explodes during clashes between police and protesters in central Kiev on January 20, 2014. (AFP Photo / Vasily Maximov) Grenade explodes during clashes between police and protesters in central Kiev on January 20, 2014. (AFP Photo / Vasily Maximov)

    17:47 GMT:

    One of our cameramen was saved by a plastic shield he wore on his back. It blocked a metal bullet fired by the police

    — Alexey Yaroshevsky (@Yaro_RT) January 20, 2014

    To clarify – our cameraman’s back shield was hit with a rubber pellet in a metal casing, not a firearm bullet

    — Alexey Yaroshevsky (@Yaro_RT) January 20, 2014

    17:30 GMT: RT’s Yaroshevsky reports that at least four injured people were carried on stretchers to ambulance cars in the last 15 minutes of clashes.

    17:20 GMT: Representatives of the Ukrainian government and the opposition are holding a crisis meeting, seeking to end the political crisis in the country, local UNN agency reports citing Party of Regions’ MP Anna German.

    17:15 GMT: Protesters test-fire the “anti-police” catapult, a projectile lands harmlessly less than 10 meters away, RT’s Alexey Yaroshevsky reports.

    Катапульта уже в ремонте #євромайдан pic.twitter.com/JumAORhf7X

    — Євромайдан (@Dbnmjr) January 20, 2014

    16:29 GMT: Ukrainian police have used tear gas and stun grenades after pro-EU protesters began throwing Molotov cocktails at officers.

    Protesters hold Molotov cocktails during clashes with the police in the centre of Kiev on January 20, 2014. (AFP PHhoto / Sergei Supinsky) Protesters hold Molotov cocktails during clashes with the police in the centre of Kiev on January 20, 2014. (AFP PHhoto / Sergei Supinsky)
    Riot policemen during clashes with protesters outside Dynamo stadium in Kiev. (RIA Novosti / Andrey Stenin) Riot policemen during clashes with protesters outside Dynamo stadium in Kiev. (RIA Novosti / Andrey Stenin)

    13:30 GMT: The Ukrainian Interior Ministry has condemned the “commandants of Maidan” – the deputies from the opposition representing the protesters rallying in central Independence Square – for providing rioters with “dangerous cold steel arms.”

    The opposition deputies are handing aggressive protesters “two meter-long wooden sticks with sharp metal tips,” the ministry said. The improvised weapons are going to be used to harm law enforcement officers, it said.

    The MPs are abusing their immunity for forming illegal armed units and inciting mass disorder, the ministry said.

    #maidan#kiev#lesOpposants ont achevé la construction du #trébuchet et le chargent avec des pierres. #euromaidanpic.twitter.com/MNmlFtEHiB

    — Alekséï Konovalov (@equitibus) January 20, 2014

    13:00 GMT: Protesters in Kiev are setting up an improved catapult, looking to fire projectiles at police cordons, RT’s Alexey Yaroshevsky reports from the scene.

    12:00 GMT: More than 100 people sought medical assistance after the first day of violence on Sunday, with 61 police officers injured during the riot. Over 30 people were detained.

    Sunday, January 19

    21:40 GMT: Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich ordered the country’s Security Council Secretary Andrey Klyuyev to create a working group tasked with resolving the political crisis in the country, Itar-Tass reports siting the press service of the Ukrainian president.

    Protesters clash with riot police on January 19, 2014 during an opposition rally in the centre of the Ukrainian capital Kiev in a show of defiance against strict new curbs on protests. (AFP Photo / Genya Savilov)Protesters clash with riot police on January 19, 2014 during an opposition rally in the centre of the Ukrainian capital Kiev in a show of defiance against strict new curbs on protests. (AFP Photo / Genya Savilov)

     

    21:13 GMT: The US Embassy in Ukraine has called to end the ongoing violent confrontations between protestors and police in Kiev, urging a political dialogue.

    “The United States Embassy calls for an end to ongoing violent confrontations between protestors and police in Kiev. We urge calm and call on all sides to cease any acts provoking or resulting in violence,”the Embassy said in a statement posted on its website.

    “We further urge the Government of Ukraine to immediately start negotiations with all sides to resolve the political standoff, address protestors’ concerns, and prevent violence from spreading,” the statement reads.

    20:57 GMT: At least 5 buses and two police trucks are now ablaze in central Kiev as rioters throw Molotov cocktails. The burning vehicles are blocking the way of the demonstrators to the government and parliament buildings.

    Pro-European integration protesters hide behind shields during clashes with Ukranian riot police in Kiev January 19, 2014. (Reuters / Gleb Garanich)Pro-European integration protesters hide behind shields during clashes with Ukranian riot police in Kiev January 19, 2014. (Reuters / Gleb Garanich)

    20:54 GMT: Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich has promised to establish a joint commission of the presidential administration, the government and the opposition, that will work to end the crisis in Ukraine, Vitaly Klitschko announced after the meeting with the president, Itar-Tass reports

    20:42 GMT: The Interior Ministry denies deploying rubber bullets against the rioters, Itar – Tass reports.

    20:33 GMT: At least 40 policemen have been injured in clashes in Kiev, Interior Ministry reports.

    20:18 GMT: Opposition leaders Arseny Yatsenyuk and Alexander Turchinov urge the demonstrators to leave Grushevsky Street and return to Maidan to protest peacefully, lenta.ru reports.

    Pro-European integration protesters clash with Ukranian riot police during a rally near government administration buildings in Kiev January 19, 2014. (Reuters / Gleb Garanich)Pro-European integration protesters clash with Ukranian riot police during a rally near government administration buildings in Kiev January 19, 2014. (Reuters / Gleb Garanich)

    20:15 GMT: Top opposition figures are trying to distance themselves from the violence in the street using a “good cop bad cop” tactics, investigative journalist Neil Clark told RT. “If the opposition had the support which they claim to have then why don’t they simply wait for elections next February?” Clark wondered. “And the hypocrisy of the Western leaders about this is quite striking because Yanukovich was a democratically elected leader. And in a democracy if you want to remove the government then what you do is you try to persuade people to vote for you in free elections.”

    20:00 GMT: Interior Ministry reports that over 70 law enforcement officers suffered injuries in clashes

    19:12 GMT: Two journalists suffered from stun grenades in Kiev, Interfax reports.

    18:56 GMT: Rubber bullets are reportedly being used by law enforcement to push back the rioters.

    18:27 GMT:
     At least 30 policemen have been injured in clashes in Kiev, 4 of them in critical condition, Interior Ministry reports.

    Ukrainian riot police reacts after being hit by a petrol bomb during clashes with pro-European integration protesters in Kiev January 19, 2014. (Reuters / Stringer)Ukrainian riot police reacts after being hit by a petrol bomb during clashes with pro-European integration protesters in Kiev January 19, 2014. (Reuters / Stringer)

    18:13 GMT: Police detained four active rioters, as reported by the “Comments” publication citing the Interior Ministry.

    17:55 GMT: Police deny using water cannon against protesters. The Interior Ministry said that it was a fire hydrant.

    17:49 GMT: Rioters have overturned and vandalized several parked cars.

    17:40 GMT: EU Ambassador to Ukraine Ian Tombinsky urged the crowds in Kiev not to aggravate the situation. “We urge people not to exacerbate an already difficult and dangerous situation. The attack on the police may give rise to those who do not want a political solution of the crisis.”

    17:30 GMT: Molotov cocktails are seen being thrown at police lines as rioters continue to attack law enforcement in Maidan Square and Grushevsky Street.

    AFP Photo / Volodymyr Shuvayev AFP Photo / Volodymyr Shuvayev

    17:24 GMT: More than 20 law enforcement officers suffered injuries in clashes on Grushevsky Street, interior Ministry reports. Ten people are hospitalized, four of them are in serious condition. Most suffered head injuries, fractures, bruises and “poisoning from unknown substances.”

    17:10 GMT: At least 20 policemen have been injured in clashes, the Interior Ministry reports.

    16:56 GMT:
     Reporter from “Vesti” news says the radical opposition from the Maidan square are bringing axes to Grushevsky street and are preparing to attack the “Berkut” special forces cordon.

    16:49 GMT: Doctors from Kiev’s hospitals are being called into Maidan to help the wounded, UNIAN reports.

    16:40 GMT: Police use stun and gas grenades to push the protesters beyond the security cordon and from the roofs of buses.

    Police bus set on fire in Kiev. Getting worse pic.twitter.com/hLDgH9T0aX

    — Alexey Yaroshevsky (@Yaro_RT) January 19, 2014

    16:26 GMT: Police open criminal proceedings into the riots taking place on Grushevsky Street, under Article 294 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine, UNIAN reports.

    16:24 GMT: Security forces are trying to defend themselves and disperse the crowd using tear gas

    16:21 GMT: At another scene of the protest, on Grushevsky Street, around 500 protesters also clash with police. At the Dinamo Stadium, another bus is set on fire.

    Opposition leader Vitaly Klitschko (C) reacts after he was sprayed with a powder fire extinguisher during a pro-European integration rally in Kiev January 19, 2014 (Reuters / Valentyn Ogirenko)Opposition leader Vitaly Klitschko (C) reacts after he was sprayed with a powder fire extinguisher during a pro-European integration rally in Kiev January 19, 2014 (Reuters / Valentyn Ogirenko)

    16:16 GMT: Water cannon have been deployed at the Maidan Square. Opposition activists have claimed police already used it to disperse the crowd.

    16:08 GMT:
     Opposition leader Vitaly Klitschko stepped in to try to prevent the clashes, but was sprayed with powder from a fire extinguisher in the process. Photos on Twitter showed Klitschko, covered in foam, trying to calm down the crowd through a bullhorn.

    Rioters are smashing police bus pic.twitter.com/1bCW0lDkiX via @euromaidan

    — Alexey Yaroshevsky (@Yaro_RT) January 19, 2014

    16:04 GMT: Opposition Arseny Yatsenyuk and Oleg Tyahnibok urge participants on Maidan not to succumb to provocations and remain on the Maidan and continue to protest peacefully. However, many protesters do not pay attention to these calls.

    RIA Novosti / Grigory VasilenkoRIA Novosti / Grigory Vasilenko

    16:00 GMT: Rioters from the “right sector” (armed wing of the nationalist wing in Maidan) capture a Special Forces soldier from the “Berkut” detachment and are dragging him to face public trial on Maidan, Ukranian Insider publication reports.

    14:30 GMT: Hundreds of Ukrainian protesters approach cordons of security forces surrounding government buildings and start throwing stones at the police, as at least 10,000 people are rallying on Kiev’s central Independence Square at an anti-government demonstration.

    Protesters wearing orange helmets and wielding sticks and flares clash with police and attempt to turn over a police bus. Police retaliates by throwing flash grenades from behind the cordon.

    A police bus is set on fire by a petrol bomb as the cordon stands its ground and the opposition leaders urge the protesters to refrain from violence and stop provoking the law enforcers.

    AFP Photo / Sergei SupinskyAFP Photo / Sergei Supinsky
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    05:06

    ​Ex-Halliburton manager gets probation for destruction of evidence in Gulf spill case

    Anthony Badalamenti, a former Halliburton cementing technology director, has been sentenced to one year of probation for instructing two other employees to delete data during a review of the cement job on the BP-run well, which saw an explosion in 2010 that killed 11 people. The court ruled that he also has to perform 100 hours of community service and pay a $1,000 fine. Badalamenti, 62, faced a maximum of one year in prison when US District Judge sentenced him Tuesday. Halliburton was the cement contractor for BP on the Deepwater Horizon rig. The blow out resulted in the largest accidental marine oil spill in the history of the industry.

    03:08

    ​Israel kills Gaza man blamed for shooting rockets during Sharon funeral

    Israel killed two Gaza men in an airstrike on Wednesday, claiming one of them shot a rocket over the border during former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s funeral last week. The men were initially believed to be members of Islamic Jihad, an armed group resistant to the Gaza Strip’s Hamas government for nurturing the ceasefire with Israel. The Israeli military said the target, Ahmed Al-Az’anin, was actually a former Islamic Jihad member now part of the more secular Popular Front for Liberation of Palestine. The military said Za’anin launched rockets – resulting in no casualties – into southern Israel on Jan. 15 during Sharon’s funeral ceremony, which was attended by US Vice President Joe Biden. The second man was Za’anin’s relative. They were in a parked car when the missile struck in Beit Hanoun, locals told Reuters.

    01:22

    Pussy Riot to perform in Amnesty Intl concert in New York City

    Pussy Riot will appear at an Amnesty International concert in Brooklyn, New York on February 5, the organization announced on Tuesday. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, two members of the activist musical group, were released from Russian prisons last month after being sentenced to two years in a penal colony for “inciting religious hatred” at a performance in country’s main Orthodox cathedral in 2012. Other artists appearing at the concert – which will benefit international prisoners locked up for their beliefs, race, gender, or sexual orientation – include Cake, the Flaming Lips, Lauryn Hill, and others.

    00:34

    Bomb defused in Russia’s Dagestan

    Local authorities successfully defused a bomb found near the administrative building in Ashaga Stal village in the Suleiman Stalsky district of Russia’s North Caucasus Republic of Dagestan, RIA Novosti quoted local law enforcement as saying. “A homemade explosive device was successfully defused with the hydrodynamic defuser. The bomb’s capacity was 5-7 kg of TNT,” the source said. Everyone in the building was safely evacuated beforehand.

    00:21

    ​US condemns report of ‘systematic’ killings by Syrian regime

    Photographic evidence of the torture and killing of thousands of prisoners in Syria implicates international crimes by President Bashar Assad’s government, the US State Department said on Tuesday. The photos, allegedly taken by a Syrian military police photographer who defected, show “clear evidence” of the widespread torture and killing of 11,000 detainees, three former international prosecutors said in a report based on some 55,000 digital images commissioned by Syrian opposition supporter Qatar. “As we said before, the Syrian regime is responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity,” said State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf. “These most recent images…are extremely disturbing. They’re horrible to look at. And they illustrate apparent actions that would be serious international crimes,” she added. Rupert Colville, spokesman for UN human rights chief Navi Pillay, told AFP that “This report is extremely alarming, and the alleged scale of the deaths in detention, if verified, is truly horrifying,” adding that the investigation of such serious allegations is necessary.

    00:08

    Militant leader killed in Russia’s Dagestan

    Russian police killed a suspected Islamist militant leader in a shootout on Tuesday in Russia’s North Caucasus republic of Dagestan, RIA Novosti quoted the country’s National Anti-Terrorism Committee as saying. The suspect was identified as Eldar Magatov, the leader of a militant group in the Babayurt district of Dagestan. The militant was discovered hiding in a house with two women and children. Police negotiated the release of civilians from the house. Magatov refused to surrender and opened fire. None of the police officers were injured during the operation. Magatov was wanted for committing crimes such as extortion, bombings and attempted assassinations of police officers and officials in Dagestan and neighboring Chechnya.

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  • #AceNewsGroup 20:24 on January 21, 2014 Permalink
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    #AceNewsDesk : ” World News – Latest Headlines – 21 January 2014″ 


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    20:02

    Iraq executes 26 men convicted of ‘terrorism’ in Al-Qaeda offensive

    Iraq forces announced the execution of 26 men on Tuesday as part of a sharp crackdown on “terrorism” in the midst of a spike in violence. Ten people were killed in violence across the country on Tuesday, bringing the January total to 700. Last year marked the country’s bloodiest year since 2007.

    19:42

    One killed in Purdue University shooting, suspect in custody

    A shooting at Purdue University has left one person dead. The shooter was taken into custody. The Electrical Engineering Building remains on lockdown, though police believe the shooter targeted only the victim. The male shooter entered the building, shot one person in a basement classroom area then left the scene, police said in a press conference. Police believe the shooter acted alone. The shooting occurred around noon, and the campus-wide lockdown was partially lifted after two hours.

    18:39

    Presidents Putin, Obama discuss Geneva 2 peace talks in a phone call

    Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart have discussed the agenda of the Geneva 2 peace talks in the Swiss resort city of Montreux opening on January 22. The phone call was initiated by the US side, the Itar-Tass news agency reported, citing Russia’s presidential press-office. The two Presidents also touched upon a wide range of issues, including bilateral relations and the implementations of the Iran nuclear agreement reached in November 2013.

     

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  • #AceNewsGroup 16:09 on January 21, 2014 Permalink
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    #AceNewsDesk : ” World News – Latest Headlines – 21 January 2014″ 


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    15:53

    Syrian opposition forms delegation for Geneva 2 peace conference

    The National Coalition for Revolutionary and Opposition Forces (NCROF) of Syria has formed a ten-member delegation for the Geneva 2 peace conference set to begin on Wednesday, Itar-Tass reports, citing the opposition groups official press service. NCROF leader Ahmed al-Jarboe will reportedly lead the delegation, with vice presidents Nur al- Amir and Abdel Hakim, along with Syrian national council board member Badr Dzharmus, set to participate. Louay Safi, chairman of the Syrian American Council, will also be present at Montreux.

    15:32

    ​Pakistan militant bus bombing kills at least 18

    A bomb, detonated near a convoy of buses in western Pakistan, has killed at least 18 Shiite pilgrims, according to initial reports. However, local officials told Reuters that at least 22 had died as a result of the blast. The groups on the bus were returning from an excursion to Iran, and were passing through the city of Quetta when the bomb detonated. A police officer, Mohammad Aslam, told AP that the likely death toll of 18 could rise as several of the 24 others injured were in a critical condition.

    15:21

    Spain retakes number three spot in world tourism

    Spain announced on Tuesday that it retook the number three position in world tourism in 2013. The country overtook China by luring a record 60.6 million international visitors, AFP reported. Foreign tourist arrivals surged by 5.6 percent in the year, the government said, boosting the euro zone’s fourth largest economy. “The new figures for 2013 allow our country to retake the number three position in this indicator after having overtaken China,” Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said. Spain stood behind only France with 83 million international tourist arrivals and the US with 67 million.

    14:50

    Syrian opposition to demand removal of Assad in peace talks

    Syria’s opposition group, the National Coalition, warned on Tuesday it would demand the removal of “criminal” President Bashar Assad. On his arrival in Switzerland ahead of a peace conference, Badr Jamous, secretary-general of the National Coalition and member of its negotiating team, said: “We will not accept less than the removal of the criminal Bashar Assad and changing the regime and holding the murderers accountable.” The regime in Damascus “does not deserve less than being sent to stand trial in front of the International Criminal Court,” he told Reuters.

    14:15

    Obama to visit pope in March

    US President Barack Obama plans to visit Pope Francis at the Vatican in March during a trip to Europe, Reuters reported. The president is scheduled to meet with the pope on March 27, the White House said on Tuesday. The trip will include stops in the Netherlands, Belgium and Italy.

    13:56

    Senegal releases Russia’s trawler

    The authorities in Senegal have released the Oleg Naidyonov trawler which was detained by Senegalese servicemen and convoyed to Dakar’s port in early January. Yury Parshev, director of the Murmansk company Phoenix that owns the ship, told Interfax that the authorities were ready to stand bail for the detained trawler. The Russian Foreign Ministry had demanded immediate release of trawler.

    13:24

    Gunmen briefly hold 60 Afghan de-miners hostage

    Armed men briefly held about 60 de-miners hostage in the northwest of Afghanistan on Tuesday before an operation by security forces freed them, AFP reported. The mine clearance workers, all Afghans, working for the British Halo Trust, were taken by gunmen from a camp in the Pashtun Zarghun district of Herat province. Halo said the kidnappers were not Taliban members. Sediq Sediqqi, spokesman for the interior ministry said that all the abducted de-miners have been freed.

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  • #AceNewsGroup 13:42 on January 21, 2014 Permalink
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    12:43

    Evidence from defector show mass killings by Syria regime – investigators

    Former international prosecutors said on Tuesday that they have evidence from a defector proving that the Syrian regime has systematically killed and tortured around 11,000 people, AFP reported. Three top investigators, commissioned by Qatar, examined thousands of pictures said to have been smuggled out by a former military police photographer. Qatar backs the Syrian rebels. The report that shows evidence of starvation, strangulation and beatings came a day before talks were due to begin in Switzerland, aimed at negotiating an end to Syria’s civil war. Damascus denies torturing detainees.

    11:52

    Al-Nusra Front in Lebanon claims Beirut bombing that killed at least 5 people

    The Al-Nusra Front in Lebanon on Tuesday claimed a bomb attack in Beirut that killed at least five people, AFP reported. The group is believed to be a franchise of a Syrian Al-Qaeda-linked group. “We have responded to the massacres carried out by the party of Iran [Hezbollah]… with a martyrdom operation in their backyard in the southern [Beirut] suburbs,” the group said in a statement posted on a Twitter account. Dozens were also wounded after a suicide car bomb exploded in Hezbollah’s southern Beirut bastion on Tuesday, media reports said. The same busy commercial street was targeted by a suicide car bombing in early January that also killed a minimum of five people.

    11:17

    Thai govt declares state of emergency in Bangkok

    The Thai government has imposed a 60-day state of emergency in Bangkok and surrounding provinces from Wednesday to help contain protesters. Deputy interior minister, Visarn Techateerawat, announced the emergency after a cabinet meeting on Tuesday. The decree gives security agencies the power to impose curfews, detain suspects without charge, censor media and ban political gatherings. The government says it has no plans to disperse the protest movement led by Suthep Thaugsuban.

    10:46

    Beijing to start regular patrols in South China Sea

    Beijing will base a 5,000-ton civilian patrol ship on one of the main islands it controls in the disputed South China Sea and begin regular patrols, Reuters reported. The ship would be based on Woody Island, which China calls Sansha City, in the Paracel Islands, according to the China Ocean News. It added that China will “gradually establish a regular patrol system on Sansha City to protect the country’s maritime interests.” Infrastructure on the island will be built, as well as a “joint platform for sharing maritime security data.” The move is likely to add fuel to territorial disputes with neighbors.

    10:21

    Pakistan bombs suspected Taliban hideouts, 25 killed

    Pakistani jets and helicopter gunships bombarded suspected Taliban hideouts in a northwestern tribal district on Tuesday, killing at least 25 people, AFP reported. The air strikes come a day after a Taliban suicide bomber killed 13 people in a blast near army headquarters. The military said the strikes were based on “confirmed intelligence reports” and were carried out in the North Waziristan tribal district, a stronghold for Taliban and Al-Qaeda-linked militants on the border with Afghanistan.

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  • #AceNewsGroup 10:15 on January 21, 2014 Permalink
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    #AceNewsDesk : “World News – Today – 21 January 2014 – Good Morning” 


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    Blast heard in Hezbollah stronghold in Beirut – witnesses

    An explosion was heard and smoke was seen rising on Tuesday in the southern suburbs of the Lebanese capital, Beirut, Reuters reported, citing witnesses and local media. The area is a stronghold of the Shiite Muslim militant movement, Hezbollah. Witnesses said they heard the sound of a blast in the area, which has been the target of repeated car bombs in recent months. Hezbollah’s Al Manar channel said the blast occurred in the Haret Hriek area.

    08:54

    Iran sends warships to Atlantic – TV

    Iran’s navy has sent warships on a mission to the Atlantic Ocean for the first time in the county’s history, state TV said on Tuesday. The Sabalan destroyer and Khark logistic helicopter carrier will be dispatched on a three-month voyage. The ships carry some 30 navy academy cadets for training, alongside an unspecified military mission, AP reported. No ports of call were mentioned. Tehran has regularly deployed warships to the Gulf of Aden off the eastern coast of Africa to fight piracy and protect commercial ships.

    08:12

    Gunmen kill 3 polio workers in Pakistan’s Karachi

    Gunmen killed three health workers taking part in a polio vaccination drive in Pakistan’s biggest city, Karachi, police said. Attackers on motorbikes opened fire on polio teams on Monday in two separate incidents in the Qayyumabad neighborhood in the east of the city. The World Health Organization recently warned that Pakistan’s northwestern city of Peshawar was the world’s “largest reservoir” of the polio virus.

    07:46

    Leader of Yemeni Shiite Muslim Houthi group killed in Sanaa

    Unknown attackers shot and killed a leader of the Yemeni Shiite Muslim Houthi group in Sanaa on Tuesday, Reuters reported. Ahmad Sharafeddin, a former dean of the school of law at Sanaa University, was on his way to attend reconciliation talks in the Yemeni capital. He reportedly died immediately after the gunmen opened fire on him. Another Houthi leader, Abdulkarim al-Khiwani, accused hardline Sunni militants of carrying out the attack. The Houthi group has fought hardline Sunni Salafis in northern Yemen since October. A ceasefire was reached earlier this month to relocate the Salafis to another city, but clashes have continued in other parts of northern Yemen with tribesmen allied to the Salafis.

    06:22

    Cambodia police detain 11 anti-government protesters

    Police in Cambodia detained 11 activists Tuesday who were trying to hand over a petition to foreign embassies, AP reported. Demonstrators urge four embassies, including those of the US and France, to help free two dozen anti-government protesters arrested during a brutal crackdown this month. Twenty-three people were arrested in early January in connection with protests against the government.

    05:33

    ​Pakistan bombards tribal areas in Taliban hunt

    Pakistani fighter jets and helicopter gunships raided suspected Taliban hideouts in the tribal area of North Waziristan province. It was the first time aircraft were used in the area since the 2007 ceasefire with local Taliban chiefs. Military sources said they targeted militant positions around the Mir Ali area. The strikes came as pressure grows on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to hit harder on the Taliban in response to its attacks on security forces. The PM came to power promising peace talks with Taliban, but an attempt to arrange negotiations failed after the killing of Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud in a November by a US drone strike.

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  • #AceNewsGroup 13:56 on January 20, 2014 Permalink
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    #AceNewsDesk : “World News – Today – 20 January 2014 – Good Afternoon” 


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    15 journalists hurt in Kiev clashes

    Fifteen journalists, mostly Ukrainian, have been hurt over two days of clashes between protesters and police in downtown Kiev. They include a news photographer for Russia’s Novaya Gazeta newspaper, Yevgeny Feldman, Interfax said. On Monday, a photographer for Ukraine’s LB.ua, Maks Levin, was beaten up, media reports say. Police also reportedly detained TV operator Vladimir Karagyaur.

    14:36

    Woman suspected of torturing her Indonesian maid arrested in Hong Kong

    Police in Hong Kong have arrested a woman suspected of torturing her Indonesian maid, the BBC reported. Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, 23, who is currently in hospital in Indonesia, said she suffered months of abuse from the 44-year-old woman in Hong Kong. Several thousand domestic staff rallied in Hong Kong to demand justice for Sulistyaningsih on Sunday. She was reportedly badly beaten and was in a critical condition when she arrived in Indonesia last week.

    14:21

    14 companies bid to destroy Syrian stockpile – watchdog

    The global chemical weapons watchdog said Monday it had received tenders from 14 commercial companies, offering to destroy part of Syria’s toxic stockpile, Reuters reported. The companies include those from America, Europe and China, the Hague-based Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said. It is tasked with overseeing the destruction process, and has earmarked up to $54 million for the commercial processing of 500 metric tons of industrial chemicals and millions of liters of toxic waste.

    13:27

    600 people evacuated in Italy flooding

    A Syrian-born doctor out visiting a patient died and hundreds of people were forced from their homes by flooding in Italy, AFP reported. The doctor, Elias Kassabij, 66, was carried away by the flood waters from a swollen stream near the port of Genoa in northwest Italy. The father of the young patient he had visited was rescued. Emergency workers near the city of Modena were looking for a man who took to a dinghy on a canal amid heavy rain to help some stranded people and fell into the water. Some 600 people were evacuated from their homes around Modena.

    EU ministers approve the military mission in Central African Republic

    EU foreign ministers on Monday approved sending up to 1,000 soldiers to the Central African Republic, Reuters reported. The forces will back up French and African soldiers trying to restore order after bloody clashes. Diplomats earlier said the mission would be limited to four to six months, and soldiers would take over security at Bangui Airport to free up French troops.

    12:05

    RussiaUS-UN meeting ahead of Geneva 2 possible on Jan. 21 – Moscow

    A trilateral Russia-US-UN meeting on preparing the Geneva 2 international conference on Syria could be held on Tuesday, Interfax quoted Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov as saying. It is possible that a trilateral meeting with the participation of US representatives and UN Special Representative on Syria Lakhdar Brahimi “could take place tomorrow,” Gatilov said Monday.

    11:53

    Workers to strike at top platinum firms in S. Africa

    The AMCU union on Monday served notice to strike for higher wages within 48 hours at top global platinum mines in South Africa, AFP reported. Anglo-American Platinum, Impala Platinum and Lonmin confirmed members of the dominant Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union will start their strike at morning shift from Thursday. Earlier talks failed to provide a solution. Over 80,000 workers will strike at the firms, just over half their combined workforce. Workers demand a basic salary of 12,500 rand ($1,150) – more than double the 5,000-rand entry-level pay, according to the union.

    11:19

    Militants attack NATO base in Afghanistan, ISAF service member killed

    An assault by suicide bombers and gunmen against a NATO base in southern Afghanistan on Monday killed one service member, according to the coalition. All nine insurgents wearing coalition uniforms were killed during the attack on the base in southern Kandahar’s Zhari district, AP reported, citing officials. Two civilian bystanders also died. As foreign troops withdraw this year, the Taliban have intensified a campaign against Afghan and international forces.

    10:32

    Al-Qaeda has enough arms to ‘take Baghdad’ – official

    Al-Qaeda fighters entrenched in a city they seized late last month west of Baghdad have enough heavy weapons allegedly to take the country’s capital, Iraq’s Senior Deputy Interior Minister Adnan al-Asadi said Monday. Iraqi forces are fighting “fierce battles” against heavily armed militants to recapture parts of Ramadi, the capital of the western Anbar province, and also the nearby city of Fallujah, he said. The weapons in Fallujah that are in the hands of Iraq’s Al-Qaeda branch and other Sunni militant groups are “advanced and huge and enough to occupy Baghdad,” AP quoted the official as saying. Iraq announced on Sunday an all-out military operation to push Al-Qaeda out of Ramadi.

     

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  • #AceNewsGroup 11:27 on January 20, 2014 Permalink
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    #AceNewsDesk: “World News – Today – 20 January 2014 – Good Morning” 


    Ace News Group Tehran starts implementing nuclear deal – IAEA

    Iran has halted its most sensitive nuclear activity under a deal with six world powers, a confidential UN atomic agency report said. The International Atomic Energy Agency’s report, obtained by Reuters, also said Iran had begun diluting its stockpile of uranium enriched to the fissile concentration of 20 percent. This level took the country closer to the capability of producing fuel for an atomic bomb – a goal Tehran has always denied. Iran’s move paves the way for the easing of some Western sanctions imposed on the country.09:01

    Vietnam court sentences 30 drug smugglers to death

    Vietnam on Monday sentenced 30 drug smugglers to death in the communist country’s largest-ever narcotics case, involving nearly two tons of heroin, AFP reported. The 30 men and women, all Vietnamese, in the northern province of Quang Ninh, were found guilty of drug trafficking and given the death penalty. A further 59 defendants were handed sentences ranging up to life in prison, presiding Judge Ngo Duc said. This was Vietnam’s “largest ever trial in terms of defendants, the number of death penalties given out and the amount of heroin involved,” according to Duc.

    08:29

    UN inspectors disconnecting enrichment equipment in Iran – report

    UN nuclear inspectors have begun disconnecting some centrifuges used for enriching uranium at Iran’s Natanz plant, Iranian state television said. The move is part of a nuclear deal with six world powers due to take effect on Monday. “The International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors in the Natanz plant are disconnecting cascades,”Reuters quoted the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, Ali Akbar Salehi, as saying on television. The official, who was referring to interlinked networks of centrifuges, added that “the sanctions iceberg against Iran is melting.” Tehran is expected to suspend its higher-grade uranium enrichment in return for some easing of Western sanctions.

    07:12

    2 dead, hundreds evacuated over ‘historic’ French Riviera floods

    River levels were receding early on Monday in southeastern France after “historic” floods left two people dead, AFP reported. A third man disappeared while out on his boat and 4,000 homes have been left without power after the deluge in the department of Var, officials said. More than 150 people were airlifted to safety. In the town of Hyeres, Mayor Jacques Politi spoke of “a historic flood.” Var prefecture official Emmanuel Dupuis said the area was “at the end of the crisis,” warning that the slightest rain could cause further damage as the ground remained saturated.

    06:27

    Suicide bomber kills 10 near Pakistani army HQ in Rawalpindi

    A suicide bomber killed 10 people in a crowded market on Monday near the Pakistani army headquarters in the city of Rawalpindi, Reuters reported. The market is 10 minutes’ walk from the army headquarters and is considered one of the most secure areas of the city. The attack, not far from the capital, Islamabad, comes a day after a Taliban bombing killed 20 Pakistani soldiers near the tribal region of North Waziristan.

    03:18

    6.3 quake strikes New Zealand

    A strong 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck the North Island of New Zealand on Monday afternoon, with tremors felt in Wellington and other parts of the country. The epicenter of Monday’s earthquake was approximately 129 kilometers northeast of Wellington. The depth of the shake was recorded at 65 kilometers according to the Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences, the country’s seismological agency. There is no immediate word on damage or casualties.

    00:54

    ​S. Korean trade official kidnapped in Libya

    A South Korean trade agency employee has been kidnapped by four unknown assailants in Libya, the country’s Foreign Ministry announced. Han Seok-woo, the head of the Libya unit of the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) was kidnapped in the early hours of Monday morning as he was returning home after his work at the trade office in Tripoli.

     

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