Happy Easter to ALL Friends – Readers – Followers as at 21:03: 15/04/17: HOLY FIRE DELIVERED FROM JERUSALEM TO MOSCOW – #AceNewsDesk reports – @AceNewsServices

#AceNewsReport – Apr.16: It would not be Easter if at 21:03: the ‘ Holy Fire ‘ was not delivered from Jerusalem to Moscow every year … #AceNewsDesk reports …

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WASHINGTON: Press Release: Peter Cook: US MILITARY AIRSTRIKES DESTROY 2 ISLAMIC STATE CAMPS IN LIBYA – PENTAGON – #AceNewsDesk – @AceNewsServices

#AceNewsReport – Jan.19: In conjunction with the Libyan Government of National Accord, the U.S. military conducted precision airstrikes Wednesday night destroying two ISIL camps 45 kilometers southwest of Sirte.

The ISIL terrorists targeted included individuals who fled to the remote desert camps from Sirte in order to reorganize, and they posed a security threat to Libya, the region, and U.S. national interests. While we are still evaluating the results of the strikes, the initial assessment indicates they were successful.

This action was authorized by the President as an extension of the successful operation the U.S. military conducted last year to support Libyan forces in freeing Sirte from ISIL control. The United States remains prepared to further support Libyan efforts to counter terrorist threats and to defeat ISIL in Libya. We are committed to maintaining pressure on ISIL and preventing them from establishing safe haven. These strikes will degrade ISIL’s ability to stage attacks against Libyan forces and civilians working to stabilize Sirte, and demonstrate our resolve in countering the threat posed by ISIL to Libya, the United States and our allies.

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

 

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`Jeremy Hunt trying sneak through a law to allow closure of any hospital within 40 days’

#AceBreakingNews says according to the latest reports and 38 degrees `Jeremy Hunt‘ is trying to sneak through a law which will give him the power to quickly close any local hospital without listening to local people.

No hospital is safe.

38degreesHe’s changing the rules after losing twice in court trying to close Lewisham Hospital against the wishes of local people, doctors and nurses.

The sweeping new law – the ‘hospital closure clause’ of the Care Bill – will give the government the power to shut down any hospital, in as little as 40 days, regardless of how well the hospital is performing. [1]

Jeremy Hunt is hell-bent on pushing this through.

And time’s not on our side. It could be as little as one week before MPs vote this sinister threat into a reality.

If we’re going to have a chance of stopping Jeremy Hunt we need to throw the kitchen sink at this. And we need to move fast. Vote now to decide whether or not we should launch a big campaign. Yes or No?

YES – WE SHOULD NO – WE SHOULDN’T

Our NHS is precious. And it’s important that we know hospitals, accident and emergency and maternity services are there for us in moments of crisis and joy. It’s terrifying to imagine the government having the power to close any hospital without hearing the wishes of the local community.

It’s going to be tough to stop Jeremy Hunt. But we’ve done it before – twice in Lewisham alone. And if enough of us are keen, there are exciting possibilities for next steps. And new tactics we could try which would take even Jeremy Hunt by surprise!

The 38 Degrees staff team sit down on Monday morning to plan out the week ahead and decide on how we split up staff resources.

The most important factor when making those decisions is what 38 Degrees members think.

Should trying to stop the hospital closure clause be 38 Degrees’ top priority over the next few weeks? Please vote now to help decide whether to launch a big campaign by clicking on the buttons below.

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Thanks for being involved,

Becky, Ian, Rebecca, David and the rest of the 38 Degrees team

PS: A study of NHS foundation trusts in England has found the number of those in financial trouble has nearly doubled in a year from 21 to 39. Jeremy Hunt has shown before he’s willing to close good hospitals to bail out ones which are struggling – this law would allow him to do this, even if local patients and doctors were strongly against it. [3]

NOTES
[1] What is the Hospital Closure Clause. Read more on our blog here: http://blog.38degrees.org.uk/2014/02/20/nhs-what-is-the-hospital-closure-clause/
[2] BBC News: Rise in NHS Foundation Trusts with deficit, says Monitor hospitals http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-26299423

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#AceNewsDesk #Kiev Latest 22 February 2014 RT Reuters…

#AceNewsDesk#Kiev – Latest – 22 February 2014 – RT – Reuters – AP –

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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#AceNewsDesk says meanwhile the fire raging in the…

#AceNewsDesk says meanwhile, the fire raging in the House of Trade Unions has apparently gone out, but the smoke keeps issuing from several charred floors.

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

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

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

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

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

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

14:23 GMT:

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

14:12 GMT:

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

14:04 GMT:

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

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

13:45 GMT:

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

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#AceNewsDesk says Embattled Ukraine Kiev’s vicious Cycle of…

#AceNewsDesk says Embattled Ukraine: Kiev’s vicious Cycle of Violence Rages, as one protester says -You want to see Hell On Earth’ well Independence Square’ is where it is Happening”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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