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  • #AceNewsGroup 21:00 on March 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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  • #AceNewsGroup 18:00 on March 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    ` Cupid Drone fires a `Dart of Evil ' and not an `Arrow of Love ' to bring downs its Victim's ' 


    #AceNewsServices reports that `CUPID Drone ‘  to ‘shock the world’ with 80,000 volt stun gun

    Published time: March 08, 2014 14:40

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    A Texas film has revealed an app controlled security drone that can zap intruders with an 80,000 volt taser dart. But Human operators still have to sanction any attack – for now.

    Web firm, Chaotic Moon studios, has created a drone that uses a taser instead of missiles, in what could be a policeman’s new best friend in the battle against crime.

    It’s called CUPID, but unlike its name, it could turn out as a deadly piece of kit. The name stands for Chaotic Unmanned Personal Intercept Drone and can fire a dart packed with 80,000 volts at any unwanted intruder or criminal on the run.

    In a video released on Saturday, CUPID fires the dart at an intern who is brought instantly to the ground.

    Medical staff then rushes to assistance before the video cuts out.

    Cupid was revealed at the SXSW Interactive Festival in Austin Texas as a concept for how security might be implemented in the future.

    “The drone can be deployed when an alarm is triggered. It can find a subject and send live video to the owners phone and ask if you want to authorize the subject or detain them. If you detain them, it drops into fully autonomous mode to detain them until police arrive. If need be stunning them with 80,000 volts of electricity to render them incapacitated,” the firm said in a statement.

    The firm said it hopes the drone will “shock the world”, although it was not clear whether they were being ironic.

    They also plan to bring out a pepper spray version in the near future.

    Chaotic Moon is also developing an EMP drone to knock spying paparazzi drones out of the sky.

    The EMP drone would fly to within about 2 meters of the intruding drone and blast its electronics with an electromagnetic pulse that would mess up the offending drones electronics and knock it out of the sky.

     RT 

     

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  • #AceNewsGroup 18:02 on March 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    ` Sochi 2014 `Winter Paralympic Games ‘ start `Breaking the Ice in a Blaze of Fire and Light ‘ 


    #AceNewsServices says that Sochi is seeing a heart-warming ceremony as the 2014 Winter Paralympic Games open.

    The hosts are among the Paralympic favourites at the Games, which are already raising the awareness for the disabled people in Russia.

    Unity, equality, inclusiveness – these are the motto’s of the opening ceremony taking place at the Fisht stadium in Sochi Olympic Park.

    An equal amount of effort has been put into making the ceremony as “bright and colourful,” as the breathtaking Olympics opening of February 7.

    Russia’s fairytale phoenix has been symbolically picked as one of the characters for the show. According to the event’s creative director Konstantin Ernst, the very fact that Russia is hosting its first Paralympics has been very important for the people with disabilities living in the country, ever since the decision was announced in 2007.

    “We could not fail to take note of the positive changes that had taken place in Russian society with regard to people with disabilities.

    We focused on passing on that feeling, and our ceremony is called ‘Breaking the Ice.’

    It explains how important it is to break down comprehension barriers between people,” Ernst said as quoted by RIA Novosti.

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  • #AceNewsGroup 11:42 on March 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    ` Hong Kong businessman and `Birmingham City ‘ owner sentenced to six years for money laundering ‘ 


    #AceBreakingNews says that Hong Kong businessman and Birmingham City owner Carson Yeung was on Friday sentenced to six years in jail for laundering HK$720 million ($93 million).

    Judge Douglas Yau handed down the sentence in the southern Chinese city’s district court after convicting the 54-year-old of five charges of money laundering on Monday- AFP

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  • #AceNewsGroup 10:36 on March 6, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    ` Referendum will be held on status of `Crimea ' on March 16 decide `Autonomous Republic' stays part of Russia or joins Ukraine' 


    #AceBreakingNews says a referendum on the status of Crimea will be held March 16, the region’s deputy prime minister announced. Crimeans will be asked to decide if the autonomous republic stays part of Ukraine or joins Russia.

    “The referendum will take place March 16,” said the autonomous region’s First Deputy-Premier Rustam Temirgaliev, according to ITAR-TASS.

    The new date is two weeks earlier than the one announced last week.

    There will be two questions on the ballots.

    1. Are you in favour of Crimea becoming a constituent territory of the Russian Federation ?
    2. Are you in favour of restoring Crimea’s 1992 constitution ? Temirgaliev said.

    3. According to the 1992 constitution, the autonomous republic is part of Ukraine but has relations with Kiev, defined on the basis of mutual agreements.

      Sevastopol residents will take part in the referendum, despite the city enjoying a special status and not officially being a part of Crimea, according to Sergey Shuvainikov, a Crimean MP.

      “We will give Sevastopol an opportunity to have its say,” he said, as cited by RIA Novosti.

      Meanwhile the Crimean MPs have unanimously voted for the region to become a part of Russia.

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  • #AceNewsGroup 10:34 on March 5, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    ` Russia has been allowed to have `25,000 ‘ troops in `Crimea ‘ since 1999 ‘ 


    #AceNewsServices says RT reports Russia allowed to have 25,000 troops in Crimea since 1999… & other facts you may not know.

    So here are the facts, numbers, and details of this long-standing (but rarely cited) deal:

    1) The Black Sea Fleet has been disputed between Russia and Ukraine since the collapse of the Soviet Union back in 1991.

    2) In 1997, the sides finally managed to find common ground and signed three agreements determining the fate of the military bases and vessels in Crimea. Two years later, in 1999, the Russian and Ukrainian parliaments ratified them. Russia has received 81.7 percent of the fleet’s ships after paying the Ukrainian government a compensation of US$526.5 million.

    3) Moscow also annually writes off $97.75 million of Kiev’s debt for the right to use Ukrainian waters and radio frequency resources, and for the environmental impact caused by the Black Sea Fleet’s operations.

    4) According to the initial agreement, the Russian Black Sea Fleet was to stay in Crimea until 2017, but the deal was later prolonged for another 25 years.

    5) The 1997 deal allows the Russian navy to have up to 25,000 troops, 24 artillery systems with a caliber smaller than 100 mm, 132 armored vehicles, and 22 military planes on Crimean territory.

    Ukrainian marines look at a Russian ship floating out of the Sevastopol bay on March 4, 2014 (AFP Photo / Viktor Drachev)Ukrainian marines look at a Russian ship floating out of the Sevastopol bay on March 4, 2014 (AFP Photo / Viktor Drachev)

    6) In compliance with those accords, there are currently five Russian naval units stationed in the port city of Sevastopol in the Crimean peninsula: 

    •  The 30th Surface Ship Division formed by the 11th Antisubmarine Ship Brigade, which includes the Black Sea Fleet’s flagship guard missile cruiser Moskva as well as Kerch, Ochakov, Smetlivy, Ladny, and Pytlivy vessels, and the 197th Landing Ship Brigade, consisting of seven large amphibious vessels;

    The 41st Missile Boat Brigade, which includes the 166th Fast Attack Craft Division, consisting of Bora and Samum hovercrafts as well as small missile ships Mirazh and Shtil, and 295th missile Boat Division;

    The 247th Separate Submarine Division, consisting of two diesel submarines – B-871 Alrosa and B-380 Svyatoy Knyaz Georgy;
    The 68th Harbor Defense Ship Brigade formed by the 400th Antisubmarine Ship Battalion of four vessels and 418 Mine Hunting Ship Division, which consist of four ships as well;

    The 422nd Separate Hydrographic Ship Division, which includes Cheleken, Stvor, Donuzlav and GS-402 survey vessels as well as a group of hydrographic boats.

    7) Besides the naval units, Moscow also has two airbases in Crimea, which are situated in the towns of Kacha and Gvardeysky.

    Servicemen participate in a joint parade of Ukraine's Navy and the Russian Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol on Navy Day.(RIA Novosti / Vasiliy Batanov)Servicemen participate in a joint parade of Ukraine’s Navy and the Russian Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol on Navy Day.(RIA Novosti / Vasiliy Batanov)

    8) The Russian coastal forces in Ukraine consist of the 1096th Separate Anti-Aircraft Missile Regiment in Sevastopol and the 810th Marine Brigade, which hosts around 2,000 marines. (Several other coastal units of the Black Sea Fleet are located in Russia’s Krasnodar Region, including the 11th Separate Coastal Missile Brigade in Anapa, the 382th Separate Marine Battalion, and a naval reconnaissance station in Temryuk).

    Last week, Russia’s Federation Council unanimously approved President Vladimir Putin’s request to send the country’s military forces to Ukraine to ensure peace and order in the region “until the socio-political situation in the country is stabilized.”

     However, the final say about deploying troops lies with Putin, who hasn’t yet made such a decision, stressing that deploying military force would be a last resort. 

    Authorities in the Ukrainian Autonomous Republic of Crimea – where more than half the population is Russian – requested Moscow’s assistance after the self-proclaimed government in Kiev introduced a law abolishing the use of languages other than Ukrainian in official circumstances.

    The ship parade during the celebration of the Russian Black Sea Fleet's 230th anniversary in Sevastopol.(RIA Novosti / Vasiliy Batanov)The ship parade during the celebration of the Russian Black Sea Fleet’s 230th anniversary in Sevastopol.(RIA Novosti / Vasiliy Batanov)

     

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  • #AceNewsGroup 11:30 on March 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    ` Putin’s Reasons for `Military Force’ at Media Conference in Moscow’ 


    #AceBreakingNews says that latest news sources Putin: Deploying military force is last resort, but we reserve right,assessment was voiced at a media conference in Moscow.

    cropped-header-breaking-news.jpgThere was an unconstitutional coup and an armed takeover of power in Kiev, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated. Russia is puzzled why there was a need for it at a time when Viktor Yanukovich had conceded to all opposition demands.

    Putin stressed that the Ukrainian people had a legitimate reason to protest against Yanukovich’s power, considering the overwhelming corruption and other faults of his presidency.

    But he objected to the illegitimate way his ouster took place, because it undermined the political stability in the country.

    He said that while he personally was not fond of months-long streets protests as a means to pressure the government, he sympathized with the Maidan demonstration members, who were genuinely outraged with the situation in Ukraine.

    But at the same time he warned that what happens in Ukraine now may be a replacement of one group of crooks with another, citing the appointments of certain wealthy businessmen with questionable reputations.

    Yanukovich is certainly powerless in Ukraine, but legally speaking he is the legitimate president of the country, Putin said. The way the new authorities in Kiev replaced him did not enhance their credibility.

    Putin, who was given a mandate by the Russian senate to use military force to protect civilians in Ukraine, said there is no need for such an action yet.

    He assured that the surprise military drills in Russia’s west which ended on Tuesday had nothing to do with the Ukrainian situation.

    Putin cited the actions of radical activists in Ukraine, including the chaining of an official to a stage as public humiliation and the killing of a technician during an opposition siege of a parliamentary building, as justification for Russia to be concerned for the lives and well-being of people in eastern and southern Ukraine.

    Incidents like those are why Russia reserves the option of troop deployment on the table.

    The Russian president stressed that Russia wants to see equal participation of all citizens of Ukraine in defining the future of the country. The resistance to the authorities in Kiev, which is evident currently in the eastern and southern Ukraine, shows clearly that currently Kiev does not have a nationwide mandate to govern the country.

    Asked about criticism of Russia over its stance on Ukraine, Putin dismissed the accusations that Russia is acting illegitimately. He stated that even if Russia does use force in Ukraine, it would not violate international law.

    At the same time he accused the United States and its allies of having no regard to legitimacy, when they use military force in pursuit of their own national interests. He cited the campaigns in Iraq and in Libya as examples of such behavior.

    As for the sanctions Russia faces over Ukraine, Putin said those threatening them should think of the consequences to themselves if they follow that path. In an interconnected world a country may hurt another country if it wishes, but it would be damaged too.

    Threats are counterproductive in this situation, Putin warned.

    He added that if G8 members choose not to go to Sochi for a planned G8 summit, that would be up to them.

    Putin dismissed the notion that the uniformed armed people without insignia who are currently present in Crimea are Russian soldiers.

    He said they are members of the Crimean self-defense forces and that they are no better equipped and trained than some radical fighters who took part in the ousting of Yanukovich.

    RT 

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  • #AceNewsGroup 22:06 on March 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    ` Viktor Yanukovitch sent letter to `Vladimir Putin’ asking him to use military force in the `Ukraine’ to restore Law and Order’ 


    #AceBreakingNews says according to Rt News the Russian Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin says ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich has sent a letter to Putin asking him to use military force in Ukraine to restore law and order.

    “Under the influence of Western countries, there are open acts of terror and violence,” Churkin quoted the letter from Yanukovich to Putin in the third emergency meeting of the UN Security Council.

    “People are being persecuted for language and political reasons,” Churkin read. ”So in this regard I would call on the President of Russia, Mr. Putin, asking him to use the armed forces of the Russian Federation to establish legitimacy, peace, law and order, stability and defending the people of Ukraine.”

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  • #AceNewsGroup 21:51 on March 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    `Maiden Protest was the influence of the Rich getting Richer whilst the Poor remain Poor’ 


    #AceNewsServices says that Kiev has appointed two of the Ukraine‘s richest `Oligarch’s to govern the Industrial Regions. 

    Oligarch's Pro-Russian activists shout slogans during a rally in the center of the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, on March 2, 2014. (AFP Photo / Alexander Khudoteply)Pro-Russian activists shout slogans during a rally in the center of the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, on March 2, 2014. (AFP Photo / Alexander Khudoteply) 

    The self-proclaimed government in Kiev has appointed two of Ukraine’s richest men to govern large industrial regions in the defiant east.

    One of the reasons for the Maidan protest was the influence of the rich have on politics in the country.

    The appointments of new governors of Donetsk and Dnepropetrovsk Regions are among 18 made on Sunday by Kiev, which is struggling to consolidate power after the coup which ousted President Yanukovich last month.

    The newly appointed Dnepropetrovsk governor is Igor Kolomoysky, Ukraine’s third-wealthiest man, with an estimated fortune of $2.4 billion. He co-owns the informal commercial group Privat, which includes Ukraine’s largest bank Privatbank, which Kolomoysky heads, as well as assets in the oil, ferroalloys and food industries, agriculture and transport.

    A former ally of Yulia Tymoshenko, Kolomoysky reportedly had a falling out with her and refused to finance her election campaign in 2010, which the ex-prime minister subsequently lost to Yanukovich.

    Kolomoysky was reported to be a principal sponsor of the UDAR party, which is one of the three fueling the street campaign to oust Yanukovich. Kolomoysky has a dual Ukrainian-Israeli citizenship and controls his business empire from Switzerland.

    The new governor of Donetsk Region is Sergey Taruta, who is estimated to worth around $2 billion, putting him among the top-10 wealthiest people in Ukraine. He heads ISD, one of the biggest mining and smelting companies in the world, and also own Donetsk-based Metallurg Football Club.

    Not a stranger to politics, he used to sponsor Viktor Yushchenko, who came to power in Ukraine after the Orange Revolution of 2004. Among his personal habits is a reputed love for luxurious jewelry and ostentatious gold statues, reports RT’s Peter Oliver.

    The appointments will have “a positive effect on the regional aspect,” believes Vladimir Groisman, who was appointed vice-president for regional development in the self-installed government.

    “They are well-known and wealthy people. They had a choice – they could by a plane ticket or fly their own plane and go to another country and wait for the developments there. Or they could take responsibility. I respect their choice,” he said.

    Among the accusations mounted on Yanukovich by protesting crowds in Kiev was the charge that he used his presidential power to take over assets of Ukrainian businessmen and make an illegal fortune for himself and his allies. Some Ukraine observers suggested that the oligarchs, threatened by presidential greed, financed the Maidan protests, seeing them as leverage on the government.

    After his ouster, photos from Yanukovich’s opulent residence of gilded furniture and a private zoo in suburban Kiev made headlines worldwide. There is little doubt that many of those who sought to topple him for being corruptly enriched would eye the appointment of affluent businessmen to offices of power with a deal of suspicion.

    The feeling is palpable in many comments in Ukrainian media.

    “That’s good news. I’m tired of those businessmen in power,” said one sarcastic commenter at the site of the Ukrainskaya Pravda a leading online news service.

    “It’s OK. The oligarchs have controlled the regions anyway. I think they will provide order, because only they have the authority, unlike some middle-rank appointees,” soothes another one.

    “Are they handing out fiefs? I’m sick of it. Is that what the people died for at the Maidan?” another commenter says.

    There is also the regional aspect, which Groisman mentioned.

    The better-developed industrial east of Ukraine depends on business ties with Russia and would be hurt badly by the EU association agreement, which the new government wants to sign as soon as possible.

    Mistrust towards Kiev is growing in the east, with several regions already declaring they would not be taking orders from the capital.

    The defiant regions seek greater autonomy from the central authorities.

    Having the right to elect their own governors as opposed to have them appointed in Kiev, is one of the demands regularly voiced at the protest rallies in eastern and southern Ukraine.

    RT News and #ANS2014

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  • #AceNewsGroup 10:08 on March 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    ` USAID : Could have assisted in the overthrow of `Viktor Yanukovitch’ having funded Opposition Groups’ 


    #AceNewsServices says that The US on-line whistle-blower magazine Pando has leaked documents that suggest the American government in the form of US Agency for International Development (USAID) could have played the role of force multiplier in the overthrow of Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovych, having funded a host of opposition groups prior to the revolution.

    USAID LARGEPando published financial documents, showing numerous funding entries for NGO activities across Ukraine, including in Poltava, Vinnytsia, Zhytomyr, Ternopil, Sumy, and elsewhere, mostly in the Ukrainian-speaking west and center. The list also names US-based contributors, such as billionaire George Soros, eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and his Omidyar Network foundation, as well as the National Endowment for Democracy, which is funded largely by the US Congress.

    According to the leaked papers, a network of interlocking NGOs– Chesno (Honestly), Center UA and Stop Censorship, to name a few – were growing in influence in Ukraine by “targeting pro-Yanukovych politicians with a well-coordinated anti-corruption campaign that built its strength in Ukraine’s regions, before massing in Kiev last autumn.”

    The fundraising papers show that from October 2011 to December 2012 USAID providedChesno with a hefty sum of over $421,000, while also planting nine of Center UA experts on its staff whose duty it was to manage the NGO’s affairs on the regional level, coordinate its efforts, provide photo and video coverage, as well as creative input.

    Hence, it may well be that the activities of Chesno, which bills itself as a civil watchdog movement bent on “filtering the power,” received a large percentage of funds from American taxpayers under the watchful eye of the US Agency for International Development.

    Chesno was set up on 29 October 2011 as part of the “Let’s Filter the Parliament in 24 hours” campaign, which happened just as the Ukrainian opposition was discussing a unified structure in a bid to consolidate its efforts. Its public face was Oleg Rybachuk, a prominent politician in the country and the right-hand man to Orange Revolution figurehead Viktor Yushchenko.

    It was reported earlier that the Maidan unrest in the late 2013 drew large scores of western foreigners in Ukraine’s capital Kiev, including the so-called “mercenaries” from the United States, Germany and Poland.

    “There weren’t many Russians there, compared to some 60 people from the United States, around 30 and up to 50 Germans, as well as Poles, Turks and many others,” one of the participants, who identified himself as Vladimir, confessed.

    The heavily fortified Maidan camp in Kiev’s Independence Square was the flash point of the anti-Yanukovych uprising. It attracted some of the most prominent, if not exactly controversial, public people from the West. Among them were US Republican Senators John McCain and Ryan Murphy. McCain promised protesters the support of the American nation and quoted the 19th-century Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko in his podium speech.

    Another Maidan guest was US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland hand in hand with the US ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey R. Pyatt. The US couple met with top insurgents and gave out cookies to the hungering crowd.

    Voice of Russia, Pando, RT

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  • #AceNewsGroup 15:27 on March 2, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    ` Chinese Authorities confirm that `Turkestan Islamic Movement ‘ were behind attack on Kunming Railway Station’ 


    #AceNewsServices says that the `Chinese authorities said Sunday that the East Turkestan Islamic Movement was behind a deadly attack on a train station in south-west Yunnan Province last night, local media reported.

    At least 29 innocent people died, and more than 130 were injured in the attack on the Kunming Railway Station carried out by a group of more than 10 knife-wielding people, Xinhua news agency said.

    Tukestan Islamic MovementPolice reportedly killed five attackers and is searching for the rest of the group.

    “Evidence at the crime scene showed that the Kunming Railway Station terrorist attack was orchestrated by Xinjiang separatist forces,” Xinhua cited local municipal officials.

    Chinese President Xi Jinping has ordered law enforcement bodies to crack down on terrorist activities and severely punish the suspects in the attack.

    The East Turkestan Islamic Movement, often blamed by the Chinese authorities for leading an insurgency in the northwestern Xinjiang Uyghur autonomous region, has not claimed responsibility for the attack. The movement is designated a terrorist group by the United Nations.

    Xinjiang’s eight million Uighurs have complained of political, cultural and religious persecution by Beijing and there have been repeated calls by Uighurs for independence.

    RIA Novosti  - AFP -RT – #ANS2014  

     

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  • #AceNewsGroup 11:34 on March 2, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    ` Cost of unrest in `Ukraine’ leaves thousands `Homeless ‘ and `Seeking Refuge ‘in another Country’ 


    #AceNewsServices says that an increase in `Ukrainians requesting Asylum in Russia in two weeks, increases to 143,000 – Reports

    “Tragic events in Ukraine have caused a sharp spike in requests coming from this country seeking asylum in Russia,” said chief of citizenship desk Valentina Kazakova. “We monitor figures daily and they are far from comforting. Over the last two weeks of February, some 143,000 people applied.”

    Ukrainian People seek Asylum in RussiaKazakova said most requests come from the bordering areas and especially from Ukraine’s south.

    “People are lost, scared and depressed,” she said. There are many requests from law enforcement services, state officials as they are wary of possible lynching on behalf of radicalized armed groups.”

    Relatives residing within Russia have urged officials to process the requests in the shortest possible time. Officials say that though each request will be treated individually, all such addresses will be handled as soon as possible.

    The situation in Ukraine, simmering since ousted President Viktor Yanukovich wrapped up the EU integration course in November, escalated dramatically two weeks ago when violent clashes between rioters and police forces in the capital saw opposition leaders proclaim themselves rulers of the country.

    Yanukovich, though not properly impeached, fled the capital, while thousands in Ukraine’s south-east came out to protests the new authorities.

    The protests were aggravated by the fact that the revamped parliament did away with Yanukovich’s law on minority languages virtually forbidding use of Russian as the second official language.

    Out of 45 million people living in Ukraine, according to 2013 census, some 7.6 million are ethnic Russians.

     

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  • #AceNewsGroup 11:22 on March 2, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    `Ukraine’s autonomous republic of `Crimea ‘ wants ` Kiev ‘ to stay out of its business, and put its own house in order ‘ 


    #AceBreakingNews says according to news reports that Ukraine’s autonomous republic of Crimea wants Kiev to stay out of its business, and put its own house in order instead, the Crimean parliament speaker has said, adding that local authorities can take care of local business without the capital.

    “You in Kiev sort it out between yourselves, and we will deal with the republic’s problems,” Vladimir Konstantinov told a news conference.

    Most of the Crimean law enforcement and military share this point of view, Konstantinov warned.

    They also support the local self-defence forces, who are basically people who were scared for their lives and their families in the wake of the violence in Kiev and the anti-Russian gestures of the new authorities.

    The speaker advised Kiev against using force to attempt to take control of Crimea or any other region resisting it. He said such a move would end with the new authorities having no region to call their own in Ukraine.

    The speaker advised Kiev against using force to attempt to take control of Crimea or any other region resisting it. He said such a move would end with the new authorities having no region to call their own in Ukraine.

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  • #AceNewsGroup 10:09 on March 2, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    `Ukrainian Armed Forces are Resigning on Mass’e since Dawn today according to Reports’ 


    #AceBreakingNews says reports that Ukrainian armed forces dispatched to Crimea have started resigning on a massive scale, Russia news agencies reported.

    Living quarters, weapons and ammunition have all been left under the protection of the so-called ‘self-defence forces.’

    Letters of resignation have been coming in since early morning, as the self-defence forces continue to preserve order on the streets of Simferopol, RIA Novosti said citing own reporters on the ground.

    Since Thursday, the city’s Supreme Council and a number of other buildings have been occupied and guarded by the self-defence forces run by the local population.

    Crimea’s deputy prime minister, Rustam Temirgaliev, announced earlier that the Ukrainian armed forces have all but surrendered their military capabilities and that no active units remain in the Crimea.

    “The entire Ukrainian armed forces stationed on the Crimean territory have been blocked – a number have been disarmed, while another big portion is switching to the Crimean side,” Interfax reported him as saying.

    “The self-defence forces have taken control of the landing strips of all the Crimean airports and airfields,” Temirgaliev added.

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  • #AceNewsGroup 19:12 on March 1, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    `Russia’s Federation Council has unanimously approved `President Vladimir Putin’s 'request to use Russian Military Forces in Ukraine' 


    #AceBreakingNews says that the Russia’s Federation Council has unanimously approved President Vladimir Putin’s request to use Russian military forces in Ukraine. The move is aimed to settle the turmoil in the split country.

    The upper house of the Russian parliament has voted in favour of sending troops to the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, which would ensure peace and order in the region “until the socio-political situation in the country is stabilized.”

    Twitter announces : Russia’s Federation Council unanimously approves sending Russian troops to Ukraine http://t.co/7Cb2xX8MiX pic.twitter.com/bnoiti15Ik
    — RT (@RT_com) March 1, 2014

    The debate in the Federation Council has revealed that Russian MPs are united on the issue, with many of them sharing concerns on the recent events in Ukraine.

    The common notion was that since the power was seized in Kiev, the situation has only been deteriorating with radical nationalists rapidly coming to power and threatening the lives of those opposing their actions, most notably the Russian citizens living in Ukraine.

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  • #AceNewsGroup 18:34 on March 1, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    `Ukraine Nationalist Leader calls on ‘Most Wanted’ Terrorist Umarov ‘to act against Russia’ 


    #AceBreakingNews says a leader of the Ukrainian radical group Pravy Sektor (Right Sector), Dmitry Yarosh, has called on Russia’s most wanted terrorist Doku Umarov to act against Russia in an address posted on Right Sector’s page in VKontakte social network.

    The statement points out that “many Ukrainians with arms in the hands” supported Chechen militants in their fight against Russians and “it is time to support Ukraine now.”

    The message, signed “leader of Right Sector Dmitry Yarosh” then calls on Umarov “to activate his fight” and “take a unique chance to win” over Russia.

    #ANS2014 says thanks to RT News

     
  • #AceNewsGroup 22:01 on February 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Capita, Department for Education, Faith school, Kafir, , Leicester City Council, , National Secular Society, NSS   

    #UK : `Capita Publish’s Advert in `Newspaper’ for New Teacher one `Proviso’ that `Female Applicant’s’ should not Apply’ 


    #AceNewsServices says that `Women Teachers told not to apply for jobs at UK Muslim school’ due to `Religious Practice’s’ and changes in Education System’

    An Islamic boy’s school in Leicester, central England, advertised for a new science teacher but ruled out any female applicants. Secular campaigners are saying this is the latest example of religious practices being accommodated in the education system.

    woman-teachers-muslim-schools.siThe advert, which was published by the outsourcing company Capita and has now been withdrawn,asked for a “Male Science Teacher” to cover classes on a short-term contract earning up to £150 ($250) a day, the Telegraph reports.

    The school, which did not give its name, is now facing claims of sexual discrimination. Capita withdrew the advert after a warning from the Department for Education (DfE) that it needs to comply with the Equality Act. The advert is thought to have been placed by the Madani Schools Federation, which runs the state funded Madani Boys School. The school has placed a similar advert for a Male ICT Technician.

    The National Secular Society (NSS)– a charity which campaigns for the separation of religion from the state – say they were alerted to the advert by a qualified female science teacher who was looking for work in the Leicester area.

    The NSS believes that this the latest in long line of demands that religious customs be accommodated in the education system, as a result of allowing faith groups to run schools.

    Capita initially argued that discrimination in this case was permissible under exceptions to the Equality Act, which permits religious organizations to discriminate on grounds of sexual orientation and gender if a “genuine occupation requirement” can be established and where an employer is seeking to comply with strongly held religious convictions of a significant number of its followers.

    “These provisions are referred to as occupational requirements and they create exceptions that allow an employer to act in a way that would otherwise be discriminatory,” a spokesman for Capita said.

    But the NSS argued that the explanatory notes to the 2010 Act make it clear that exceptions only apply to a “very narrow range of employment.”

    The Department of Education has now issued a statement saying “Schools must comply with equality law. We asked Leicester City Council to raise this with the school and the advert has now been withdrawn.”

    The NSS also say that schools with a religious ethos are already permitted to discriminate against teachers who don’t share the school’s faith.

    Allegations surfaced last autumn that Non-Muslim female staff at the Al-Madinah free school in Derby were forced to wear headscarves in line with other strict Islamic practices, including segregating boys and girls. The school has since been closed down by the government who found that the level of teaching was unacceptably bad.

    The Madani high school for girls also faced earlier criticism for forcing non-Muslim students to wear a headscarf. The school is required by law to accept 10 percent of its 600 pupils from non-Muslim backgrounds.

    Meanwhile, three Muslim schools in London, Lancashire and Leicester, respectively, were found to be forcing Muslim girls as young as 11 to wear the full face covering veil in 2010.

    And early this month it was reported by the British media that Park View Academy in Birmingham is being investigated by the DfE over claims that non-Muslim staff are being treated unfairly and that it is trying to introduce Islamic studies to the curriculum despite being a non-faith-based school.

    As a result of the latest advert, the NSS has written to Maria Miller MP, the minister for Woman and Equalities, to push the government to publish guidance to make it clear to schools that gender discrimination must not be accommodated in the education system.

    “The government’s encouragement of schools run by religious groups will bring with it increasing demands for religious customs and practices to be accommodated within our education system. Children in such schools are unlikely to be adequately prepared for life as equal citizens in a liberal democracy – which should be one of the fundamental aims of education policy,” Stephen Evans, campaigns manager at the NSS, said in a statement.

     RT

     

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  • #AceNewsGroup 18:20 on February 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    #AceBreakingNews says Viktor Yanukovich will hold a news conference in Russia’s Rostov-on-Don at 1700 local time (1300 GMT) on Friday, reports Itar-Tass citing sources close to Ukraine’s ousted president.

    The site of the event will be announced later, the agency writes.

    #ANS2014

     
  • #AceNewsGroup 19:08 on February 26, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    ” Maidan protesters announce line-up of Ukrainian Cabinet, name Yatsenyuk as PM candidate” 


    #AceBreakingNews says Protesters in Kiev’s Maidan have announced a new government line-up and asked parliament to approve the candidatures.

    The Supreme Rada is expected to vote on the new cabinet members on Thursday.

    Opposition leader Arseny Yatsenyuk, a member of the Batkivshchina (Fatherland) Party, has been suggested for the post of prime minister.

    The Cabinet line-up was announced from the stage of central Kiev’s Independence Square on Wednesday evening as protesters and their leaders gathered for a popular assembly, “veche.”

    Boris Tarasyuk, 65, also of the Fatherland party, was proposed for the seat of vice premier in charge of European integration.

    The pro-Western politician served as Ukraine’s Foreign Minister between 1998 and 2000 and, then again from February 2005 till January 2007.

    RT & #ANS2014

     
  • #AceNewsGroup 19:02 on February 26, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    "Life Sentence for Murderer of `UK' soldier `Lee Rigby' as he and his accomplice get 45 Years" 


    #AceBreakingNews says Muslim convert, Michael Adebolajo, who murdered Drummer Lee Rigby in a south-east London street attack in May last year has been sentenced to life in prison, while his partner, Michael Adebowale, has been given minimum 45 years behind bars.

    Michael Adebolajo, 29 and Michael Adebowale, 22 were read out their jail terms late Wednesday afternoon at the Old Baily court in London.

    Before the sentences were given, the two scuffled with security guards, meaning the sentence was delivered while they were absent.

    The judge, Mr Justice Sweeney, described the actions of the pair as “sickening.”

    #ANS2014

     
  • #AceNewsGroup 18:44 on February 24, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Good evening from my UK home and to all my friends and readers of my news articles and posts, well just so you can write your news as it happens, and chat on the go, l have just launched. `Ace Friends News ‘ anyone following my news can visit this link and post in the box.

    It is not just 140 characters and you can post a link to a video or promote your group, charity, idea or really anything.

    Add your own tags and links and enjoy chatting to fellow bloggers.

    I ask for you to observe that we do not use it as a spam area, should this happen it will be closed to everyone and l will email those people ,to be the only users.

    Thank you Editor (Ace News Group)

    Follow this link to get started : http://wp.me/4kIzR

     
  • #AceNewsGroup 17:19 on February 24, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Korean Peninsula, , Koreans, Mount Kumgang, , Republic of Korea Armed Forces, , , ,   

    `South Korean`Families Emotional Meetings’ continue at `Mount Kumgang’ resort’ 


    #AceNewsServices says “Dozens of `South Korean‘ families continue to hold emotional meetings with  their northern relatives at the Mount Kumgang resort.

    Myogilsang in Kumgangsan

    Myogilsang in Kumgangsan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

    The reunions are short and will only last till Tuesday, but for most of them this is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

    This comes as second and last group of South Korean families, comprising 350 elderly people, crossed the border into North Korea on Sunday.

    A first group of South and North Korean families were reunited on Thursday.

    The reunion ended with an emotional farewell on Saturday.

    Million of Koreans, who were split by war, have been waiting to get back together for sixty years.

    But only a small lucky group from the South and the North have been allowed to join in a bittersweet reunion.

    Rail lines and other contacts between the two sides were first severed during the 1950-53 Korean War.

    No peace deal has been signed since then, meaning that North and South Korea remain technically at war.

    The latest much-anticipated reunion event went ahead despite a growing tension over the Joint US-South Korean military drill.

    South Korea and the United States have launched another round of controversial war-games on the Korean Peninsula despite opposition from the North.

    Senior North Korean officials have often accused Washington of plotting with regional allies to topple the country’s government.

    Press TV & JR/SL

     

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  • #AceNewsGroup 11:47 on February 24, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Alex Salmond, Cabinet, , First Minister of Scotland, Gordon Brown, John Swinney, , , North Sea oil, ,   

    #UK : `Cameron and Salmon argue out the Pro’s and Con’s of Benefits to their Economies’ 


    #AceNewsServices says UK‘s North Sea oil industry at stake in vote for Scottish independence

    NorthSea Oil PlatformBritain’s lucrative North Sea oil and gas industry, estimated to be worth up to £200 billion in potential benefits, may be in peril should Scotland vote for independence, David Cameron has warned, campaigning against independence ahead of the referendum.

    On Monday, the prime minister is due to hold his first ever Cabinet meeting in Scotland, at Europe’s oil and gas hub, Aberdeen. It is only the third time since 1921 that the UK Cabinet will have met in Scotland, with the previous meeting being in 2009 when Gordon Brown took his ministers to Glasgow.

    However, this time around, the UK and Scottish cabinets will hold separate meetings, with the First Minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond, discussing independence in the Aberdeenshire town of Portlethen. He said on Monday that opinion polls showed the race for independence is tight, according to Reuters.

    “For the past 300 years, Britain has led the way in finding new sources of energy. It is the strength of the UK’s broad-based economy which can make the difference and ensure we can invest in our energy for the long-term future.”

    “I promise we will continue to use the UK’s broad shoulders to invest in this vital industry, so we can attract businesses, create jobs, develop new skills in our young people and ensure we can compete in the global race,” Mr Cameron added on Sunday.

    In the light of the meeting in the north-east of Scotland, the British prime minister said his Cabinet would focus on how the government can “maximize the benefit of North Sea oil and gas to the UK economy for decades into the future, giving a vital boost to local communities and families across Scotland.”

    Scottish Finance Minister John Swinney said, however, that the North Sea has“suffered from poor stewardship from the UK Government to date” and that “fiscal instability has been a significant factor in under performance in the North Sea.”

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  • #AceNewsGroup 10:55 on February 24, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    #Ukraine : `Political Turmoil stalks the `Corridor’s of Power’ as the posturing continues’ 


    #AceNewsServices says with the `Ukraine still in Political Turmoil and the President in hiding somewhere in the Crimea- Reports.  What Now!

    Published time: February 24 2014

     
    A general view taken on February 23, 2014 shows Kiev's Independence Square. (AFP Photo / DAaniel Slim) A general view taken on February 23, 2014 shows Kiev’s Independence Square. (AFP Photo / DAaniel Slim)
     Political instability settled over Ukraine as the opposition-controlled parliament voted to appoint its newly elected speaker as acting president, with eastern and southern Ukraine saying they no longer see parliament as legitimate.

    Monday, February 24 and the latest:

    The Ukrainian state treasury is empty and the country is nearly bankrupt, said Arseny Yatsenyuk, leader of the Batkivshchina (Fatherland) Party during the parliamentary session.

    ‘We have to ask financial help from the International Monetary Fund,” added Yatsenyuk, commenting that Ukraine has never seen a financial catastrophe on this scale in its history.

    The Party of Regions’ faction in the parliament is now in opposition to the current authorities of Ukraine, the party’s leader in the Rada, Aleksandr Yefremov, announced.

    “Considering the fact that you took over the party and, as we see, you have the capabilities to form a government and rebuild governance, we decided to be in the opposition,” he told heads of other parties and committees.

    Viktor Yanukovich‘s once-majority Party of Regions has suffered a mass exodus of MPs in the past few days. At least 77 parliamentarians have announced their resignation from the party ranks, thinning them down to some 130 MPs.

    Earlier, the Ukrainian Communist Party, an ally of the Party of the Regions in the Rada, announced it is now part of the opposition.

    The number of injured in Kiev clashes has risen to 675, of whom 447 people have been taken to hospitals, reports Ukraine’s Ministry of Health.

    Thirty-one people sought medical help in the past 24 hours, and 24 of them were taken to hospitals, adds the ministry.

    The number of dead – 82 people – remained unchanged.

    Ukraine estimates that it needs $35 billion in aid to stabilize its economy, acting Finance Minister Yury Kolobkov said.

    The immense figure is exactly the sum of the $15 billion, which Russia pledged to lend in November, when the political crisis was it its first weeks, and the $20 billion, which the EU may lend to a new Ukrainian government, according to Elmar Brok, Chairman of the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs.

    Both Russia and the EU say they want to see a stable government in Ukraine, before any money will actually be transferred. The EU also demands financial reforms in Ukraine as a condition for aid.

    An arrest warrant for Ukraine’s ex-President Viktor Yanukovich has been issued, said the country’s acting Interior Minister Arsen Avakov.

    “We have initiated criminal proceedings concerning the massacre of peaceful civilians. Yanukovich along with other officials has been put on the wanted list,”added Avakov.

    All in all, the governors of nine Ukrainian regions have resigned, according to regional state administration websites.

    Among them are the governors form western Ukrainian regions of Lvov, Volyn, Ivano-Frankovsk and Zhitomir. Also the governments resigned in the southern region of Nikolaev, and central regions of Kirovograd, Poltava, Ternopol and Vinnitsa.

    “Complex political situation in the country” was named as the motive of resignation in almost all the cases.

    The UK is ready to provide support to Ukraine through schemes set up by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and EU, UK Finance Minister George Osborne said.

    “A lot of this [support] will take the form of loans and the like, but there will be good investments in the economy of Ukraine,” said Osborne.

    Ukraine’s interim leadership in the face of the acting President and acting President Aleksandr Turchinov pledged on Sunday to put the conflict-torn country back on course for European integration.

    Newly-elected speaker of parliament Aleksandr Turchinov (Reuters)Newly-elected speaker of parliament Aleksandr Turchinov (Reuters)

    Ukrainian governors of the Lvov and Poltava regions, Oleg Salo and Aleksander Udovichenko, resigned, according to the Lvov and Poltava Regional State Administration websites. Earlier, there were reports of resignations of governors in the Vinnitsa and Ternopol regions.

    People hold up signs during a protest across the street from the Ukraine Consulate in the Manhattan borough of New York February 23, 2014 (Reuters / Carlo Allegri)

    People hold up signs during a protest across the street from the Ukraine Consulate in the Manhattan borough of New York February 23, 2014 (Reuters / Carlo Allegri)

    Acting Minister of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov denied reports that Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich was arrested in Crimea, according to UNN news agency. Earlier, Ukrainian media reported that Yanukovich was arrested in the southern peninsula of Crimea. “I do not know what it is about. I do not possess such information,” Avakov said.

    In the midst of Ukraine’s political turmoil and following the opposition’s power takeover in Kiev and western regions, about 1,000 demonstrators rallied against EU integration in the city of Kerch in the southeastern Autonomous Republic of Crimea on Sunday. The protesters called for cessation from Ukraine and raised the Russian flag over city hall. Authorities later replaced it with the Ukrainian flag. The region is mostly Russian-speaking and has historically had close ties with Russia.

    Following the formation of the new government in Ukraine, the EU will most like be ready to give 20 billion euros for carrying out reforms in the country, the chairman of the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs, Elmar Brok, said, as cited by Interfax.

    Moscow recalled Russian ambassador to Ukraine Mikhail Zurabov for consultations. “Due to the deteriorating situation in Ukraine and the need for a comprehensive analysis of the situation, the decision was made to recall the Russian ambassador to Ukraine for consultations in Moscow,” the ministry said in a statement on its website.
    Mikhail Zurabov (RIA Novosti / Kirill Kallinikov) Mikhail Zurabov (RIA Novosti / Kirill Kallinikov)

    Acting President Oleksander Turchinov stated that Ukraine was prepared to speak with Russia. Turchinov said that the aim would be to create relations on “new, equal and good-neighborly footing, that recognizes and takes into account Ukraine’s European choice.” He added that another priority would be to “return to the path of European integration”, while reminding the nation that the economy – which remains at risk of default – still had to be stabilized.

    The Ukrainian port city of Sevastopol has voted to stop paying taxes to Kiev, as it is seeking independence.

    EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton is going to Kiev on Monday to discuss measures to shore up the ailing economy.

    “In Kiev she is expected to meet key stakeholders and discuss the support of the European Union for a lasting solution to the political crisis and measures to stabilise the economic situation,” the EU said in a statement.

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has again spoken with US Secretary of State John Kerry. In their second telephone conversation in two days, Lavrov told Kerry “the most important thing now is to provide for the complete fulfillment” of the EU-brokered agreement.

    “The Ukrainian opposition is deviating from the agreement, having in effect seized power in Kiev, refused to disarm and continued to place its bets on violence,” Lavrov told Kerry, according to a ministry statement.

    US National Security Adviser Susan Rice has stated that it would be a ‘grave mistake‘ for Russia to send any military forces into Ukraine, according to Reuters.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke by telephone to discuss the situation in Ukraine, the Kremlin’s press service said on Sunday without disclosing further details.
    A statement from Merkel’s office said both leaders agreed they had a joint interest in seeing a stable Ukraine, “both in economic and political terms” and would stay in close contact as the situation continues to develop.

    Recently freed Yulia Tymoshenko has no plans to become the interim prime minister, according to several deputies in her Fatherland party.

    “I have unofficial information that she doesn’t have her sights set on the post,”said party member Nikolay Tomenko. Another deputy Sergey Sobolev later confirmed it, saying that negotiations about the identity of the new head of government are still ongoing.

    The former prime minister has already declared that she will run for president in May.

     

    BN: ‘As for president #Yanoukovich - this is history already. Let’s move on & think abt future’, #Kharkov mayor. Eastern #Ukraine#Maidan

    — Maria Finoshina (@MFinoshina_RT) February 23, 2014

    More soon …………………………………………..now its money that is needed and everyone wants to help – themselves ! 

     

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  • #AceNewsGroup 20:25 on February 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    " Imagine a day that are `Social Media God's' think they know us better than Ourselves' 


    #AceNewsServices says that one day soon `Google will ‘know you better than your Intimate Partner’

    This was according to the recent post on RT and the fact that in 15 years’ time, computers will surpass their creators in intelligence, with an ability to tell stories and crack jokes, predicts a leading expert in artificial intelligence. Thus, Google will “know the answer to your question before you ask it.”

    The fact’s are plain the more we want this so-called `Social Freedom’ the greater chance, it is just around the corner, and we have not yet realised who ,pulls the strings.

    Ray Kurzweil

    Ray Kurzweil (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

    Most people would probably agree that computers are man-made technologies that function inside the strict boundaries of man-made borders. For technologists like Google engineering director Ray Kurzweil, however, the moment when computers liberate themselves from their masters will occur in our lifetime.

    We are being told daily that computers will make our lives better, even by 2016 , computers and robots will not only have surpassed their makers in terms of raw intelligence, they will understand us better than we understand ourselves, the futurist predicts with enthusiasm.

    Kurzweil, 66, is the closest thing to a pop star in the world of artificial intelligence, the place where self-proclaimed geek’s quietly lay the grid work for what could be truly described as a new world order.

    My research shows me that every time we broadcast a new invention, the people that would like one day for everyone to obey, are waiting with their ever open cheque-books to buy-up these next steps. That given the right environment they will create, will one day lead to the `Geek’s of Yesteryear’ becoming the controllers of our salvation.      

     

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  • #AceNewsGroup 15:36 on February 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    ` Ukrainian Rada decides to strip `Russian off its status’ in the Ukraine as its Mother Tongue’ 


    #AceNewsServices says `Monument to soldiers who died liberating Ukraine from Nazis toppled (PHOTOS) and Video’

    Monument of Fallen SoldiersThe taking down of the ‘Soviet Soldier’ in the town of Stryi, Lvov region, turns a new page in the chaos that gripped the nation in November, and has taken on dangerously nationalist overtones in the past fortnight.

    The city administration’s website first reported on the story of the monument, erected in 1965 as a companion piece to two other objects: an obelisk with WWII engravings and the Eternal Flame over the tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

    No official confirmation of any orders for its removal has been given.

    The incident follows the dismantling of some 25 statues of Vladimir Lenin, the leader of the 1917 revolution that paved way to the creation of the USSR.

    The incident follows the dismantling of some 25 statues of Vladimir Lenin, the leader of the 1917 revolution that paved way to the creation of the USSR.

    well as various football hooligans and smaller nationalist gangs.

    A protester breaks apart a statue of Lenin at a monument in his honor after it was pulled down during a mass rally called "The March of a Million" in Kiev's Independence Square on December 8, 2013. (AFP Photo / Anatoli Boiko)A protester breaks apart a statue of Lenin at a monument in his honor after it was pulled down during a mass rally called “The March of a Million” in Kiev‘s Independence Square on December 8, 2013. (AFP Photo / Anatoli Boiko)

    People surround a statue of Soviet state founder Vladimir Lenin, which was toppled by protesters during a rally organized by supporters of EU integration in Kiev, December 8, 2013. (Reuters / Stoyan Nenov)

    People surround a statue of Soviet state founder Vladimir Lenin, which was toppled by protesters during a rally organized by supporters of EU integration in Kiev, December 8, 2013. (Reuters / Stoyan Nenov)

    One of the latest in a string of such incidents, in Dnepropetrovsk, saw people using ropes and a saw, before jumping onto the statue – the way people did in Iraq when Saddam Hussein lost power. The writing on the monument was then taken apart letter by letter, which the rioters kept as souvenirs.

    16 Lenin monuments went down just today all around Ukraine via@ukrpravda_newspic.twitter.com/cTKebypw2G

    — Maxim Eristavi (@MaximEristavi) February 21, 2014

    After the statue was toppled, the City Council declared Lenin Square in Dnepropetrovsk was renamed into Heroes of Maidan Square.

    [Below, a user comments on Alexey's earlier tweet. "Look at what's happening in our town. Just look at what is being written and drawn. 'The Right Sector', in one word", the user says.]

    @Yaro_RT Алексей, это у нас в городе (Чернигов)! Посмотрите, что рисуют и пишут! “Правый сектор” – с другой стороны.pic.twitter.com/CmpFdutjMo

    — BRoMan (@KushRoMan) February 23, 2014

    As the fallen statues were being counted, on Sunday the Ukrainian Rada decided to strip Russian of its status in the Ukraine; a fate that will befall other regional languages as well. With Russian, however, the figures are quite clear: the latest census of 2001 showed that nearly 30 percent of Ukraine considers Russian to be its mother tongue – nearly 15 percent of them are Ukrainians.

    Although the language has never had official status, it was given regional status in 2012 in the south-east of the country.

    The repealed law on regional language usage was President Yanukovich’s campaigning ace, as he sought to combat the notion created by former President Viktor Yushchenko – that Ukrainian should dominate over all areas and spheres of life.

    RT

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  • #AceNewsGroup 14:57 on February 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    `Jeremy Hunt trying sneak through a law to allow closure of any hospital within 40 days’ 


    #AceBreakingNews says according to the latest reports and 38 degrees `Jeremy Hunt‘ is trying to sneak through a law which will give him the power to quickly close any local hospital without listening to local people.

    No hospital is safe.

    38degreesHe’s changing the rules after losing twice in court trying to close Lewisham Hospital against the wishes of local people, doctors and nurses.

    The sweeping new law – the ‘hospital closure clause’ of the Care Bill – will give the government the power to shut down any hospital, in as little as 40 days, regardless of how well the hospital is performing. [1]

    Jeremy Hunt is hell-bent on pushing this through.

    And time’s not on our side. It could be as little as one week before MPs vote this sinister threat into a reality.

    If we’re going to have a chance of stopping Jeremy Hunt we need to throw the kitchen sink at this. And we need to move fast. Vote now to decide whether or not we should launch a big campaign. Yes or No?

    YES – WE SHOULD NO – WE SHOULDN’T

    Our NHS is precious. And it’s important that we know hospitals, accident and emergency and maternity services are there for us in moments of crisis and joy. It’s terrifying to imagine the government having the power to close any hospital without hearing the wishes of the local community.

    It’s going to be tough to stop Jeremy Hunt. But we’ve done it before – twice in Lewisham alone. And if enough of us are keen, there are exciting possibilities for next steps. And new tactics we could try which would take even Jeremy Hunt by surprise!

    The 38 Degrees staff team sit down on Monday morning to plan out the week ahead and decide on how we split up staff resources.

    The most important factor when making those decisions is what 38 Degrees members think.

    Should trying to stop the hospital closure clause be 38 Degrees’ top priority over the next few weeks? Please vote now to help decide whether to launch a big campaign by clicking on the buttons below.

    YES – WE SHOULD NO – WE SHOULDN’T

    Thanks for being involved,

    Becky, Ian, Rebecca, David and the rest of the 38 Degrees team

    PS: A study of NHS foundation trusts in England has found the number of those in financial trouble has nearly doubled in a year from 21 to 39. Jeremy Hunt has shown before he’s willing to close good hospitals to bail out ones which are struggling – this law would allow him to do this, even if local patients and doctors were strongly against it. [3]

    NOTES
    [1] What is the Hospital Closure Clause. Read more on our blog here: http://blog.38degrees.org.uk/2014/02/20/nhs-what-is-the-hospital-closure-clause/
    [2] BBC News: Rise in NHS Foundation Trusts with deficit, says Monitor hospitals http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-26299423

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  • #AceNewsGroup 12:38 on February 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    #Ukraine : “How the President of the Ukraine has lived whilst his People pay the Price” 


    #AceNewsServices says `Yanukovich’s Opulent Residence opens to public as president leaves Kiev (PHOTOS)

    Published time: February 23, 2014 04:28

     
    People look through windows of the Mezhyhirya residence of Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovich  in the village Novi Petrivtsi, outside Kiev February 22, 2014. (Reuters / Konstantin Chernichkin) People look through windows of the Mezhyhirya residence of Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovich in the village Novi Petrivtsi, outside Kiev February 22, 2014. (Reuters / Konstantin Chernichkin)
    The public received an inside view of the never-before-seen private, lavish residence of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich after he left Kiev for Kharkov on Friday and parliament voted to strip him of his powers.

    Pictures show a luxurious estate with a private zoo, exotic gardens, ships, and a garage full of Rolls Royces. The luxurious home is located in Mezhyhirya, Kiev region.

    The 140-hectare property had previously never been seen by the public; only family members and a small number of others have ever had the privilege of being invited inside. The compound has always been heavily secured with high walls and security personnel.

    The main building of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych's residency near Kiev on February 22 (AFP Photo / Genya Savilov) The main building of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s residency near Kiev on February 22 (AFP Photo / Genya Savilov)

    The detailed photographs show neatly labelled cages housing Australian and African ostriches, hares, deer, and billy goats.

    A small private lake, statues of Graeco-Roman lovers, a golf course, and a forest surround the opulent estate.

    Thousands of people arrived at the private residence on Saturday to get a glimpse of the home, not knowing exactly what to expect. Security personnel were still guarding the grounds, but the public and media were free to enter and leave, local media reported.

    (Reuters / Konstantin Chernichkin) (Reuters / Konstantin Chernichkin)

    Yanukovich has occupied the premises since 2002, when he was given a free of charge building from the Fund of State Property. According to Reuters, he then purchased a small house on the plot at the start of his presidency in 2010. The big transformation came later, when he acquired full control of the entire estate which exists today through a chain of companies he had close ties with.

    After Yanukovich left the capital on Friday night, the Ukrainian parliament voted to strip him of his powers, capitalizing on his absence and calling for snap elections to be held in May.

    Anti-government protesters and journalists look at ostriches kept within an enclosure on the grounds of the Mezhyhirya residence (Reuters / Konstantin Chernichkin)

    Anti-government protesters and journalists look at ostriches kept within an enclosure on the grounds of the Mezhyhirya residence (Reuters / Konstantin Chernichkin)

    Yanukovich has called the latest developments in Kiev a coup d’etat, and has denied speculations of his resignation. He also accused international mediators of not fulfilling their obligations.

    “I’m always threatened with ultimatums. I’m not going to leave the country,”Yanukovich said in an interview with local UBR TV channel. “I’m not going to resign. I’m a legitimately elected president.”

    (Reuters / Konstantin Chernichkin) (Reuters / Konstantin Chernichkin)

    On Saturday, Ukrainian parliament (Verkhovna Rada) held a new emergency session, during which it passed a law on a return to the 2004 constitution without the president’s signature, saying that the president had removed himself from power.

    It also appointed a new head of the Ministry of Interior and a new head speaker of the Rada. In addition, parliament ruled to free former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko from prison and set early presidential elections for May 25.

    A golf bag featuring the name of Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovich (Reuters / Konstantin Chernichkin) A golf bag featuring the name of Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovich (Reuters / Konstantin Chernichkin)

     

    A man sings karaoke in one of the rooms of the abandoned "Mezhigorye" residence of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych near Kiev. (RIA Novosti / Andrey Stenin) A man sings karaoke in one of the rooms of the abandoned “Mezhigorye” residence of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych near Kiev. (RIA Novosti / Andrey Stenin)

     

    An interior view shows the residence (Reuters / Konstantin Chernichkin) An interior view shows the residence (Reuters / Konstantin Chernichkin)

    RT 

     

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  • #AceNewsGroup 12:30 on February 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    “South Ukraine announces that it does not consider `Ukrainian Parliament’ legitimate and they would be forming local militia’s” 


    #AceWorldNews says the new authorities in Kiev say they are seeking the arrest of former senior officials, like former Incomes Minister Aleksandr Klimenko and former Prosecutor General Viktor Pshonka.

    Both were reportedly stopped on Saturday by border control due to lack of proper paperwork, as they were trying to leave Ukraine.

    The legitimation of the power grab comes a day after several regions in eastern and southern Ukraine announced that they do not consider the Ukrainian parliament legitimate and would not abide by its orders.

    The regions also said they would be forming local militias to resist possible incursions of radical activists from western Ukraine and Kiev.

    The three month-long political crisis in Ukraine escalated on Tuesday, with radical opposition activists and riot police engaged in two days of gun-fighting in Kiev, resulting in some 80 people losing their lives.

    In the face of the bloodshed, the central Ukrainian government collapsed under opposition pressure, while President Viktor Yanukovich left the capital and went to the east of the country.

     
  • #AceNewsGroup 21:58 on February 22, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    HI, I’M LORD JACOB ROTHSCHILD 


    #AceNewsGroup:

    #ANS2014 says `New World Order’ #2016

    Originally posted on tomfernandez28's Blog:

    HI, I'M  LORD JACOB ROTHSCHILD

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  • #AceNewsGroup 18:44 on February 22, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    "House of Representatives and their refusal to approve the yearly apportion for their `Medicaid Program' dubbed Private Option" 


    #AceNewsServices says that to a recent article by `Cato Institute and their reporter Nicole Kaeding says for the fourth day in a row, the Arkansas House of Representatives has refused to approve the yearly appropriation for its Medicaid program, dubbed the “private-option.”

    If the legislature continues this refusal and reverses its decision to expand Medicaid under Obamacare, state and federal taxpayers will save billions of dollars, making the Little Rock legislative battle the most important spending fight in the country.

    Last spring, Arkansas made headlines for adopting a “free-market” alternative to Medicaid expansion. Instead of expanding using the traditional Medicaid model in which the federal and state government would directly fund enrollees’ care, Arkansas decided to provide subsidies to 250,000 new enrollees, so that they could purchase private health insurance through the bureaucratic exchanges created under Obamacare.

    By using private insurance, supporters claimed, Arkansas would be able to provide individuals with insurance coverage and protect them from the broken Medicaid system that fails to provide “significant improvements” to enrollees’ health.

    Medicaid expansion will cost the federal government $800 billion over the next 10 years if all states expand their qualification thresholds for the program as Obamacare’s architects want. (Currently, only half of the states have obliged.)

    Arkansas’ expansion is actually even more expensive than the traditional expansion model envisioned by President Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

    According to the Congressional Budget Office, private insurance actually costs 50 percent more than traditional Medicaid coverage. Earlier this month, Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe, a supporter of the private option plan, acknowledged that the plan costs the federal government—read taxpayers—more.

    Under the conservative estimates from the state, Arkansas’ expansion will cost $20 billion over the next 10 years.

    Arkansas’ actions could affect other states. Following its expansion last year, Iowa, Michigan, and Pennsylvania expanded their Medicaid programs using a private-option model costing federal taxpayers billions more. De-funding Medicaid expansion in Arkansas would likely stop the wave of expansion, saving even more public dollars.

    If opponents of the private option are successful, Arkansas will do far more to help federal taxpayers this month than anything coming from Washington.

    Courtesy of Cato Institute

     
  • #AceNewsGroup 18:05 on February 22, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    `Freed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has arrived in Kiev’ 


    #AceBreakingNews says Freed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has arrived in Kiev, ITAR-TASS news agency reports, citing a source. She is reportedly traveling from the airport to Independence Square.

    Yulia Tymoshenko has declared that she will run in Ukraine’s upcoming presidential election. Ukrainian parliament has scheduled the nationwide vote to take place on May 25. She added that she is currently headed to Maidan in central Kiev.

     
  • #AceNewsGroup 16:49 on February 22, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    ` Ukraine's Parliament Approves Resolution on the Resignation of President Viktor Yanukovitch' 


    #AceBreakingNews says Ukraine’s parliament has approved a resolution on the resignation of President Viktor Yanukovich.

    A total of 328 deputies have noted for the parliament’s resolution.

    The resolution, which envisages holding presidential elections on May 25, 2014, will come into effect since the parliament has approved the resolution.

    The resolution says Yanukovich removed himself from the constitutional powers. “The state cannot depend on the mood of the president, who has removed himself and whose whereabouts are unknown,” Verkhovna Rada speaker Aleksander Turchinov said.

    “I want to say at about 15:00 Moscow time we’ve succeeded in contacting Yanukovich. In the presence of deputies Arseny Yatsenyuk (head of the Batkivshchina faction) has talked with him. Yatsenyuk proposed him to resign and he (Yanukovich) agreed,” Turchinov said, adding “Later, talking with other people Yanukovich denied his statement.”

    In an interview with UBR television channel, Yanukovich said he considered the events in Ukraine “a coup d’etat”. “I’m going to resign and leave the country,” Yanukovich said.
    Yanukovich would continue to hold office

    President Viktor Yanukovich does not recognise the Verkhovna Rada’s resolution on his resignation, presidential aide Anna German said.

    “The president considers the Verkhovna Rada’s decision illegal. He is currently in a working trip to Kharkov. His trip has been interpreted as he has removed himself,” UNIAN News Agency quoted the presidential aide as saying on Saturday.

    She said Yanukovich was the incumbent president and would continue to hold office.

     
  • #AceNewsGroup 12:00 on February 22, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    #Kiev : “Behind the Barricades exists the `Truth’ but what is the Story from the Frontline” 


    #AceNewsServices says that `Masks of the Revolution on both sides of the Fence, are explained in video.  ‘

    February 19, 2014 06:30
    `Documentary Maidan Protesters and Police'An anti-government protester removes barricades at the site of recent clashes with riot police in Kiev February 16, 2014.(Reuters /Konstantin Chernichkin)
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    Kiev, Ukraine’s Independence Square, also known as Euromaidan, is still occupied by people demanding closer integration with Europe and the resignation of President Viktor Yanukovich and his government. Molotov cocktails, rubber bullets, and men in masks can be seen on either side of the tent camps and barricades that divide the city’s central square from the outside world. But who are the ‘peaceful’ demonstrators occupying Maidan? RT’s crew managed to visit both sides of the barricades and to hear from residents of the Ukrainian capital.

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  • #AceNewsGroup 08:42 on February 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    #Kiev : `Before the `Bloody Conflict’ and After `Damage & Destruction’ in this War Zone’ 


    #AceNewsServices says `Kiev‘s Maidan Square in surreal ‘Before & After’ image’s of Calm then Mayhem

    Published time: February 20, 2014 20:19
    Edited time: February 21, 2014 08:29

     

    The blackened ruins and gaping windows of Ukraine’s landmark Independence Square have left Kiev looking like a war zone for the first time since WWII. The square has always served as a main stage for Ukrainian politics – but not a literal battleground.

    Featured on every postcard, the grandiose post-war complex of monuments has been the true – if slightly touristy – heart of Kiev.

    But now, the square is divided by ad hoc barricades built from paving stones, wooden debris, and tires. The iconic Trade Union building, which has served as the protesters’ headquarters, was set on fire earlier this week and is now just a shell, after its floors and walls collapsed one by one.

    In contrast to the normal, everyday hustle and bustle, the square is currently filled with hastily appointed leaders deciding who mans the entrances and who is responsible for food and barricade building. But regardless of security measures, people in the area are an easy target for snipers lurking in the buildings that surround the square from all sides.

    Police dressed in riot gear are stationed several blocks away, taking turns between sitting in their vehicles and patrolling the perimeter. Journalists with the world ‘PRESS’ written on their jackets float between the two sides, but find themselves in the crossfire once skirmishes begin.

    Once the conflict ends, the square will have to be rebuilt. It may be more difficult to do the same with the country that surrounds it.

    Courtesy of RT

     

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  • #AceNewsGroup 16:03 on February 20, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    #Kiev : `Talks of German French and Polish Minister’s have Ended’ 


    #AceNewsServices says 15.23 GMT

    The talks of German, French and Polish foreign ministers with Ukraine’s president Viktor Yanukovich have ended, the spokesman for the Polish foreign ministry said.

    The ministers have come to Kiev to try to find a compromise between the Ukrainian leader and opposition protesters after clashes left dozens dead. (Reuters)

    15:15 GMT:

    #Anonymous put down http://t.co/MpWG9DE5wb site#opukraine #Ukraine

    — Anonymous (@AnonOpsLegion) February 20, 2014

    15:14 GMT:

    Protesters construct barricades around newly seized territoryhttp://t.co/ET6XcghCot #Киев #euromaidan #Kiev

    — Ruptly (@Ruptly) February 20, 2014

    14:54 GMT:

    Radicals have seized 67 servicemen, says Ukraine’s Internal Ministry, adding that their fate currently remains unknown.

    During extremist attacks on law enforcers, 67 troopers were captured. So far, nothing is known regarding the state of their health and their fate,” the statement says.

    14:53 GMT:

    An information war has begun in Ukraine, and in the view of Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigoriy Karasin, who is currently on a working visit to Kiev, this creates a dangerous situation.

    Invented stories about mass hostage taking and murders are being spread via social networking services. All this creates a very dangerous atmosphere,” he told Rossiya 24 TV channel, adding that this was discussed during a meeting with Ukrainian top diplomat, Leonid Kozhara.

    14:51 GMT:

    RT’s Alexey Yaroshevsky has found a bullet in his hotel room.

    14:45 GMT:

    Russia’s President Putin, in response to Yanukovich’s proposal, is sending ombudsman Vladimir Lukin to Kiev to mediate talks between the government and the opposition, the Kremlin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, says. The two leaders spoke on the phone today, he added.

    It’s well known that Lukin has vast diplomatic service experience, is admired among rights activists and used to lead a large opposition party,” Peskov said.

    14:21 GMT:

    Makeshift #Euromaidan morgue at the Hotel #Ukraine. 50 protesters killed in last two days. Credit: @DavidMdzinpic.twitter.com/4fBGTS70so

    — Jack Stubbs (@jc_stubbs) February 20, 2014

    14:14 GMT:

    Ukraine’s Internal Ministry is demanding that radicals lay down their arms and revert to peaceful protests, acting Minister Vitaliy Zakharchenko said in a statement. He also called on the opposition leaders “who are able to make a sober estimate of the situation” to disassociate themselves from radicals and refrain from supporting them in future.

    Under the law, police are entitled to use force and weapons, but they have demonstrated patience and tolerance, Zakharchenko said, as cited by RIA Novosti.

    14:11 GMT:

    Rioters are attempting to storm the presidential administration in Kiev, according to Ruptly news agency.

    14:00 GMT:

    EU foreign ministers are due to gather in Brussels for an emergency meeting on the situation in Ukraine. It was initially scheduled for 1400 GMT, reports Itar-Tass, citing a press secretary for EU foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton. Maya Koctijanchich said the meeting participants won’t wait for the return of their German, Polish and French colleagues from talks in Kiev.

    It doesn’t matter whether they will manage to be physically present at the session. There are other ways to report on the results of their visit [to Ukraine],” said Koctijanchich.

    13:54 GMT:

    GRAPHIC VIDEO Dead bodies delivered to field hospital.http://t.co/s909sB7OZg

    — Ruptly (@Ruptly) February 20, 2014

    13:41 GMT:

    A group of unidentified people have seized a district police headquarters and a trading mall in Kiev’s south-western outskirts, reports Interfax, citing police sources.

    Police have so far failed to make their way to the captured trading center because the area is “blocked” by an aggressive crowd.

    13:32 GMT:

    The EU Council’s draft statement on the situation in the former Soviet Republic suggests a ban on the shipment to Ukraine of “arms, dual-use technology, and means that can be used for internal repression” by all members of the European Union, reports Itar-Tass.

    This measure would be used in addition to sanctions against those responsible for the use of violence.

    13:30 GMT:
    13:04 GMT:

     

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