(MOSCOW,Russia.) Fire at top-secret Moscow facility highlights rapid growth of Russian spy headquarters: Investigation into cause of the fire is underway #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Nov.09: This is a follow up report from our breaking news on Wednesday #Breaking144 – Fire breaks out at Russian foreign intel service facility in Moscow #RT November 8, 2017 ….A massive fire that broke out at a top-secret spy facility in Moscow on Wednesday brought to the foreground prior reports about the unprecedented growth of the headquarters of Russia’s foreign spy service #AceNewsDesk reports

Intel Report  Author: Joseph Fitsanakis | Date: 09 November 2017: The fire was reported at a government compound in Yasenevo, a leafy district on the southern outskirts of the Russian capital……The compound serves as the headquarters of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service, known by its initials, SVR………The SVR is one of the successor agencies to the Soviet-era KGB. During Soviet times, the present-day SVR was known as the First Chief Directorate or First Main Directorate of the KGB…….Despite its name change, however, its mission remains the same, namely to collect secrets from targets outside the Russian Federation —often through the use of espionage— and to disseminate intelligence to the president………The fire, which local news agencies described as “huge”, was reported early in the afternoon of Wednesday. Television images showed smoke coming out of one of the multi-storey towers that make up the SVR building complex……….According to SVR spokesman Sergey Ivanov, the fire started in what he called “a technical installation” that houses “a cable gallery” and is located beneath the multi-storey building………..The 21-story tower block is adjacent to a large Y-shaped building and is visible for several miles around……..It became operational in the early 1970s, when the KGB’s First Chief Directorate began a decade-long process of moving to the new, state-of-the-art complex in the southern suburbs of the Russian capital………Today the complex houses the entire apparatus of the SVR, including its espionage wing, and is informally known as les (the forest) or kontora (the office)………Approximately 15 fire crews arrived at the scene soon afterwards, and were able to coordinate their movements despite the fact that mobile communications are blocked at the site of the compound…….The SVR spokesman added that the fire is believed to have begun at a section of the facility that is undergoing extensive maintenance work……..Three members of the crew that were initially missing during the early stage of the fire were later rescued, said Ivanov, and the fire was eventually extinguished without causing fatalities or injuries……….But the incident highlighted the reportedly unprecedented growth of the SVR complex that observers have noted in recent years………As intelNews reported in 2016, satellite images show that the top-secret facility has doubled —and possibly tripled— in size in the past decade……..The most recent images were compiled by Allen Thomson, an analyst who worked for the United States Central Intelligence Agency in the 1970s and 1980s………They were published by Steven Aftergood, who edits the Federation of American Scientists’ Secrecy News blog. The images clearly show that at least three more large buildings have been erected alongside the landmark skyscraper and the adjoining Y-shaped office block………..These additions, said Aftergood in 2016, appear to have increased the SVR headquarters’ floor space “by a factor of two or more”. Moreover, the nearby parking capacity at the complex “appears to have quadrupled”, he added. Observers often describe the compound as a constant construction site, with new buildings and facilities appearing at an unprecedented speed…………..On Wednesday evening, SVR officials told the Moscow-based TASS news agency that the agency would investigate the cause of the fire………It was “too early to give any comments” about it, they said, but the SVR had already initiated an official probe into the incident #AceNewsDesk reports are provided by Sterling Publishing & Media News
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CHICAGO, Ohio. Pastor Clarifies: He Meant ‘Former’ Chicago Gang Leaders Want Trump Meeting NOT some of the top gang thugs in Chicago” who want to sit down to talk about “lowering the body count.” – @AceNewsServices

#AceNewsReport – Feb.02: The pastor of a megachurch told President Trump at the White House today that he was contacted — as he put it — “by some of the top gang thugs in Chicago” who want to sit down to talk about “lowering the body count.”

WBBM spoke with the church pastor after his meeting with the president.

We asked Ohio pastor, Dr. Darrell Scott, why some of the top gang thugs in Chicago would contact him.

Well, let me clarify,” he said: “FORMER gang leaders. They’re still connected with the pulse of the streets. They still have their fingerprint and footprint in the community.”

Scott says the former gang leaders reached out to him through a mutual friend, whom he wouldn’t identify.

He says he doesn’t spend an extraordinary amount of time in Chicago.

But Scott says he will come here later this month and that he will bring boxer Floyd Mayweather with him, along with NFL Hall of Famer Jim Brown, who founded a program called Amer-I-Can.

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LONDON: Thousands of people have descended on the streets on Sunday for the annual Chinese New Year parade which is considered the biggest of the new year celebrations held outside Asia – @AceNewsServices

#AceNewsReport – Jan.29: Awesome pictures from London’s Chinese New Year Parade ‘ courtesy of Metro UK

Costumed performers take part in the Chinese New Year Parade in central London, along Charing Cross Road and Chinatown, with further celebrations in Trafalgar Square to celebrate the Year of Rooster, the biggest celebration outside of Asia. The event is organised by London Chinatown Chinese Association. Featuring: Atmosphere Where: London, United Kingdom When: 29 Jan 2017 Credit: Dinendra Haria/WENN.com
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Chinese New Year celebrations have officially kicked off in the capital.

154765717.jpg?crop=0px%2C0px%2C1886px%2C1413px&resize=150%2C113&quality=80&strip=all&ssl=1&w=100&h=75Chinese New Year Greetings to welcome in the Year of the Rooster

The colourful parade started at 10am this morning in Trafalgar Square and passed through some of London’s most well known areas such as Leicester Square, Charing Cross and, of course, Chinatown.

Expect to see a lot of awesome hand-crafted floats and Chinese lion and dragon dance performers for the rest of the day as Londoners gather to celebrate the year of the rooster.

Take a look at some of these awesome pictures from the parade:

Dancers perform a traditional dragon dance during the Chinese New Year parade in London, part of the Chinese New Year's celebrations to mark the beginning of the year of the Rooster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday January 29, 2017. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Dancers perform a traditional dragon dance during the Chinese New Year parade in London (Picture: PA)
Costumed performers take part in the Chinese New Year Parade in central London, along Charing Cross Road and Chinatown, with further celebrations in Trafalgar Square to celebrate the Year of Rooster, the biggest celebration outside of Asia. The event is organised by London Chinatown Chinese Association. Featuring: Atmosphere Where: London, United Kingdom When: 29 Jan 2017 Credit: Dinendra Haria/WENN.com
Costumed performers take part in the parade to celebrate the Year of Rooster (Picture: WENN.com)
Costumed performers take part in the Chinese New Year Parade in central London, along Charing Cross Road and Chinatown, with further celebrations in Trafalgar Square to celebrate the Year of Rooster, the biggest celebration outside of Asia. The event is organised by London Chinatown Chinese Association. Featuring: Atmosphere Where: London, United Kingdom When: 29 Jan 2017 Credit: Dinendra Haria/WENN.com
The Chinese New Year parade in London is considered the biggest celebration outside of Asia. (Picture: WENN.com)

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Mandatory Credit: Photo by Dinendra Haria/REX/Shutterstock (8137350aj) Costumed performers take part in the Chinese New Year Parade in central London, along Charing Cross Road and Chinatown, with further celebrations in Trafalgar Square to celebrate the Year of Rooster, the biggest celebration outside of Asia. The event is organised by London Chinatown Chinese Association. Chinese New Year celebrations, New York, USA - 29 Jan 2017
The event is organised by London Chinatown Chinese Association (Picture: Rex)
Costumed performers take part in the Chinese New Year Parade in central London, along Charing Cross Road and Chinatown, with further celebrations in Trafalgar Square to celebrate the Year of Rooster, the biggest celebration outside of Asia. The event is organised by London Chinatown Chinese Association. Featuring: Atmosphere Where: London, United Kingdom When: 29 Jan 2017 Credit: Dinendra Haria/WENN.com
The parade kicked off at 10am this morning (Picture: WENN.com)
© Licensed to London News Pictures. 29/01/2017. London, UK. A man in the parade wears a rooster costume, as the Chinese New Year parade takes place around Chinatown to celebrate the Year of the Rooster. Photo credit : Stephen Chung/LNP
A man in the parade wears a rooster costume as the Chinese New Year parade passes through Chinatown (Picture: London News Pictures)
Costumed performers take part in the Chinese New Year Parade in central London, along Charing Cross Road and Chinatown, with further celebrations in Trafalgar Square to celebrate the Year of Rooster, the biggest celebration outside of Asia. The event is organised by London Chinatown Chinese Association. Featuring: Atmosphere Where: London, United Kingdom When: 29 Jan 2017 Credit: Dinendra Haria/WENN.com
(Picture: WENN.com)

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Costumed performers take part in the Chinese New Year Parade in central London, along Charing Cross Road and Chinatown, with further celebrations in Trafalgar Square to celebrate the Year of Rooster, the biggest celebration outside of Asia. The event is organised by London Chinatown Chinese Association. Featuring: Atmosphere Where: London, United Kingdom When: 29 Jan 2017 Credit: Dinendra Haria/WENN.com
(Picture: WENN.com)
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Dinendra Haria/REX/Shutterstock (8137350m) Costumed performers take part in the Chinese New Year Parade in central London, along Charing Cross Road and Chinatown, with further celebrations in Trafalgar Square to celebrate the Year of Rooster, the biggest celebration outside of Asia. The event is organised by London Chinatown Chinese Association. Chinese New Year celebrations, New York, USA - 29 Jan 2017
(Picture: Rex)
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Dinendra Haria/REX/Shutterstock (8137350av) Costumed performers take part in the Chinese New Year Parade in central London, along Charing Cross Road and Chinatown, with further celebrations in Trafalgar Square to celebrate the Year of Rooster, the biggest celebration outside of Asia. The event is organised by London Chinatown Chinese Association. Chinese New Year celebrations, New York, USA - 29 Jan 2017
(Picture: Rex)
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Dinendra Haria/REX/Shutterstock (8137350ah) Costumed performers take part in the Chinese New Year Parade in central London, along Charing Cross Road and Chinatown, with further celebrations in Trafalgar Square to celebrate the Year of Rooster, the biggest celebration outside of Asia. The event is organised by London Chinatown Chinese Association. Chinese New Year celebrations, New York, USA - 29 Jan 2017
(Picture: Rex)
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Dinendra Haria/REX/Shutterstock (8137350at) Costumed performers take part in the Chinese New Year Parade in central London, along Charing Cross Road and Chinatown, with further celebrations in Trafalgar Square to celebrate the Year of Rooster, the biggest celebration outside of Asia. The event is organised by London Chinatown Chinese Association. Chinese New Year celebrations, New York, USA - 29 Jan 2017
(Picture: Rex)

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A man takes a selfie with a performer during the Chinese New Year parade in London, part of the Chinese New Year's celebrations to mark the beginning of the year of the Rooster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday January 29, 2017. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
(Picture: PA)
Dancers perform a traditional dragon dance during the Chinese New Year parade in London, part of the Chinese New Year's celebrations to mark the beginning of the year of the Rooster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday January 29, 2017. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
(Picture: PA)
Dancers perform a traditional dragon dance during the Chinese New Year parade in London, part of the Chinese New Year's celebrations to mark the beginning of the year of the Rooster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday January 29, 2017. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
(Picture: PA)
Dancers perform a traditional dragon dance during the Chinese New Year parade in London, part of the Chinese New Year's celebrations to mark the beginning of the year of the Rooster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday January 29, 2017. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
(Picture: PA)
Performers await the start of the Chinese New Year parade in London, part of the Chinese New Year's celebrations to mark the beginning of the year of the Rooster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday January 29, 2017. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
(Picture: PA)
Performers await the start of the Chinese New Year parade in London, part of the Chinese New Year's celebrations to mark the beginning of the year of the Rooster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday January 29, 2017. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
(Picture: PA)
Performers prepare traditional lion costumes ahead of the start of the Chinese New Year parade in London, part of the Chinese New Year's celebrations to mark the beginning of the year of the Rooster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday January 29, 2017. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
(Picture: PA)

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WASHINGTON: On This Day 16:59: 20/01/17: US PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD TRUMP TAKES OATH OF OFFICE AT INAUGURATION CEREMONY BECOMING 45TH PRESIDENT OF UNITED STATES – #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Jan.20: As the work begins says Trump I will give America back to the PEOPLE

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By Steve Holland | WASHINGTON
Donald Trump began the ceremonial events leading up to his swearing-in later on Friday as the 45th president of the United States, as black-clad activists smashed windows in downtown Washington to protest his inauguration.

Trump and his vice president, Mike Pence, will take the oath of office at midday (1700 GMT) outside the domed U.S. Capitol, with U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts presiding. Organizers expected crowds of upwards of 900,000 people, including protesters.

Away from the Capitol, masked activists ran through the streets smashing store and car windows. They carried black anarchist flags and signs that said, “Join the resistance, fight back now.” Police used pepper spray and chased them down a major avenue, a Reuters eyewitness reported.

Trump, a Republican, will take power in a country divided after a bitter election campaign. He will set the country on a new, uncertain path at home and abroad.

“It all begins today!” he wrote in a note on Twitter at about 7:30 a.m. “I will see you at 11:00 A.M. for the swearing-in. THE MOVEMENT CONTINUES – THE WORK BEGINS!”

The West Front of the Capitol was teeming with dignitaries for the ceremony, including former President Bill Clinton and his wife, Hillary, who was defeated by Trump in the Nov. 8 election. A big cheer rang out from the crowd when she was introduced.

Former presidents George W. Bush and Jimmy Carter were also present with their wives. Bush’s father, former President George H.W. Bush, 92, was in Houston recovering from pneumonia.

Trump and his vice president, Mike Pence, began the day attending a prayer service at St. John’s Episcopal Church near the White House.

Trump, wearing a dark suit and red tie, and his wife, Melania, clad in a classic-styled, powder blue ensemble, then headed into the White House for a meeting with outgoing Democratic President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle.

Streets near the president’s home were blocked to traffic by empty buses and dump trucks or temporary pedestrian security checkpoints. Checkpoints around the National Mall in front of the Capitol opened early to begin admitting guests. Some wore red caps bearing Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan.

Trump, 70, takes office with work to do to bolster his image. During a testy transition period since his stunning November election win, the wealthy New York businessman and former reality TV star has repeatedly engaged in Twitter attacks against his critics, so much so that one fellow Republican, Senator John McCain, told CNN that Trump seemed to want to “engage with every windmill that he can find.”

An ABC News/Washington Post poll this week found only 40 percent of Americans viewed Trump favourably, the lowest rating for an incoming president since Democrat Carter in 1977, and the same percentage approved of how he has handled the transition. (abcn.ws/2jU9w63)

TRUMP’S AGENDA

His ascension to the White House, while welcomed by Republicans tired of Obama’s eight years in office, raises a host of questions for the United States.

Trump campaigned on a pledge to take the country on a more isolationist, protectionist path and has vowed to impose a 35 percent tariff on goods on imports from U.S. companies that went abroad.

His desire for warmer ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin and threats to cut funding for North Atlantic Treaty Organization nations has allies from Britain to the Baltics worried that the traditional U.S. security umbrella will be diminished.

In the Middle East, Trump has said he wants to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, at the risk of angering Arabs and stirring international concern. He has yet to sketch out how he plans to carry out a campaign pledge to “knock the hell out of” Islamic State militants.

The inaugural festivities may have a more partisan edge than usual, given Trump’s scorching campaign and continuing confrontations between him and Democrats over his take-no-prisoners Twitter attacks and pledge to roll back many of Obama’s policies.

More than 60 Democratic lawmakers plan to stay away from the proceedings to protest Trump, spurred on after he derided U.S. Representative John Lewis of Georgia, a hero of the civil rights movement, for calling him an illegitimate president.

Thousands of anti-Trump protesters were expected among the inauguration crowd and many demonstrators will participate in a “Women’s March on Washington” on Saturday. Protests are also planned in other cities in the United States and abroad.

Trump, whose November victory stunned the world, will start his presidency with a 20-minute inaugural address that he has been writing himself with the help of top aides.

“It will be optimistic. It will be visionary, but it’s going to be philosophical,” his spokesman, Sean Spicer, told NBC on Friday.

Keith Kidwell, chairman of the Republican Party in Beaufort County, North Carolina, was among the crowds on Friday, eager to see the start of the Trump presidency.

“I cling to my guns and my Bible. I’ve been waiting a long eight years for this day,” said Kidwell, adding he initially supported U.S. Senator Ted Cruz to be the Republican presidential nominee but was now squarely behind Trump.

QUICK ACTION

Trump’s to-do list has given Republicans hope that, since they also control the U.S. Congress, they can quickly repeal and replace Obama’s signature healthcare law, approve sweeping tax reform and roll back many federal regulations they say are stifling the U.S. economy.

“He’s going to inject a shock to the system here almost immediately,” Trump senior adviser Kellyanne Conway told Fox News.

Democrats, in search of firm political footing after the unexpected defeat of Hillary Clinton, are planning to fight him at every turn. They deeply oppose Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric from the campaign trail and plans to build a wall along the southern U.S. border with Mexico.

Trump’s critics have been emboldened to attack his legitimacy because his win came in the Electoral College, which gives smaller states more clout in the outcome. He lost the popular vote to Clinton by about 2.9 million.

“Any time you don’t win the popular vote but you win by the Electoral College it makes people come unglued,” said presidential historian Douglas Brinkley. “It angers people that somebody can win the popular vote but you’re not president.”

Trump’s critics also point to the conclusion of U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia used hacking and other methods during the campaign to try to tilt the election in the Republican’s favour. The president-elect has acknowledged the finding – denied by Moscow – that Russia was behind the hacking but said it did not affect the outcome of the election.

To his critics – including Obama who during the campaign called Trump temperamentally unfit for the White House – his straight talk can be jarring, especially when expressed in tweets. His supporters, many of them working-class whites, see Trump as a refreshingly anti-establishment figure who eschews political correctness.

“He’s here for the working man” supporter Adam Coletti of Plainfield, Connecticut, said as he headed toward the inauguration.

(Additional reporting by Jeff Mason, Richard Cowan, Ian Simpson, David Alexander, Susan Heavey, Roberta Rampton and Emily Stephenson; Editing by Frances Kerry) Reuters

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WASHINGTON: #InaugurationDay of Donald Trump as 45th President of America Live – @AceNewsServices

#AceNewsReport – Jan.20: Inauguration of Donald Trump
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President-elect Donald Trump to arrive at US Capitol for swearing-in at 11:15am ET. Complete coverage live on FoxNews.com. LIVE BLOG: President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take oath of office 

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