EGYPT: ‘ MILITARY COURT SENTENCES FIFTEEN UNIVERSITY STUDENTS CONVICTED OF INCITEMENT TO PRISON ‘


#AceNewsServices – Featured Report:EGYPT:March.26: An Egyptian military court sentenced fifteen Mansoura University students to up to ten years in prison on Thursday, according to the campaign group No to Military Trials for Civilians.

The students must also pay a fine of 50,000 Egyptian pounds.

The sentenced students include second year science student Israa Maher, who was given two years prison time, third year law student Said Mohamed who was sentenced to ten years, as well as students from the Mansoura branch of al-Azhar University who were sentenced to three years in prison.

These rulings were made after "security forces raided Mansoura University, assaulted the students, and arbitrarily arrested a number of students," the group No to Military Trials for Civilians said.

These students were taken because they were present on-campus October 28, 2014 and they were taken to the prosecutor on charges of "possessing fireworks, white weapons, inciting leaflets, gasoline, books that contain radical fundamentalist thoughts, protesting without license, and for threatening general social well-being."


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EGYPT SUMMIT: ‘ F.M.SHOUKRY URGES ARAB STATES TO FORM A JOINT MILITARY SECURITY FORCE ‘


#AceNewsReport – EGYPT:March.26: Arab foreign ministers held a consultative meeting on Thursday ahead of their preparatory session for the upcoming Arab League summit.

At the meeting, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry urged Arab League member states to create a joint Arab military force to face regional security challenges. Shoukry expressed his hope the Arab League would take positive steps to implement Egypt’s previous proposal to form a joint Arab force.

Arab leaders meeting at the summit this week face rapidly deteriorating conflicts in Yemen and Libya, but have yet to agree on a concrete plan to counter a growing threat from Islamist militant groups and regional chaos.

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YEMEN: ‘ SAUDI LED COALITION COMMENCE NAVAL & AIR-FORCE STRIKES & DISCUSS BOOTS ON GROUND ‘


#AceNewsReport – YEMEN:March.26: Egypt participated in the Saudi-led campaign against Shia Houthis militias in Yemen with its naval and air forces, an Egyptian military source said on Thursday.

Warplanes from Saudi Arabia and Arab allies struck the Shia Muslim rebels fighting to oust Yemen’s president on Thursday. Four Egyptian naval vessels also sailed on Thursday through the Suez Canal en route to Yemen to support the operation, a military source said.

Egypt’s ministry of foreign affairs had issued a statement late Wednesday announcing that Egypt is in full political and military support of the war in Yemen.

The statement added that Egypt is also discussing with its Gulf allies the use of Egyptian military forces on the ground "if it is necessary." The coalition led by Saudi Arabia includes Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, Sudan, Kuwait, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, and Pakistan.

As of late Wednesday night, air traffic between Egypt and Yemen had also been halted.

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UGANDA: ‘ POLICE SAY THEY HAVE RECEIVED A “CREDIBLE THREAT ” THAT AL-SHABAB IS PLANNING AN ATTACK IN KAMPALA ‘


#AceNewsReport – UGANDA:March.26: Police in Uganda say they have received "credible information" that Somali militant group AL-Shabab is planning an attack in the capital, Kampala.

The warning Thursday follows a similar message from the U.S. embassy in Kampala a day earlier.

The police statement says al-Shabab may target public places such as hotels, malls, markets and parks and urges people to watch out for suspicious activity or objects.

The Ugandan government said on Twitter that "effective measures are in place to deter any possible attacks."

The U.S. embassy said Wednesday that it has canceled some non-essential events scheduled at local hotels "out of an abundance of caution."

Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for twin bombings that killed more than 70 people in Kampala in July of 2010. The al-Qaida-linked group also claimed the 2013 assault on the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya.

The U.S. embassy issued warnings about a possible al-Shabab attack in Kampala last September, but later said measures by the Ugandan government had disrupted the plot.

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USA: ‘ DOJ ANNOUNCE ARREST OF TWO RESIDENTS OF AURORA OVER CONSPIRING TO PROVIDE PROPAGANDA TO ISLAMIC STATE ‘


#AceNewsServices – Featured Post:USA:March.26: A member of the United States Army National Guard and his cousin have been arrested and charged with planning to provide material support to the so-called Islamic State.

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The US Department of Justice announced on Thursday that two residents of Aurora, Illinois were arrested on Wednesday evening and charged with one count each of conspiring to provide material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organization.

National Guard Specialist Hasan Edmonds, 22, was arrested Wednesday at Chicago’s Midway International Airport, where authorities say he planned to fly to Cairo, Egypt in order to join the group calling itself the Islamic State (also known as ISIS, or ISIL). His cousin, 29-year-old Jonas Edmonds, was arrested inside his Aurora, IL home that same evening.

Both men are expected in court on Thursday afternoon, according to a statement released on Thursday by the Justice Dept.

A criminal complaint filed by federal authorities against the men alleges that the cousins had devised a plan in which the younger of the two would travel overseas “for the purpose of waging violence on behalf of ISIL,” according to the DOJ.

Hasan Edmonds is a current member of the Illinois Army National Guard, the statement said, and had planned to use his military training to assist the ongoing operation waged by the so-called Islamic State.

“In addition, they plotted to attack members of our military within the United States. Disturbingly, one of the defendants currently wears the same uniform of those they allegedly planned to attack,” Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P. Carlin said in a statement.

If convicted, the men face a maximum of 15 years in prison and a quarter-million-dollar fine apiece.

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NATO: ‘ RUSSIAN SHIPS DISGUISED AS TRAWLERS INTERCEPT MILITARY TRANSMISSIONS OFF UK COAST ‘


#AceNewsReport – MOSCOW/LONDON:March.26: A former chief naval officer says Russian spy ships disguised as trawlers are intercepting military transmissions off Britain’s coast as NATO conducts a major military exercise in the Black Sea.

Lord West, who served as First Sea Lord and a UK defense minister, said Russia had deployed an entire fleet of the ships in a move reminiscent of the Cold War.

Known within defense circles by their NATO designation Auxiliary Intelligence Gathering (AIG) ships, the vessels, disguised as simple fishing trawlers but packed with state of the art equipment, sit in international waters up to 200 miles off the coast, where they monitor military transmissions.

"Their conventional forces were incapable of mobilising quickly a few years ago and that has changed," West told the UK’s Daily Mail. "It is all very worrying as Putin is very unpredictable and is not obeying the norms of international order.

The claims follow reports that Russian ‘Bear’ bombers flying over international waters near Britain have increased, with the Royal Air Force having recently intercepted bombers flying over the coast of Cornwall.

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WASHINGTON: ‘ HOUSE APPROVES GOP BUDGET & BOOSTS WAR CHEST TO $96-BILLION ‘


#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON:March.26: House Republicans adopted a 2016 budget in a 228-199 vote on Wednesday that represents a major victory for GOP leaders after a rocky start to their year.

The 2016 budget would increase defense spending next year by boosting the Pentagon’s war fund to $96 billion, well above President Obama’s $58 billion request.

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WASHINGTON: ‘ MILITARY FORCE SPECIAL OPS TO USE FLAWED GOVERNMENT SOFTWARE IN INTELLIGENCE ANALYSIS ‘


#AceNewsServices – Featured Report:WASHINGTON:March.26: The military has been trying to force special operations troops heading to war zones to use flawed government software for intelligence analysis instead of a commercial alternative they say they need, according to government records and interviews AP exclusive report.

Over the last four months, six Army special operations units about to be deployed into Afghanistan, Iraq and other hostile environments have requested software made by Palantir, a Silicon Valley company that has synthesized data for the CIA, the Navy SEALs and the country’s largest banks, among other government and private entities.


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EGYPT: ‘ MILITARY OFFICIALS CONFIRM THEY WILL LEAD GROUND OFFENSIVE IN YEMEN ‘


#AceNewsReport – EGYPT:March.26: Egyptian security and military officials say Saudi Arabia and Egypt will lead a ground operation in Yemen against Shiite rebels and their allies after a campaign of airstrikes to weaken them.

Three senior officials tell The Associated Press that forces would enter by land from Saudi Arabia and by sea from the Red Sea and Arabian Sea.

They said Thursday that other nations will also be involved.

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JAPAN: ‘ LAUNCHES INFORMATION GATHERING SATELLITE TO MONITOR NATIONAL SECURITY USING HI-RES IMAGES ‘


#AceNewsReport – JAPAN:March.26: Japan launched an information-gathering satellite with an optical reconnaissance payload on an H-2A rocket on Thursday.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries launched the spy satellite aboard the H-2A Launch Vehicle No.28 at 01:21 GMT from JAXA’s Tanegashima Space Center in southwestern Kagoshima prefecture, Xinhua reported.

The rocket and the satellite separated as planned and the satellite successfully entered orbit. Intelligence satellites monitor ground surfaces to gain information related to national security and disasters.

The launch carried the first third- generation spacecraft for the series, Optical 5, which will obtain high-resolution images.

Earlier, Japan launched a radar sensor information-gathering satellite on Feb.1, which is equipped with a radar spy instrument capable of peering through clouds, darkness and camouflage to obtain high-resolution imagery of Earth’s surface.

Information obtained and images captured by the satellites are subject to a law enacted last year to enable the Japanese government to designate information it deems sensitive as state secrets, according to local media.

Up to three more launches from Tanegashima are planned before the end of 2015, it said.

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WASHINGTON: ‘ US SEAFOOD & RETAIL INDUSTRY REACT TO SLAVE-FISH REPORT ‘


#AceNewsReport – Featured Update:WASHINGTON:March.26: The US State Department and business leaders are renewing their call on the Thai government to crack down on slavery in its fishing fleets.

The bones of the people could be an island, it’s that many." RT

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The US seafood and retail industries and a member of Congress reacted to an AP investigation published this week that found slave-caught fish clouds the supply networks of major supermarkets and restaurants in the US.

Hundreds of men were reportedly trapped on the Indonesian island of Benjina.

There are an estimated two to three million migrant workers in Thailand, the bulk of whom are from Burma (now known as Myanmar), the US State Department noted in its annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report.

In 2013, the report listed Thailand as a member of the Tier 2 Watch List, it’s second-worst designation, meaning its government does not meet the standards laid out in the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act (originally passed by Congress in 2000), “but are making significant efforts to bring themselves into compliance with those standards,” yet slave labor is still increasing, according to the report’s definitions and methodology.

The industry leaders in the past have asked the Thai government to address forced labor, but have lacked specific allegations.

Let us hope this time that this sudden re-emergence of US interest is not just a profit related rouse, but do not hold your breath! This time they have their proof and can act – lets hope they do.

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AUSTRALIA: ‘ SENATE VOTES IN FAVOUR OF MANDATORY DATA RETENTION OF TEXT MESSAGES, EMAILS & PHONE CALLS ‘


#AceNewsReport – AUSTRALIA:March.26: Australia’s mandatory data retention scheme has passed both houses of parliament, the Guardian reported.

The Senate voted in favor of the legislation on Thursday amid continuing uncertainty over the cost of requiring telcos and internet service providers to store customers’ metadata for two years.

But hours before the bill passed the upper house, Abbott was unable to answer a direct question about the amount the government would contribute to businesses to assist with the cost of implementation, estimated to be up to $300m.

“We have said to the industry that we are prepared to make an appropriate upfront contribution to the cost. We are continuing to talk to the industry about precisely what that will be,” he said. “But the important thing is that the metadata legislation be passed and passed quickly, because if we want to keep our communities safe we need this legislation in place.”

This bill contains and will allow retention of time and participants in phone calls, text messages and emails.

Labor senator Jacinta Collins said that mandatory data retention was “not mass surveillance."

The prime minister, Tony Abbott, had been determined to pass the law before parliament rose for a six-week pre-budget break, describing a mandatory data retention scheme as necessary to avoid “a form of unilateral disarmament in the face of criminals”.

The Senate vote came a week after the bill passed the House of Representatives, where the government holds a majority.

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NIGERIA: ‘ BOKO HARAM KILLED 1,000 CIVILIANS IN 2015 AS SECURITY FORCES FAILED TO PROTECT THE PEOPLE ‘


#AceNewsServices – Featured Report – NIGERIA:March.26: Attacks by the Islamist armed group Boko Haram killed more than 1,000 civilians in 2015, based on witness accounts and an analysis of media reports.

Boko Haram fighters have deliberately attacked villages and committed mass killings and abductions as their attacks have spread from northeast Nigeria into Cameroon, Chad, and Niger since February.

Human Rights Watch interviews in late January with people who fled Yobe, Adamawa, and Borno states in northeastern Nigeria revealed horrific levels of brutality. Since mid-2014, Boko Haram fighters have seized control of scores of towns and villages covering 17 local government areas in these northeastern states, some of which were recaptured by Nigerian and Chadian forces in March 2015.

“Each week that passes we learn of more brutal Boko Haram abuses against civilians,” said Mausi Segun, Nigeria researcher at Human Rights Watch. “The Nigerian government needs to make protecting civilians a priority in military operations against Boko Haram.”

The group also abducted hundreds of women and girls many of whom were subjected to forced conversion, forced marriage, rape, and other abuse. Scores of young men and boys were forced to join Boko Haram’s ranks or face death, according to Human Rights Watch research. Hundreds of thousands of residents were forced to flee the area, either because Boko Haram fighters ordered them to leave or out of fear for their lives.

Displaced people told Human Rights Watch they had fled with only the clothes on their backs after witnessing killings and the burning of their homes and communities by Boko Haram, and in one case by Nigerian security forces.

“As bombs thrown up by Boko Haram started exploding around us on the hills, I saw body parts scatter in different directions,” one witness of attacks in the Gwoza hills in Borno State told Human Rights Watch in late January. “Those already weakened by starvation and thirst coughed repeatedly from the smoke of the explosions until they passed out… I escaped at night.”

Displaced people also described targeted burning of schools by Boko Haram, and a few instances in which government forces took over schools. Deliberate attacks on schools and other civilian structures not being used for military purposes are war crimes. Attacks on schools by Boko Haram, displacement as a result of attacks on villages, and the use of schools by Nigerian army soldiers not only damage schools but interfere with access to education for thousands of children in the northeast.

According to Human Rights Watch research, Nigerian security forces failed to take all feasible precautions to protect the civilian population in their military operations against Boko Haram.


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TUNISIA: ‘ POLICE ARREST 23 SUSPECTS OF A TERRORIST CELL INVOLVED IN BARDO MUSEUM BOMBING ‘


#AceNewsReport – TUNISIA:March.26: Tunisian security police have arrested 23 suspects after last week’s militant attack at the country’s national museum, AFP reported.

“Twenty-three suspects, including a woman, have been arrested as part of a terrorist cell” involved in the attack, Interior Minister Najem Gharsalli said Thursday, adding that 80 percent of the cell had been broken up.

French President Francois Hollande will travel to Tunis on Sunday to take part in a “march against terrorism.”

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IRAQ: ‘ US COALITION & IRAQ WARPLANES BEGIN AIRSTRIKES ON TOWN OF TIKRIT TARGETING ISLAMIC STATE LEADERS ‘


#AceNewsReport – IRAQ:March.26: U.S. warplanes have begun airstrikes in the northern Iraqi city of Tikrit after the government requested assistance with the stalled offensive to reclaim the home town of former strongman Saddam Hussein from the extremist group Islamic State, defense officials say Times reported.

Coalition and Iraqi planes struck a complex of palaces in Tikrit on Thursday where Islamic State militants have been holding out for more than three weeks, Reuters said.

US-led coalition planes launched their first airstrikes against IS targets in Saddam Hussein’s home town on Wednesday to aid Iraqi forces fighting alongside Iran-backed Shiite militia on the ground.

“The Iraqi air force with the coalition air force have conducted air strikes targeting the presidential palaces that are the headquarters of IS leaders and groups,” Defense Ministry spokesman Brigadier Tahseen Ibrahim Sadiq said.

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BREAKING FRANCE: ‘ CO-PILOT OF GERMANWINGS PLANE APPEARS TO INTENTIONALLY HAVE CRASHED INTO FRENCH ALPS ‘


#AceNewsReport – FRANCE:March.27: The co-pilot of the crashed Germanwings plane appears to have "intentionally" brought the plane down while his captain was locked out of the cockpit and banging to be let back in, prosecutors said Thursday NBC reported.

First Officer Andreas Lubitz, 28, was alone at the controls of the Airbus A320 as it began its rapid descent, Marseille Prosecutor Brice Robin told a news conference.

Passengers’ cries were heard on the plane’s cockpit voice recorder in the moments just before the plane slammed into the French Alps, Brice said.

"Banging" sounds also were audible, he said, suggesting the captain was trying to force his way back into the cockpit. However, the reinforced cockpit door was locked from the inside and could not be overridden, even with a coded entry panel.

The co-pilot of the Germanwings flight that crashed in the French Alps was responsible for taking sole control of the plane and beginning its deadly descent.

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WASHINGTON: ‘ ARMY CHARGES BOWE BERGDAHL WITH DESERTION ‘


#AceNewsReport – WASHINGTON:March.25: The Army has charged Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl with desertion, reigniting the debate over whether President Obama paid too high a price to secure his release from the Taliban.

Bergdahl’s lawyer, Eugene Fidell, told The Hill that the solider has been charged with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy under two articles of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

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WASHINGTON: ‘ US & SYRIA IN TALKS TO RELEASE JOURNALIST WHO DISAPPEARED TWO YEARS AGO ‘


#AceNewsReport – WASHINGTON:March.25: U.S. officials are negotiating with Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government for the release of a McClatchy journalist who vanished more than two years ago while reporting in Syria, according to a French newspaper report published Friday.

Paris-based Le Figaro, citing an unnamed European diplomat, reported that U.S.-Syrian negotiations on the fate of Austin Tice began weeks ago and that “an emissary representing the U.S. government” had visited the imprisoned journalist.

The Assad government has never admitted publicly to holding Tice, a onetime Marine Corps captain and law school student who contributed to McClatchy, the Washington Post and other news organizations from Syria’s war zone before disappearing in mid-August 2012.

If the Figaro report is accurate, the talks would represent a rare instance of direct dialogue between the United States and Syria since the Obama administration threw its support to an anti-Assad movement that began in March 2011 and quickly spiraled into civil war.

The State Department withdrew its diplomats from Damascus in 2011; the U.S. Embassy closed in 2012.

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SYRIA: ‘ ISLAMIC STATE RECRUIT 400 CHILDREN GIVEN THE NAME ” CUBS OF THE CALIPHATE ” MONITOR REPORTS ‘


#AceNewsReport – SYRIA:March.25: Islamic State has recruited at least 400 children in Syria in the past three months and given these so-called “Cubs of the Caliphate” military training and hardline indoctrination, a monitoring group said on Tuesday Reuters reported.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the children, all aged under 18, were recruited near schools, mosques and in public areas where near schools, mosques and in public areas where Islamic State carries out killings and brutal punishments on local people.

One such young boy appeared in a video early this month shooting dead an Israeli Arab accused by Islamic State of being as spy.

A French police source said the boy might be the half-brother of Mohamed Merah, who killed three soldiers, a rabbi and three Jewish children in Toulouse in 2012.

“They use children because it is easy to brainwash them. They can build these children into what they want, they stop them from going to school and send them to IS schools instead,” said Rami Abdulrahman, head of the British-based Observatory.

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LEBANON: ‘ HEZBOLLAH & SYRIAN ARMY SEIZE STRATEGIC STAND-POINTS FROM JIHADI MILITANTS ‘


#AceNewsReport – LEBANON:March.25: Hezbollah and the Syrian army seized two strategic hilltops from jihadi militants along the Lebanese border Wednesday, the Daily Star said, citing security sources.

The clashes near the village of Flita, 5 kilometers from the border with Lebanon, reportedly left at least 19 rebels dead or wounded.

Hezbollah is said to be preparing for a battle against ISIS and Nusra Front militants in Syria’s Qalamoun along the border with Lebanon.

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