#AceWorldNews – JAPAN:Jan.27: The Islamic State has released a video with a threat to kill a second Japanese hostage and a Jordanian pilot in the next 24 hours if the Japanese authorities fail to persuade Jordan to release failed suicide bomber Sajida al-Rishawi from prison RT, Twitter and Youtube reported.
The video uploaded on the web by the jihadist group is comprised of an audio message by Japanese hostage, Kenji Goto, and a picture of Goto, dressed in an orange jumpsuit, holding a portrait of a Jordanian military pilot, Muadh al-Kasasbeh.
“I’ve been told this is my last message,” Goto said as he began his address, adding that his life now depends on the government of Jordan, which is “delaying the handover of Sajida.”
Screenshot from youtube.com video
The hostage urges the Japanese authorities to put political pressure on Jordan to accelerate the release of the female terrorist.
“Her for me. A straight exchange. Any more delays for the Jordanian government will mean they’re responsible for the death of the pilot, which will then be followed by mine,” he said in the video.
Following the video’s release, Japan said it would renew its request for Jordan to help it secure Goto’s immediate release by Islamic State.
“The Japanese government in this extremely severe situation has asked for collaboration from the Jordanian government to help secure the release of Kenji Goto swiftly. There’s no change to this stance,” Yoshihide Suga, Japan’s chief cabinet secretary, was cited as saying by Reuters.
#AceWorldNews – Update:France:Jan.17: City officials in Reims say one of the terrorists responsible for deadly attacks last week that killed 17 people was buried in the eastern French city over their objections and despite concerns that the grave could become a shrine for extremists AP reported.
#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court is getting back in the marriage business and in what will become a landmark decision, for or against. The justices agreed Friday to decide a major civil rights question: whether same-sex couples have a right to marry everywhere in America under the Constitution.
The court will take up gay-rights cases that ask it to overturn bans in four states and declare for the entire nation that people can marry the partners of their choice, regardless of gender. The cases will be argued in April, and a decision is expected by late June.
The court chose not to decide this issue in 2013, even as it struck down part of a federal anti-gay marriage law that paved the way for a wave of lower court rulings across the country in favour of same-sex marriage rights.
#AceWorldNews – Update: PAKISTAN: Jan.17:The nineteenth sectarian militant has been executed in Pakistan, as the country continues to deal out justice in the aftermath of the tragic school massacre last month, after lifting a moratorium on death penalties.
The Saturday hanging comes after first being cancelled, but with court later rejecting a pardon offered by the victim’s family, according to officials RT News reported.
Afghan security services also arrested another five men in connection with the massacre at a Pakistan military school last month that killed 150 people, most of them children, officials said Saturday.
#AceWorldNews – Update: CHINA:Jan.17: The death toll in a capsizing Thursday of a tug boat on the Yangtze River near Zhangjiagang, in Jiangsu province, has risen to confirmed 21, Xinhua news agency reported.
Three people were rescued while another person remains missing.
The tugboat, Wanshenzhou 67, was undergoing a trial voyage when it turned over, with cockpit being flooded in a matter of seconds, according to a survivor’s account. Six foreigners from Singapore, Malaysia, India and Japan were among the victims of the disaster.
#AceWorldNews – DAGESTAN: Jan.17: A teenager from Russia’s turbulent southern Dagestan Republic is suspected of carrying out a suicide bombing at a police station in Istanbul’s tourist Sultanahmet Square, which killed one officer and seriously injured another one RT News reported.
Forensic experts in Russia are to compare blood samples from the bomber, believed to be Diana Ramazanova, 18, with those of her mother, to confirm her ID. Ramazanova is believed to have been radicalized after meeting radical Islamists through social networks.
According to Turkish media, she married a Norwegian jihadist of Russian origin and travelled with him through Turkey to Syria, where he joined one of the local militant groups and was killed in December.
#AceWorldNews – FRANCE:Jan.17: Prosecutors in the French city of Avignon confirmed charging a 28-year-old man with “murder, attempted murder and possession of drugs”after he stabbed a Moroccan man, Mohamed El Makouli, to death inside his house.
The assailant rushed into the house of El Makouli in the village of Beaucet on Wednesday shouting “I am your god, I am your Islam” before stabbing the man 17 times, the National Observatory Against Islamophobia said Friday.
The attacker has been committed to a psychiatric hospital in Montfavet. More than 50 anti-Muslim incidents have been recorded by the Central Council of Muslims in France since the Charlie Hebdo incident.
#AceWorldNews – TAJIKISTAN:Jan.12:Fundamentalist Islamic movement Salafia has been banned as an extremist organization by the republic of Tajikistan, the prosecutor general’s office told TASS on Monday.
The group opposes introduction into Islam of other religious and philosophical concepts. It joins more than 20 blacklisted parties and communities including Al-Qaeda, the Taliban and the Muslim Brotherhood.
Tajikistan’s Supreme Court ruled to ban delivery and distribution of literature and other materials propagating Salafite ideas, including restricting access to the movement’s website.
“All those involved in this extremist movement will be criminally prosecuted,” the prosecutor’s office said.
#AceWorldNews – CHINA:Jan.12: Police in China’s north-west Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region killed six suspected militants and thwarted an attempted terrorist attack, Xinhua news agency reported on Monday.
According to the agency, local residents spotted a suspicious man with a parcel at a commercial district of the Shule County around 10am local time and notified the police.
As police officers apprehended the suspect, he attacked them with an axe and tried to detonate an explosive device, which was disguised as a parcel. The suspect was shot dead by policemen./Tass/. reported.
While policemen were dealing with the suspect, five more people with explosive devices attacked the law enforcers, but were shot dead as well.
There were no casualties reported neither among the policemen nor civilians.
#AceWorldNews- BELGRADE:Jan.12. /TASS/. Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, who won in the last Sunday’s run-off of presidential election in Croatia, a western Balkan country, pledged to local citizens to make the homeland “one of most prosperous in the European Union.”
Grabar-Kitarovic, who based her election campaign mainly on economic issues with the focus on measures to step up energy security, fight unemployment and prevent young people from leaving abroad, raised the same issue on Monday. The country is in a hard economic and social situation, she said, noting that more than 300 thousand unemployed citizens live in Croatia now.
The president-elect promised “to fight for Croatian national interests.”
“We will revive partnership with our friend Germany, resolve unsettled issues with neighbours and will fight for the rights of Croats not only in our homeland,” she said, noting that she would back Croats living In Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as Croats in Vojvodina, a Serbian autonomous province.
Croatia’s incumbent President Ivo Josipovic earlier congratulated his rival on victory in the second round of the presidential election.
“She has won in a democratic competition,” Josipovic said, adding that the victory was won “by a small margin.”
According to the Croatian Central Election Commission (CEC), with 99.42% of the votes counted, Grabar-Kitanovic has got 50.42% of the vote and Josipovic – 49.58%
#AceWorldNews- SOUTH KOREA:Jan.12: South Korean President Park Geun-hye said on Monday she was willing to hold a summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un without any pre-condition, Reuters said.
There is no sign of any concrete plan for the meeting, and the South Korean leader said she maintained the country still needed an anti-North security law.
The two sides are technically at war as they have signed no peace treaty since the 1950-53 Korean War only ended in an uneasy truce.
#AceWorldNews – NIGERIA: Jan.11: A bomb worn by a girl aged about 10 exploded in a busy marketplace in the north-eastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri on Saturday, killing at least 16 people and injuring more than 20, security sources said.
“The explosive devices were wrapped around her body and the girl looked no more than 10 years old,” a police source said. Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, lies in the heartland of an insurgency by Sunni Muslim militant group Boko Haram, and is often hit by bomb attacks.
A Nigerian security source said the bomb went off at 12:15pm. The bodies of at least 16 bomb victims were counted in one hospital by mid-afternoon, civilian joint task force member Zakariya Mohammed said.“Right now, there are 27 injured people in Borno Medical Hospital, while more were taken to other hospitals,” he said. “Hundreds of bodies – too many to count – remain strewn in the bush in Nigeria from an Islamic extremist attack that Amnesty International described as the “deadliest massacre”in the history of Boko Haram.
Fighting continued on Friday around Baga, a town on the border with Chad where insurgents seized a key military base on 3 January and attacked again on Wednesday.
“Security forces have responded rapidly, and have deployed significant military assets and conducted air strikes against militant targets,” said a government spokesman.“* John Iadarola (TYT University), Dave Rubin (Rubin Report), Jimmy Dore (The Jimmy Dore Show) and Ben Mankiewicz break it down.
#AceWorldNews – GERMANY:Jan.11: A German newspaper in the northern port city of Hamburg that reprinted Mohammed cartoons from the French satirical paper Charlie Hebdo was the target of an arson attack early Sunday, police said.
“Rocks and then a burning object were thrown through the window,” a police spokesman said. “Two rooms on lower floors were damaged but the fire was put out quickly.”
The regional tabloid daily, the Hamburger Morgenpost, had splashed three Charlie Hebdo cartoons on its front page after the massacre at the Paris publication, running the headline “This much freedom must be possible!”
No one was hurt in the attack, which police said occurred at about 1:20am.
Two people were detained, while state security has opened an investigation, police said. Reporting the AFP said that police are looking into possibility of a terrorist link with Charlie Hebdo shootings, though no concrete information is available at present.
#AceWorldNews – PERU:Jan.11: More than 20 people died as a result of a bus swerving off a cliff in Peru, as the driver struggled to make a sharp turn at an altitude of 3,500 meters (11,500 feet) above sea level and the bus plunged into a 100-meter-deep ravine, killing 23 and injuring a further 30 people.
The incident took place at 14:00 local time in the south-east of the country, on a road connecting the Santa Barbara and Sicuani districts.
According to AFP, local law enforcement says that weather conditions could have contributed to the accident, as well as the poor state of the country roads.
#AceWorldNews – LEBANON:Jan.11: The Nusra Front terrorist group in Syria, with links to Al-Qaeda, claimed responsibility for a suicide bomb attack that targeted a cafe in the Lebanese city of Tripoli on Saturday, which killed at least seven people.
The statement was made public via a Twitter account belonging to the group, which said that the attack was planned “in revenge for the Sunnis in Syria and Lebanon.
” The country’s Prime Minister Tammam Salam described the attack as “a new attempt to spread the seeds of strife”in Tripoli, which is Lebanon’s second largest city and is home to numerous Sunni Islamist groups.
#AceWorldNews – GERMANY:Jan.11: A German citizen, who is suspected of ties with Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) extremists, was arrested on Saturday, German federal prosecutors said in a statement.
He returned from Syria some months ago, where he spent almost a year. He will go before a judge on Sunday.
At least 550 German citizens have joined IS militants in Iraq and Syria, officials say.
#AceWorldNews – TURKEY:Jan.07: US. has shelved the handover of two leftover frigates to Turkey as Congress excluded Turkey from a bill seeking permission to transfer vessels to foreign countries citing Turkey’s sour relations with Israel and the latest gas row with Greek Cyprus.
The move is interpreted by foreign policy experts as an action that will lead Turkey to think twice before getting into new arms purchases.
Signed into law by U.S. President Barack Obama, the Naval Vessel Transfer Act of 2013 authorizes the transfer of the frigates Curtis and McClusky to Mexico on a grant basis.
It took the better part of two years, but Congress has finally approved the potential transfer to Taiwan and Mexico of six frigates being decommissioned by the US Navy. The move means negotiators have permission to make a deal for transfer of the ships, four of which are still in service.
Signed into law Thursday by President Barack Obama, the Naval Vessel Transfer Act of 2013 authorizes the transfer of the frigates Curts and McClusky to Mexico on a grant basis.
The act also authorizes the sale of the frigates Taylor, Gary, Carr and Elrod to Taiwan, Defense News reported.