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  • #AceNewsGroup 21:10 on July 30, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    PROTECTIVE EDGE DAY 23 and 24: ' News from the Front As Dead Toll Rises and Children are at Centre of Bombings Including a School ' 


    ACE WORLD NEWS – GAZA CRISIS UPDATE – JULY 30 2014

    • Since July 7, Israel has killed at least 1088 Palestinians in Gaza, including at least 229 children. Approximately 6500 others have been injured.

    • On Monday (July 28), 10 people, including eight children, were killed and 40 others wounded by an explosion in a park near the beach in the Shati refugee camp in Gaza City. Although the Israeli military denied responsibility, as it has done on several other similar occasions previously during the current conflict before reversing itself, eyewitnesses stated that the explosion was caused by an Israeli air-strike.

    • According to the United Nations, as of yesterday (July 28) at 8 AM ET:
    • At least 795 Palestinian civilians have been killed in Gaza, including at least 229 children and 118 women. (Note: these figures do not include the death toll for attacks on Shifa hospital and Shati refugee camp on Monday, which killed numerous children and other civilians.)

    • As of July 27, more than 6200 Palestinians have been injured, including more than 1900 children and 1100 women.

    • Twenty-two hospitals, clinics and medical centers have been hit by Israeli airstrikes or shelling since July 8. At least one doctorand two medics have been killed.

    • At least 194,000 children require specialized psychosocial support (PSS) due to trauma caused by the death or injury of someone they know or loss of home.

    • 215,000 internally displaced people (IDP) are sheltering in United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) and government schools, informal shelters or host families. UN schools are sheltering almost 179,000 people, which amounts to 10% of the population of the Gaza Strip, and is triple the number who took refuge with UNRWA during Israel’s devastating assault on Gaza in the winter of 2008-2009, Operation Cast Lead.

    • Israel has destroyed or severely damaged approximately 685 residential properties, including numerous multi-story buildings, causing hundreds of civilian casualties.

    • Since July 7, 133 schools have been damaged. At least six teachers are known to have been killed.

    • The Israeli army has declared 44% of the tiny Gaza Strip a military “buffer zone.”

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  • #AceNewsGroup 12:41 on August 1, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    EU: ‘ Bans Exports Or Import of Russian Arms of Course Ban Only Applies to Future Contracts ‘ 


    #AceWorldNews – BRUSSELS – August 01 – EU increases economic sanctions in the financial sector and adopts a ban on exports or imports of Russian arms.


    The export ban only applies to future contracts.

    A list of “dual use” goods – which can have both military and civilian applications – is equally banned if the end beneficiary in Russia is a military firm or organisation.

    The EU also imposed a ban on sales of all pipeline-related and other specialist equipment needed for shale oil, deep water, and arctic oil exploration.

    The same equipment can be exported for gas exploration, but a new EU authentication regime will aim to stop abuse.

    Exceptions

    Exceptions to the arms trade ban were introduced to allow eastern EU member states – who still have Soviet-era defence material – to maintain their "existing capabilities".

    The arms embargo also allows France to go ahead with the delivery of its two Mistral warships, worth €1.2 billion.

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  • #AceNewsGroup 12:28 on August 1, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    EU: ‘ Russia’s Second and Largest Banks Can No Longer Raise Funds in the EU Money Markets Due to Economic Sanctions ‘ 


    #AceWorldNews – BRUSSELS – August 01 – Russia’s largest and second largest banks from Friday (1 August) will no longer be able to raise money on EU markets, as economic sanctions enter into force.

    Published in the EU official journal on Thursday, the sanctions are the hardest-hitting so far and go beyond the US, which targeted smaller Russian lenders.

    Under the new sanctions regime, Sberbank, Russia’s top lender, and VTB Bank, its second biggest bank, will no longer be able to raise debt with a maturity longer than 90 days in the EU.

    The same applies to Gazprombank – the lender associated with Russia’s gas champion – and two others: Vneseconombank and Rosselkhozbank.

    Sberbank, which is the third biggest bank in Europe, has €1.2 billion in debt due for refinancing by the end of this year. VTB has even more and has also been banned from US capital markets.

    The Central Bank of Russia on Wednesday promised to chip in and help banks targeted by the EU and US sanctions.

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  • #AceNewsGroup 11:45 on August 1, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    WASHINGTON: ‘ GOP Delays August Recess to Gird Votes to Pass Bill for Border Crisis ‘ 


    #AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – 01 August – House Republicans plan to delay their August recess to stay in Washington until they have enough votes to pass a bill responding to the border crisis.

    GOP leaders pulled legislation from the schedule on Thursday after it became clear the votes weren’t there to pass a $659 million supplemental funding bill.

    But just as it appeared the conference would leave town for the five-week recess having done nothing to respond to the crisis, Republicans held a closed-door conference meeting and emerged saying they would extend their work week to try and get something done.

    “We’ll stay until we vote,” House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said after the meeting.

    By Cristina Marcos @ The Hill

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  • #AceNewsGroup 11:40 on August 1, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    WASHINGTON: ‘ Highways Bill Gets Voted in Favour 81-13 for $10.9 Billion Project Spend ‘ 


    #AceBreakingNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – 01 August – After the House rejected Senate changes, senators held their noses Thursday and voted 81-13 for a $10.9 billion bill to fund highway projects through May 2015.

    Earlier in the week, the Senate voted to amend the House-passed Highway Trust Fund bill, changing the length of the extension to December to pressure lawmakers to come up with a long-term solution after the midterm elections.

    Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) said it would have been “legislative malpractice” for the Senate to simply accept the House version without attempting to put its own stamp on the bill, but in the end there were enough senators to pass the House bill as is.

    By Ramsey Cox @ The Hill

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  • #AceNewsGroup 11:37 on August 1, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    WASHINGTON: ‘ Senate Adopts $17 Billion Bill and Votes 91-3 in Favour of Conference Agreement on Facilities and Medical Care ‘ 


    #AceBreakingNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – August 01 – The Senate on Thursday easily adopted a $17 billion bill meant to revamp the troubled Veterans Affairs (VA) Department.

    Senators voted 91-3 in favor of a conference agreement that provides $10 billion in funding to pay for veterans to get healthcare at private facilities and another $5 billion to allow the VA to hire more doctors, nurses and other medical staff.

    The House backed the proposal in a 420-5 vote on Wednesday.

    The bill now goes to President Obama for his signature.

    By Martin Matishak and Ramsey Cox @ The Hill

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  • #AceNewsGroup 10:56 on August 1, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    GAZA CITY: ‘ IDF Warns People Resuming Operations After 72 Hour Ceasefire Broken ‘ 


    #AceBreakingNews – GAZA CITY – August 01 – The Israeli military has told people in Gaza it is resuming operations, saying Hamas had broken a planned 72-hour ceasefire just hours after it began.

    The army said it had warned residents to stay indoors.

    Palestinian sources said at least eight people had been killed in an Israeli attack in Gaza. Israel said it was in response to rocket fire from Hamas.

    Some 1,460 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have died in the conflict and 63 Israelis, mostly soldiers.

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  • #AceNewsGroup 10:47 on August 1, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    THAILAND: ‘ Blasts Rip Through Thailand Killing 15 and Injuring 220 Cause Thought to be Gas Leaks ‘ 


    #AceWorldNews – THAILAND (Kaohsiung) – August 01 – Cindy Sui, BBC News, Kaohsiung

    The area where the explosions happened is just a short distance from the Kaohsiung City Hall, the popular Guanghua Night Market, the Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Department Store and at least one major hotel.

    Eyewitnesses and local residents reported smelling a strong gas odour about three hours before the explosions occurred. Many of them were worried and went outside.

    One person wrote online that he called Kaohsiung City’s hotline for residents but was told that firefighters had arrived on the scene and to go back home.


    ​As he expressed anger to the hotline operator, he saw a large explosion. Manhole covers were blown three stories high. Many people lay injured on the street.

    Another resident who lived nearby said that he thought it was an earthquake at first and then he heard something like a bomb. The electricity was cut off.

    He immediately woke up his wife and children and they quickly left their home.

    Several blasts have ripped through Kaohsiung, a city in south-western Taiwan, killing 15, injuring over 220 and overturning the cars in the street, the Fire Agency said.

    ​The cause is thought to be gas leaks in the sewage system reported EU Times.

    The leaking gas formed a white fog, which then ignited leading to big explosions on several streets, China’s Central News Agency reported.

    “I saw fire spurting, ripping off some covers of ditches. It was terrifying,” a witness told CNA.


    ​Some witnesses told the agency they first thought some “poisonous gas” had leaked from the old railway and a construction site of Kaohsiung’s light rapid transit system.

    Others reported that the whole street was strewn with bodies, as the sky turned red from the flames.

    The blasts which hit Kaisuan Road and Ersheng Road were felt in at least four areas in the port-city of Kaohsiung, which is home to over 2.7 million people, most of them Chinese.

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  • #AceNewsGroup 21:26 on July 31, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    ‘ Facebook Appears to Be Testing New Design for About Section of User’s Timelines ‘ 


    #AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES (Facebook) – July 31 – Facebook appears to be testing a new design for the



    about section of users’ Timelines.



    Reader Evyatar Shpilman of VisualCommU shared the screenshot above, in which the information appears on separate pages, rather than in separate sections on one page, as illustrated below.

    Readers: Have you seen anything similar?

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  • #AceNewsGroup 21:14 on July 31, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    ‘ Facebook Notifications Icon Reflects Your Location ‘ 


    #AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES (Facebook) – July 31 – Facebook appears to have tweaked itsnotifications icon to reflect the locations of its users.


    ​Reader Matteo Gamba, who is based in Italy, shared the screenshot above, in which the globe notifications icon displays the Eastern Hemisphere, rather than the Western Hemisphere, which has traditionally been pictured.


    Readers: Have you noticed anything similar?

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  • #AceNewsGroup 20:49 on July 31, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    WASHINGTON: ‘ White House Points Finger at Israel for Shelling UN Schools in Gaza ‘ 


    #AceBreakingNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – July 31 – The White House on Thursday pointed the finger at Israel for the shelling of a United Nations school in Gaza, calling the incident "totally unacceptable and totally indefensible."

    White House press secretary Josh Earnest said at this point “there’s not a lot of doubt” that the school was hit by Israeli artillery.

    “All evidence points to Israeli artillery as the cause," Earnest said, echoing what UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said about the attack earlier this week.

    By Amie Parnes and Kristina Wong @ The Hill

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  • #AceNewsGroup 20:31 on July 31, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    EPIC: ‘ Files FOIA Lawsuit Over Controversial Department of Homeland Security Data-Mining Program Called Analytical Framework for Intelligence ‘ 


    #AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES – July 31 – EPIC has filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit over a controversial Department of Homeland Security data-mining program called the "Analytical Framework for Intelligence(AFI)."


    The program, implemented through Customs and Border Protection, collects a vast amount of sensitive personal information obtained from government agencies and commercial data aggregators, including, according to the complaint, "full name, address, age, gender, race, physical characteristics, marital status, residency status, country of citizenship, city and country of birth, date of birth, Social Security Number, vehicle information, travel information, document information, passport information, law enforcement records, and familial and other contact information."

    Additionally, the program "permits DHS AFI analysts to upload and share information that may be relevant from other sources, such as the Internet or traditional news media, into projects, responses to further requests for information RFIs, or final intelligence products."

    The system is used by the DHS for "link analysis, anomaly detection, change detection analysis, temporal analysis, pattern analysis, and predictive modelling."

    The system similarly incorporates "risk assessment" scores from the Automated Targeting System, also operated by the DHS. The risk assessment scores are essentially a terrorist risk rating to all individuals attempting to enter or exit the US or those even very indirectly involved in the transit, importation, or exportation of merchandise to and from the US.

    EPIC: Complaint in EPIC v. CBP (Jul. 18, 2014)
    http://epic.org/foia/cpb/EPIC-v-CBP-Complaint.pdf

    EPIC: Initial FOIA Request on Analytical Framework (Apr. 8, 2014)
    http://epic.org/foia/epic_v_cbp.html

    DHS: Privacy Impact Assessment on Datamining Program (Jun. 1, 2012)
    http://epic.org/redirect/073014/dhs-pia-datamining.html

    DHS: 2013 Data Mining Report to Congress (Feb. 2014)
    http://epic.org/redirect/073014/dhs-datamining-report.html

    EPIC: Automated Targeting System
    http://epic.org/privacy/travel/ats/

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  • #AceNewsGroup 20:00 on July 31, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    GAZA CITY: ‘ Benjamin Netanyahu Military Operation Will Continue Until All Tunnels 


    #AceWorldNews – GAZA CITY – July 31 – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the military operation in Gaza will continue until all tunnels built by Hamas militants are destroyed.


    ​Speaking before members of the cabinet, Netanyahu said that he intends to destroy the tunnels, regardless of possible ceasefire.

    Articles

    Tags

    Israel announced the mobilization before 16,000 reservists.

    Before that it was intended to 59,000 reservists, but some of them will be demobilized, and will take their place and new recruits, told BBC in the Israeli army.

    According to the UN, as a result of operations in Gaza fled their homes around 425,000 people – about a quarter of the population sector.

    ​Underground threat

    Military operation in Gaza began on July 8. Since then killed up in at least 1390 Palestinians – mostly civilians.

    Israel lost 56 soldiers and three civilians, including one worker from Thailand.

    Initially, the operation was aimed at stopping rocket launches from Gaza, but later the army was given another task – to destroy the tunnels from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory.

    Extensive network of tunnels was revealed after the start of air strikes.Hamas militants have used it to prepare attacks in Israel.

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  • #AceNewsGroup 19:42 on July 31, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    WASHINGTON: ‘ Wisconsin’s Court Backs Controversial Union Law 5-2 Ending Three-Year Legal Struggle ‘ 


    #AceBreakingNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – July 31 – Wisconsin’s controversial 2011 law that severely limited collective bargaining for public workers, sparked massive protests and drove the failed effort to recall Republican Gov. Scott Walker was upheld Thursday by the state’s highest court.

    The Wisconsin Supreme Court closed the book on the last of the major legal disputes over Act 10, ending a three-year legal struggle with its 5-2 decision.

    The decision could energize the political career of Walker, who seeks re-election this year and has not ruled out a 2016 run for president.

    "Act 10 has saved Wisconsin taxpayers more than $3 billion," Walker said.

    "Today’s ruling is a victory for those hard-working taxpayers."

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  • #AceNewsGroup 19:35 on July 31, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    WASHINGTON: ‘ GOP Leaders Scrap Planned Vote on Border Emergency Funding Bill ‘ 


    #AceBreakingNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – July 31 – Unable to generate enough support among Republicans and facing united Democratic opposition, GOP leaders in the House scrapped a planned vote on a scaled-back emergency funding bill for handling unaccompanied children crossing the border.

    The Obama administration had said several agencies are in danger of running out of money to handle the tens of thousands of children who have been detained crossing the border this year.

    In a joint statement, GOP leaders said they would continue to work towards a solution to the flood of unaccompanied children detained at the U.S./Mexico border and put the onus on President Obama to act on his own.

    "There are numerous steps the president can and should be taking right now, without the need for congressional action, to secure our borders and ensure these children are returned swiftly and safely to their countries," read the statement.

    The decision to reverse course on a $659 million emergency spending bill to address the surge of undocumented minors was an embarrassing end to the legislative agenda before the month-long August recess.

    The GOP bill would have also dispatched National Guard troops to the border and changed a 2008 law to make it easier to return children home to Central America.

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  • #AceNewsGroup 19:25 on July 31, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    WASHINGTON: ‘ CIA Officials Improperly Hacked Senate Intelligence Committees Computers Ahead of a Report on Enhanced Interrogation Techniques ‘ 


    #AceBreakingNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – July 31 – CIA officials improperly hacked the Senate Intelligence Committee’s computers ahead of a report on “enhanced interrogation” techniques, the spy agency’s inspector general has concluded.

    In a statement shared with The Hill, CIA spokesman Dean Boyd said that the internal watchdog determined “that some CIA employees acted in a manner inconsistent with the common understanding” between the agency and the committee about access to the network they used to share documents.

    CIA chief John Brennan told Intel Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Vice Chairman Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) about the findings “and apologized to them for such actions by CIA officers,” Boyd added.


    By Julian Hattem @ The Hill


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  • #AceNewsGroup 18:15 on July 31, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    UNITED STATES: ‘ CIA Director John Brennan Admits Agency Hacked Senate Computers ‘ 


    #AceBreakingNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – July 31 – CIA Director John Brennan admitted that the agency did hack into the computers of Sen. Dianne Feinstein and other Senate staffers — an allegation he denied in March.

    ​The CIA denied charges Tuesday that they broke into Senate Intelligence Committee computers staffers used to investigate the use of harsh interrogation techniques by agency personnel.

    "As far as the allegations of the CIA hacking into computers, nothing could be further from the truth," CIA Director John Brennan said at a Council on Foreign Relations event March 11. "That’s beyond the scope of reason."

    Brennan’s denial came after committee Chairwoman Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.), earlier in the day, gave a 40-minute speech on the floor accusing the CIA of violating the Constitution in January by removing key documents from the committee’s computer that staff were using in a five-year-long review the CIA’s interrogation programs during Bush administration.

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  • #AceNewsGroup 17:54 on July 31, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    UNITED STATES: ‘ Guam District Court Waives Attorney’s Appeal for Release of Russian Suspected Cyber Hacker ‘ 


    #AceWorldNews UNITED STATES (Washington) – July 31 – The Guam District Court waived away an attorney’s appeal for release of Russia’s hacking suspect Roman Seleznyov, who was arrested earlier this month in Maldives on US warrant and relocated to a jail on Guam, his defence lawyer Patrick Civille said on Thursday.

    ​Seleznyov, 30, was detained at the international airport of the Maldives’ capital Male on July 5 and taken to a jail on the island of Guam on cyber fraud charges.

    Defense lawyers of the Russian nationals filed the documents on the release of their client with the court last week claiming that he was arrested overseas illegally.

    Civille said that as U.S. District Court of Guam Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood declined release for his client she said that the same appeal can be again submitted if Seleznyov was transferred to the state of Washington, where charges against him were filed.

    American investigators suspect Seleznyov of having intended to steal, and then sell, information about the credit cards of US citizens between October 2009 and February 2011. In all, he is suspected of theft of some 200,000 credit card numbers of American people.

    Contribution and Additional Report – Itar-Tass

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  • #AceNewsGroup 17:30 on July 31, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    RUSSIA: ‘ Sergei Neverov Advises Russian’s to With-Draw All Their Money and Assets from Western Banks and Offshore Jurisdictions ‘ 


    #AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – July 31 – Deputy Speaker of Russia’s State Duma Sergei Neverov on Thursday advised Russians to take their money and assets back home from Western banks and offshore jurisdictions speaking to Tass.

    ​“Today we must advise everyone who is trying to keep something there in Western banks to bring it back to his own country,” Neverov, one of the leaders of the ruling United Russia, told the Rossiya 24 television channel.

    The experience of Cyprus and Greece showed how much trouble one could experience if he kept money in the West and thought he should not worry about it, the deputy said.

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  • #AceNewsGroup 17:09 on July 31, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    RUSSIA: ‘ Sanctions Tighten On Food Imports with Ban on Juice Products From Ukraine ‘ 


    #AceWorldNews – MOSCOW, July 31. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia’s consumer rights watchdog (Rospotrebnadzor) has banned the import of juice products from Ukraine, the agency said on Thursday.


    ​The ban on the imports of juice products, including baby foods from Ukraine into Russia was imposed on July 29.

    The agency said on its website that the ban was imposed because Ukraine’s juice products did not pass state registration as compliant with the Customs Union technical regulations. Such products should have Customs Union’s common market sign.

    Russia’s juice imports from Ukraine in 2013 decreased by 12% to 50 tonnes, compared to 2012.

    In the first half of 2014, Russia imported 16,400 tonnes of Ukrainian juice products.

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  • #AceNewsGroup 16:32 on July 31, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    FINLAND: ‘ Sensors Link to Your Mobile Phone in Helsinki Airport Track Your Movements ‘ 


    #AceNewsServices (Exclusive) – FINLAND (Helsinki) – July 31 – A recent press release has confirmed that a state owned technology company called Finavia is pioneering a new way to track you by updating your mobile phone in real-time, thus allowing Helsinki airport to track your every move. This is the first airport to pioneer this system and more may follow, should it prove to be successful, this has raised concerns among data privacy groups.


    ​Helsinki Airport Tracking Supplied by State Owned Finavia

    Though the decision to install sensors which will be linked to mobile phones turned on to the wi-fi mode has raised concerns with civil liberty groups. This has been portrayed across the web as Big Brother watching your every move.


    ​Airport officials insist the system does not store or reveal the personal information of mobile phone users

    The system is the first in the world which will track passengers’ movements in real-time from the car park to the departure gate updating them with information.

    “For us the main point is how to improve the customers’ experience, to improve the enjoyment factor as well as improving the fluency of movement inside the airport,” said Heikki Koski, deputy manager, Finavia the company which operates the airport.

    Around 15 million passengers a year use the airport, Finland’s largest and each one will be able to receive advertisements and marketing information if they choose to.

    “Well it would interest and benefit me to know how much time I have to make it to the gate, but I can live without the advertisements,” said one passenger.

    The operators say all data which is gathered is in aggregated form and cannot be passed on.


    ​Tuomas Wuoti, CEO and co-founder of Walkbase, told Bloomberg passengers’ details will not be put at risk.

    However, privacy watchdogs are not entirely convinced.

    Antti Tikkanen, director of security response at software maker F-Secure, told Bloomberg: ‘The fact that my movements are tracked is a scarier thought than someone knowing which websites I visit.’

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  • #AceNewsGroup 12:46 on July 31, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    MALAYSIAN AIRLINES MH17: ‘ Aviation Expert Opinion Over Shooting Down Plane Raises Questions Over Whether it Was A Missile ‘ 


    #AceNewsServices (Exclusive) – UKRAINE – A recent article on Global Research interviewed an expert in aviation Peter Haisenko this is what was revealed. At the bottom of this post l have attached a photo/pdf link to download.

    Any comments and opinions welcome as some or more of this maybe pure speculation. Please note this is a copyrighted article and cannot be changed or altered in anyway. Thank you Editor.

    Peter Haisenko

    First, I was amazed at how few photos can be found from the wreckage with Google. All are in low resolution, except one: The fragment of the cockpit below the window on the pilots side. This image, however, is shocking. In Washington, you can now hear views expressed of a “potentially tragic error / accident” regarding MH 017. Given this particular cockpit image it does not surprise me at all.

    Entry and exit impact holes of projectiles in the cockpit area.

    I recommend to click on the little picture to the left. You can download this photo as a PDF in good resolution. This is necessary, because that will allow you understand what I am describing here. The facts speak clear and loud and are beyond the realm of speculation:

    The cockpit shows traces of shelling! You can see the entry and exit holes. The edge of a portion of the holes is bent inwards. These are the smaller holes, round and clean, showing the entry points most likely that of a 30 millimeter caliber projectile.

    The edge of the other, the larger and slightly frayed exit holes showing shreds of metal pointing produced by the same caliber projectiles. Moreover, it is evident that at these exit holes of the outer layer of the double aluminum reinforced structure are shredded or bent – outwardly!

    Furthermore, minor cuts can be seen, all bent outward, which indicate that shrapnel had forcefully exited through the outer skin from the inside of the cockpit. The open rivets are are also bent outward.

    In sifting through the available images one thing stands out: All wreckage of the sections behind the cockpit are largely intact, except for the fact that only fragments of the aircraft remained . Only the cockpit part shows these peculiar marks of destruction. This leaves the examiner with an important clue. This aircraft was not hit by a missile in the central portion. The destruction is limited to the cockpit area. Now you have to factor in that this part is constructed of specially reinforced material. This is on account of the nose of any aircraft having to withstand the impact of a large bird at high speeds. You can see in the photo, that in this area significantly stronger aluminum alloys were being installed than in the remainder of the outer skin of the fuselage. One remembers the crash of Pan Am over Lockerbie. It was a large segment of the cockpit that due to the special architecture survived the crash in one piece. In the case of flight MH 017 it becomes abundantly clear that there also an explosion took place inside the aircraft.

    Tank destroying mix of ammunition

    Bullet holes in the outer skin

    So what could have happened? Russia recently published radar recordings, that confirm at least one Ukrainian SU 25 in close proximity to MH 017. This corresponds with the statement of the now missing Spanish controller ‘Carlos’ that has seen two Ukrainian fighter aircraft in the immediate vicinity of MH 017. If we now consider the armament of a typical SU 25 we learn this: It is equipped with a double-barreled 30-mm gun, type GSh-302 / AO-17A, equipped with: a 250 round magazine of anti-tank incendiary shells and splinter-explosive shells (dum-dum), arranged in alternating order. The cockpit of the MH 017 has evidently been fired at from both sides: the entry and exit holes are found on the same fragment of it’s cockpit segment!

    Now just consider what happens when a series of anti-tank incendiary shells and splinter-explosive shells hit the cockpit. These are after all designed to destroy a modern tank. The anti-tank incendiary shells partially traversed the cockpit and exited on the other side in a slightly deformed shape. (Aviation forensic experts could possibly find them on the ground presumably controlled by the Kiev Ukrainian military; the translator). After all, their impact is designed to penetrate the solid armor of a tank. Also, the splinter-explosive shells will, due to their numerous impacts too cause massive explosions inside the cockpit, since they are designed to do this. Given the rapid firing sequence of the GSh-302 cannon, it will cause a rapid succession of explosions within the cockpit area in a very short time. Remeber each of these is sufficient to destroy a tank.

    What “mistake” was actually being committed – and by whom?

    Graze on the wing

    Because the interior of a commercial aircraft is a hermetically sealed pressurized chamber, the explosions will, in split second, increase the pressure inside the cabin to extreme levels or breaking point. An aircraft is not equipped for this, it will burst like a balloon. This explains a coherent scenario. The largely intact fragments of the rear sections broke in mid air at the weaker points of construction most likely under extreme internal air pressure. The images of the widely scattered field of debris and the brutally damaged segment of cockpit fit like hand in glove. Furthermore, a wing segment shows traces of a grazing shot, which in direct extension leads to the cockpit. Interestingly, I found that both the high-resolution photo of the fragment of bullet riddled cockpit as well as the segment of grazed wing have in the meantime disappeared from Google Images. One can find virtually no more pictures of the wreckage, except the well known smoking ruins.

    If you listen to the voices from Washington now who speak of a “potentially tragic error / accident”, all that remains is the question of what might have been the nature of this “mistake” perpetrated here. I am not given to hover long in the realm of speculation, but would like to invite others to consider the following : The MH 017 looked similar in it’s tricolor design to that that of the Russian President’s plane. The plane with President Putin on board was at the same time ”near” Malaysia MH 017. In aviation circles “close” would be considered to be anywhere between 150 to 200 miles. Also, in this context we might consider the deposition of Ms. Tymoshenko, who wanted to shoot President Putin with a Kalashnikov.

    But that this remains pure speculation. The shelling of the cockpit of air Malaysia MH 017, however, is definitely not speculation.

    Photo/PDF Download Link

    By Peter Haisenko @ Global Research 30/07/2014

    Copyright © Peter Haisenko, anderweltonline.com, 2014

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  • #AceNewsGroup 12:20 on July 31, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    UNITED STATES: ‘ Major Donor to a Secretive Club of Democrat Financiers Hosts Fund-Raiser at Her Manhattan Home for Barack Obama ‘ 


    #AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES – July 31 – A major donor to a secretive club of wealthy Democratic financiers hosted President Barack Obama at her home last week for a fundraiser benefittng one of that club’s most politically active organizations.


    ​Randi Weingarten, Larry Cohen, Amy Golbman / AP

    The event came as the president faced withering criticism for raising money as international crises proliferate, and just days ahead of a hearing of Democrat-backed legislation to force “dark money” political donors to disclose more information about their finances.


    House Majority PAC is one of the most nakedly political recipients of cash from the Democracy Alliance, a shadowy network of liberal millionaires and billionaires that doles out tens of millions of dollars to top left-wing groups each year.

    The Super PAC has spent millions in efforts to win House seats for Democrats in an election cycle that experts predict will not be friendly to the party’s efforts to retake the lower chamber.

    ​The president was likely a major draw for high-dollar donors when he headlined a House

    Majority PAC fundraiser on Thursday at the home of Amy Goldman Fowler, a major Democracy Alliance donor who has given millions to Democratic and liberal groups over the past decade.

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  • #AceNewsGroup 11:09 on July 31, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    UNITED STATES: ‘ Money Talks in the Billionaires Club and Can Sway, Lobby and Persuade Environmental Groups Under Guise of Charity ‘ 


    #AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – July 31 – A sprawling network of left-wing foundations, non-profit groups, and individual donors and activists may be flouting federal law in advocating an anti-fossil-fuel agenda, according to a major Senate report released on Wednesday.


    ​Tom Steyer – Hank Paulson – Michael Bloomberg

    The 92-page report details how those individuals and organizations have disbursed tens of millions of dollars, often shielded from public scrutiny, to sway elections and public policy toward environmentalist goals.

    Much of the money behind the effort, the report claims, is laundered through non-profit groups prohibited from engaging in political activity.

    The report, released on Wednesday by the Republican staff of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, dubs this network the “Billionaire’s Club.”

    The club, it says, is “adept at converting charitable donations into political outcomes by taking advantage of loopholes in the tax code.

    Numerous examples raise questions as to whether the charitable donations are indirectly supporting political activity.”

    Read More: TWFB

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  • #AceNewsGroup 10:12 on July 31, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    UNITED STATES: ‘ Emergency Border Spending Package in Trouble ‘ 


    #AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES(Washington) – July 31 – An emergency border spending package backed by the House GOP leadership appeared to be in trouble Wednesday evening after Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) met with a group of House conservatives.

    House conservatives emerging from a late evening meeting in Cruz’s office said they would oppose the $659 million legislation and warned it might fail on the House floor, an embarrassing prospect for the new GOP leadership team.

    “It doesn’t sound like the Granger bill has the votes to pass,” said Rep. John Fleming (R-La.), who plans to vote against the border package endorsed by his leadership.


    By Alexander Bolton @ The Hill


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    UNITED STATES: ‘ House Votes 420-5 Approving $17 Billion Overhaul of Veterans Affairs Department ‘ 


    #AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – July 31 – The House on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a $17 billion overhaul of the troubled Veterans Affairs Department.

    The 420-5 vote sends a conference agreement worked out by negotiators in both chambers to the Senate, where it is also expected to be approved. It will then be delivered to the White House for President Obama’s signature.

    The three-year bill provides $10 billion in funding to pay for veterans to get healthcare at private facilities.

    Another $5 billion would go toward allowing the Veterans Affairs Department to hire more doctors, nurses and other medical staff.

    By Martin Matishak and Cristina Marcos @ The Hill

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  • #AceNewsGroup 09:59 on July 31, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    UNITED STATES: ‘ House Votes 225-201 to Authorise a GOP Lawsuit Against Use of Executive Power ‘ 


    #AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – July 31 – The House voted Wednesday to rebuke President Obama by passing a resolution authorizing a GOP lawsuit against his use of executive power.

    The 225-201 vote fell along party lines, with just five Republicans voting against the measure.

    No Democrats supported it.

    By Cristina Marcos @ The Hill

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  • #AceNewsGroup 09:47 on July 31, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    ‘ Russia Retaliates Against EU/US Economic Sanctions Threatening Higher Energy Prices ‘ 


    #AceWorldNews – BRUSSELS – July 31 – Russia on Wednesday (30 July) reacted angrily to the EU economic sanctions, threatening to increase energy prices.

    “Obsessed with sanctions, Brussels is itself creating barriers for further cooperation in such a key sector as energy industry,” the Russian foreign ministry said in statement.

    “It is a senseless and irresponsible step, which will inevitably cause European energy market prices to rise,” the statement said.

    The ministry added that the economies of Russia and the EU are interlinked and that the "stage three" sanctions will affect the economic situation in the EU "not less than in Russia".

    Some 30 percent of the overall EU gas consumption is covered by Russian gas imports, but some eastern member states are up to 90 percent dependent on Russia.

    The possible retaliation in the energy sector was factored in when the EU decided to adopt economic sanctions, which will enter into force Friday.

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    RUSSIA: ' Strategic Missile Forces Reports Vladimir Putin Issues Feared Dead Hand Early Warning System Order ' 


    #AceWorldNews – RUSSIA (Moscow) – July 30 – A grim report issued by The Strategic Missile Forces (SMF), which is the main component of Russia’s Strategic Nuclear Forces (SNF), states that President Putin earlier today issued a feared “Dead Hand” order not used since 26 September 1983 when the nuclear early warning system of the Soviet Union twice reported the launch of American Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) from bases in the United States reported EU Times.

    The issuance of the 1983 “Dead Hand” order, this report says, was in response to a five-day North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) command post exercise called Able Archer 83 that Soviet military officials feared was a “ruse to war”.

    A “Dead Hand” order, it should be remembered, is a Cold-War-era nuclear-control system developed by the Soviet Union and remains in use today and is controlled from the massive and highly secretive underground military city at Mount Yamantau located in the Republic of Bashkortostan.

    “Dead Hand” is an example of fail-deadly deterrence as it can automatically trigger the launch of the Russian intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) if a nuclear strike is detected by seismic, light, radioactivity and overpressure sensors. By most accounts, it is normally switched off and is supposed to be activated during dangerous crises only; however, it is said to remain fully functional and able to serve its purpose whenever needed, such as today.

    To Putin’s ordering the “Dead Hand” protocols today, this report continues, is in “direct response” to President Obama’s plan to send US military forces into Ukraine, a hostile war move Deputy Foreign Minister Vladimir Titov warned last month would lead to an immediate Russian response by his stating:

    “We cannot see such a build-up of the alliance’s [NATO’s] military power near the border with Russia as anything else but a demonstration of hostile intentions. It would be hard to see additional deployment of substantial NATO military forces in central-eastern Europe, even if on a rotational basis, as anything else but a direct violation of provisions of the 1997 Founding Act on relations between Russia and NATO. We will be forced to undertake all necessary political and military measures to reliably safeguard our security.”

    Critical to note about Putin’s issuing a “Dead Hand” order today was that nearly immediately after it had been issued,Vladislav Surkov, one of the most powerful men in the Kremlin, and the Russian leaders top aide, in essence, confirmed its existence when during a private interview with the Financial Times News Service on the sham US$50 billion ruling against Russia in a European arbitration proceeding (called The Fine That Rang Out Across The World) relating to the Yukos case stated why the Kremlin was not responding by simply stating: “There is a war coming in Europe. Do you really think this matters.

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  • #AceNewsGroup 20:21 on July 30, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    UNITED STATES: ‘ Treasury Department Releases List of Russian Banks Blocked from Conducting Transactions by Americans ‘ 


    #AceFinanceNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – July 30 – Earlier sanctions were more symbolic in nature, and "were sort of the bare minimum the EU had to do in order to pass the laugh test," said Mark Dubowitz, an analyst at the Foundation for Defence of Democracies reported by USA Today, in that these are sectors of the Russian economy."


    ​The Treasury Department released a list of large Russian banks that are blocked from transactions with Americans, including the Bank of Moscow, the Russian Agricultural Bank and VTB Bank.

    Obama made his announcement shortly after the European Union unveiled its new sanctions package, one that "will limit access to EU capital markets for Russian State-owned financial institutions, (and) impose an embargo on trade in arms," according to a statement.

    While previous sanctions have focused on specific businesses and individuals, the new set is designed to hit sectors that are foundations of the Russian economy, including oil and gas supplies and technology, banking and finance, and arms sales.

    Close associates of Putin are also targeted.

    PRESS RELEASE: The Treasury Department 29/07/2014

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  • #AceNewsGroup 19:46 on July 30, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    President Obama: ‘ GOP Back-Off From Suing Him and Do Their Jobs ‘ 


    #AceBreakingNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – July 30 – President Obama asked Republicans to stop “hating” and “being mad all the time” during a Wednesday speech in Kansas City focused on the economy.

    The president accused GOP lawmakers of needlessly suing him instead of doing their jobs.

    He said they should be more focused on the economy.

    “They have not been that helpful,” Obama told a crowd in a local theatre.

    “They have not been as constructive as I would have hoped and these actions come with a cost.”

    By Amie Parnes @ The Hill

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  • #AceNewsGroup 14:53 on July 30, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    UNITED STATES: ‘ DHS’s Abandon’s Plans for Fifty Surveillance Towers in Arizona Over Contractual Differences ‘ 


    #AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES (Arizona) July 30 – According to Homeland Security News Wire the DHS’s plan to deploy fifty surveillance towers across southern Arizona is temporarily on hold, following a protest by Raytheon that the agency improperly awarded the work to rival EFW.

    In a decision released last Thursday by the Government Accountability Office(GAO), DHS has been asked to re-evaluate the competitors’ proposals, saying that it is possible Raytheon was “prejudiced by the agency’s errors” during an evaluation of proposals.

    In February Worsley proposed his solution: a series of mobile, wide-area radar surveillance towers stretching nearly 400 miles along Arizona’s border with Mexico according to the Verge. The proposal is essentially a shadow border, meant to evaluate the US Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) performance — and then improve it. “My argument,” he tells me from his high-ceilinged corner office, about 20 miles east of down-town Phoenix, “is that you can’t get anywhere without securing the border once and for all.”

    This shadow border is his way of beginning that process, and would cost $30 million to set up.

    Reactions to the proposal have been mixed. Senators in border states — and Worsley’s constituents — are listening. But no one’s clamoring to throw him money to get it started. And two big questions remain: Why is a surveillance program the best alternative to a problematic immigration law?

    And what makes Worsley think he can change the debate with a new kind of radar?

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  • #AceNewsGroup 14:15 on July 30, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    UNITED STATES: ‘ NYPD Detective Shot in Greenwich Village Gun Battle ‘ 


    Ace Breaking News – UNITED STATES (Greenwich) – July 30

    BREAKING NEWS
    07/30/2014
    NYPD Detective Shot in Greenwich Village Gun Battle With Fugitive Child Abuse Suspect to Be Released From Hospital
    The NYPD detective who went into a Greenwich Village smoke shop on a tip that an accused child molester on the run for two years was working there and was shot, along with two U.S. Marshals, when the officers tried to apprehend the suspect, will be released from the hospital Wednesday.
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    PROTECTIVE EDGE DAY 23: ‘ UN School Hit in Northern Gaza Under the Guise of Routing-Out Displaced Fighters Sheltering in the Building ‘ 


    #AceWorldNews – GAZA CITY – July – At least 50 Palestinians were killed today, including 20 at a UN school, in relentless Israeli bombardment in Gaza, a day after one of the bloodiest days in the fighting between Israel and Hamas, taking the death toll to 1,283 early on Wednesday.


    (Before the Bombing) ​

    Israeli military shelled the UN school based in Gaza’s Jebaliya refugee camp early on Wednesday.


    ​(After the Bombing)

    At least 20 people killed in the attack, the Palestinian Health Ministry said. The shell slammed into the school in northern Gaza as the conflict between Israel and Hamas entered its 23rd day.

    The school was being used as a shelter for those displaced by fighting, emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said.

    The incident occurred early morning, and a couple of hours after Israeli tanks had begun heavy shelling in the area. It is the second time this month that a UN school in Gaza has come under attack.

    On Thursday, 16 people were killed and hundreds wounded when a UN-run school in northern Gaza was struck reported by IBN Live

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  • #AceNewsGroup 12:56 on July 30, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    NIGERIA: ‘ Suicide Bombers Attack Two Mosques Killing at Least Six People and Injuring Others ‘ 


    #AceBreakingNews – NIGERIA (Kano) – July 30 – Suicide bombers have attacked two mosques in northeast Nigeria’s Yobe state killing at least six people and injuring several others, witnesses told AFP blaming the Boko Haram Islamists.

    The first explosion rocked an open air mosque belonging to a Shiite Muslim sect in the Dogo Tebo area of the town of Potiskum around 7:55pm (local time) leaving four people dead yesterday.

    The second blast five minutes later at a mosque within the compound of the chief imam in the town’s Anguwar Bolawa area killed at least two worshippers.

    "A suicide bomber we believe was from Boko Haram blew himself up at the open air mosque used by Shiites which they name Saqafa shortly after saying their evening prayers there," witness Balarabe Dahiru said.

    "We took four dismembered bodies of the victims to the hospital along with five others who were injured," said Dahiru who was sitting outside his house when the blast happened.

    The body of the suicide bomber was left untouched by residents in protest, he said.

    Resident Awwal Maikusa who gave a similar account said a second blast occurred five minutes later.

    "They are obviously the handiwork of Boko Haram," Maikusa said of the two attacks.


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  • #AceNewsGroup 12:36 on July 30, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    INDIA: ‘ Five Killed and at Least 150 People Feared Buried Under Landslide Caused by Torrential Rains ‘ 


    #AceBreakingNews – INDIA (Pune District) – July 30 – An Indian official says that more than 150 people are feared buried under a landslide that hit a village in western India following torrential rains reported Associated Press.

    ​Prabhakar Deshmukh, the local commissioner of Pune district in Maharashtra state, says Wednesday’s landslide in the village of Ambe has buried about 40 houses.

    ​Deshmukh told CNN-IBN TV station that federal rescue workers are on their way to the area but have been hindered by poor roads leading to the village and continuing rain.

    He says residents have begun the work of clearing the debris

    Few other details are immediately available.

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  • #AceNewsGroup 12:12 on July 30, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    ‘ Kidnapping Hostages and Handing Over Millions for Their Release Bank-Rolls Terrorism ‘ 


    #AceNewsServices (Exclusive) – EUROPE – July 30 – European governments are bankrolling Islamist militants by handing over millions to release hostages, reports the International New York Times.

    ​"Kidnapping Europeans for ransom has become a global business for Al Qaeda, bankrolling its operations across the globe," says the paper.

    The group has made $125 million since 2008.

    NYT Opinion February 2013 stated – But little was said about the most important factor: Europeans have knowingly bankrolled Islamist radicals with ransom payments since at least 2003.


    ​Sixteen years before the 9/11 attacks, the United States sold Iran weapons indirectly in the hopes of freeing American hostages held by Iran’s proxy, Hezbollah. The Iran-contra debacle taught America, among other things, that paying ransom money only emboldens terrorist groups and their backers.

    Yet when confronted with the same challenge, European leaders have failed to heed that lesson, and have filled the coffers of terrorist groups for at least a decade.

    The so-called global war on terror has been hobbled by these pay-off’s. The same nations that until very recently had troops in Afghanistan fighting terrorism have been turning over cash to terrorists in Africa.

    Over the past decade, Britain, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Austria, Sweden and the Netherlands have paid more than $130 million to terrorist groups, mostly through mediators, to free European hostages.

    Then courting the social media war machine allows these militant organisations to grow in popularity and thus spread their words far and wide, allowing recruitment of followers and increasing the spread of radical fundamentalism.

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  • #AceNewsGroup 11:40 on July 30, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    ‘ Chief Prosecutor Members of Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) Behind Campaign of Persecution and Should be Tried for War Crimes in Special Court ‘ 


    #AceWorldNews – BRUSSELS – July 30 – Chief prosecutor Clint Williamson said on Tuesday (29 July) members of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) were behind a campaign of persecution against ethnic Serb, Roma, and other minority populations of Kosovo.


    ​“We believe that the evidence is compelling that these crimes were not the acts of rogue individuals acting on their own accord, but rather that they were conducted in an organised fashion,” said Williamson, who was appointed to lead the Special Investigative Task Force (Sitf) in October 2011.

    Sitf was set up to probe allegations of KLA crimes following a 2011 report by Dick Marty, an investigator at the human rights watchdog, the Council of Europe. Similar allegations were made in a separate report by Human Rights Watch, an NGO.

    The Kosovo Albanian military outfit disbanded in 1999 but is implicated in the death and disappearance of around eight hundred people after the war’s official end in June of the same year.

    Murder, abductions, enforced disappearances, illegal detention in camps in Kosovo and Albania, sexual violence, and violence against political opponents to obtain power and personal wealth is among the list of crimes linked to high-ranking people inside the guerrilla outfit.

    Other serious allegations involve a handful of organ trafficking cases.

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  • #AceNewsGroup 11:29 on July 30, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    ‘ David Cameron Attempts to Destabilise UKIP’s Rise in Popularity Polls with New Benefits Bill Targeting Unemployed Migrants ‘ 


    #AceWorldNews – BRUSSELS – July 30 – The British government announced on Tuesday (29 July) it will tighten benefits for unemployed migrants from the EU in plans the European Commission has said it will examine closely reported EUobserver.

    • Cameron visits staff at British supermarket chain (Photo: gov.uk)

    Under the proposals, London is to reduce to three months – down from six months – the time EU migrants without realistic job prospects can claim welfare.

    Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Prime Minister David Cameron said it was about "addressing the magnetic pull of Britain’s benefits system".

    Other measures include banning "overseas only recruitment" and "massively" restricting the number of jobs automatically put on an EU jobs portal. "This is about putting British residents first," he said.

    The move comes on top of changes announced last year under which EU migrants may only claim unemployment benefits after three months of being in the UK.

    The new measures are seen as an attempt to try and counter the popularity of the UK Independence Party ahead of next year’s general election.

    The party topped the polls in the May EU vote and has been positioning itself as the only party willing to tackle immigration.

    The European Commission, for its part, said Cameron’s proposals will be "scrutinised" carefully once the details are clear.

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    ‘ EU Joins US in Major Economic Sanctions on Russia Thus Creating Wide-Ranging Affects ‘ 


    #AceBreakingNews – BRUSSELS – July 30 – The US on Tuesday (29 July) announced a widening of its own Russia sanctions to match the EU’s economic sanctions adopted just a few hours previously.

    "Today, and building on the measures we announced two weeks ago, the United States is imposing new sanctions in key sectors of the Russian economy: energy, arms, and finance," US President Barack Obama said at a press conference in Washington.

    He said exports of "specific goods and technologies to the Russian energy sector" will be banned, and more Russian banks and defence companies added to an existing blacklist.

    "And we’re formally suspending credit that encourages exports to Russia and financing for economic development projects in Russia," he added.

    He said the sanctions regime "will have an even bigger bite" as it was widened in close co-operation with the EU.

    EU ambassadors earlier on Tuesday adopted the so-called stage three of the sanctions regime, banning trade in Russian bonds and stocks issued by state-owned companies, as well as arms, technology for oil exploration and high-tech items imported by Russian military companies.

    "The European Union is joining us in imposing major sanctions on Russia – its most significant and wide-ranging sanctions to date," Obama said reported by EUobserver

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