‘ BRITAIN WITHDRAWS LAST MILITARY FORCES FROM SOUTHERN AFGHANISTAN AFTER 13 YEARS ‘


#AceWorldNews – AFGHANISTAN – Nov.24 – Britain withdrew its last military forces from southern Afghanistan on Monday, after 13 years of fighting, AFP said.

A ceremony at Kandahar airfield marked the departure of remaining Royal Air Force personnel as the final British base was handed over to Afghan forces in October. Since 2001, Britain has suffered 453 military deaths during operations in some of the most violent parts of Afghanistan.

Much of the British fighting took place in neighbouring Helmand province.

It still remains a Taliban insurgent stronghold and a centre of opium poppy cultivation.

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‘ SWISS MUSEUM SAYS THEY WILL ACCEPT GURLITTS TROVE OF 1,000 ARTWORKS HOARDED BY NAZI’S ‘


#AceWorldNews- SWITZERLAND – Nov.24 – A Swiss museum has said it will accept a trove of more than 1,000 artworks hoarded during the Nazi era, bequeathed by a German collector, AFP said.

'Avalanche of lawsuits'

The decision by the Museum of Fine Arts in Bern determines the fate of priceless paintings and sketches by Picasso, Monet, Chagall and other masters.

The artworks were discovered by chance in 2012 in the Munich flat of Cornelius Gurlitt who died last May, aged 81.

Kunstschatz München/ Entartete Kunst/ Hitler/ Göring

‘Although Gurlitt was never charged with a crime, German authorities confiscated all of the Munich pieces and stored them in a secret location’

He was the son of an art dealer tasked by Hitler to help plunder great works from museums and Jewish collectors.

‘Avalanche of lawsuits’

Although Gurlitt was never charged with a crime, German authorities confiscated all of the Munich pieces and stored them in a secret location.

Gurlitt struck an accord with the German government shortly before his death to help track down the paintings’ rightful owners, but his anger over his treatment reportedly led him to stipulate in his will that the collection should go not to a German museum, but to the Swiss institution, which will now have to sort through the claims.

Earlier this month, Ronald Lauder, head of the World Jewish Congress, told Der Spiegel that the inheritance “would open a Pandora’s Box and cause an avalanche of lawsuits”.

One of Gurlitt’s cousins, 86-year-old Uta Werner, said on Friday she was contesting Gurlitt’s fitness of mind when he named the Bern museum as his sole heir.

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‘ NETANYAHU DENIES THREE ISRAELIS ATTACK PALESTINIAN YOUTH IN JERUSALEM ‘


#AceWorldNews – JERUSALEM – Nov.24 – Three young Israelis attacked a Palestinian youth in Jerusalem on Monday, AP reported.

The unidentified youth is in good condition in a Jerusalem hospital, police spokeswoman Luba Samri said, commenting on the latest sectarian incident in the city.

Tensions are spiking, mostly over Palestinian claims that the Israeli government wants to change the status quo at the Temple Mount, known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary, by allowing Jews to pray there.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has denied the claims.

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KEYSTONE XL: ‘ LANDRIEU ADMITS TO REPORTERS SHE WAS ONE VOTE SHORT TO APPROVAL ‘


#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON – Nov.23 – Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) told reporters on Monday night that she had the 60 votes she needed to approve the Keystone XL pipeline.   

But secretly, she knew she was one short.

Behind the scenes, Landrieu furiously lobbied Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.), hoping he’d become her 60th vote.

She also targeted Sen. Angus King, the independent from Vermont, and the Democratic senators due to retire at the end of the year, Sens. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), according to lawmakers familiar with the negotiations according to reporters Alexander Bolton & Laura Barron-Lopez.  

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‘ DONOR’S, PAC’S & OFFICIALS GATHER TO LAY GROUNDWORK FOR HILARY’S CAMPAIGN ‘


#AceWorldNews – NEW YORK – Nov.23 – Donors, Democratic operatives and officials from political action committees gathered Friday in New York to lay the groundwork for Hillary Clinton’s potential White House run in 2016 the Hill’s Amie Parnes reported. 

While buzz of Clinton’s would-be candidacy filled the meeting of the Ready for Hillary National Finance Committee meeting, questions and concerns about the presidential race were also on everyone’s lips.

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‘ HOUSE REPUBLICANS LOOKING TO BLOCK LEGALIZING MARIJUANA ‘


#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON – Nov.23 – House Republicans next year will try to block Washington, D.C.’s, newly enacted law legalizing recreational marijuana Mike Lillis reported. 

Rep. Andy Harris said he “absolutely” intends to launch a push to dismantle the new law when Congress returns with an empowered GOP majority in the 114th Congress.

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OBAMA: ‘ I HAVE ISSUED FEWER EXECUTIVE ACTIONS THAN MOST FORMER PRESIDENTS ‘


#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON – Nov.23 – President Obama said in an interview broadcast Sunday that he “bent over backwards” to give Congress leeway to pass immigration reform The Hill reported.   

On ABC’s “This Week,” Obama said he has issued fewer executive actions than most former presidents “by a long-shot.”

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