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#AceWorldNews HONG KONG – September 27 – Riot police in Hong Kong on Saturday arrested scores of students who stormed the government headquarters compound during a night of scuffles to protest China’s refusal to allow genuine democratic reforms in the semi-autonomous city.
More than 100 other protesters, however, showed no sign of leaving the area surrounding the square where the government complex is located, and chanted at police to stop arresting their colleagues.
There is no draft law on creating a special status for the restive regions of Donetsk and Lugansk in eastern Ukraine, President Petro Poroshenko said, adding that Ukraine is only to be decentralized.
“There will be no law on the special status of Donbass region. There is a law on a special operation mode of the local government. The secession of the region is out of question. A process of general decentralization is underway. It will start across the country,” Poroshenko said on Thursday speaking at a press-conference in Kiev.
This statement runs counter to the Minsk protocol signed on September 5 by Kiev and local militias outlining what needs to be done to ensure the ceasefire in Ukraine’s east. One of the key points of the agreement was the adoption of a new law providing for a special status for Lugansk and Donetsk regions and early elections there.
Ace World News – September 25 – Local News
‘SOUTH EAST ASIA NEWS DESK REPORTING ’
RAWALPINDI- PAKISTAN: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif was asked by the government to play “facilitative role for resolution of current impasse,” DG ISPR Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa tweeted.
With the political turmoil due to Mr. Imran Khan Cricketer philanthropist turned politician and Canadian-Pakistani cleric, both in opposition have demanded that current government should step down immediately.
Their reasons include: he South Asian nation is also plagued by high unemployment, daily power cuts and a Taliban insurgency, while anti-Western and violent sectarian groups are gaining strength.
Some thousands have marched to Islamabad, the capital and most protesters on the streets of Islamabad say they are demonstrating against government corruption, which they blame for the country’s widespread poverty.
KARACHI-PAKISTAN: A woman can do just about anything a man can, all she requires is ‘opportunity’, said 22-year-old Pakistani mountaineer Samina Baig, speaking at the jam packed Aga Khan University Hospital’s gymnasium, with her talk aptly titled ‘No Mountain Too High, Nor Too Easy’.
Last year, she also became the first woman to ever climb the tallest peaks in Seven Continents as part of the diplomacy mission project called “Seven Summits” funded by international community.
#AceBreakingNews – UNITED STATES – September 24 U.S. and coalition aircraft launched five air-strikes early Wednesday against terrorist targets in Iraq and Syria, U.S. military officials told NBC News.
Officials said one airstrike damaged eight vehicles linked to ISIS northwest of Al Qa’im, Syria, while four strikes occurred in Iraq.
Two vehicles and a weapons cache west of Baghdad were targeted while ISIS “fighting positions” southeast of Erbil were hit by the two other strikes. In addition to ISIS, a group of “seasoned al Qaeda veterans” known as Khorasan has also been targeted by U.S. strikes in Syria.
#AceWorldNews – September 24 – President Obama will take the reins of the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday seeking to build support for a prolonged military campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
Obama’s stint as chair of the Security Council — the second of his presidency — will come just over 24 hours after the United States broadened its assault against ISIS with air-strikes in Syria.
The strikes were bolstered by support from Arab allies, highlighting how Obama is increasingly turning his multilateralism into an instrument of war.
That’s a far cry from 2009, when Obama was a month away from winning the Nobel Peace Prize and his agenda at the United Nations was ridding the world of nuclear weapons.
Now Obama is coming to the U.N. as a wartime leader intent on destroying an enemy that his Defense secretary said is “unlike anything” the nation has seen before.
His top priority? To convince other nations to contribute their military assets and money in the fight against ISIS.
“This is not America’s fight alone,” Obama said Tuesday in comments about the strikes from the South Lawn of the White House.