Ace News Team: Dec.31: Says after a turbulent year marred by terror woes, Ebola outbreaks and a horrific series of airline disasters, many could be forgiven for saying good riddance to 2014 and gratefully ringing in a new year.
Across the globe, revellers looking for a respite from the gloom converged on the beaches of Brazil, the shores of Sydney harbour and New York’s Times Square to welcome 2015.
I have just updated news room with all our sites and changes made over last 12 months. This is where on the cutting room floor, our news and views about the news will be made.
As anyone who knows me – l have slowly built a group of sites all listed below with links to view, that represent as broad range of topics as possible.
This site, blog or room as it will be known is simply my news, views and feelings and thoughts as an editor.
I have also spoken to a number of my friends and followers and asked if they would like to join the news team, either regularly or as featured writers. I feel honoured by their response to wanting to be part.
Some and l say some are amazing writers, and some are able to make words jump off the page and say read me. These writers do not consider themselves great in their own right. They are humble and write from their heart their feelings, thoughts and musings about the world.
So today this day l open the news room to the world and say welcome to my friends and writers and of course you all who one day hopefully enjoy reading our words as much as we enjoyed writing them.
With kindest best wishes and love to you all and thank you for following my news.
#AceBreakingNews – RUSSIA:Dec.10 – In a couple of years Russia will be able to substitute 100 percent of “unnecessary” food imports, Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said during his live TV interview Wednesday.
“We are able to fully replace needless imports in the mid-term,” said Medvedev.
Medvedev said the shift won’t be immediate, but the good thing is that shelves in the stores throughout Russia have already become full of domestically made produce.
“We are serious people and we’ve never said that we’d get all Russian agricultural items the next day after introducing response measures [to Western sanctions – Ed.],” he said adding that the goal of filling shelves with domestic production is gradually being achieved.
His comment comes at a time when the Russian economy is struggling to withstand oil prices that have plunged more than 40 percent from a peak of $115 per barrel in the summer.
The Russian currency has gone into free fall, touching new lows every day. The ruble was trading at 54.3 against the US dollar and at 67.3 against the euro at 1200 MSK Wednesday on the Moscow Exchange.
#AceBreakingNews – LOS ANGELES – Dec.08 – A massive fire has engulfed an apartment building under construction in down-town Los Angeles.
According to the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD), firefighters were battling the blaze at the corner of Temple and Fremont streets, the Los Angeles Times reports. The LAFD has subsequently tweeted the exact location of the incident.
*Major Emergency Fire* 909 W. Temple St 90012; MAP https://t.co/dkTZDVlqVT; apartment building under construction.; Ch:09,13 @ 1:20 AM
The fire apparently broke out in an apartment complex under construction near the four-level freeway interchange junction on the northern edge of downtown. A picture of the site is available on Google maps.
#AceBreakingNews – UNITED KINGDOM – December 01 – Well its that time again and for quite a while now as a group we have building a number of specific sites, that reflect the growth of our eventual news organisation.
Our world news will continue on this site and ‘Ace News Services‘ will develop into a fully-fledged news provider of featured posts and blog posts. This new site is to be dedicated simply to‘Ace Breaking News‘this might be a post from the web, or a post from people we follow or are friends.
As there is a lot of well written and well researched news, blogs and sites from you guys and gals.
So hop over to the new site and catch our latest posts as they break and enjoy.
#AceBreakingNews – AFGHANISTAN – Nov.29 – At least five members of the Afghan National Army have been killed as a Taliban raid on a military base in the southern province of Helmand entered its third day, officials said Saturday.
Meanwhile, a car bomb went off at a west Kabul building that the Taliban charge is a Christian proselytizing center.
Twelve people, including children, were reportedly trapped inside.
In an interview with local media, Gen. Mohammad Zahir, Kabul’s police chief, said the commander of his critical response unit was injured in fighting around the site.
#AceBreakingNews – NIGERIA – Nov.29 – At least 120 people were killed and 270 others wounded on Friday when two suicide bombers blew themselves up and gunmen opened fire during weekly prayers at the mosque of one of Nigeria’s top leaders.
The attack at the Grand Mosque in Kano came just as Friday prayers had started.
The mosque is attached to the palace of the Amir of Kano Muhammad Sanusi II, Nigeria’s second most senior cleric, who last week urged civilians to take up arms against Boko Haram.
The blasts came after a bomb attack was foiled against a mosque in the northeastern city of Maiduguri earlier on Friday, five days after two female suicide bombers killed over 45 people in the city.
National police spokesman Emmanuel Ojukwu told AFP that the bombers blew themselves up in quick succession then “gunmen opened fire on those who were trying to escape”.
Ojukwu said he did not know whether the suicide bombers were male or female, after a spate of attacks by women in recent months, and did not give an exact figure on the number of gunmen.
But he said an angry mob killed four of the shooters in the chaotic aftermath.
Witnesses in the city said they were set on fire.
An AFP reporter at the Murtala Mohammed Specialist Hospital morgue counted 92 bodies, most of them men and boys with blast injuries and severe burns.
As night fell, hundreds of people were desperately trying to use the lights on their mobile phones to identify loved ones.
But a senior rescue official said later that there were at least 120 dead and 270 wounded. Emergency workers were still trying to visit all hospitals, he added.
The “horrendous” attack was condemned by the US who said it “stands with the Nigerian people in their struggle against violent extremism”.
#AceBreakingNews – WASHINGTON – Nov.26 – Under the president’s new amnesty, businesses will have a $3,000-per-employee incentive to hire illegal immigrants over native-born workers because of a quirk of Obamacare Washington Times reported.
President Obama’s temporary amnesty, which lasts three years, declares up to 5 million illegal immigrants to be lawfully in the country and eligible for work permits, but it still deems them ineligible for public benefits such as buying insurance on Obamacare’s health exchanges.
Under the Affordable Care Act, that means businesses who hire them won’t have to pay a penalty for not providing them health coverage — making them $3,000 more attractive than a similar native-born worker, whom the business by law would have to cover.
#AceBreakingNews – Nov.26 – OPEC – Gulf oil producers have reached a consensus not to cut oil output when OPEC meets on Thursday in Vienna, a Gulf OPEC delegate told Reuters.
Separately, Saudi Arabian Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi confirmed the Gulf states had reached a unified decision, but did not specify what the consensus was. Naimi said he believed the oil market “will stabilize itself eventually,” increasing speculation that the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries’ largest producer and exporter, would not support an output cut at its Thursday meeting.
“The GCC reached a consensus,” Naimi told reporters, referring to the Gulf Cooperation Council. “We are very confident that OPEC will have a unified position.”
#AceBreakingNews – FERGUSON – Nov.24 – A grand jury has reached a decision about whether to indict a Ferguson police officer in the shooting death of Michael Brown, a spokesman for St. Louis County’s top prosecutor said Monday AP reported.
The panel has been considering charges against Darren Wilson, the white suburban St. Louis officer who fatally shot the black 18-year-old after a confrontation in August.
#AceBreakingNews – OHIO – Nov.24 – A Cleveland officer was less than 10 feet away when he fatally shot a 12-year-old boy carrying a pellet gun near a playground, and video of the shooting is clear about what happened, police said MondayAP reported.
The boy was confronted Saturday by officers responding to a 911 call about a male who appeared to be pulling a gun in and out of his pants.
#AceBreakingNews – WASHINGTON – Nov.24 – US President Barack Obama has accepted the resignation of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, senior administration officials have said, a number of US news outlets reported.
The outgoing Defense chief stepped down under pressure following the Democrats massive mid-term losses and the national security team’s failure to keep ahead of a series of global crises, the New York Times reports, citing senior administration officials.
A senior defense official told the Associated Press that Hagel submitted his resignation letter to Obama on Monday morning and the president accepted it. The former senator from Nebraska agreed to remain in office until the Senate has confirmed his replacement.
The official added that both Hagel and Obama had“determined that it was time for new leadership in the Pentagon” following weeks of discussion.
Hagel first assumed the position of Defense Secretary in 2013. Due to his previous opposition to the 2007 surge policy in Iraq and statements critical of the Israeli lobby in the United States, his confirmation was met with significant controversy. Following Monday’s announcement, Hagel will have served just longer than the 20 months his predecessor Leon Panetta held the position.
#AceBreakingNews – ISRAEL – Nov.23 – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet on Sunday approved a controversial bill to enshrine into Israeli law the status of Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people.
The bill that passed was a combination of two bills, one proposed by Knesset members Ayelet Shaked and Yariv Levin, and the other by MK Zeev Elkin. The bill, which includes tough wording that both Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and Yesh Atid ministers oppose, will be incorporated into another version Netanyahu plans to present later this week.
Fourteen ministers supported the bills in Sunday’s vote and six opposed them (the five Yesh Atid ministers and Livni.)
The wording of the proposed law will be based on 14 principles that the prime minister formulated to enshrine Israel as the historic homeland of the Jewish people and determine that all of its citizens will have equal personal rights.
#AceBreakingNews – WASHINGTON – Nov.20 – It would be “impossible” to defund President Obama’s executive actions on immigration through a government spending bill, the House Appropriations Committee said Thursday The Hill reported.
In a statement released by House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers’s (R-Ky.) office hours before Obama’s scheduled national address, the committee said the primary agency responsible for implementing Obama’s actions is funded entirely by user fees.
#AceBreakingNews – WASHINGTON – Nov.16 – Update – The Associated Press reports that the White House has reviewed a video released by the Islamic State that shows proof of the beheading of U.S. aid worker Peter Kassig.
#AceBreakingNews – Nov.16 – Islamic State militants have beheaded US aid worker Peter Kassig even though he converted to Islam, a video posted on social media shows.
Kassig, 26, was captured on October 1, 2013, by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) militants on his way to the city of Deir Ezzour in eastern Syria.
After conversion during captivity, Kassig took the name Abdul-Rahman.
The footage reportedly shows Jihadi John murdering Kassig. This comes despite earlier reports that the extremist, who has executed other UK and US hostages, was wounded in an airstrike on a top-level extremists’ meeting in Iraq last week.
The video showing Kassig’s death is part of 15 minutes of footage, which depicts IS militants beheading several other men. The victims have been identified as officers serving under the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
In the video the extremists deliver warnings to the US, UK and other countries.
Islamic State militants first showed him in the video of the beheading of UK aid worker Alan Henning, who shared a prison cell with Kassig. After Jihadi John, an IS executioner with a London accent, killed Henning, he also threatened Kassig would be next.
Still from youtube video
US authorities are “working as quickly as possible to determine its [the video] authenticity,” spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan from the US National Security Council said in a statement.
“If confirmed, we are appalled by the brutal murder of an innocent American aid worker and we express our deepest condolences to his family and friends,” she added.
The UK Foreign Office also said it is examining the video’s authenticity.
“We are aware of a further video and are analysing its contents. If true, this is a further disgusting murder,” the spokeswoman told Reuters.
UK PM David Cameron said he is “horrified” by the murder of Kassig.
“I’m horrified by the cold blooded murder of Abdul-Rahman Kassig. ISIL have again shown their depravity. My thoughts are with his family,” he said.
Kassig had served in Iraq in 2007 before becoming a medical technician. In May 2012, he travelled to Beirut, Lebanon where he volunteered in hospitals. He then helped in Palestinian refugee camps,“offering his services as a trauma medic to Syrian refugees wounded in the fighting in Syria.”
He founded his own aid organization, SERA (Special Emergency Response and Assistance), a non-governmental group intended to provide relief to Syrian refugees.
His parents, Ed and Paula Kassig from Indiana, had been appealing for their son’s release.
They tried to reach the IS leader by writing messages on Twitter.
“We have tried to contact you directly to plea for the life of our only son, Abdul Rahman Kassig, and have not received any response. Please tell us what more we can do so that Abdul Rahman may continue to serve and live his life in accordance with the teachings of Islam,” she wrote on Twitter.
The Kassig family released a letter from their son written on October 13, which was delivered to them by a hostage, who had been released. In the letter Kassig thanks his parents “for everything they have both done” for him. He describes his captivity, saying that he and the other hostages “share dreams and stories of home and loved ones.”
“I am obviously pretty scared to die but the hardest part is not knowing, wondering, hoping, and wondering if I should even hope at all,” he wrote. “If I do die, I figure that at least you and I can seek refuge and comfort in knowing that I went out as a result of trying to alleviate suffering and helping those in need.”
#AceBreakingNews – AFGHANISTAN (Kabul) – Nov.16 – Shukria Barakzai, a women’s rights advocate, has survived a suicide attack in the Afghan capital which killed three civilians and injured ten more, said Hashmat Stanekzai, a spokesman for Kabul’s police chief. Barakzai, who was slightly injured in the attack, is a member of parliament and a close friend of the country’s newly elected President Ashraf Ghani.