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  • #AceNewsGroup 10:51 on July 2, 2014 Permalink
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    ‘ Danish Ship Carrying Hundreds of Tons of Syrian Chemical Weapons Docks at Port ‘ 

    #AceWorldNews – ITALY (Gioia Tauro) – July 02 – A Danish ship carrying hundreds of tons of Syrian chemical weapons has steamed into the southern Italian port of Gioia Tauro for a rendezvous with a U.S. cargo vessel that will destroy the toxic material.

    Escorted by an Italian coast guard vessel and other ships, the Ark Futura pulled into port as the sun rose Wednesday and anchored near the MV Cape Ray.

    A helicopter buzzed overhead.

    The Ark Futura last month picked up the last batch of Syrian chemical weapons — including mustard gas and the raw materials for sarin nerve gas — that were removed as part of the international effort to destroy Syria’s chemical stockpile.

    The chemicals are to be loaded onto the Cape Ray later Wednesday and will be neutralized at sea.

    AP – Fox – USA Today


  • #AceNewsGroup 21:26 on May 29, 2014 Permalink
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    ` Thirty Eight Children Injured in Bus Accident ‘ 

    #AceWorldNews – ITALY (Veneto) – May 29 – Thirty-eight children have been injured in a bus accident in Italy, three of whom are in a serious condition, according to La Stampa.

    There were 40 boys aged 12-16 on the bus, accompanied by five leaders.

    The accident took place in Belluno, in the Veneto region of northern Italy.

    The driver had reportedly experienced some problems applying the brakes on the vehicle while it was en route to Lignano Sabbiadoro, Udine, also in the north.

    Two helicopters and six ambulances arrived at the scene of the accident to aid with rescue operations.

    CNN – RT – La Stampa


  • #AceNewsGroup 15:32 on May 27, 2014 Permalink
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    ` Italian Journalist Frederico Motka Kidnapped in Syria Has Been Freed After a Year in Captivity ‘ 

    #AceNewsServices – ANKARA – May 27 – Italian journalist Federico Motka, kidnapped in war-torn Syria over a year ago, has been freed and safely transferred to Turkey, via the Akcakale border gate in the south-eastern province of Sanliurfa.

    Tomorrow he will see his relatives in Italy, promised Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Twitter. 31-year-old Motka used to work in Syria as a coordinator for the Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (ACTED) and was abducted by a group of armed men on March 13, 2013.

    Back in April four French journalists were freed in Syria after 10 months of captivity, also returning home via Turkey.

    Freed journalist believed to be kidnapped by ISIL

    Federico Motka was greeted by Turkish army officials at the border and underwent a medical check-up at a local hospital. He was then brought to a local police department for his testimony.

    Motka had been kidnapped on March 12 last year in Atmeh town in Syria’s northern city of Idlib, security sources told Anadolu Agency.

    In his statement, the 31 year-old journalist, said he saw the flag of the group, who tortured and relocated him six times.

    He will be sent back to Italy shortly after official procedures are completed, the police said.

    ISIL is a hard-liner militant group fighting in the northern and eastern regions of the war-torn country in a bid to establish their own state.

    Back in mid-April, four French journalists, following 10 months of captivity in Syria, were released and also brought to Turkey before returning to their home country.

    Twitter – Hurriyet Daily – Anadolu


  • #AceNewsGroup 20:02 on May 20, 2014 Permalink
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    ` Italian Navy Rescue Two-Boats Packed with More than 500 Migrants off Coast of Sicily ‘ 

    #AceWorldNews – ROME – May 20 – Italy’s navy on Tuesday rescued two boats packed with more than 500 migrants, including 133 minors, AFP said.

    There were also 64 women in the group, according to the navy.

    A navy helicopter spotted the boats south of Sicily on Monday.

    The rescue, carried out on Tuesday with the help of nearby merchant vessels, was delayed by poor weather conditions.

    Almost all of the new arrivals are on boats leaving northern Libya, which is becoming increasingly lawless.

    Many are originally from Eritrea, Somalia and Syria.


  • #AceNewsGroup 20:22 on May 11, 2014 Permalink
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    #AceWorldNews – TRIPOLI – may 11 – At least 40 people have died as a boat carrying migrants sank off Libya‘s coast, east of the capital, Tripoli, Reuters reports, citing a spokesman for the Interior Ministry.

    Fifty-one people were rescued.

    Libya’s porous borders with its sub-Saharan neighbours and its proximity to Italy and Malta across the Mediterranean have made the North African country a common transit route for migrants trying to reach Europe.


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  • shaunynews 02:36 on May 4, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: American Basketball and American Football, Canadian Ice Hockey, Fan And Policeman ‘Shot’, Fan ‘Shot’, , Italian Cup Final, Italy, Napoli, Napoli and Fiorentina, Napoli and Fiorentina in Rome, Policeman ‘Shot’, , , Southern Europe, violence delayed the match by 45 minutes   

    Fan And Policeman ‘Shot’ Before Football Italian Cup Final 

    At least one fan and one police officer have reportedly been shot ahead of the Italian Cup final between Napoli and Fiorentina in Rome. The football supporter was believed to have been hit in the chest and was in a serious condition, while the police officer was shot in the hand. The shootings reportedly happened in an area where fans were gathering for the match at the Olympic Stadium. There were also reports of serious crowd trouble in the Tor di Quinto area close to the venue.

    Video in Italian, but shows the scenes

    At least three Napoli supporters were reportedly injured in clashes, as rival supporters threw firecrackers and other objects at each other. Fans of Roma, one of the capital’s clubs, were also reportedly seen throwing bottles and stones. Inside the stadium, Napoli captain Marek Hamsik was seen going over to talk with the fans and calm them down before kick-off, which was delayed by 45 minutes.

    Napoli overcame the dramatic scenes to claim their second Italian Cup trophy in three years with a 3-1 win over Fiorentina. There was more chaos at the final whistle when Napoli fans invaded the pitch to celebrate, although they were quickly brought under control. Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and Senate President Piero Grasso were present at the game. Mr Grasso, who presented the trophy to Napoli at the end of the match, described those responsible as “delinquents, not supporters”. “A game of football cannot be turned into a war between rival gangs,” he said.

    The atmosphere and game, like hell

  • #AceNewsGroup 11:02 on April 26, 2014 Permalink
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    #AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON – WHITE HOUSE – April 25 – 2014 – G-7 Leaders Statement on Ukraine.

    We, the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, the President of the European Council and the President of the European Commission, join in expressing our deep concern at the continued efforts by separatists backed by Russia to destabilize eastern Ukraine and our commitment to taking further steps to ensure a peaceful and stable environment for the May 25 presidential election.

    We welcomed the positive steps taken by Ukraine to meet its commitments under the Geneva accord of April 17 by Ukraine, Russia, the European Union, and the United States. These actions include working towards constitutional reform and decentralization, proposing an amnesty law for those who will peacefully leave the buildings they have seized in eastern Ukraine, and supporting the work of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). We also note that the Government of Ukraine has acted with restraint in dealing with the armed bands illegally occupying government buildings and forming illegal checkpoints.

    In contrast, Russia has taken no concrete actions in support of the Geneva accord. It has not publicly supported the accord, nor condemned the acts of pro-separatists seeking to destabilize Ukraine, nor called on armed militants to leave peacefully the government buildings they’ve occupied and put down their arms. Instead, it has continued to escalate tensions by increasingly concerning rhetoric and ongoing threatening military maneuvers on Ukraine’s border.

    We reiterate our strong condemnation of Russia’s illegal attempt to annex Crimea and Sevastopol, which we do not recognize. We will now follow through on the full legal and practical consequences of this illegal annexation, including but not limited to the economic, trade and financial areas.

    We have now agreed that we will move swiftly to impose additional sanctions on Russia. Given the urgency of securing the opportunity for a successful and peaceful democratic vote next month in Ukraine’s presidential elections, we have committed to act urgently to intensify targeted sanctions and measures to increase the costs of Russia’s actions.

    Russia’s actions in Ukraine and the response from the international community already have imposed significant costs on its economy. While we continue to prepare to move to broader, coordinated sanctions, including sectoral measures should circumstances warrant, as we committed to in The Hague on March 24, we underscore that the door remains open to a diplomatic resolution of this crisis, on the basis of the Geneva accord. We urge Russia to join us in committing to that path.

    Press Statement The White House – http://tinyurl.com/ppawnfx


  • #AceNewsGroup 20:48 on April 25, 2014 Permalink
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    ` Conference Call with World Leaders Spoke in Favour and the Adoption of New Sanctions on Russia ‘ 

    #AceWorldNews – PARIS – April 25 – Leaders of the US, UK, Germany, Italy and France spoke in favour of the adoption of new sanctions against Russia, Elysee Palace announces.

    The statement says that the French president Francois Hollande held telephone talks with US President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, prime ministers of Italy and the UK Matteo Renzi and David Cameron.

    “The Heads of State and Government called for the country’s “seven” to the rapid reaction (developments in Ukraine) and pointed at the possibility to new sanctions against Russia,” statement reports.


  • shaunynews 21:41 on April 21, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: , deadly Ebola virus, Ebola in Europe, Ebola in Italy, Ebola outbreak, , Italy,   


    They are denying it but I just checked and YES! 2 hospitals in Italy have been closed down in sections. This is now out of control. I have been blogging it since it started a few months ago. Links below and Daboo7 with his usual best in Video below



    The initial Ebola outbreak in Guinea is believed to have started when hunters came in contact with infected fruit bats. The Ebola virus is spread between humans through direct contact. Once infected, it can take up to 21 days for symptoms to appear, which include high fever, headaches, and fatigue. At that point, the infected person is contagious.

    With details lacking and health officials opting to keep reports of infections from the public, it is impossible to know exactly how far the virus has spread.

    As noted above, this new strain was not identified immediately, thus blood tests of people showing possible symptoms may have shown false-negatives even though those individuals may have been carrying the virus. Once returned to the general population and assuming they did not contract the virus, it is certainly possible that it was then transmitted to others.

    If Ebola has taken hold in Italy, then we can expect more reported cases all over the continent in coming weeks, with the real possibility that the virus could make its way to U.S. shores via hundreds of international flights arriving on a daily basis.

    It’s understandable that government officials do not want to overreact and cause panic, especially insofar as global air travel is concerned, because doing so would lead to a lock down of airports worldwide.

    The panic would be unprecedented.

    As noted by Tess Pennington of Ready Nutrition, even if the public became aware that a pandemic was in progress, many would remain in denial about such a prospect and would remain oblivious to the long-term repercussions. She notes that the effects of a pandemic could be swift and drastic, leading to societal upheaval :

    Understanding that our lives will change drastically if the population is faced with a pandemic and being prepared for this can help you make better choices toward the well being of your family. Some changes could be:

    Shut downs of business commerce
    Breakdown of our basic infrastructure: communications, mass transportation, supply chains
    Payroll service interruptions
    Staffing shortages in hospitals and medical clinics
    Interruptions in public facilities – Schools, workplaces may close, and public gatherings such as sporting events or worship services may close temporarily.
    Government mandated voluntary or involuntary home quarantine.
    (Source: Pandemic Preparedness)

    Given the continued spread of the virus to numerous countries in Africa, and now possibly Europe, we urge readers to remain vigilant and have, at the very least, their basic essentials in place.

    This virus is incurable and is believed to have a mortality rate of up to 85% of those infected.

    If it is spreading outside of Africa, then it is only a matter of time – perhaps several weeks – before it becomes apparent in developing nations.

    These posted probabilities are in no way authoritative, and should be considered a “best guess” only.

    Probabilities of unchecked infection at this point, based upon a method of travel, times and frequencies of airline flights to various cities, also including certain assumed volumes of “mixed maritime” traffic between north Africa and southern Europe – the Probability that Ebola will strike is:

    63% in Italy within 8 days
    44% in Spain within 15 days
    77% in Riyadh/Saudi within 21 days
    40% in Libya within 25 days
    29% in the US within 28 days
    37% in Egypt within 33 days
    By the time we get to 35 days, it can be in 25 countries on 4 continents.

    In the United States, the CDC has issued a travel alert to airlines and set up emergency quarantine stations at domestic airports, though there are no specific guidelines in place at this time according to BD Live:

    The US is well prepared to handle infected patients on its soil with 20 CDC quarantine stations in place at US airports that are designed to deal with anyone who has symptoms of a wide range of infectious illnesses, including Ebola, according to spokeswoman Christine Pearson. Despite the outbreak, there are no special requests or guidelines to airlines about Ebola, though the CDC has issued a travel alert, she said.

    “The time it takes to travel from rural Guinea to anywhere in the US is more than enough time to incubate the virus and be symptomatic,” Council on Foreign Relations senior fellow Laurie Garrett said in New York.

    If in the next month we see Ebola popping up in North America then we may have a serious problem on our hands.

    This is a developing report and is in no way conclusive. Official statements from the WHO, CDC and European governments have yet to confirm Ebola’s crossover into Europe or the United States. Updates will be provided as details become available.




  • #AceNewsGroup 18:18 on April 11, 2014 Permalink
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    ` G7 Leaders will Meet in Brussels on the 4th and 5th June in the G7-Format it has been Agreed ‘ 

    #AceWorldNews – April 11 – BRUSSELS – The leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, the President of the European Council and the President of the European Commission will meet in Brussels on 4-5 June 2014 in the G-7 format, it was announced today.

    The two-day meeting was agreed by the G7 leaders on 24 March in The Hague. The G7 at the time confirmed they would not be attending a G8 summit with Russia in Sochi schedule for June and issued a declaration in support of Ukraine.


  • #AceNewsGroup 21:06 on April 10, 2014 Permalink
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    ` Italian Navy has Rescued 18,000 Migrants since Launching Operation ` Mare Nostrum ‘ 

    #AceWorldNews -ITALY – April 10 – (RT) – The Italian Navy said Thursday it has rescued over 18,000 migrants since launching a Mediterranean operation called Mare Nostrum (Our Sea), following two deadly shipwrecks in October 2013.

    Five warships are usually deployed with more than 900 military personal at a cost of 9 million euros ($12 million) a month.

    Navy chief Giuseppe De Giorgi said that after the twin tragedies last October which left more than 400 people dead, a total of 18,546 migrants had been rescued off Italy’s shores.

    De Giorgi rejected claims by right-wing parties in Italy than the operation had led to an increase in migrants.


  • #AceNewsGroup 15:11 on April 9, 2014 Permalink
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    ` Italy has Rescued 4,000 Migrants from boats trying to reach `European Shores’ in past 48 Hours ‘ 

    #AceWorldNews – Italy has rescued 4,000 migrants from boats trying to reach European shores in the past 48 hours, Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said Wednesday.

    “The emergency is getting worse and there is no halt to the boats arriving,” Reuters quoted him as saying. “Europe must take it in hand, immediately, because this is not a Mediterranean border but a European border.”

    Some 15,000 migrants have arrived in Italy by sea since the start of 2014.

  • #AceNewsGroup 13:33 on March 27, 2014 Permalink
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    ` Italy’s Navy rescues 128 Migrant’s from Egypt, Eritrea, Sudan and Syria from a Boat crossing the Mediterranean ‘ 

    #AceWorldNews – ITALY – March 27 – Italy’s navy said Thursday it had rescued 128 migrants from Egypt, Eritrea, Sudan and Syria.

    The migrants, including eight women and 13 minors, were rescued from a boat crossing the Mediterranean Sea which got into difficulty off the coast of Sicily, AFP reported.

    They were transferred on board the San Giorgio frigate and were being taken to the Sicilian port town of Augusta.


  • #AceNewsGroup 21:55 on March 24, 2014 Permalink
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    ` Russia does not hold on to the Group of Eight (G8) Lavrov said after talks with Kerry in the Hague ‘ 

    #AceWorldNews – THE HAGUE – G7 – March 24 – Russia does to hold on to the G8 (Group of Eight), Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said after talks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in The Hague on Monday, March 24.

    “The G8 is an informal club. There are no membership cards there and no one can be expelled from it by definition. It has played it role, as many think, because all economic and financial issues are discussed within the Group of 20.

    The Group of Eight continued to exit mainly because it was a forum for discussion between the leading Western countries and Russia,” he said.

    He recalled that the G8 had discussed such issues as the Iranian nuclear issue, nuclear security on the Korean Peninsula, Syria, and the Balkans.

    “But there are actually other formats for discussing these issues – the U.N. Security Council, there is the Middle East Quartet to discuss the Middle East settlement, and the P1+5 to discuss the Iranian nuclear issue,” Lavrov said.

    “If our Western partners think that this format has outlived itself, so be it. We do not hold on to it. We don’t think it will be a tragedy if it’s not convened. We can wait for a year or a year and a half, as an experiment, and see how we live without it,” the minister said.

    Replying to questions from journalists on March 4, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russia was still preparing the G8 summit in Sochi scheduled for June.

    “We will be ready to host the summit with our colleagues. If they do not want to come – so be it,” he said.

    He stressed that Russia’s actions were based on international law and bilateral obligations, unlike those of the United States which “always clearly formulates their own geopolitical and states interests and follow them with persistence… and draw the whole world in.”

    When asked about possible sanctions from the West against Russia, Putin said that “It is primarily those who intend to apply them that need to consider their consequences.”

    The president stressed that “any threat against Russia is counter-productive and harmful.”

    Russia took over the presidency in the Group of Eight on January 1, 2014. The main event of its presidency – the G8 summit – was scheduled to be held in Sochi on June 4-5.

    British Prime Minister David Cameron threatened to exclude Russia from the Group of Eight if it refused to cooperate on de-escalation of tensions in Ukraine. Speaking at a meeting of the EU heads of state or government on March 6, Cameron stressed that “illegal actions committed by Russia cannot pass without a response.”

    The EU leaders agreed to suspend negotiations on a more liberal visa regime for Russians, to stop work on a comprehensive new agreement on relations between Russia and the EU, and to pull out of all preparations for the G8 summit in Sochi in June.

    “And if Russia does not rapidly engage in direct talks with the Ukrainian government to find a solution to this crisis, we have been clear that we will go further,” Cameron warned, adding that the leaders had tasked the European Commission to start work on additional measures, including travel bans and asset freezes.

    He noted that “situation in Ukraine remains highly precarious – the slightest miscalculation could see it spiral out of control” and issued “a very clear warning to President Putin that he must not destabilise the situation further.”

    “If Russia does not change course, the statement issued today now makes clear that there will be severe and far reaching consequences in areas such an energy, trade, and financial relations,” he said.

    On March 9, Putin had telephone conversations with Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

    “The conversations continued discussion on the highly complex social and political situation unfolding in Ukraine and also issues concerning the organisation of a referendum in Crimea on March 16, 2014.

    Although the three leaders did express differences of opinion regarding the events taking place, they declared their common interest in de-escalating tension and returning the situation to normal as soon as possible,” the presidential press service said.

    Putin noted, in particular, that the steps Crimea’s legitimate authorities were taking were in line with international law and seek to guarantee the lawful interests of the peninsula’s population.

    The president also noted that the current authorities in Kiev had not taken any steps to rein in ultra-nationalist and radical forces in the Ukrainian capital and in many regions.

    The three leaders exchanged views on possible international efforts to settle the crisis. They agreed to continue close working contacts, including at the foreign ministers’ level, the press service said.

    On March 24, Cameron said the summit would not take place, and Merkel said the G8 format no longer existed.

    The Group of Eight (G8) is an unofficial forum of the world’s major economies (Russia, the United States, Great Britain, France, Japan, Germany, Canada, and Italy, with the participation of the EU Leaders) designed to coordinate approaches to the most pressing issues of global affairs.

    The G8 does not operate as an international organisation, not being based on an international treaty or having a charter or permanent secretariat.

    The decisions taken by the G8 are non-binding political commitments of the member states to follow the agreed logic of action in addressing specific issues.

    The host country of the G8 annual summit is presiding over the forum throughout the year, coordinating the G8’s operating activities.

    The rotation of the G8 Presidency starts with France (last presidency in 2011), followed by the U.S., the UK, Russia, Germany, Japan, Italy, and Canada.

    The EU does not host summits and cannot assume presidency.

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    Russian News and Media Sources


  • #AceNewsGroup 10:19 on March 21, 2014 Permalink
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    ` German Police have arrested a former `Nazi Medic ‘ serving in `Auschwitz ‘ on suspicion of ` aiding and abetting Murder ‘ 

    #AceWorldNews – German police have arrested a former Nazi medic on suspicion of “multiple counts” of aiding and abetting murder when he was serving as a medic in the Auschwitz death camp, according to the local prosecutors’ office.

    A 93-year-old suspect was arrested on Monday at his home near the town of Neubrandenburg, in the federal state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in northern Germany.

    A doctor examined the man after his arrest and determined that the suspect “was in good enough health to be held in custody while authorities investigate further,” according to Stefan Urbanek, spokesman from the prosecutors’ office in Schwerin, the state capital.

    The prosecutor refused to reveal the pensioner’s identity due to German privacy rules.

    The man is now being held in pre-trial detention.

    A former member of the SS (Schutzstaffel), a major paramilitary organization under the Nazis from 1925 to 1945, the accused allegedly assisted in massacres of prisoners transported from Germany, Austria, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Slovenia to the Auschwitz -Birkenau camp in September 1944.



  • #AceNewsGroup 16:59 on March 12, 2014 Permalink
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    ` G7 calls on Russia to stop changing status of Crimea ‘ 

    #AceWorldNews – BERLIN – Leaders of the countries making up the Group of Seven (Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Italy, and the US), along with leaders of the European Council and the European Commission, have called on Russia “to cease all efforts to change the status of Crimea”.

    A joint statement issued on Wednesday said Russia would face sanctions otherwise that would be taken “individually and collectively.” TASS

    The signatories repeated the West’s claims that the referendum on self-determination, which the people of Crimea are expected to have next Sunday, is a “deeply flawed process which would have no moral force” because of the alleged presence of Russian forces in the region.

    Also, the referendum “would have no legal effect”, and therefore the G7 countries would not recognize its outcome.


  • #AceNewsGroup 16:33 on March 6, 2014 Permalink
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    ` Niger turns over the son of the late dictator `Moamer Kadhafi ‘ to Libyan Authorities ‘ 

    #AceWorldNews says that Niger has turned over a son of the late dictator Moamer Kadhafi to Libyan authorities, Tripoli said Thursday, as a government-allied militia released pictures of him in captivity.

    The government said Saadi Kadhafi, who fled across the Sahara desert to Niger during the 2011 uprising that saw rebels capture and kill his father, ending his four-decade dictatorship, was in Libyan custody.

    The Tripoli Revolutionaries Brigade, a militia made up of former rebels, released five pictures on Facebook of a disconsolate-looking Saadi in a blue jumpsuit getting his head and beard shaved.

    He knelt on the floor as his hair was removed by a man wielding an electic razor.

    Libya’s government said he would be held in accordance with “international standards regarding the treatment of prisoners”.

    Saadi Kadhafi was best known as the head of Libya’s football federation and a player who paid his way into Italy’s top division.


  • #AceNewsGroup 19:34 on March 2, 2014 Permalink
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    `Italian Women take on ` Calabria’s ‘ notorious Mafia `Ndrangheta’ a major player in the world `Cocaine Trade’ 

    #AceWorldNews says the region of Calabria in Italy is plagued by the ‘Ndrangheta mafia, a major player in the world cocaine trade.


  • #AceNewsGroup 16:11 on January 27, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: , , Blood, , Italy, John Paul ll,   

    #Italy “John Paul ll’s `Blood Stolen’ from Church Reports the Vatican” 

    #AceWorldNews says Tube of John Paul II’s blood stolen from Italy church ,a tube containing Polish Pope John Paul II’s blood has been stolen from a church in Italy, AFP reported.

    The vial was stolen on Saturday from the San Pietro della Ienca church in the mountainous Abruzzo region in central Italy, according to the Repubblica daily.

    Police and sniffer dogs are sweeping the area. John Paul II and the Italian pope John XXIII are set to become saints in a ceremony at the Vatican in April.

  • #AceNewsGroup 13:07 on January 23, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: , Italy, Milanese, , Prostitution, ,   

    Italy: Prosecutor’s Open New Investigation against `Silvio Berlusconi’ in `Prostitution Case’ over Accusations he `Corrupted’ Witnesses” 

    #AceWorldNews says Prosecutors open new investigation against Berlusconi in prostitution case
    Milanese prosecutors have opened a new investigation against Silvio Berlusconi over accusations he corrupted witnesses in a trial in which he was convicted of paying for sex with a minor, Reuters reported. The investigation follows the conviction of three associates in a separate but related trial. They were found guilty of procuring young women for prostitution at parties at Berlusconi’s luxurious villa near Milan. Last year, judges alleged that the former prime minister and his lawyers had called in some of the young women for meetings to discuss the evidence they planned to give in court.

  • #AceNewsGroup 20:47 on December 30, 2013 Permalink
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    “Changing Labelling to “Made in Italy” Can Lead to Loss of a Person’s Lifestyle in an Instant when the Police Arrive” 

    #AceWorldNews says according to this latest news post by Silvia Aloisi on Dec 30, that changes to labelling can lead to loss of a person’s lifestyle in an instant, when the police arrive. This happened to Shen Jianhe who lost both her job and home when Italian police shut down her garment factory in the Tuscan city of Prato.


    Shen Jianhe lost both her job and home when Italian police shut down her garment factory in the Tuscan city of Prato.


    An SVG map of China with Zhejiang province hig...

    An SVG map of China with Zhejiang province highlighted Legend: Image:China map legend.png (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


    By day, the 38-year-old mother of four would sew trousers at one of the nearly 5,000 workshops run by Chinese immigrants in Prato, which largely turn out cheap clothing for fast-fashion companies in Italy and across Europe.


    At night she slept in a plasterboard cubicle hidden behind a wooden wardrobe at the Shen Wu factory – until the police arrived one cold December morning. They sealed the doors and confiscated the 25 sewing machines under a crackdown on an industry that is booming but blighted by illegality and sweatshop conditions.


    Amid rolls of fabric, food leftovers and dangling electric cables lay Shen’s belongings: a pink baby coat, a blue children’s stool, a laptop. She stuffed them into a van, ready to be transported away.


    “What choice do I have?” said Shen, tears filling her eyes.


    Prato, the historical capital of Italy‘s textile business, has attracted the largest concentration of Chinese-run industry in Europe within less than 20 years.


    As many as 50,000 Chinese live and work in the area, making clothes bearing the prized 


    Piazza del Comune, Prato Italia


    label which sets them apart from garments produced in China itself, even at the lower end of the fashion business.


    In some ways, the Chinese community of Prato has succeeded where Italian companies have failed. Italy’s economy has barely grown over the past decade and is only just emerging from recession, partly due to the inability of many small manufacturers to keep up with global competition.


    Yet Prato, which lies 25 km (16 miles) from the Renaissance jewel of Florence, is also a thriving hub of illegality committed by both Italians and Chinese, a byproduct of globalization gone wrong, many people in the city say.


    Up to two thirds of the Chinese in Prato are illegal immigrants, according to local authorities. About 90 percent of the Chinese factories – virtually all of which are rented out to Chinese entrepreneurs by Italians who own the buildings -break the law in various ways, says Aldo Milone, the city councilor in charge of security.


    This includes using fabric smuggled from China, evading taxes and grossly violating health and labor regulations. This month a fire, which prosecutors suspect was set off by an electric stove, killed seven workers as they slept in cardboard cubicles at a workshop.


    Italian officials acknowledge they haven’t cracked down effectively on the mushrooming illicit behavior.


    prato fountain

    prato fountain (Photo credit: Travlr)


    Prato mayor Roberto Cenni, himself a textiles entrepreneur, arrived in 2009 promising to clean up the area. Cenni says he has trebled inspections since then, but still only a small fraction of the factories are monitored regularly.


    “We don’t have the ability to fight this system of illegality,” he said, noting that Prato has only two labour inspectors.


    In some cases, local officials share the blame. Prato chief prosecutor Piero Tony ordered the arrest of 11 people this month, including a city council employee who is suspected of issuing false residency permits – for between 600 and 1,500 ($820-$2,100) euros a piece – to more than 300 Chinese immigrants since May.




    Maps of Zhejiang Province of China

    Maps of Zhejiang Province of China (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


    Most of Prato’s Chinese come from Wenzhou, a coastal city in Zhejiang province. They started flocking to Prato in the mid-1990s to work in Italian-owned textile factories and quickly mastered the entire production chain.


    Andrea Cavicchi, local head of the Confindustria business lobby, says China’s entry in the World Trade Organisation in 2001 sounded the death knell for many of Prato’s local clothing artisans as trade barriers imposed by the European Union to protect its manufacturers were gradually phased out.


    As local companies specialized in high-quality fabric began cutting jobs to compete with cheaper foreign imports, Chinese entrepreneurs started renting abandoned Italian warehouses to set up their own factories. Gradually, the Chinese of Prato offered the speed, efficiency and high productivity that many Italian businesses had lacked.


    Now they export millions of low-cost garments – a woman’s cotton shirt sells for under 2 euros, a coat for 12 – across the continent. The Prato branch of Confindustria estimates this business is worth 2 billion euros a year, or half the turnover of Italian-run textile manufacturers in the district.


    Logo de Confindustria

    Logo de Confindustria (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


    “Between 2001 and 2011, the Italian textile industry in Prato has seen its turnover and its workforce halve. But the reality is we can’t really blame the Chinese. The problem is our labor and energy costs mean we can’t compete,” says Cavicchi. “Speed is crucial. In just three days they can churn out thousands of garments. And the final result – even though it’s cheap cloth imported from China – is perfect.”


    Trucks ferry the clothing to shoppers in the major European markets within a day or two. In the fast-changing fashion business, this gives the Prato workshops a competitive edge over rivals in China, which take 40 days to ship their output by sea to Europe.


    Outside Prato’s city walls, the main Via Pistoiese has turned into a bustling Chinatown, with Chinese restaurants, hairdressers, schools, travel agents, and youths practicing the martial art of Tai Chi in the park.


    For many years, Prato’s local government did little about the growing Chinese community, whose presence helps the local economy. “There was a tacit pact to look the other way, because the Chinese were also bringing in a lot of money, helping cushion the impact of the global financial crisis on the region,” said Massimo Bressan, a researcher on immigration issues at Prato’s Iris institute.


    When Cenni became Prato’s mayor, he promised to restore the rule of law in the city of just under 200,000. In addition to increasing the number of inspections on factories, the local government raised the cost of reclaiming confiscated machinery and introduced a decree that allows a warehouse to be declared “unfit” until it meets safety regulations.


    But part of the problem is that 60 percent of Chinese workshops last just two years, often closing and reopening under a different name to evade checks by tax authorities. Illegal immigrants found by the police are ordered to leave Italy within five days, but there is no way of making sure that they actually do so, said the city councilor for security, Milone. “It’s a joke,” he said.


    Moreover, many illegal immigrants arrive on three-month tourist visas but stay in Italy for a few years, until they make enough money to go back to China.


    “I have done inspections for 15 years, and I can tell you that for every factory we close, another one will sprout the next day. Here the attitude is too lax, there is a form of connivance,” said a judicial police officer who did not want to be named because he is not allowed to talk to the press.




    Outside the Teresa Moda factory which went up in flames this month, charred coat hangers and rolls of fabric lie scattered on the ground, the remains of burnt black out curtains preventing people from looking inside.


    “Pain has no color” read a sheet of paper outside the gate taped above pictures of the seven victims, whom police say took days to identify because relatives were too scared to come forward. One of the dead suffocated as he tried to escape through a window guarded by iron bars.


    A Chinese worker who had come to pay his respects said he made on average 70 shirts a day and was paid 70 cents for each shirt. In a good month, the worker – who said he was afraid to give his name – said he could earn 1,500 euros.


    Nearby, at the Shen Wu factory workers had regularly sat at their sewing machines for up to 14 hours a day. Li Hong, 29, had been working there for nearly a month, every day, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.


    Shen Jianhe was the longest-serving worker at the factory. She had been in Italy for 10 years, and was the only worker there with a residency permit and work contract. “What will happen to my sewing machine? I need it to work,” she said, as police began sealing all tools found on the premises.


    Shen said her children did not live with her at the factory, although children’s items – including a storybook with the title “Where is my mummy?” – were strewn across the floor of her windowless, damp cubicle, which measured about 2 square meters and was almost entirely filled by a bed.


    “Now I need to find another job. I must feed my children,” she said.




  • #AceNewsGroup 19:43 on October 18, 2013 Permalink
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    Flag of United Nations Refugee Agency

    Flag of United Nations Refugee Agency (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

    With the numbers of Syrians seeking safety in Europe on the rise, the United Nations refugee agency <“http://www.unhcr.org/cgi-bin/texis/vtx/search?page=search&docid=526108d89&query=Italy“>said today it is concerned about difficulties displaced people face during their passage and at borders, including the risk of drowning at sea.

    Melissa Fleming, chief spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), cited the case of a boat carrying between 400 and 500 Syrians and Palestinians that sank in the Mediterranean last Friday. Only 200 people have been rescued.

    “We are disturbed that the cause of the tragedy could well be attributed to shots that were fired after the boat left Libya, injuring four passengers and damaging the hull,” Ms. Fleming told a news conference in Geneva.

    The same day, she noted, a boat sank just off Alexandria in Egypt with an estimated 112 passengers on board, 40 of whom were Syrian. Twelve bodies were recovered, including five children. The survivors are being held in detention facilities in two police stations.

    They were among a growing number of Syrians trying to cross the Mediterranean from Egypt to Italy because of anxiety about their security, according to UNHCR. Many mention physical assaults, verbal threats, detention and deportation.

    The Egyptian Government estimates that some 250,000 to 300,000 Syrians currently reside in Egypt, of whom more than 122,000 are registered with UNHCR.

    Between January and the end of September, at least 7,557 Syrians and Palestinians arrived on the coast of Italy, including 6,233 since August in 63 boats. This compares to about 350 Syrians in 2012. Most of the Syrian refugees that reach Italy continue on to other countries in Europe in search of asylum.

    UNHCR was particularly concerned about the increasing number of unaccompanied children making the voyage. As the cost of travel can range from $2,000-$5,000 per person, some families opt to send their children alone or with relatives or friends.

    “UNHCR notes with concern that over 800 Syrians have been arrested in Egypt since August for attempting to illegally depart and 144, including 44 children, have been deported to third countries,” said Ms. Fleming.

    “Although charges have not been laid, approximately 589 Syrians remain in administrative detention, including women and 84 children. UNHCR is seeking access to the detained in order to properly verify numbers, conditions, and needs, or provide legal assistance,” she added.

    United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees ...

    United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

    UNHCR recognizes that a number of countries in North Africa are increasingly affected by the displacement caused by the Syria crisis, placing additional demands on their infrastructure and resources. Given the dramatic needs of Syrian refugees, which are likely to continue and grow in the immediate future, reinforcement of capacity to receive them in North African countries is increasingly urgent, the agency stressed.

    UNHCR is working with Governments, the European Union and other partners to put in place a comprehensive response to saving lives of refugees and migrants at sea. It is calling for a number of measures to prevent further tragedies and increase responsibility sharing.

    Generous approaches to protection are needed, Ms. Fleming noted, including non-penalization of those arriving without identity documents, offering flexibility in the application of family reunification criteria and procedures, dispensing with certain visa requirements, and facilitation of the entry of Syrians for work, study, family or humanitarian purposes under national programmes.

    More than 100,000 people have been killed since opposition groups first sought the ouster of President Bashar Al-Assad in March 2011. The conflict has also sent 2 million people fleeing for safety to neighbouring countries and displaced some 4.5 million people internally.


  • #AceNewsGroup 15:45 on October 13, 2013 Permalink
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    Calls For Action To Protect Human Rights – After Lampedusa Tradegy 


    Lampedusa (Photo credit: Dorli Photography)

    Following reports of a second ship capsizing off the coast of the Italian island of Lampedusa, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the international community to protect the rights of migrants and take action to prevent such tragic incidents.

    “The Secretary-General is deeply saddened to hear reports of the loss of lives as another boat carrying migrants capsized yesterday off the coast of Italy, only a few days after the tragic incident near Lampedusa which had already claimed more than 300 lives,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a <“http://www.un.org/sg/statements/?nid=7196“>statement.

    According to media reports, at least 27 people died and 221 were saved on Friday after their boat capsized near Lampedusa.

    The incident occurred just over a week after more than 300 migrants, mostly Ethiopian, lost their lives when their boat caught fire half a mile from the coast, leading the vessel to capsize in the same area.

    “The Secretary-General calls on the international community to take action to prevent such tragedies in the future, including measures that address their root causes and that places the vulnerability and human rights of migrants at the centre of the response,” the statement said.

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