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Earlier, the press service confirmed the conceptual readiness of the European Commission to hold multilateral talks over the gas issue at the political level.
Originally posted on Ace Finance News 2014 :
Earlier, the press service confirmed the conceptual readiness of the European Commission to hold multilateral talks over the gas issue at the political level.
#AceNewsServices – BEIJING – April 23 (Rferl) – Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde and his team of designers and engineers are developing a safe, energy-friendly installation to capture smog and create clean air.
As Roosegaarde puts it, the smog-clearing method is like a giant “electronic vacuum cleaner” that produces a column of clean air.
How does Roosegaarde’s “SMOG project” work? Copper coils buried underground create a positively charged electrostatic field. Particles of at least 10 nanometres become positively charged, and thus attracted to the grounded earth, where they are collected.
A small-scaled prototype is currently being tested near Rotterdam, and Roosegaarde’s team will spend this year scaling up the installation.
Roosegaarde says he has reached an agreement with the authorities in China’s notoriously polluted capital to test a prototype of his invention in a city park in 2015.
The version planned for Beijing is expected to have a cleaning diameter of 50 meters.
And Roosegaarde has taken his idea one step further, by planning to turn the collected pollutants into jewellery.
Traditional rings will be mounted with a clear stones containing compressed smog particles extracted from Beijing’s air. The black dust will be configured in a cube of about a millimetre in width, symbolizing a cubic kilometre of smog cleaned from the skies.
Roosegaarde says he also plans a version of the ring with a manufactured diamond produced by presses capable of transmuting the particles of dirty air into the valuable stone.
Written by Antoine Blua with reporting by Reuters and “The New York Times”
#AceNewsServices – MOSCOW – April 23 – Russia insists on investigation of reports on involvement of the U.S. private military organization Greystone in the current events in Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday in an interview with the Russia Today television channel.
He said the military observers dispatched to Ukraine by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) had admitted the absence of any evidence of the presence of Russian military observers in eastern Ukraine.
They noted only a possibility of the presence there of some kind of military advisers but he said they should continue watching the situation to understand the situation better.
“The only fact the Americans made references to was that the fighters (in eastern Ukraine – Itar-Tass) was the people there were using the weapons of Russian manufacture but everyone in Ukraine uses Russian weaponry, for instance the Kalashnikov assault rifle or the Makarov handgun,” Lavrov said.
“This means a proof of this sort can scarcely be called sufficient.”
He also said reports had come several days ago on discovery of a cache with U.S. weaponry in Ukraine, adding: “
This should necessarily be investigated.”
Tass – VoR – Ria Novorsti
#AceGuestNews – KIEV – April 23 – Ukraine has allocated land for the construction of storage facility for spent nuclear fuel in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting. Now Ukraine has four nuclear power plants, which provide half of the electricity consumption. Spent fuel is sent to storage in Russia, for which Ukraine pays each year from 150 to 200 million dollars.
Now Kiev wants to store their waste at home.
Immediately there is a feeling of deja vu, as the construction plans of the “nuclear burial” near Kiev were studied during the time of Viktor Yushchenko.
Moreover, the need to clarify a very important point. The fact that Russia is now under the agreement on the supply of nuclear fuel waste takes that produce nuclear power plants in Ukraine.
Ie Russia supplies the fuel rods, which are used to produce electricity.
Once when they perform their tasks, they returned to Russia and there is already utilized. In this case, it is not just the fact that Ukraine will store their waste yourself: if this is built, “burial”, then here will bring their waste and other locations. The fact that Ukraine is planning to replace the fuel rods at the Russian American.
This, apparently, one of the results of visit to Ukraine by U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden, that is, during his visit, it was agreed that the Americans are here to supply nuclear fuel.
Incidentally, a similar agreement was reached under Yushchenko, but then due to the fact that he lost the election and lost real power, these plans have not been implemented. Thus, the situation is as follows: The United States will supply the fuel elements here, and Ukraine itself after use will also store them.
Accordingly, this means that in the vicinity of the capital of Ukraine, from the metropolis of five million, will be located storage of nuclear waste, which is contrary to all safety standards.
That is, any accident would be an environmental disaster for the capital, and all the surrounding regions. Nowhere in the world do not exist, but Ukraine, as always, is unique – the world experience it does not decree.
Courtesy of Author: Vladimir Sinelnikov of VestiRu
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#AceWorldNews- UKRAINE – April 23 (RN) – The First deputy internal troops commander of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Valery Rudnitsky is appointed by the head of department of Security service of Ukraine in Donetsk region.
About appointment the acting president of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov signed the decree on April 19, reports “Interfax”.
#AceBreakingNews – DONBASS – April 23 – (Interfax) – Ukrainian presidential candidate, leader of the “right sector” Dmitry Jaros announced the beginning of the formation of the representatives of the Donetsk region spetsbatalona “Donbass”.
“All the actions we agree with the leadership of the NSDC, the Interior Ministry and SBU” – said D.Yarosh Wednesday at a press conference in Dnipropetrovsk.
According to him, activists and organizations trained fighters are ready to help intelligence agencies.
D.Yarosh also noted that he has no fear that the participation of members of the “right sector” in the Interior Ministry and SBU raid in eastern provoke a wave of clashes with the population of Donbass.
He also announced the postponement of its stakes in Dnepropetrovsk.
D.Yarosh reported that shoot his candidacy from the presidential election does not intend to, despite the fact that he refused to conduct the election campaign.
#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – April 23 – Aleksandr Sapunov, who was proclaimed ‘People’s mayor’ of the eastern Ukrainian city of Gorlovka by anti-government protesters there, has announced his resignation.
“Following an attack, of which my close circle and I became targets, taking into account a threat to my life, I am no longer going to fulfil duties of the ‘People’s mayor’ and also of the MP of the ‘Donetsk People’s Republic’,” he told RIA Novosti.
He said he will still be the leader of the local ‘City order’ movement and an active participant of the city’s self-defence.
Sapunov said unknown people blocked a car driven by his friend on April 16.
When the assailants found out there was no ‘People’s mayor’ in the car, they drove away.
#AceWorldNews – KIEV – April 23 – Sergei Taruta, Chief of the Donetsk regional administration appointed by the Kiev authorities, has called to conduct a referendum on the status of the Russian language and decentralization of bodies of power in Ukraine, the press service of the Donetsk regional administration said on Wednesday.
“Once people want a referendum they should have an opportunity to hold the referendum,” Taruta said. He said that May 25 — the date of presidential election scheduled in Ukraine, is the right time for the referendum.
Questions for the referendum should be formulated as soon as possible to ensure that all the interested parties reach accord, Taruta said.
The heads of town administrations, regional councils and state administrations of the Donetsk region have backed Taruta’s initiative.
#AceNewsServices – UNITED STATES – April 23 – The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is seeking the public’s assistance to identify victims of suspected international child predator William James Vahey. Vahey, a United States citizen, was employed as a teacher in various private American schools abroad since 1972. Vahey was 64 years old at the time of his death by suicide in Luverne, Minnesota, on March 21, 2014.
From left: William James Vahey is shown in U.S. passport photographs taken in December 2013, July 2004, May 1995, and April 1986.
According to a search warrant affidavit filed on March 19, 2014 in the United States District Court, Southern District of Texas, FBI special agents sought a search warrant to access and search a USB thumb drive belonging to Vahey. The USB drive was provided to the FBI by an employee of the American Nicaraguan School, located in Pista Suburbana, Managua, Nicaragua. An employee of the school filed a complaint with the FBI alleging the USB drive contained pornographic images of minor males who appeared to be asleep or unconscious.
According to the report, the minors appeared to be middle school-aged, approximately 12 to 14 years old.
According to the employee, the folders containing the pornographic images were titled with locations and corresponding dates the employee believed referenced locations Vahey had previously travelled with students.
The employee stated that Vahey had been teaching ninth grade world history and advanced geography at the school since August 12, 2013. According to the report, when the employee confronted Vahey about the images, he confessed he was molested as a child and admitted he molested boys throughout his entire life.
He further reportedly admitted giving the minors sleeping pills prior to the molestation. The ongoing investigation has not yet identified what drugs, if any, were administered to any of the minor victims. The American Nicaraguan School terminated Vahey’s employment on March 12, 2014.
Through the ongoing investigation, FBI agents have reviewed photographs dating back to 2008 that depict at least 90 alleged victims. While the review is ongoing, the FBI is seeking to notify individuals of the existence of the investigation and encourage additional potential victims to come forward.
In addition to foreign nationals, the schools were attended by the children of American diplomats, military personnel stationed overseas, and other American citizens working abroad.
In 1969, Vahey was arrested in California on six counts of child molestation. Vahey pled guilty to one count of child molestation and was sentenced to 90 days in jail, followed by five years’ probation. Vahey’s conviction required him to register with the state of California’s sex offender registry for the remainder of his life.
However, Vahey had not renewed his registration as a sex offender since 1970.
FBI Encourages Victims to Come Forward and Seek Assistance.
#AceBreakingNews – DONETSK – April 23 (AP) – Pro-Russian gunmen in eastern Ukraine admitted on Wednesday that they are holding an American journalist, saying he was suspected of unspecified “bad activities.
“Simon Ostrovsky, a journalist for Vice News, has not been seen since early Tuesday.
He has been covering the crisis in Ukraine for weeks and was reporting about groups of masked gunmen seizing government buildings in one eastern Ukrainian city after another.
An American journalist for Vice News, Simon Ostrovsky, has been detained by activists in the eastern city of Slavyansk, protest leader and “People’s Mayor”of Slavyansk Vyacheslav Ponomaryov has said, confirming media reports. He added that the journalist, who has dual US and Israeli citizenship, is believed to be an informant for the far-right Right Sector group, blamed for violence in the region.
Mayor has just said that Simon is ok, is comfortable, but said that war rules in operation, accused Simon of propaganda.
— GrahamWPhillips (@GrahamWP_UK) April 23, 2014
Mayor says that they are holding Simon as is their right, will release him whenever he deems fit.
— GrahamWPhillips (@GrahamWP_UK) April 23, 2014
The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Dunja Mijatović, has expressed concern over the security of journalists in eastern Ukraine. She called for the immediately freeing of Ostrovsky and urged an end to “the harassment and attacks on journalists” so they can “do their job.”
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#AceNewsServices – PENNSYLVANIA – April 23 (Reuters) – Two graduates of an exclusive Pennsylvania prep school were charged with operating an extensive drug ring that dealt cocaine and marijuana to students at high schools and colleges in an affluent part of Philadelphia, authorities said on Tuesday.
Neil Scott, 25, and Timothy Brooks, 18, led the effort to create a “monopoly” on drug sales in the area and used high school students to deal drugs at their local schools, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said.
“While parents sought to provide education to their kids, these defendants sought to use the schools to create drug addicts,” Ferman said in a statement announcing their arrests.
Scott and Brooks were former lacrosse players and graduates of The Haverford School, an all-boys prep school near Philadelphia that charges $35,000 per year in tuition, prosecutors said.
They used their privileged connections to move drugs along suburban Philadelphia’s Main Line, a stretch of wealthy neighbourhoods north-west of the city, authorities said.
The two called their drug network the “main line take over project,” and “employed students from five local high schools and three colleges as what they call sub-dealers to distribute cocaine, marijuana, hash oil, ecstasy,” Ferman said.
Scott and Brooks encouraged dealers, who were assigned to specific schools, to meet quotas including selling a pound (450 grams) a week of marijuana transported to Pennsylvania from a California supplier, prosecutors said.
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#AceNewsServices – BEIJING – April 23 – China is investigating reports that a chlorine canister bearing the name of the country’s biggest arms maker was used in a gas attack in Syria this month, China’s Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.
(JP) – “After seeing this report, we paid great attention and immediately sought to understand (the situation) from relevant departments. We will clarify this issue in a timely manner,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang told a regular press briefing.
Opposition activists in the rebel-held village of Kfar Zeita in the central province of Hama uploaded video of people choking and being fed oxygen following what they said were bombs dropped from helicopters on April 11 and 12, Reuters said.
A partially exploded canister was shown with the chemical symbol for chlorine along with the name of Chinese arms manufacturer Norinco http://www.norinco.com/
The authenticity of the videos was not verified, and Norinco, known as China North Industries Group Corporation, has not commented on the reports.
Extract from their Website at: http://www.norinco.com/GB/27/31/index.html
Companies civil explosive products business letter from the Beijing Olympic Chemical Technology Development Co., Ltd. operates primarily engaged in civil blasting equipment and chemical products research and development, import and export as well as civilian blasting services business, the main products have explosive materials and chemical products, exports of industrial explosives, detonating cord, detonator, electric detonators and other products to Africa, Latin America, North America, other parts of Asia, and the results of operations and technical capabilities among the best in the country.
(SourceWatch) – Norinco is a diversified Chinese government owned company which it states “has been ranked among the forefront of China’s 500 largest state-owned enterprises in terms of total assets and revenue”. (The company’s official name is China North Industries Corporation but it uses Norinco as its official English name).
NORINCO is best known as an arms manufacturer and supplier but has also diversified into engineering contracting and other industry sectors.
On its website the company states that it “deals with defence products, petroleum & mineral resources development, international engineering contracting, optronic products, civilian explosives & chemical products, sports arms & equipment, vehicles and logistics operation, etc.”
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#AceWorldNews – KUALA LUMPUR – April 23 – Malaysia’s cabinet approved on Wednesday the appointment of an international team to investigate the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, Reuters reported.
The main purpose of such team is “to evaluate, investigate and determine the actual cause of the accident so similar accidents could be avoided in the future,” the country’s acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said.
The government has had talks with Malaysian state oil firm Petronas and other entities to expand the deep-sea search for the missing plane in the southern Indian Ocean.
#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – KIEV – April 23 – Two meetings (opponents and supporters of the current Kiev authorities) were held near Kharkiv City Council. Supporters of the country’s federalization picketed mayor’s office, as reported by local media.
Protesters carried a large banner “No elections without a referendum”
Protesters demanded that the Ukrainian authorities grant Russian the status of an official language.
Meanwhile, supporters of Kiev authorities gathered near the Eternal Flame, they chanted slogans in support of the “united and indivisible Ukraine”.
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Ever regretted a tattoo? Jeffrey Wade Chapman definitely has.
He is currently standing trial for first degree murder in the United States and is worried his neck tattoo could negatively affect the jury’s verdict.
The inking is a large mirror image of the word ‘murder’ and he wants it removed by a professional tattoo artist.
However, local sheriff Brian Bellendir is refusing to let a tattoo artist visit the jail where Mr Chapman currently resides – the reason being that, according to Kansas state codes, no professional tattoo artists may perform inkings outside licensed premises for reasons related to cleanliness.
While Mr Chapman’s lawyers argue that without it being removed the impartiality of the jury cannot be guaranteed.
State prosecutors claim he could simply cover the tattoo with ‘clothing, a bandage or other means compliant with jail policy’.
He is due to…
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#AceWorldNews RIO DE JANEIRO – April 23 One person was shot dead as violent protests erupted Tuesday near Rio’s famed Copacabana beach after a dancer was killed allegedly by police, less than two months before the World Cup in Brazil.
Angry demonstrators from a slum set ablaze barricades of tires, forcing two main roads closed as they hurled bottles to protest the death of the 25-year-old dancer, whom Brazilian media say was killed after police mistook him for a drug trafficker.
A 27-year-old man described as mentally disabled was killed after being shot in the head during the protests, media quoted city hall officials as saying.
It was not immediately clear who fired the shot.
After waves of street protests last year over poor living conditions, the latest unrest was yet another embarrassment for Brazil as the Latin American giant prepares to stage the World Cup in June and the Summer Olympics in 2016.
WN – AFP – TOI
#AceWorldNews – BEIJING – April 23 (Reuters) – China called on the United States on Wednesday to respect its promises not to take sides in territorial disputes, after U.S. President Barack Obama said that islands at the centre of a dispute between Japan and China fall within the scope of the U.S.-Japan security treaty.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang made the remarks at a daily news briefing.
Chinese newspapers criticise a senior US commander for “siding with Japan” in a territorial dispute. Lt Gen John Wissler, the commander of the III Marine Expeditionary Force based in Japan, reportedly said that his force was capable of retaking a group of disputed islands in the East China Sea in case of an attack from “a foreign power”, according to the People’s Daily.
Relations between Tokyo and Beijing are currently strained over a territorial row involving islands in the East China Sea known as the Senkaku islands in Japan and the Diaoyu islands in China. Japan.
(Reuters Reporting by Ben Blanchard, Writing by Sui-Lee Wee)
#AceWorldNews – CAIRO – April 23 – A senior Egyptian police officer was killed when a bomb exploded under his car outside his home near Cairo on Wednesday, Reuters reported, citing state television and a security source.
Brigadier-General Ahmed Zaki was killed in the explosion in 6th of October City, 32km from the capital, according to state-run Nile news TV.
#AceWorldNews – MANILA – April 23 – Philippine police clashed Wednesday with more than 100 left-wing activists who rallied at the US Embassy in Manila.
They oppose a visit by President Barack Obama and a looming pact that will increase the American military presence in the Philippines, AP reported.
Riot police blocked the activists near the heavily fortified embassy compound but the protesters slipped past them, sparking a brief scuffle.
Officers sprayed the protesters with water from a fire truck to push them away but no arrests were made.
Some of the activists carried paper US flags with the message: “Obama, not welcome.”
#AceWorldNews – KIEV – April 23 – Security Service of Ukraine ( SBU) has put the former Chief of Ministry of Internal Affairs in Kiev Valeriy Koryak and Deputy of Public Safety Petro Fedchuk on wanted list, Ukraine’s Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) reports.
It is alleged that the former policemen charged with unlawful resistance of the organization or holding meetings, rallies, marches and demonstrations.
#AceNewsServices – LONDON – April 22 – Chiefs of UK’s intelligence agencies have warned British Prime Minister David Cameron against providing military assistance to Kiev by western states, Daily Mail on-line version reported on Tuesday.
According to the publication, amid Ukrainian developments, NATO is considering options from economic sanctions against Russia to proposals of military assistance to Kiev.
However, “agents of MI6 and Defence Intelligence Staff on the ground warn that the crisis could turn into a violent civil war with much of eastern Ukraine declaring independence,” Daily Mail reports.
The intelligence services have warned official London against such escalation of the conflict.
In addition, the publication reported that “unarmed British teams have been moving around the country covertly monitoring border crossing points and towns where Russian support is strongest”.
#AceNewsServices – UNITED STATES – Ohio April 23 (USNews) – U.S. Supreme Court justices heard arguments Tuesday about a lawsuit that seeks to kill an Ohio law criminalizing false political speech.
Justices are slated to rule on whether the case – brought by two advocacy groups claiming the law unconstitutionally makes state officials arbiters of political truth – can proceed, not whether the law is itself unconstitutional.
A federal district judge and a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit previously ruled the case, brought by the Susan B. Anthony List and the Coalition Opposed to Additional Spending and Taxes, cannot proceed.
In 2010, the Susan B. Anthony List attempted to rent billboard space to accuse then-Rep. Steve Driehaus, D-Ohio, of voting for taxpayer-funded abortion as part of the President Barack Obama’s 2010 health care law.
The activists say that’s a factual assertion, but Driehaus accused the group of lying and filed a complaint with the Ohio Elections Commission.
#AceWorldNews – NATO – April 23 – The US has sent warship USS Taylor to the Black Sea, a source from the Russian Navy told ITAR-TASS. “The frigate USS Taylor has passed through the straits and entered the Black Sea yesterday evening,” the source said.
NATO’s navy presence in the Black Sea has increased to three units.
Apart from warship Taylor, USS Donald Cook with Aegis missile defence system aboard and French intelligence ship Dupuy de Lome.
The US Navy has earlier said in a statement, “Taylor’s mission is to reassure NATO allies of the US Navy’s commitment to strengthen and improve interoperability while working toward mutual goals in the region.”
(USNews) – This is following roughly 600 infantry troops from the storied 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team that are heading to Poland and the three Baltic states, in the first major movement of U.S. ground troops to Europe since Russia’s incursion into Ukraine earlier this year.
#AceWorldNews – KIEV – April 23 – Active phase of military operation has been resumed in the eastern regions of Ukraine, parliament-appointed First Deputy Prime Minister Vitaliy Yarema told reporters.
Law enforcement agencies are “working towards the elimination of all armed groups” in Kramatorsk, Sloviansk and other cities in Donetsk and Luhansk regions
According to him, it was done “in accordance with the order” by the Verkhovna Rada appointed acting President and Speaker of Parliament Oleksandr Turchynov. Yarema added that law enforcement bodies are “working towards the elimination of all armed groups” in Kramatorsk, Sloviansk and other cities in Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – April 23 – Washington uses Ukraine a pawn in its big geopolitical game, Igor Ivanov, Russia’s former Foreign Minister and now President of the Russian International Affairs Council, said in an article published in Wednesday’s issue of the Rossiiskaya Gazeta daily.
“Americans are not going to offer serious help to Kiev and undertake considerable economic expenses,” Ivanov noted. “What matters for Washington is not Ukraine, but the advantage it could derive for its own interests from the crisis.”
#AceNewsServices – MOSCOW – April 22 – The Russian Justice Ministry will make efforts towards the transfer of pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko, who has been sentenced to a long prison term in the United States, to Russia if he makes such a request.
The ministry earlier initiated steps towards Yaroshenko’s transfer to Russia so that he could serve his sentence at home, following his relatives’ request. However, the U.S. authorities refused to cooperate.
According to the Justice Ministry’s letter of January 29, 2014, Yaroshenko “has the right to resubmit an appeal to the competent U.S. bodies requesting his transfer to Russia in two years after the refusal”. However, if he thinks that there have been significant changes in the conditions that influenced his decision, he may submit his appeal again before the end of the two-year period.
“The Ministry of Justice of Russia is ready to consider the issue of Yaroshenko’s transfer to Russia if it receives such a request from him or his representative or relatives,” the ministry said.
Yaroshenko told the Russian television channel LifeNews on Monday, April 21, that he would like to see stronger support from the Russian Justice Ministry and the Prosecutor General’s Office. “I have sent many appeals to them but for some reason they have not been heard,” he said.
“The Justice Ministry has received many appeals from Yaroshenko and his relatives and answered them within the time stipulated by law,” the ministry said.
Yaroshenko’s mother, Lyubov Yaroshenko, told ITAR-TASS on Tuesday, April 22, that she had “received the Interior Ministry’s assurances that despite the deteriorated relations with the United States over Ukraine, my son will not be left in trouble ”.
She met with the Russian Foreign Ministry’s commissioner for human rights, democracy and the rule of law Konstantin Dolgov, on April 21, who assured her that the Russian ministry was taking all possible steps to get her son’s verdict revised.
Next Monday, April 28, an appeal will be filed with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, requesting that new proceedings be started following the acquisition of convincing evidence of Yaroshenko’s innocence provided by international drug dealer Chigbo Umeh, who was sentenced to 30 years in U.S. prison in the same case.
In early April, U.S. Minister-Counsellor Howard Solomon was summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry to hear a protest over the Yaroshenko situation. Dolgov, who presented the protest, stressed that “the conditions in the prison where our fellow citizen is held remain a matter of serious concern to us”.
“We have received Yaroshenko’s letter addressed to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, which indicates that the Russian citizen is not getting proper medical care in connection with the serious ailments he had acquired as a result of tortures during the arrest in Liberia and the treatment in American penitentiary institutions which does not correspond to international standards,” the protest said.
Yaroshenko’s situation has been exacerbated by psychological pressure from the prison administration and U.S. Justice Department officials and by delays in providing Russia with copies of the documents on the results of his medical examination. They also denied him a visit by qualified Russian doctors.
Yaroshenko’s condition remains precarious, but the U.S. authorities continue to deny him medical care, Dolgov said.
“There has been no improvement and we have not yet seen the results of his examination. The U.S authorities say that this is a paid service even though the Russian citizen’ lawyer has acquired all the necessary permits,” he said.
Dolgov said Yaroshenko had been denied surgery despite American doctors’ recommendations. “The prison administration denies it and does not let Russian doctors in. The unenforceable conditions they have come up with remain,” the diplomat said.
“The situation is extremely bad. We have raised this issue with the American authorities and highlighted it,” Dolgov said, adding that he would continue monitoring the situation.
The American authorities’ treatment of Yaroshenko can only be regarded as “disrespectful and inhuman”, Dolgov said.
“It was only under the strong pressure from Russia that the prison administration authorised in February the medical examination of our compatriot by their staff doctors but categorically refused to allow qualified medics from Moscow to examine him and hold a joint council in order to prescribe the necessary course of treatment,” Dolgov said.
“In reply to our request to give us the results of the examination and the patient record, we heard excuses that this could not be done without Yaroshenko’s written consent, which they did not have.
When it turned out that he had signed such consent, the Consulate General of Russia in New York was told that it would take three weeks to consider the request but no guarantee and that the ‘service’ itself was provided for a fee,” Dolgov said.
“Now, as we have learnt from his lawyer, the prison authorities have denied Yaroshenko the surgery recommended to him by the American doctors,” he added.
Yaroshenko recently had a severe bout of an infection and viral disease, during which he felt a sharp pain in the heart, which has been recurring over and over again since then. His requests for medical help were ignored by the prison administration.
The Russian Foreign Ministry urged the American authorities to “stop the lawlessness against Yaroshenko” and expressed hope that “as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has repeatedly promised to the foreign minister of Russia, necessary measures will be taken after all to rectify the situation”.
“We will continue to use all available political, diplomatic and legal methods, including the Convention of the Council of Europe of 1983 on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons, in order to ensure the return home of the Russian citizen who has fallen victim to an act of outrage,” the ministry said.
In September 2011, a U.S court sentenced Yaroshenko to 20 years in prison for having been allegedly involved in a criminal ring organised for smuggling a large shipment of cocaine.
He was detained by the U.S. authorities in Liberia and then taken to the United States. Moscow believes that these charges are doubtful.
Russian and US News and Media Reports.
#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – April 23 – Late last night Pro-federalization activists say that they are ready to vacate two floors and one of the halls of the Donetsk Regional State Administration so that its staff can resume work.
“Vital state functions, such as justice, perhaps, utilities and social services, the budget department – they will resume work,” the head of the committee on media relations of the People’s Republic of Donetsk Alexander Khryakov told Ria.
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Imagine the scene. It is 1870 and a hundred ironworkers from Merthyr Tydfil, Dowlais and Rhymney suddenly find themselves in the wilds of Czarist Russia, in the area we now know as the Ukraine.
“This is Novorossia: Kharkov, Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson, Mykolaiv, Odessa did not belong to Ukraine in tsarist times,” Putin said. “All these territories were transferred to Ukraine in the 1920′s by the Soviet government.
But what exactly is Donbass, where armed separatists are so determined to create their own autonomous state?
The area over which Russia and Ukraine have locked horns for the past several weeks has…
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Commenting on the statements of Russian MPs in the State Duma on Tuesday, he said that about $250 billion was a fair figure.
“This is the size of the support that we may have provided to our Ukrainian friends and brothers during the entire post-Soviet period at the expense of all sorts of preferences, including the non-market conditions for gas trade,” Medvedev said.
Tass – RT – VoR
Originally posted on Ace Finance News 2014 :
Of the mentioned sum, $11.4 million are designated for holding presidential elections in Ukraine that are scheduled for May 25. These funds are intended to support democratic processes, and not to aid any specific candidate, the White House stated.
In addition, the USA will provide $8 million to aid Ukraine’s armed forces, but this assistance does not envisage arms shipments. These funds are meant to be used for buying communication systems, engineering equipment and transport facilities.
The White House published this statement along with the visit of US Vice President Joseph Biden to Ukraine. Biden is holding negotiations with the Ukrainian leadership in Kiev.
#AceWorldNews – JERUSALEM – April 22 – (JP) – Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman made clear Tuesday that Israel intended to refrain from taking a firm position on the Ukrainian crisis, saying there is “no lack” of problems in the Middle East that Israel needs to contend with.
“Our basic position is that we hope Russia and Ukraine will find a way as quickly as possible to normalize relations, and find a way to talks, and to solve all the problems peacefully,” he said at a Jerusalem press conference with visiting Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz.
#AceWorldNews – GAZA – April 22 – (Reuters) – Palestine Liberation Organization delegates arrived in Gaza on Tuesday to discuss unity with militant group Hamas for the first time since their 2007 conflict, in a potential boost for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
Few Palestinians expect a breakthrough in the deadlock that has paralysed Palestinian politics, and many have low expectations of any resolution to the seemingly endless duel.
A deal could restore a measure of sovereignty to Abbas in Gaza and boost his negotiating power with Israel in any future peace talks, although such a partnership could also provoke a backlash from Israel against the PLO in the occupied West Bank.
The reconciliation mission coincided with a meeting between Abbas’s Fatah-led group and Israeli peace negotiators in Jerusalem to try to extend talks beyond an April 29 deadline.
#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – April 22 – Ukrainian border guards continue to strengthen the Ukrainian-Russian border engineering structures, including anti-tank ditches.
On Tuesday at a briefing in the anti-terrorist centre of the SBU chief of department on cooperation with the press of the Border Troops Oleg Slobodyan, – the correspondent of “islands”.
“Measures to strengthen border conducted. Only in the last few days within the Ukrainian-Russian border was dug 51 kilometre antitank ditches, conducted gain in engineering terms in settling the border, used more other technical means.
Therefore, its work to strengthen the border we do . Moreover, all our units are considered posts, they strengthened their military guards being “- he said.
He added that at the moment of provocation or attempts against the Ukrainian unit is not fixed.
#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – April 22 – Today, in Slaviansk unknown people fired from automatic gun at aircraft An-30, which carried out surveillance flight and belongs to the Defence Ministry of Ukraine.
An informed source close to the Defence Ministry disclosed this to UNIAN.
An interlocutor of the agency, after an attack the crew of the aircraft managed to make a landing in Kyiv.
At the same time an interlocutor did not specify, what damages the aircraft got during the firing.
#AceNewsServices – KYIV – April 22 (Interfax) – The Kyiv Appeals Court has changed the pretrial restrictive measure for Dmytro Sadovnyk, the commander of a special company of the Berkut task force, suspected of massive shootings on Independence Square in Kyiv in early February and ordered that he be arrested.
The request on changing Sadovnyk’s restrictive measure from house arrest to custody was filed by the prosecution service, and the court granted it, a court spokesperson told Interfax on Friday.
The Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s Office is probing the shootings of people in Kyiv on February 18 and 20.
Three Berkut members including a company commander, had earlier been detained and brought to court, which sanctioned the arrest of the two regular Berkut members and placed the company leader under house arrest.
It was Ukrainian police snipers that shot dead protesters at Kiev’s Maidan square, according to a government inquiry.
(Novinite.com) – Ukraine’s agency UNIAN, quoting cabinet officials, suggests former Interior Minister Vitaly Zakharchenko coordinated the crackdown of February’s protesters.
Reports reveal he used the so-call “titushki”, wrestlers usually hired by different factions (regardless opposition or government) to mar the unrest using provocation.
Later information by the inquiry confirms that Viktor Zubritskiy, who is described as having close ties with Zakharchenko, was the one exerting control over actions by the “titushki”.
Earlier on Thursday Ukrainian authorities detained several members of the Berkut police unit, which was disbanded short after ousted President Yanukovych was replaced by an interim leadership.
The arrests were ordered over suspicions that the members took part in the shooting of protesters which left more than 100 people dead in a few days.
The current inquiry, which looks into 76 deaths at Institutska street, has also revealed that 17 of the victims died “in clashes between protesters and police”, UNIAN has reported.
Ukraine’s Security Service Chief Valentyn Nalyvaychenko even said Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) had been involved in the crackdown, claiming that 26 of its members took part in the operation.
Russia’s intelligence services did not immediately comment on the issue.
Interior Minister Arsen Avakov was quoted by the BBC as saying the detained Berkut men are three, with nine more already identified, while UNIAN puts the number of arrested at 12.
Avakov named Berkut’s Maj Dmytro Sadovnyk as a commander of a unit which purportedly shot dead at least 17 protesters.
A government report on the issue is expected to be released later on Thursday.
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#AceNewsServices – MOSCOW – April 22 – Russian President Vladimir Putin said he is convinced Russian experts have found strong arguments testifying to Russia’s indisputable right to a section of 52,000 square kilometres, whose bottom is the continuation of Russia’s continental shelf.
“That is, to the section of 52,000 square kilometres whose bottom is a continuation of Russia’s continental shelf,” he said.
Putin said he was convinced Russian experts, who were guided by scientific data, found solid arguments to claim the section.
“So the commission’s plenum agreed with our arguments and made relevant recommendations,” he said.
Russian Natural Resources and Environment Minister Sergei Donskoy said March 15 that the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf recognized an enclave of 52,000 square kilometres (20,080 square miles) in the Sea of Okhotsk as part of Russia’s continental shelf.
Ria Novosti – Tass – Russian Media and News
#AceHealthNews – RIYADH – April 22 – Saudi Arabia’s health minister, Abdullah al-Rabeeah, has been replaced by Labour minister Adel Fakieh as the kingdom struggles to contain the surge of new cases of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).
Rabeeah has been made an adviser to the Royal Court, Monarch’s decree said.
Last week, the kingdom confirmed an additional 49 cases, mostly in the port city of Jeddah.
Overall, Saudi Arabia has acknowledged 244 cases of MERS since 2012, of which 79 have died. MERS is a viral infection that causes pneumonia-like symptoms.
So far, about 30 percent of people with known infections have died.
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