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  • #AceNewsGroup 15:56 on September 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Ace World News – September 13 – Local News


    1. ISLAMABAD- Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Vice Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi clarified the purpose of sit-in outside the Parliament. “We are not here to burn the House but to save it,” he declared. “It is our duty to protect the Parliament but what kind of parliament?”

    The People's Revolution in Pakistan, DW.DE


    RAWALPINDI: According to Pakistan Armed Forced official statement, the military offensive continues in full swing operation in North Waziristan (North West and bordering Afghanistan) So far, eighty-two soldiers have lost their lives so far since the start of the operation while 269 others have been injured, added the ISPR statement.

    The Pakistani Armed Forces aim that this operation will clear out the militant hideouts and insurgents, TTP commanders, in the drive to end terrorism and send a clear message that there will be no negotiations with terrorists.



    Soldiers from the Pakistan Rangers stand guard at a road leading to the prime minister's house, during the Revolution March in Islamabad

    Beijing—China has urged Pakistan to resolve problems through talks after protests in the country escalated Saturday, leading to demands for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to resign. China shows deep concern to the current polticial impasse in neighboring Pakistan.


    KABUL- AFGHANISTAN: President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday hosted marathon talks between the two men vying to succeed him and urged them to reach a negotiated settlement to the electoral impasse.


    NEW DELHI – India. Strategic,” “global” and now “special.” Relations between Japan and India, not to mention the rhetoric describing them, are aiming higher under their chummy leaders, on both the economic and security fronts. First among their goals is promoting Japanese investment in India. But much will depend on Narendra Modi’s ability — still unproven, critics say — to slash the red tape hemming Indian markets in. Read on…


    Indian girl 'humiliated' by village elders found dead, BBC Asia

    Some Social News:

    1. Pakistan: While both the PTI and PAT protests have been attended by large numbers of women supporters, the women of Tahirul Qadri’s ‘Revolution’ have stood out in terms of enthusiasm and playing key roles in administration, security – and chants.

    Photographic Slide Show: Meet the women of the PAT Revolution at



  • #AceNewsGroup 10:30 on September 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    #AceWorldNews – Snippets of News – September 09 

    Explosion injures 8 people in Chile

    At least eight people were injured when a bomb exploded next to a fast food restaurant in Santiago, Chile on Monday. The restaurant is adjacent to a metro station. Authorities are investigating the blast, which occurred at around 2 p.m. local time. Two people were seriously injured, while some others suffered hearing loss. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, which the Chilean government has called a terrorist act.”Police believe that two suspects who planted the device escaped in a car.


    EU could postpone new sanctions against Russia – source

    The EU could postpone the introduction of a new package of sanctions against Russia, ITAR-TASS reported, citing a diplomatic source at a mission of one of the West European states. The European Commission earlier said it expected the package of sanctions to get its final approval on Monday. “The package is due to be formally adopted by the member states through written procedure later today,” RIA Novosti quoted Commission spokeswoman Pia Ahrenkilde Hansen as saying.


    Arab League countries to combat Islamic State

    The Arab League has said its member states have agreed to combat, individually or collectively, the Islamic State group and other militants in the region, AP reported. The group issued a resolution on Monday after late-night meetings a day earlier. The documents do not explicitly back American military action against the militants. However, it said immediate measures to combat the group will be implemented on political, defense, security and legal levels.


    Pope Francis accepts resignation of head of Irish church

    The resignation of the head of the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland has been accepted by Pope Francis, the Vatican said on Monday. Cardinal Sean Brady announced his plan to retire in August, just before he turned 75, at which age all bishops must offer their resignation, Reuters said. Brady became embroiled in a child sex abuse scandal when a BBC television documentary in 2012 said he had failed to warn parents their children were being sexually abused by a priest in 1975. Brady will be succeeded by Monsignor Eamonn Martin, 52. Martin was appointed last year as “coadjutor” archbishop of Armagh, an important diocese in Northern Ireland whose archbishop has the title “Primate of All Ireland.”


    3 German men arrested in Frankfurt over Al-Shabaab links

    Three German men suspected of being members of the Somalian terrorist organization Al-Shabaab were arrested at Frankfurt Airport, prosecutors said Monday. They attempted to re-enter the country on Saturday, after landing in Frankfurt from Kenya. The men are suspected of membership in a foreign terrorist organization and of preparing an act of violence in connection with their time in Somalia, the Federal Prosecutor’s Office said. However, prosecutors say “there is no evidence the suspects had made any concrete preparations or plans for attacks” in Europe.


    Ruling coalition in Poland backs parliament speaker Kopacz for PM – spokeswoman

    Both parties in Poland’s governing coalition back parliamentary speaker Ewa Kopacz to be the next prime minister, Reuters quoted an aide to the Polish president as saying on Monday. Janusz Piechocinski, the leader of the junior partner in the coalition, visited President Bronislaw Komorowski earlier on Monday and expressed his support for Kopacz, according to presidential spokeswoman Joanna Trzaska-Wieczorek. Prime Minister Donald Tusk will step down to take up the post of president of the European Council. His Civic Platform party has already backed Kopacz to succeed him.


    Suicide bomber kills 16 at Sunni tribal gathering in Iraq

    A suicide bomber killed at least 16 people at a meeting between security forces and Sunni militiamen in a small town north of Baghdad on Monday, AP reported, citing Iraqi officials. The bomber drove his explosives-laden Humvee into the gathering of a major Sunni tribe, the Al-Jabour, in Duluiyah, some 80km north of Baghdad. The bombing was followed by clashes with militants who tried to seize the town, which fell to the Islamic State for two days in July.


    Islamist rebels in Somalia pledge allegiance to new leader after Godane’s killing

    Militants of the Somali Islamist group Al-Shabaab have pledged allegiance to their new leader after his predecessor was killed. They said the enemies would reap the “bitter fruits” of revenge after Ahmed Godane’s killing, Reuters reported. Al-Shabaab confirmed he was killed by a US airstrike in a raid last Monday. Sheikh Ahmed Umar Abu Ubaida will replace him to head the group, which wants to impose its strict version of Islam on Somalia. The group also reaffirmed its allegiance to Al-Qaeda.


    Taliban suicide bomber kills 3 policemen in southern Afghanistan

    A Taliban suicide bomber has killed a district police chief and his two guards in southern Kandahar province, AP quoted officials as saying on Monday. The attack took place the previous day at the police headquarters in Arghistan district, according to Samim Khpolwak, spokesman for the provincial governor in Kandahar. The police chief, Abdul Manaf, and two policemen who served as his bodyguards died in the blast. Six other officers were wounded. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, the movement’s spokesman, Qari Yousef Ahmadi, said.


    Israel rejects New Zealand envoy, sparks diplomatic row

    New Zealand officials say the country’s new ambassador was rejected by Israel because he’s also an envoy to the Palestinian Authority, AP said. Jonathan Curr was due to travel to Israel in the coming days to present his papers. Israel’s embassy in Wellington said Monday that the matter was a “protocol principle” applicable to all ambassadors to Israel. New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said he was gathering “more information on the issue.” New Zealand’s ambassadors in Turkey have been responsible for covering several areas of the Middle East since 2008.


  • #AceNewsGroup 20:20 on August 18, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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  • #AceNewsGroup 17:13 on June 24, 2014 Permalink
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    #AceBreakingNews – SUDAN – Update on Earlier Article – June 24 – Ibrahim and Daniel Wani, as well as their two children, were taken to a facility used by Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Service after the arrest, at 2 p.m. local time, a source close to the family told FoxNews.com.

    They had travel documents furnished by the U.S. embassy, but Ibrahim did not have a passport, the source said.

    “She is either banned from travelling or the NISS could also create “papers issues” if they don’t want her to leave the country,” the source said.

    Wani holds dual U.S.-Sudanese citizenship, and Ibrahim’s supporters argued that their children, including a daughter named Maya born in prison in May and a 20-month-old boy named Martin who was imprisoned with her, are U.S. citizens.

    Read More: Fox News: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/06/24/sudanese-mom-re-arrested-day-after-being-freed-from-death-row/

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  • A writer from the East 15:51 on June 9, 2014 Permalink
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    Let’s join the indigenous people of West Papua in their fight for self determination and freedom from oppressive Indonesia. Please see the Free West Papua| Trailer of documentary the “Forgotten Bird of Paradise”.
    Thank you so much.


  • #AceNewsGroup 17:56 on June 6, 2014 Permalink
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    #AceWorldNews – PARIS – June 06  – Paris prosecutors are investigating more than 200 French citizens who are suspected of participating in the fighting on the side of radical Islamist groups in Syria, RTL radio reported on Friday.

    The French Interior Ministry believes that about 300 French citizens are currently fighting in Syria for rebels against government forces, ITAR-TASS said.



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  • #AceNewsGroup 18:28 on June 2, 2014 Permalink
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    #AceWorldNews – BRITAIN (London) – President Obama isn’t scheduled to meet with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin this week in Europe, but two U.S. allies are.

    Russia has coordinated a meeting between President Vladimir Putin and UK Prime Minister David Cameron in Normandy, France, the presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday.

    The office of British Prime Minister David Cameron announced that he will meet with Putin this week after they attend events in Normandy to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings Friday.

    Cameron’s 10 Downing St. office said talks between the British and Russian leaders are a chance to “to set out the importance of a dialogue between the Russian government and the new Ukrainian government.”

    Obama will attend the D-Day anniversary event but doesn’t have Putin on his schedule.


  • #AceNewsGroup 20:00 on May 26, 2014 Permalink
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    #AceWorldNews – WARSAW – May 26 – Poland’s last Communist leader General Wojciech Jaruzelski has died aged 90 after a long illness, Polish media say.

    Gen Jaruzelski led Poland from 1981, when he declared martial law and ordered the arrest of the pro-democracy Solidarity leader Lech Walesa.

    But he lifted martial law two years later and after growing unrest was forced to negotiate with Solidarity in 1989.

    He had been in ill health for some time.


  • A writer from the East 15:46 on May 26, 2014 Permalink  

    Pakistani Muslim Lawyer killed for defending the voiceless, vulnerable victims of the country’s in-famous Blasphemy laws. A true reminder to the world, that Taliban terrorists do NOT represent 190 billion Pakistanis. Such news makes the intl headlines with distorted anti-Pakistani sentiment by Imperialists.
    Please support us in paying tribute to this great man and demanding justice for this assassination.


    • kbeezyisviral 15:58 on May 26, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Indeed, these Islamic extremists give the religion bad blood. You have these type of people in every religious background though, but they seem to put the most stigma on the Islamic extremists.


      • #AceNewsGroup 17:13 on May 26, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        There is always a scapegoat in every religion and cause! It was the Jews with Hitler, in the Qin Empire that became modern day China it was the Emperors obsession with the Underworld and his Terracotta Army (emphasis on Terror) now it is the virtual understanding of true Islamic Religion over extremist views. Thus Muslim Brotherhood and Boko Haram spread their terror.


        • kbeezyisviral 17:21 on May 26, 2014 Permalink | Reply

          Their terror doesn’t scare me, but it’s unfortunate that it instills fears in many others.


          • #AceNewsGroup 14:51 on May 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply

            I agree and while people can instil fear then fear will exist.


            • Nobody 21:18 on May 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply

              I understand both the opinions. but I stand with those Pakistanis who are not scared nor silent, whatever comes our ways. A great lawyer gets killed in the line of duty, but we walk on as there is no other option.


            • kbeezyisviral 14:49 on May 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply

              Exactly. Keep doing what you do. I really enjoy waking up and reading your posts.


  • #AceNewsGroup 20:52 on May 25, 2014 Permalink
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    #AceNewsServices – UKRAINE – KIEV, May 25. /ITAR-TASS/. The voting at the snap presidential elections in Ukraine has finished. Precisely at 20:00 local time (17:00 GMT) all polling stations have closed.

    However, Deputy Head of Ukraine’s Central Election Committee Andrei Magera explained that the voters who in the moment of the stations’ closing were in the voting premises may wait until their turn, get a ballot and cast a vote.

    According to latest data presented to the Central election Committee before the polling stations closed, the voter turnout as of 15:00 local time (12:00 GMT) amounted to 40.44%. “These data covers all elections commission,” chairperson of the Ukrainian Central Election Commission Zhanna Usenko-Chernaya said. “Traditionally high turnout was reported from Kiev, from the Poltava, Cherkassy and Kirovohrad regions, and from Ternopol, Khmelnitsky and Lviv regions.”

    The Central Election Committee will start announcing first official data on the voting results Monday morning.


  • #AceNewsGroup 20:17 on May 25, 2014 Permalink
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    #AceNewsServices – May 25 – SYRIA – At least 10 people were killed and 22 injured after a car bomb went off in a predominantly Alawite and Christian Zahra neighborhood of the central Syrian city of Homs, according to the city’s governor Talal Barazi.

    Five of the injured were in critical condition, Barazi added, RIA Novosti quotes. UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights meanwhile put the death toll at 12, saying that more than 40 people were wounded.

    According to Syrian state TV, terrorists targeted two more locations in Homs, with at least 13 people injured in one instance, but the exact number of casualties was unclear. While no one has yet claimed responsibility for the string of blasts, Barazi said the attacks clearly targeted reconciliation efforts amid the fragile truce between the government and the rebels in Homs that reportedly started on Friday.



  • #AceNewsGroup 18:56 on May 25, 2014 Permalink
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    #AceNewsServices – UKRAINE – May 25 – KIEV, May 25. /ITAR-TASS/. Petro Poroshenko, a business tycoon and member of Ukraine’s parliament, is winning the presidential elections in Ukraine with 55.9% of the vote, according to exit poll data.

    His closest rival, Yulia Tymoshenko, the leader of the Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) party, is scoring 12.9% of the vote. Third comes Oleh Lyashko (8%); Anatoly Grytsenko gained 6.3%; Serhiy Tihipko has 4.7%. Mykhailo Dobkin scored 2.1% of the votes. Petro Symonenko has 1.1%. Ultra-radicals Oleh Tyahnybok scored 1.3% and Dmytro Yarosh — 0.9% of votes.

    The exit poll was conducted by three big sociological centers, the Ilk Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives foundation, the Kiev International Institute of Sociology, and the Alexander Razumkov Ukrainian Center for Economic and Political Research.

    Petro Poroshenko’s biography

    Petro Poroshenko was born September 26, 1965, in the Odessa region. He has graduated from the Kiev University with a degree in economics from the faculty of international relations and international law.
    In the 1990s, he engaged in business and headed the Ukrprominvest consortium. In 2000, he set up and chaired the Solidarity party. After the victory of the ‘orange revolution’, in 2005 he was appointed Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, and in 2007 — head of Ukraine’s National Bank. In 2009-2010 he was minister of foreign affairs, in 2012 he became minister of trade and economic development. Since December 2012, Petro Poroshenko is Verkhovna Rada deputy and member of the committee on European integration. He owns the Roshen consortium, the largest confectionery manufacturer in Ukraine.

    He ranks 7th in the Forbes list of richest people in Ukraine.

    Tass – RIA Novosti – Moscow Times


  • #AceNewsGroup 18:44 on May 25, 2014 Permalink
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    #AceNewsServices – BETHLEHEM – May 25 – updated 15:34
    By Laura Smith-Spark, Ivan Watson and Delia

    Bethlehem, West Bank (CNN) – Pope Francis extended an invitation Sunday to the leaders of Israel and the Palestinian Authority to travel to the Vatican for a “peace initiative,” after earlier calling for a two-state solution to the intractable conflict.

    The pontiff’s remarks came at the end of an outdoor Mass in Bethlehem’s Manger Square on the second day of his three-day trip to the Middle East.

    “In this, the birthplace of the Prince of Peace, I wish to invite you, President Mahmoud Abbas, together with Israeli President Shimon Peres, to join me in heartfelt prayer to God for the gift of peace,” Francis said.

    “I offer my home in the Vatican as a place for this encounter of prayer.”

    He added, “Building peace is difficult, but living without peace is a constant torment. The men and women of these lands, and of the entire world, all of them, ask us to bring before God their fervent hopes for peace.”

    The Palestinian side has accepted the invitation and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will go to the Vatican, a Palestinian Legislative Council member, Hanan Ashrawi, told CNN.

    The Israeli President’s office said that he welcomed the invitation. “President Peres has always supported, and will continue to support, any attempts to progress the cause of peace,” his office said.

    Pope Francis then traveled on to Tel Aviv, where in remarks on the airport tarmac to Peres and Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, he again issued an invitation to pray for peace at the Vatican. He also reiterated the Vatican’s support for Israel’s right to exist in peace and security.


  • #AceNewsGroup 14:22 on May 25, 2014 Permalink
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    #AceNewsServices – KIEV, May 25. /ITAR-TASS/. Voter turnout in Sunday’s snap presidential elections in Ukraine was 38.53% as of 12:00 GMT, the Ukrainian Central Election Commission said.
    At the previous presidential elections in Ukraine in 2010, the voter turnout as of 12:00 GMT was more than 45%.
    Extremely low voter participation in Trans-Carpathian regions
    Voter turnout in Ukraine’s snap presidential elections that are being held on Sunday was 10.35% as of 11:00 a.m. local time (08:00 GMT) in Ukraine’s Trans-Carpathian regions, or almost twice as low as the country’s average, deputy chairperson of the Ukrainian Central Election Commission Zhanna Usenko-Chernaya said.
    I hope the elections will take one round.
    Petro Poroshenko
    Ukrainian politician, presidential candidate
    When asked by Western journalists to comment on this situation, she said it was only preliminary data. She said that there were telephone communication problems with the Trans-Carpathian regions, so it took more time to transmit data.
    Meanwhile, the available information about voter turnout in the Trans-Carpathian regions could be compared with the voter turnout in the Black Sea port city of Odessa (12.17%) and the southeastern Lugansk region (8.24%). The biggest turnout was reported from the Kiev region – 23.30%
    These elections are being held in a tense atmosphere and the top-priority task for the new president will be the soonest establishing of peace in the country.
    Serhiy Tihipko
    Verkhovna Rada deputy, presidential candidate
    Ukraine’s average turnout was 17.52% as of 11:00 a.m. local time (08:00 GMT). “The result is better than expected,” Usenko-Chernaya said, adding that these data included not all the regions. “That is why the actual turnover is bigger than those displayed on the sceen,” she said.
    The lowest turnover, according to the latest reports, was registered in the southeastern Donetsk region, where only 5.48% of voters took part in the polls.
    At the previous presidential elections in Ukraine in 2010, the voter turnout as of 11:00 a.m. local time (08:00 GMT) was 15.31%.


  • #AceNewsGroup 16:02 on May 23, 2014 Permalink
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    #AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – May 23 – Russia has to take retaliatory measures as NATO is building up its forces near the country’s borders, General Valery Gerasimov, the chief of general staff of the Russian armed forces, said on Friday.

    “NATO’s military groupings in the Baltic states, Poland and Romania are being built up, as well as the military presence of the bloc in the Baltic, Mediterranean and Black Sea,” Reuters quoted Gerasimov as saying at a conference in Moscow.

    The events in Ukraine have aggravated a military-political situation in Europe, he said.

    Russian News and Media Sources


  • #AceNewsGroup 15:52 on May 23, 2014 Permalink
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    #AceWorldNews – XINJIANG – May 23 – The people who carried out an attack which killed 31 people in the capital of China’s troubled Xinjiang region appeared to be influenced by “terrorist” organizations from other states, the country’s Foreign Ministry said Friday.

    Spokesman Hong Lei also said that the attackers were influenced by religious extremism seen on the Internet, Reuters reported.



  • #AceNewsGroup 22:46 on May 22, 2014 Permalink  

    #AceWorldNews – ROME – May 22 – JERUSALEM — Two days before Pope Francis arrives in the Holy Land, Israelis and Palestinians were putting the finishing touches yesterday on a flurry of festive preparations for the visit. Municipal workers in the West Bank city of Bethlehem were busy hanging huge banners in Manger Square outside the Church of the Nativity, where Francis will celebrate mass on Sunday. Giant posters of the pontiff with Palestinian leaders were also being mounted on lampposts near the main Israeli checkpoint leading to the city. Local Christians and pilgrims are hoping to get a glimpse of the pope, even from afar, as he passes through Bethlehem and Jerusalem to visit holy sites and meet other religious leaders on a visit the Vatican has billed as a “pilgrimage of prayer.”
    #ANS2014 Oman Daily News

  • #AceNewsGroup 22:38 on May 22, 2014 Permalink  

    A civilian has died in a Turkish hospital, after being fatally shot in the head as he was passing by Thursday’s clashes between police and protesters that erupted over the deaths of 301 miners last week in the town of Soma. Clashes escalated when police fired into the air in the Okmeydani district after activists bombarded police vehicles with stones and petrol bombs. Thirty year old Ugur died after an emergency surgery at the Okmeydani Research Hospital in Istanbul, medical personal told Reuters.

  • #AceNewsGroup 17:28 on May 21, 2014 Permalink
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    #AceWorldNews – NICOSIA – May 21 – Strategic relations between the US and Cyprus, new sanctions and settlement of the crisis on the island are the tasks of US Vice President Joseph Biden’s visit on Wednesday — the first US visit of this kind in the last 52 years.

    Explaining the White House’s interest in the small island which is struggling to get out of the economic crisis, a state official said Cyprus could play a major role in ensuring regional peace and said he was satisfied the island supported the EU consensus over sanctions against Russia.

    He promised Biden would discuss continuation of the sanction regime in detail with President Nicos Anastasiades.

    The US is exerting pressure on Cyprus, which until recently took a more than moderate position on strict economic measures against Russia.

    Nicosia supported the first and second phases of the EU sanctions – suspension of visa and cooperation negotiations as well as expansion of the sanction list, yet resists real sanctions bound to affect the economy.

    Fox News – Reuters – US Today


  • Brittius 01:42 on May 21, 2014 Permalink  

    The Hunt for MH370

    Posted on May 20, 2014 by Brittius

    An unmanned submarine will begin searching for submerged wreckage of missing Malaysian aircraft Flight-MH370, a 100-ton passenger aircraft that vanished with all hands and passengers aboard, in March of 2014.


  • Brittius 00:53 on May 21, 2014 Permalink  

    London Concerned About Jihadists

    Posted on May 20, 2014 by Brittius

    Realization of national security revolving around the City of London and general vicinity being inhabited by jihadists. Original concerns post World War Two, had focused on Cold War opponents. The jihadists and their general behavior differs from years ago when Muslim people were regular people. They were professional people, business owners, financiers, civil servants. Today, things appear more like some mental illness associated with them. Personally, I wonder, could it have anything to do with a generation born and raised in a climate of war and violence as the once civilized western nations, have funded, trained, and armed, people such as Mao Tse Tung, Ho Chi Mihn, Fidel Castro, Osama Bin Laden, Manuel Noriega, Pol Pot, to name but a few. Something went wrong. Desperately wrong.


  • Brittius 14:37 on May 20, 2014 Permalink  

    Russia and China Economic Deal Soon

    Posted on May 20, 2014 by Brittius

    The Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China are nearing completion of an economic partnership linking both nations’ economies. Primary losers in that event will be the US, EU, UK. Once a linked economy of the magnitude of the RF and PRC takes place, the US Dollar will be worth less than turnips, while the BRICS compact and nations signing on with the compact as “Me Too”, will find economic stability and a strengthened currency system, which will be fortified once the RF and PRC literally dump, US currency and all held debts of the US.


  • #AceNewsGroup 20:10 on May 19, 2014 Permalink
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    #AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – May 19 – Russia’s Central Bank will buy the Ukrainian hryvnia as a non-reserve currency, the regulator said in a statement on Monday.

    “The Central Bank may eventually sell it either to banks or on the foreign exchange market. It may be purchased by companies engaged in trade with Ukraine,” the statement said.

    Russian Monetary Sources


  • #AceNewsGroup 19:59 on May 19, 2014 Permalink
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    #AceWorldNews- BERLIN – May 19 – Russia is ready “to discuss discounts on gas prices with Ukraine but it is impossible to return to the price that existed in the first quarter of 2014,” Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak told a news conference in Berlin after meeting EU Commissioner for Energy Gunther Oettinger on Monday.

    Russia, EC, Ukraine to have 2nd round of gas talks on May 26

    “We believe that it is impossible to use the figure of $268 per 1,000 cubic meters of gas in our price discussions.

    That was the price for the first quarter established by a contract that had not been extended.

    We have the current contract and a price formula fixed in this contract according to which the price is $485.

    This is the price which can be considered,” Novak told journalists.


  • Paul H. Lemmen 17:20 on May 19, 2014 Permalink  

    On Being A Pariah
    Posted on May 19, 2014 by Paul Lemmen
    I thought that my first real post on my return to blogging here at the Dead Republican Party blog should be something with some heft, meaty and of some considerable substance. I hope that what follows meets that lofty ideal.

    I am a pariah. I made myself one through my own actions and this is one of the consequences of those actions. In many peoples minds those criminal acts define me and my entire life. It is their right to think so. I believe that a subset of a persons actions do not define their totality and that redemption is possible, in both the religious sense as well as the civil sense, that is, in a recoupment of personal honor through repentance, serving whatever punishment is accorded by the criminal justice system and a conversatio morum (conversion of manners or life) as St. Benedict called it.

    My personal honor, through my bad acts, is dented and tarnished. Thus I am pariah. Through hard work, full disclosure of my past to the public (frequently reminding people of that is mandatory) as well as anyone who might be tempted to place any trust in me is an essential part of the beginnings of that desired conversion of life. To facilitate that conversion I start each day with Psalm 51:

    Miserere mei, Deus, secundum magnam misericordiam tuam et secundum multitudinem miserationum tuarum, dēlē iniquitatem meam. Amplius lavā me ab iniquitate mea: et a peccato meo munda me. Quoniam iniquitatem meam ego cognōscō: et peccatum meum contra me est semper.

    Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.

    “… my sin is ever before me.” This is the only way that anyone who is in the process of pounding out the dents and polishing away the tarnish of their personal honor can ever achieve their goal! Accept this and keep it ever as a guiding principal. In keeping my sin ever before me, this prevents (or at least severely hampers) further bad acts. This inspires me to do good, to atone for previous bad acts, to devote my energies to serving my community, not screwing them, deceiving them or harming them.

    Scrupulous adherence to the law and the duties of citizenship are required as is a truly contrite heart. Still, there are people who are hostile and question everything, which is actually a good thing as it keeps me focused on the straight and narrow way.

    Time will be the proof of my efforts (and the efforts of others who would follow this path). This is the path I recommend to anyone who has ever dented or tarnished their personal honor and become pariah.


    • #AceNewsGroup 17:31 on May 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      An excellent post Paul and fully complies with my (so-called) lofty ideals l believe in people being honest in their actions, you truly acquit yourself in this field. The fact of being able to admit to what you have done, allows God into your heart, and thus lets the Devil leave.
      Throughout my life l have made mistakes and know that any man or woman who cannot truly admit to their mistakes, cannot be feel they are fully forgiven by God.
      My final thing to say is write more any time Paul, you are a credit to the professionalism of journalistic practice. Thank you Ian


      • Paul H. Lemmen 17:33 on May 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        I deeply thank you Ian! May God grant us all the Grace to live His precepts.


  • #AceNewsGroup 23:13 on May 17, 2014 Permalink
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    #AceWorldNews – SUDAN – May 17 – (Fox News) – KHARTOUM, Sudan – A pregnant Sudanese woman who married a Christian man was sentenced to death Thursday after she refused to recant her Christian faith, her lawyer said.

    Meriam Ibrahim, whose father was Muslim but mother was an Orthodox Christian from Ethiopia, was convicted of “apostasy” on Sunday and given four days to repent and escape death, lawyer Al-Shareef Ali al-Shareef Mohammed said.

  • #AceNewsGroup 22:59 on May 17, 2014 Permalink
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    #AceWorldNews – May 17 – Spanish authorities say around 700 African migrants charged its barbed wire fences in the country’s North African enclave of Melilla, which is located in Morocco. Melilla and Ceuta – also in Morocco – are often targeted by African immigrants who are desperate to cross into Europe.

  • #AceNewsGroup 22:08 on May 17, 2014 Permalink
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    #AceWorldNews- UKRAINE – May 17 – Ukrainian police stopped a group of armed men from entering Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, located in southeastern Ukraine. In video footage allegedly showing the attempted break-in, the men say they are members of the Right Sector group.

  • #AceNewsGroup 15:23 on May 17, 2014 Permalink
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    #AceworldNews – DONETSK – May 17 – Voluntary guards of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic has taken control of the headquarters of the Eastern unit of Ukraine’s National Guards, a spokesman for the Donetsk People’s Republic told Itar-Tass over the phone late on Friday.

    “They took the building of army unit 3037 in Donetsk,” the spokesman said.

    Earlier on Friday, spokesman for the Ukrainian interior ministry’s interior troops Dmitry Obraztsov told the UNIAN news agency that the personnel “left the headquarters to be billeted in another garrison.”

    He also said he did not know whether the servicemen had managed to take away weaponry.


  • #AceNewsGroup 15:19 on May 17, 2014 Permalink
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    #AceWorldNews – KABUL – May 17 – Unidentified people opened fire on a car of Tajikistan’s consul in Fayzabad (the capital city of Afghanistan’s province Badakhshan) on Friday night. Rustam Makhmudi received several gunshots and was taken to hospital, a spokesman for the Tajikistani Foreign Ministry, Abulfize Atoyev, told Itar-Tass on Saturday.

    “Now the diplomat is in hospital of the Afghan province of Kunduz where he underwent a surgical operation,” the spokesman said. “Local surgeons say he is in a moderate condition.”

    Atoyev said that the armed people attacked the consul’s car on its route from Fayzabad to Kunduz.


  • #AceNewsGroup 15:11 on May 17, 2014 Permalink
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    #AceWorldNews – DONESTSK – May 17 – 17:21 /ITAR-TASS/. Donetsk People’s Republic has prepared a query for allowing it to accede Russia.

    “Our industry is linked with Russia. If we maintain close economic relations with Russia, the Donetsk People’s Republic economy will develop,” the Donetsk People’s Republic Prime Minister, Alexander Borodai said on Saturday.

    “The query will be sent to the Russian Foreign Ministry after the republic’s government is formed. The official draft has been prepared. It is timely to talk about the concrete date for sending the query,” the Donetsk People’s Republic press service told Itar-Tass.

    Earlier, on May 12, the Donetsk People’s Republic asked Moscow to consider its accession into Russia.

    “We, the people of Donetsk, based on results of the May 11 referendum and the declaration of sovereignty of the Donetsk People’s Republic, declare that from now on DPR is now a sovereign state,” Republic Co-Chairman Denis Pushilin said.

    “Given the will of the people of the Donetsk People’s Republic, and in order to restore historical justice, we ask Russia to consider the issue of our republic’s accession into the Russian Federation,” he said.


  • emergencyusa 01:52 on May 17, 2014 Permalink  

    New blog post on healthcare in Sierra Leone up: http://wp.me/p36xri-ds

  • #AceNewsGroup 21:46 on May 15, 2014 Permalink
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    #AceWorldNews – SOUTH KOREA – May 15 – Prosecutors in South Korea on Thursday indicted 15 crew members over ferry sinking on April 16, which has left more than 300 people dead or missing, AP said.

    Homicide charges were brought against the ship’s captain and three other crew members because they failed to carry out their duties to protect passengers in need.

    If convicted, they could face the death penalty. Eleven others were indicted for alleged negligence and abandoning passengers in need.


    • Brittius 21:50 on May 15, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on Brittius.com.


      • #AceNewsGroup 22:11 on May 15, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Check out latest update on this RB Brittius it has been increased to 15?


        • Brittius 22:51 on May 15, 2014 Permalink | Reply

          Gross dereliction. I would not be surprised if administrators and maintenance supervisors are also indicted. In fact, the engineer who simply slapped the plans together for the modification without running a test model, might have concern of being indicted.
          The bottom line is, the captain, and possibly executive officer, if any, have the greatest portion of burden and will be held as culpable.


          • #AceNewsGroup 09:36 on May 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply

            I would have expected that others would be indicted as well, will update as know more ………


  • A writer from the East 19:09 on May 15, 2014 Permalink
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    Hello Ace News. Latest post from the feature series “Listen to my Voice” bringing Yemeni women’s voices, a great collaboration with amazing Yemeni activist Najla Al Shami and myself at http://saadiahaq.wordpress.com/2014/05/15/challenging-health-concerns-of-poor-yemenis/

  • #AceNewsGroup 15:03 on May 15, 2014 Permalink
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    #AceBreakingNews – NEW YORK – May 15 – President Obama, along with Sept. 11, 2001, terror attack survivors, rescuers, victims’ families and other elected officials, will dedicate the National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York City.

    Watch Live on Fox News and FoxNews.com at 10 a.m. ET.

    Watch live http://video.foxnews.com/v/2553193403001/dedication-of-the-911-memorial-museum/#sp=watch-live

  • #AceNewsGroup 10:54 on May 15, 2014 Permalink
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    #AceWorldNews – HEALTHCARE – May 15 – According to a report released last week in the widely-respected health research journal, The Lancet, the United States now ranks 60th out of 180 countries on maternal deaths occurring during pregnancy and childbirth.

    To put it bluntly, for every 100,000 births in America last year, 18.5 women died. That’s compared to 8.2 women who died during pregnancy and birth in Canada, 6.1 in Britain, and only 2.4 in Iceland.

    A woman giving birth in America is more than twice as likely to die as a woman in Saudi Arabia or China.

    You might say international comparisons should be taken with a grain of salt because of difficulties of getting accurate measurements across nations.

    Maybe China hides the true extent of its maternal deaths. But Canada and Britain?

    Even if you’re still skeptical, consider that our rate of maternal death is heading in the wrong direction.
    It’s risen over the past decade and is now nearly the highest in a quarter century.

    In 1990, the maternal mortality rate in America was 12.4 women per 100,000 births. In 2003, it was 17.6. Now it’s 18.5.

    That’s not a measurement error because we have been measuring the rate of maternal death in the United States the same way for decades.

    Read More: http://tinyurl.com/pmnq5hc


  • #AceNewsGroup 09:52 on May 15, 2014 Permalink
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    #AceNewsServices – KIEV – May 15 – The United States says it is alarmed by the worsening crisis in Ukraine as interim authorities in Kiev have ordered military operations against pro-Russian protesters in both eastern and southern Ukraine.

    “We remain extremely concerned by the deteriorating situation in both eastern and southern Ukraine, where pro-Russian militants who are armed have escalated their already violent behaviour and taken over additional government buildings in yet more towns,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said on Monday.

    Carney added that the “violence and mayhem” in the south-western port city of Odessa was “unacceptable” and said the battles “dramatically underscore the need for an immediate de-escalation of tensions in Ukraine.”

    “We’re going to continue to call on Russia to live up to its commitments in Geneva and to use its influence over these groups, these pro-Russian militant groups, to urge them to disarm and to instead engage in Ukraine’s political process,” he stated.

    A fire at Odessa’s Trade Unions House on Friday led to at least 46 deaths that had sheltered opponents of the US-backed interim government of Ukraine.

    According to reports, members of neo-Nazi Right Sector set the building on fire in Odessa. The victims were burnt alive within the premises and video footage showed bloodied and wounded survivors being attacked by the extremists.

    Meanwhile, the death toll from a military offensive against pro-Russian activists in the eastern town of Slavyansk rose to at least 34 on Tuesday. A day before, the protesters reportedly shot down a Ukrainian helicopter in fierce fighting near Slavyansk.

    On April 17, Russia, Ukraine, the United States and the European Union agreed in Geneva over steps to “de-escalate” the crisis in eastern Ukraine.

    But, Ukrainian authorities have ordered a military offensive against the protesters, claiming that Russian special forces are fueling unrest in the country.

    Moscow has dismissed as “nonsense” claims that Russian special forces are fomenting unrest in Ukraine.

    On Wednesday, Ukraine’s acting President Oleksandr Turchynov admitted that security forces are “helpless” to quell unrest in the country.

    According to a report published on Sunday in the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag, the US Central Intelligence Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation are helping the interim authorities in Kiev to end the crisis.

    The newspaper, citing unnamed German security sources, reported that dozens of CIA and FBI agents are involved in the offensive against the pro-Russian activists.

    Earlier this year, US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland disclosed that Washington has “invested” about $5 billion in “promoting democracy” in Ukraine over the past two decades.

    In early February, Nuland visited Ukraine and held meetings with anti-Kremlin politicians who organized anti-government protests that led to the ouster of Viktor Yanukovych, the country’s democratically-elected president.

    Press TV



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  • #AceNewsGroup 09:22 on May 15, 2014 Permalink
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    #AceWorldNews – ROME – May 15 – While playing the ‘influx of immigrants’ card is nothing new to Italian electoral campaigns, this is the first time that candidates are demanding EU institutions, rather than simply national government, to declare war on illegal immigration.



  • #AceNewsGroup 09:18 on May 15, 2014 Permalink
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    #AceWorldNews – EUROPE – May 15 – ‘European Free Alliance member parties are the only ones standing for another Europe, a social Europe, a Europe of the Peoples.

    If you support freedom, democracy, equality, and the right to self-determination, vote for EFA parties in the 2014 European elections.’

    See the EFA election video here: http://www.e-f-a.org


  • A writer from the East 10:08 on May 14, 2014 Permalink
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    Ace News, I will really appreciate to share the second part of the story of a courageous American convert Theresa Corbin’s journey into her faith Islam and how she’s fighting against the prevailing racial discrimination, Islamophobia and Muslim bigots at http://saadiahaq.wordpress.com/2014/05/14/in-conversation-with-an-american-convert-to-islam-part-ii/
    ( A phenomenal woman rights activist in her own might) Thanks.

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