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EGYPT: ‘ AL-SISI MET WITH MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD FIGURES TO DISCUSS A PARDON ‘


#AceNewsServices – EGYPT:Feb.26: Presidential sources said that President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi met with several dissident Muslim Brotherhood leaders on Wednesday upon their request.

During the meeting, former Brotherhood figures, including Kamal al-Helbawy, Tharwat al-Kharbawy and Mokhtar Nouh, offered proposals to face the extremist ideology of terrorist groups that the country could benefit from later, sources said.

In related news, a plan to pardon some Brotherhood members, which would allow them to leave custody in exchange for signing an agreement, is allegedly currently in the works.

Informed sources said meetings are taking place among Muslim Brotherhood figures, involved in several lawsuits, and members of the special committee on reconciliation with the group’s prisoners. Helbawy and another former Brotherhood member, Tareq al-Bishbeeshy, are said to be on the committee.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the sources said that the meetings are taking place upon request of the security services.

[Egypt Independent, 2/26/2015]

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WASHINGTON: ‘ US LAWMAKERS NO OBJECTION TO $1.3 BILLION MILITARY ASSISTANCE FOR EGYPT ‘


#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON:Feb.26: US lawmakers did not raise any objections to a proposed $1.3 billion military assistance package for Egypt during two days of hearings with Secretary of State John Kerry.

Their silence is the clearest sign yet that Congress is lining up behind President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi as he takes on the Islamic State and other Islamists.

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WASHINGTON: ‘ REPUBLICANS WORKING ON STOP-GAP PROPOSALS FOR DHS TO AVOID SHUT-DOWN ‘


#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON:UPDATE:Feb.26: House Republicans are preparing a series of stopgap proposals to keep the Homeland Security Department running in the event that Congress can’t reach an agreement on a longer-term funding bill before Saturday’s deadline.

"My committee is prepared for most all contingencies," Rep. John Carter (R-Texas), chairman of the Appropriations Homeland Security subcommittee, told reporters in the Capitol The Hill just reported.

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WASHINGTON: ‘ SENATE LEADERS AVOID DHS SHUT-DOWN SIDESTEPPING FIGHT OVER IMMIGRATION POLICY ‘


#AceNewsServices – Featured Update:WASHINGTON: Feb.26: Senate leaders moved toward a deal Wednesday to avoid a shutdown of the Homeland Security Department, sidestepping a fight over immigration policy, as President Obama declared his administration would curtail deportations of immigrants in the country illegally despite losing a court fight on the issue this month LA Times reported.

Money for the Homeland Security Department has been tied up for weeks as congressional conservatives sought to block the department’s budget unless Democrats agreed to a measure repealing Obama’s executive actions on deportation.

Funds for the department, which oversees immigration and border security, among other duties, will run out Friday night unless lawmakers act. Administration officials say that would force some department employees off the job, while about 85% of the department’s more than 200,000 “front-line” employees would have to work without pay.

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) faces a tough decision on whether to bring legislation to fund the Homeland Security Department but not overturn President Obama’s executive actions on immigration. The Hill is asking House Republicans if they’d support a clean funding bill.

He has been anxious to avoid even a temporary shutdown of the department, fearing the political risk. On Tuesday, he offered to move ahead with a no-strings-attached bill to provide funds, and on Wednesday, Senate Democrats agreed not to block his plan.

We’ll be updating this list continually…………

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WASHINGTON: ‘ SENATE VOTES 12-8 APPROVING LORETTA LYNCH AS ATTORNEY GENERAL ‘


#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON:Feb.26:The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved the nomination of Loretta Lynch to be the 83rd U.S. attorney general and the first African American woman to hold the post

The vote was 12 to 8, with 3 Republicans voting in favor of Lynch, who is the U.S. attorney in Brooklyn.

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Attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch shaped by work with Rwanda tribunal

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WASHINGTON: ‘ FEDERAL REGULATORS VOTE TO IMPOSE SWEEPING NET NEUTRALITY RULES ‘


#AceNewsServices – Update: WASHINGTON:Feb.26: Federal regulators voted Thursday to impose sweeping net neutrality rules that supporters say are critical to protecting the freedom of the Internet.

In a party-line 3-2 vote, the Federal Communications Commission moved to embrace an approach advocated by President Obama to treat the Web like a utility in order to prevent major companies such as Comcast or Verizon from slowing, blocking or creating “toll roads” for people’s access to the Internet.

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WASHINGTON: ‘ A NEW DAY IS DAWNING IN BATTLE OVER THE INTERNET ‘


#AceNewsServices – Update:WASHINGTON:Feb.26: The Federal Communications Commission will vote Thursday to issue regulations designed to guarantee equal access to the Internet, despite staunch opposition from Republicans and under the threat of lawsuits from major companies.

A Democrat on the Federal Communications Commission wants to narrow the scope of new net neutrality rules that are set for a vote on Thursday, The Hill has learned.

Mignon Clyburn, one of three Democrats on the FCC, has asked Chairman Tom Wheeler to roll back some of the restrictions before the full FCC votes on them, FCC officials said.

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USA: ‘ JAMES RISEN SUED FOR REPORTING POST-9/11 CONTRACTOR WAS A CON-MAN ‘


#AceNewsServices – Featured Report: Feb.26: New York Times reporter James Risen stared down the Obama administration in a years-long fight against identifying his sources in a criminal case – and won.

Now a civil lawsuit takes aim at the highly respected national security journalist over sourcing in his latest book.

This time, the case is brought by a businessman and alleged scam artist, Dennis Montgomery, who Risen profiled in the second chapter of last year’s "Pay Any Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War."

Montgomery, Risen reported, "was the maestro behind what many current and former U.S. officials and others familiar with the case now believe was one of the most elaborate and dangerous hoaxes in American history."

Risen wrote that Montgomery offered various dubious technologies to the U.S. military and intelligence agencies in the panicked aftermath of the 9/11 terror attacks, including technology that purportedly could decipher hidden codes in broadcasts on Al Jazeera, an Arabic-language news network owned by the ruling family of Qatar that has a worldwide following.

Continue Reading…..

First Published by Steven Nelson
U.S. News & World Report
February 25, 2015

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USA: ‘ BROOKLYN MAN CHARGED WEDNESDAY FOR SUPPORTING ISLAMIC ALLEGEDLY OFFERED TO KILL OBAMA ‘


#AceNewsServices – USA:Fe.26: A story that broke earlier has confirmed that one of three Brooklyn men charged Wednesday with planning to fight for the Islamic State in Syria allegedly offered to kill President Obama and plant a bomb at Coney Island if the terror group ordered him to do so, the Justice Department said.

Police arrested Akhror Saidakhmetov, 19, a citizen of Kazakhstan and resident of Brooklyn, at John F. Kennedy Airport on Wednesday as he attempted to board a flight to Istanbul. He was en route to Syria where he planned to fight for the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, according to a criminal complaint unsealed in federal court in Brooklyn.

The complaint also charges Abdurasul Hasanovich Juraboev, 24, and Abror Habibov, 30, both citizens of Uzbekistan living in Brooklyn. U.S. Magistrate Judge Lois Bloom ordered Juraboev and Saidakhmetov held without bail.

Habibov, who appeared Wednesday in a Jacksonville court, was also held without bail.

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BREAKING: ‘ ISIL MILITANT JIHADI JOHN NAMED BY MEDIA ‘


#AceNewsServices – BREAKING: Feb.26: The Islamic State militant known as "Jihadi John," who has been seen in videos of hostages being beheaded, has been named as Mohammed Emwazi by the BBC and "The Washington Post."

The BBC said Emwazi, believed to be from west London, was known to British security services, who chose not to disclose his name earlier for operational reasons.

"The Washington Post" cited friends of Emrazi’s and "others familiar with his case."

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UK: ‘ BUSINESS GROUPS SUPPORT ZERO HOURS CONTRACTS THOUGH THEY OFFER VERY SCANT PROTECTION FOR WORKERS ‘


#AceNewsServices – Featured Report: UK.Feb.26: Even though zero-hours contracts do not give an worker protection under new rules brought into being by this government. The Telegraph reports that Business groups have defended companies using zero-hours contracts, arguing that they have protected the UK from the high levels of unemployment seen on the continent.

The Institute of Directors (IoD) and Confederation of British Industry (CBI) both spoke out on Wednesday after figures from the Office for National Statistics showed that 697,000 people, or 2.3pc of the workforce, are on zero-hours contracts.

Use of the contracts, which do not guarantee working hours with a company, has become a key political issue in the run-up to the general election, with Labour leader Ed Miliband calling for them to be banned.

However, business groups said the flexibility the contracts offer workers and businesses is an asset to the UK economy.

“For hundreds of thousands of workers and employers these contracts represent an extremely attractive proposition,” Christian May of the IoD said.

Read more here.

Download PDF – Survey by Office of National Statistics – April 2014

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UK: ‘ IMMIGRATION FIGURES DO NOT MAKE GREAT NEWS AS CONSERVATIVES FAIL IN THEIR “NO IF’S NO BUT PLEDGE OF 2011 ‘


#AceNewsServices – UK.Feb.26: This great snippet of over immigration from Ben Lazurus of Morning Briefing you can read the whole story on the link. It starts off with: It is not great news for the Conservatives.

Telegraph splash here:Britain’s high achievers take flight” details how new research from UCL reveals there is a brain drain of thousands of talented workers leaving the UK for lucrative jobs abroad, while six times as many migrants with low numeracy skills are arriving.

Talented people emigrating are not the issue for David Cameron. Coming and going is part of life, after all. To hold the government responsible for that is unfair. Other countries offer more lucrative lifestyles. Not much can be done about that. The issue, however, is that the PM has failed in his key “no ifs, no but” pledge in 2011 to reduce immigration.

He promised to cut net migration to the “tens of thousands” by May 2015. Official immigration statistics announced today will show he will miss that by a mile. Which raises the question: why did he make such an unachievable promise? And will the Conservatives repeat it at this election?

People care about immigration.

They also care about politicians who make promises they don’t deliver on.

As recently as November the net migration figure was 260,000 – some 16,000 higher than when the Coalition Government was formed. Today is a much-needed gift for Ukip after the battering it has had recently, with falling poll ratings and that TV programme.

Still, Nigel Farage is in America, so the Kippers may not fully capitalise on the opportunity.

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UK: ‘ CYBER-CRIME ON INCREASE & ONE THIRD OF SME’S AT RISK OVER SECURITY MISCONCEPTIONS ‘


#AceNewsServices – Featured Report:UK.Feb.25: Small and medium sized companies are putting a third (32%) of their revenue at risk because they are falling for some of the common misconceptions around cyber security, leaving them vulnerable to losing valuable data and suffering both financial and reputations at risk of damage.

Yet new research by the government’s Cyber Streetwise campaign shows that two thirds (66%) of SMEs don’t consider their business to be vulnerable, and just 16% say that improving their cyber security is a top priority for 2015.

Common misconceptions

When asked if they agreed with some of the most common misconceptions around keeping their business secure online, over three quarters (78%) of small businesses believed at least one. These included the following myths:

  • Only companies that take payments online are at risk of cyber crime (26%) – All SMEs are at risk and whilst hacking of payment processing software is an obvious tactic, criminals are highly opportunistic and can benefit from stealing a wide range of data from businesses

  • Small companies aren’t a target for hackers (22%) – Small businesses are in fact a bigger target than ever because they typically hold far more data than the average consumer, but often don’t have any additional preventative measures in place to protect themselves. Last year 33% of small businesses suffered a cyber attack from someone outside their business

Knock-on effects

This apparent lack of understanding around cyber threats is leaving many small firms vulnerable to losing valuable data and then suffering the knock-on effects, including losing customers and a damaged reputation. The government’s Information Security Breaches Survey* also found that the average cost of the worst security breach is between £65,000 and £115,00 and can result in a business being put out of action for up to ten days.

A quarter (24%) of small businesses think that cyber security is too expensive to implement and 22% admit that they ‘don’t know where to start’, which is why Cyber Streetwise is helping business owners by providing free, simple advice from www.cyberstreetwise.com. Just three simple steps can take a business from being cyber unwise to cyber streetwise, protecting it from hackers and viruses including malware– always using strong passwords, keeping software up to date and deleting suspicious emails.

Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy, Ed Vaizey said:

Small and medium-sized firms are a key part of our long-term economic plan to back business, create jobs and secure a brighter future for Britain, and many are reaping the rewards from going digital and operating online. However this new research shows businesses can do more to understand and respond to cyber threats.

There are some simple steps firms can take to protect themselves, their cash flow and their data. The government is providing a range of cyber security guidance and support and I encourage all small and medium-sized firms to take these simple steps and fully benefit from our growing digital economy.

Companies can also take advantage of free online training coursesfor staff, Cyber Essentials and a simple cyber security guidefor small and medium-sized firms. Cyber Essentials is a new government-backed and industry supported scheme designed to help businesses protect themselves against the most common cyber threats. Gaining accreditation enables businesses to display the Cyber Essentials badge and demonstrate to their customers they take their cyber security seriously.

James Lyne, Global Head of Security Research at Sophos and supporter of the Cyber Streetwise campaign, said:

SMEs are the UK’s engine of growth, but because cyber criminals know this, they are continuously looking at ways to exploit them.

Small businesses hold a wealth of data but many don’t realise quite how valuable this data is and how severe the consequences could be if it fell into the wrong hands. For example, a business’s intellectual property could be sold to a competitor and even email addresses can be sold to spammers for a profit.

A bit of knowledge goes a long way when it comes to keeping your business safe online.

John Allan, National Chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), adds:

Cyber crime is a major business resilience issue. Business owners and managers need to see and understand this threat clearly and take the steps necessary to protect themselves.

We know from our own research that in the future small businesses expect to become much more dependent on web based tools. We also know that, as firms’ reliance on tools like cloud computing increases, they also become more aware of the threats these services can pose. For example, nearly a third of businesses we questioned (61%) were worried about the threat of data theft or loss.

We need to give these businesses the knowledge and tools they require to prevent this from happening, and so help the continued take-up of these productivity-enhancing technologies.

The research showed that businesses in London felt most at risk with 41% saying they considered their company to be vulnerable to an attack; those in Wales felt the safest with just 16% reporting that they felt vulnerable.

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EGYPT: ‘ SINAI CRIMINAL COURT SENTENCES ADEL HABARA TO A SECOND DEATH SENTENCE ‘


#AceNewsServices – EGYPT:Feb.25: A criminal court has sentenced Sinai Islamist militant Adel Habara and seven other jihadists to death on charges of “embracing jihadist ideologies and contacting members from Islamic State.”

The verdict has been referred to Egypt’s grand mufti for approval, a routine procedure in capital punishment cases.

Last December, another criminal court confirmed another death sentence for Habara and six others, after it was approved by the grand mufti, in another case in which they were charged with killing policemen in an ambush in August 2013.

Up to 25 policemen were reportedly killed in the attack.

Habara is also accused of involvement in another major attack in Rafah against the Egyptian army in August 2012, which left 16 soldiers killed.

The Islamist militant was arrested in August 2013 in the North Sinai town of El-Arish.

Militant attacks against security forces have spiked in North Sinai, and around Egypt, since the ouster of former Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.

Hundreds of militants and security forces have been killed.

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EGYPT: ‘ COUNCIL FOR HUMAN RIGHTS REPORTS DOZENS OF DETAINEES JAILED ARE TO BE RELEASED ‘


#AceNewsServices – EGYPT:Feb.25: Some 140 detainees, who were imprisoned recently, many for breaching the protest law, are expected to be released within days, a member of Egypt’s National Council for Human Rights Council (NCHR) said on Tuesday.

The list represents a first batch of prisoners to be set free, human rights lawyer Hafez Abu Seada said, after Egypt’s president promised on Sunday to release "unjustly imprisoned Egyptians." Three lists of detainees drafted by NCHR, the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights, and young journalists had been presented to President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in recent months for him to consider for presidential pardon, totaling 1100 names.

Egyptian human rights groups and parties had their hopes dashed, however, as the released prisoners did not include most of the names in the submitted lists.

In an interview, NCHR member Salah Sallam criticized the body’s advisory role and called for the council’s powers to include the right to investigate human rights abuses cases inside prisons and detention centers without permission from the public prosecutor.

He also called for NCHR decisions to be binding Ahram Online reported.

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LIBYA: ‘ FRESH ROUND OF UN TALKS BETWEEN WARRING PARTIES IN MOROCCO CANCELLED ‘


#AceNewsServices – LIBYA:Feb.25: A fresh round of UN-brokered talks between warring parties in Libya, which were due to be held in Morocco tomorrow, have been postponed following the recent Tobruk-based House of Representatives vote to withdraw from the dialogue AP reports.

UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon circulated a report yesterday that stated the UN mission in Libya (UNSMIL) should be cut substantially due to the dangerous situation in the country.

This recommendation comes as Libya’s neighbors are calling for more UN action on Libya given the recent increase in violence.

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WASHINGTON: ‘ OBAMA VETOES CONSTRUCTION OF KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE ‘


#AceNewsServices – Update:WASHINGTON:Feb.25: President Obama on Tuesday vetoed legislation authorizing construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, rebuffing the new Republican Congress amid a furious battle over Homeland Security funding.

The veto — just the third of Obama’s presidency — was made in private and without fanfare, reflecting the tensions in the Democratic Party over whether the pipeline should be approved.

Republicans, who held back the bill until Tuesday to prevent Obama from rejecting it while they were away from Washington, vowed the Keystone fight is not over, and may now attempt to override the veto with votes in the House and Senate

Making good on a threat to reject a proposal embraced by Republicans as a jobs measure but opposed by environmentalists as contributing to climate change.

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USA: ‘ AMERICAN SNIPER KILLER FOUND GUILTY OF CAPITAL MURDER ‘


#AceNewsServices – Update: USA:Feb.25: Eddie Ray Routh, the former Marine and Iraq War vet struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder, has been found guilty of capital murder for the shooting deaths of "American Sniper" Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield USA Today reported.

Routh stared straight ahead at the judge’s bench as Judge Jason Cashon read the verdict.

Eddie Ray Routh, the former Marine and Iraq War vet struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder, was found guilty of capital murder Tuesday night in the shooting deaths of American Sniper Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield. VPC

The jury of 10 women and two men took just over two hours to convict Routh, 27, in the murder of Kyle, 38, and Littlefield, 35, at an upscale shooting range near Fort Worth on Feb. 2, 2013.

At ‘American Sniper’ murder trial, a psychosis defense

Immediately after the verdict was read, Cashon condemned Routh to life in prison in the Texas criminal justice system without possibility for parole.

Routh could appeal the verdict.

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YEMEN: ‘ HOUTHI GROUP SEIZES SPECIAL FORCES ARMY CAMP IN CAPITAL SAANA ‘


#AceNewsServices – Update:Yemen:Feb.25: Armed men from Yemen’s dominant Houthi group took over a special forces army camp in the capital, Sanaa, early on Wednesday after overnight fighting, Reuters reported.

The clashes in the army camp started late in the evening on Tuesday when Houthis shelled the camp with heavy weaponry, soldiers said. Houthi fighters seized Sanaa in September.

President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi escaped to Aden in the south last week after a month under house arrest.

On Tuesday, the president retracted his resignation.

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FRANCE: ‘ FIVE UNMANNED DRONES FLY OVER PARIS WITNESSED AT NUCLEAR POWER-PLANTS & SUBMARINE BASES ‘


#AceNewsServices – FRANCE:Feb.25: At least five drones were spotted flying over the center of Paris on Tuesday with police unable to find who is operating them. The pilotless aircraft were previously sighted near the presidential palace and nuclear plants in what is becoming a recurring problem.

The sightings of the drones come at a time when security has been heightened in the French capital following last month’s terrorist attacks, which killed 17 people. In previous months, they have also been witnessed near strategically important facilities, like nuclear power plants and nuclear submarine bases.

The first drone was seen flying near the US Embassy. Police tried to follow the unmanned aircraft, but they soon lost sight of it. Four other drones appeared, which were spotted at locations, which included the Eiffel Tower, the Place de la Concorde and the Montparnasse tower, the tallest skyscraper in the French capital.

It was also reported that unidentified drones flew over Paris for a second night in a row, police said Wednesday.

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