‘ MINISTER OF DEFENCE TO PREVENT PALESTINIAN LABOURS TRAVELLING ON ISRAELI PUBLIC BUSES ‘


#AceWorldNews – WEST BANK – Nov. 22 – Minister of Defence not content with moving Palestinians to the back of the bus, means to keep them off entirely. 

In response to reports that Israeli Minster of Defense Moshe Ya’alon intends to yield to the settler demand to prevent Palestinian day labourers from returning home to the West Bank on Israeli public buses.

Israeli human rights group B’Tselem says that Minister Ya’alon is not content with merely moving Palestinians to the back of the bus, but means to keep them off buses altogether.

It is time to stop hiding behind technical arrangements such as the demand that Palestinians return to the West Bank through the same checkpoint they entered Israel, and admit this military procedure is thinly veiled pandering to the demand for racial segregation on buses.

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BRUSSELS: ‘ EU LEADERS PLANNING TO IMPOSE MORE SANCTIONS AGAINST RUSSIA ‘


#AceWorldNews – BRUSSELS – Nov.14 – The decision on whether to impose more economic sanctions against Russia will likely be made by EU leaders in mid-December, rather than by foreign ministers who are meeting in Brussels on Monday, Reuters quoted diplomats as saying.

The foreign ministers may produce a list of Ukrainian rebel figures and possibly some Russians to be added to the list of personal sanctions already in place, according to an internal paper seen by the news agency.

They will be required to keep in mind “that the main separatist leaders are already listed…and the fact that the targeted separatists could be at some point agents in the implementation of the peace plan.”

RT 

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SOUTH KOREA: ‘ PROSECUTORS APPEAL FOR 15 CREW MEMBERS OF FERRY DISASTER ‘


#AceWorldNews – SOUTH KOREA – Nov.11 – South Korean prosecutors said on Tuesday they would appeal against court rulings on the 15 crew-members of a capsized ferry.

Judges sit to preside over a trial of crew members of the sunken ferry Sewol at Gwangju District Court in Gwangju June 10, 2014. REUTERS/Ahn Young joon/Pool
Judges sit to preside over a trial of crew members of the sunken ferry Sewol at Gwangju District Court in Gwangju June 10, 2014. REUTERS/Ahn Young joon/Pool

Earlier on Tuesday, they were given prison terms ranging from five to 36 years. Ace News reported. 

The captain of the ferry, which sank killing about 300 people, mostly children, was acquitted of homicide.

However, he was found guilty of negligence and sentenced to 36 years in jail.

Prosecutors had sought the death penalty for the captain.

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AUSTRALIA: ‘ NEW MONITORING TEAM SET-UP OVER NAURU ABUSE SCANDAL ‘


#AceWorldNews – AUSTRALIA – Nov.11 – We reported on this abuse news a few weeks ago and today the Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison is establishing a new monitoring team for centres holding asylum-seekers, after a series of abuse allegations, AFP said.

' Australia Government  to probe sexual abuse claims at Refugee Centre on Nauru '
‘ Australia Government to probe sexual abuse claims at Refugee Centre on Nauru ‘

Asylum-seekers face mandatory detention on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island and the small state of Nauru as Australia wants to stop would-be refugees from risking their lives on people-smuggling boats.

The team will recommend “action to deal with credible allegations of misconduct should they arise,” the minister said Tuesday.

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SOUTH KOREA: ‘ CAPTAIN OF FERRY BOAT THAT SANK IS JAILED FOR 36 YEARS ‘


#AceWorldNews – SOUTH KOREA – Nov.11 – The captain of the South Korean ferry that sank in April was jailed for 36 years Tuesday.

' Lee jun-Seok '
‘ Lee jun-Seok ‘

Lee Jun-seok, 69, was also acquitted of murdering more than 300 people who died in the disaster.

Prosecutors had demanded the death penalty, but a three-judge court said they failed to prove the captain had acted with an intention to kill.

He was convicted of gross negligence and dereliction of duty, including abandoning his vessel while hundreds of schoolchildren and other passengers remained trapped on board.

Three other senior crew members were sentenced to jail terms of between 15 and 30 years.

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PAKISTAN: ‘ BUS COLLIDES WITH A TRUCK KILLING MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN ‘


#AceWorldNews – PAKISTAN – Nov.11 – At least 56 people, 17 women and 18 children among them, were killed on Tuesday, as a passenger bus collided with a truck in southern Pakistan, officials said.

'56 people, incl women & children, killed in Pakistan bus collision '
’56 people, incl women & children, killed in Pakistan bus collision ‘

“The Karachi-bound passenger bus, which was coming from north-western city of Swat went on the wrong side of the road and collided head-on with a goods container, killing 56 people,senior local police official Nasir Aftab told AFP.

Conflicting reports have come about the number of victims. AP reported the death and injury toll issued by police official Ghulam Jhokhio.

AFP, however, estimates the body count at 56 people at least, with a much higher rate of kids – including 17 women and 18 children. The latter death toll was confirmed by a senior doctor at the Khairpur civil hospital, who added that the condition of three of the injured was critical.

The accident happened in the morning, 450km north of Karachi, near the city of Khairpur, which is the capital of southern Sindh province. A police official told AP, the most likely cause of the accident was heavy fog.

Bad road infrastructure, combined with reckless driving makes fatal accidents quite common in Pakistan.

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BEIJING: ‘ PUTIN MEETS OBAMA IN STRAINED RELATIONS SMALL TALK ‘


#AceWorldNews – BEIJING – Nov.11 – Russian President Vladimir Putin has talked with US President Barack Obama after the first APEC session in Beijing on Monday, TASS reported.

After the session was complete, all the leaders made their way to the photo shoot, while Putin and Obama stayed behind, approaching the group only a few minutes later.

During that time, both leaders talked. “Putin and Obama are continuing to talk on the sidelines of the forum,”Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Tuesday.

Earlier in the day, Putin met with Obama at the APEC summit, the Kremlin has confirmed.

But, the encounter between the two leaders was hardly more than a mere greeting and small talk.

Peskov said the two said hello and had a brief talk at the welcoming ceremony.

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PALESTINE: ‘ ABBAS CANCELS GAZA CEREMONY MARKING ANNIVERSARY OF ARAFAT’S DEATH ‘


#AceWorldNews – PALESTINE – Nov.10 – The Fatah movement of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is cancelling Gaza ceremonies marking the 10th anniversary of Yasser Arafat’s death due to security concerns, AFP reported.

Fatah spokesman Fayez Abu Eita said that the security and political wings of Hamas had informed that they were “unable to guarantee the safety of the festival.”

No casualties were reported after at least 10 explosions hit houses and cars belonging to senior Fatah members in Gaza on Friday.

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KABUL: ‘ NEW WAVE OF BOMBINGS KILLS AT LEAST TEN POLICEMEN ‘


#AceWorldNews – KABUL – Nov.10- At least 10 police were killed after bombs struck three Afghan cities, including the capital Kabul, in east Afghanistan on Monday, Reuters said.     

' Taliban bombs kill at least 10 police in Afghanistan '
‘ Taliban bombs kill at least 10 police in Afghanistan ‘

The militants claimed responsibility for two of the attacks, which killed the policemen, seven of them in the eastern province of Logar province when a suicide bomber blew himself up at the provincial police headquarters.

Three policemen were killed in eastern Nangarhar province by a bomb planted in a rickshaw.

In Kabul, a magnetic bomb planted in a flower bed near a university injured three people.

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‘ OBAMA SAYS HE WANTS TO EXTEND VISA’S FOR CHINESE STUDENTS, TOURISTS AND BUSINESS ‘


#AceWorldNews – BEIJING – Nov.10 – President Obama made the remarks at the APEC CEO Summit in Beijing on Monday as reported by USA today. 

He said the U.S. and China need to work together to deepen economic ties.

The president announced that he wants to extend existing visa for Chinese students, tourists and business people.

Obama said student visas will be extended to five years, and business and tourist visas to 10 years.

Obama will also visit Burma and Australia this week.

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BEIJING: ‘ CHILE HOPES FOR COOPERATION WITH RUSSIA & CUSTOMS UNION FREE-TRADE ZONE ‘


#AceWorldNews – BEIJING – Nov.09 – Chile hopes for cooperation with Russia and the Customs Union countries in organisation of a free trade zone: Chile’s President Michelle Bachelet said during a meeting with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin on Sunday and Tass reported.   

' Eurasian Economic Commission,”Screenshot from 2014-11-09 18:46:00 '
‘ Eurasian Economic Commission,”Screenshot from 2014-11-09 18:46:00 ‘

“We continue a dialogue on several very important issues,” she said, mentioning work on agreements on cooperation in education, fighting organised crime and drug trafficking, in energy, culture and defence. “We hope for wider and deeper cooperation.”

“We hope to fix the progress and to achieve practical understanding on issues of importance to us,” Chile’s president said. “We are interested in cooperation in working on an agreement on a free-trade-zone with Russia as well as with other members of the Customs Union.”

“We hope for your support in the framework of the Eurasian Economic Commission,” she said.

Putin, in his turn, said Russia and Chile “always had very good partner relations.”

“We have a very intensive political dialogue, and, of course, the relations should be amended by vast economic relations according to our opportunities,” the Russian president said.

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‘ OVER 18,000 NURSES PLAN TWO DAY STRIKE OVER LACK OF EBOLA STANDARDS TRAINING ‘


#AceWorldNews – CALIFORNIA – Nov.09 – Over 18,000 nurses in Northern California are planning a two-day strike, beginning Tuesday, over equipment and training standards for the Ebola virus, Bloomberg News reported Sunday.

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‘Inadequate Ebola Standards Preparedness – Screenshot from 2014-11-09 13:37:22 ‘

The strike would affect 21 hospitals and 65 clinics owned by Kaiser Permanente, said Charles Idelson, a spokesman for National Nurses United.

Kaiser insists the hospitals and clinics will continue operating normally despite the walkout.

The strike action comes after two nurses in Dallas, Texas, who treated the first US victim of Ebola, tested positive for the virus.

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ROMANIA: ‘ PROTESTS ON THE STREETS OVER RIGHTS OF VOTERS IN FIRST ROUND OF ELECTIONS ‘


#AceWorld – ROMANIA – Nov.09 – Around 10,000 Romanians took to the streets on Saturday protesting the inability of their compatriots living abroad to cast their votes in the first round of presidential elections, which were held November 2, AFP reported.

' Thousands Protest Against Poorly Run Elections '
‘ Thousands Protest Against Poorly Run Elections ‘

Protesters have called for the resignation of Prime Minister Victor Ponta, one of the presidential candidates.

Romanians living abroad had to stand in long lines to cast their ballots, and some were not able to vote at all due to the lack of special forms to be filled in by voters.

' Inability of their compatriots living abroad to cast their votes in the first round of presidential elections '
‘ Inability of their compatriots living abroad to cast their votes in the first round of presidential elections ‘

Ponta is so far leading the vote with 40 percent of votes cast.

The second round of voting is due November 16.

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YEMEN: ‘ GOVERNMENT IS SET TO BE SWORN INTO POWER DESPITE GPC OPPOSITION ‘


#AceWorldNews – YEMEN – Nov.09 – A new Yemeni government is set to be sworn in Sunday, despite opposition from the General People’s Congress (GPC), the ruling party in the country’s parliament led by former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, and the Houthis, a powerful Shia rebel group that controls much of south Yemen.

'President Ali Abdullah Saleh '
‘President Ali Abdullah Saleh ‘

After President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi announced his new government on Friday, the Houthis and GPC rejected it, with Saleh criticizing it as “unrepresentative.” GPC leaders announced they would pull their members out of the new cabinet, and have ousted President Hadi from the party leadership.

' General People's Congress in Benghazi '
‘ General People’s Congress in Benghazi ‘

Saleh, who is thought to have tacitly supported the Houthi insurgency, accused Hadi of soliciting UN sanctions against him and two Houthi leaders for attempting to destabilize the country.

After seizing the capital, Sanaa, in September, the Houthis demanded that Hadi appoint a new government, criticizing the regime for its close cooperation with a conservative Sunni Islamist party.

Meanwhile, sectarian violence between Houthis and Sunni Al-Qaeda militias continues to ravage the country.

On Saturday, Al-Qaeda took responsibility for killing dozens of Houthis in twin attacks in central Yemen.

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BARCELONA: ‘ DEFIANT CATALONIA TO HOLD REFERENDUM INDEPENDENCE POLL ‘


#AceWorldNews – BARCELONA – Nov.08 – There is a certain feeling of excitement in the air, the kind which makes the hairs on the skin stand up. Something big is about to happen.

People hold "estelada" flags, Catalan separatist flags, during a gathering to mark the Calatalonia day "Diada" in central Barcelona September 11, 2014. (Reuters / Albert Gea)
People hold “estelada” flags, Catalan separatist flags, during a gathering to mark the Calatalonia day “Diada” in central Barcelona September 11, 2014. (Reuters / Albert Gea)
  • Red and yellow striped flags can now be found all over Catalonia, hanging on balconies, houses and official buildings. Many of the them carry the blue triangle with the white star – a call for independence.

There is also a few signs reading “votar es normal!” (voting is normal) as a protest to the fact that Catalonia is not able to hold a referendum on independence with the blessing of Madrid nor a “consultation” on the question.

The 9N – as the consultative and non-legally-binding vote is called – serves to give the Catalan authorities a better idea of how big support for independence is across Catalonia.

During the last three nights at ten o’clock, the evening silence has been broken for five minutes by the banging on pots from balconies all over Barcelona – another protest to the latest setback for the pseudo-referendum.

At the end of September, Catalan president Artur Mas signed a decree calling for a consultation asking Catalans whether they want independence.

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CHINA: ‘ REQUESTS WESTS HELP WITH SHARING DATA ON CORRUPTION CASES ‘


#AceWorldNews – BEIJING – Nov.08 – China’s graft busters want foreign help in their “fox hunt” for corrupt officials who have fled the country and stashed their ill-gotten loot abroad AP reported.

Though misgivings about Chinese justice may deter the U.S. and other nations from wholeheartedly joining the chase.

When leaders of Asia-Pacific countries meet Monday and Tuesday in Beijing, they are expected to endorse a network for member nations to share information on corruption cases and help recover assets that have been moved across borders illegally.

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‘ US & IRAN GAPS WIDEN OVER NUCLEAR DEAL & DENIAL OVER ISLAMIC STATE COOPERATION ‘


#AceWorldNews – GENEVA – Nov.08 – The top U.S. diplomat described “real gaps” Saturday in waning negotiations to limit Iran’s nuclear-program, but steadfastly denied that any deal struck would also bring a promise of stronger cooperation between Washington and Tehran on fighting Islamic militants AP reported. 

Despite the urgency to end years of negotiations by a looming Nov. 24 deadline, Secretary of State John Kerry said that there was no linkage between the nuclear talks and even an indirect U.S.-Iran partnership to combat the Islamic State group that has ravaged much of Iraq and Syria.

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WASHINGTON: ‘ OBAMA CHOOSES LORETTA LYNCH AS NEXT ATTORNEY GENERAL ‘


#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON – Nov.08 – President Barack Obama has chosen federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch to be the next attorney general, sending a Washington outsider as a high-profile confirmation test amid a power shift in the Senate AP reported. 

Lynch would be the first black woman in the job. The outgoing attorney general, Eric Holder, was the first black head of the Justice Department.
Lynch would be the first black woman in the job. The outgoing attorney general, Eric Holder, was the first black head of the Justice Department.

Obama plans to announce Lynch’s nomination Saturday at a White House event that was quickly arranged after news organizations reported her selection Friday.

He had planned to wait until later this month to introduce his trail-blazing choice – Lynch would be the first black woman in the job.

The outgoing attorney general, Eric Holder, was the first black head of the Justice Department.

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‘ PUTIN WILL MEET CAMERON & HOLLANDE AT G20 SUMMIT IN AUSTRALIA ‘


#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – Nov.08 – President Vladimir Putin will meet with UK Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Francois Hollande during the November 15-16 G20 summit in Australia’s Brisbane, Kremlin aide Yury Ushakov said Friday.

Putin and US President Barack Obama will have an opportunity to talk on the sidelines of the event, RIA Novosti quoted Ushakov as saying.

Over the weekend, meetings are planned between the Russian president and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, and also Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in China.

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‘ TWO ROADSIDE BOMBS KILL MEMBERS OF ANTI-TALIBAN MILITIA ‘


#AceWorldNews – Nov.07 – Two roadside bombs, minutes apart, struck a minibus and a motorcycle in a north-western tribal region near the Afghan border, AP reported.

"The first blast hit the motorbike, killing the son of the anti-Taliban peace militia and injuring his friend, while the second blast hit a passenger van killing five people", Khan told AFP.
“The first blast hit the motorbike, killing the son of the anti-Taliban peace militia and injuring his friend, while the second blast hit a passenger van killing five people”, Khan told AFP.

At least six people were killed, according to a government administrator in Pakistan, Meraj Khan.

Five passengers in the minivan and the cyclist were killed and four people were wounded in Friday’s blasts in Mohmand tribal region, Khan said.

Those dead included members of a local anti-Taliban militia. 

“The incident occurred in Chinori village of the Orakzai tribal district (around 75 miles north-west of Peshawar), the target was the son of a peace committee chief”, said a local administration official.

Khushal Khan, a senior administration official, confirmed the incident.

“The first blast hit the motorbike, killing the son of the anti-Taliban peace militia and injuring his friend, while the second blast hit a passenger van killing five people”, Khan told AFP.

No one claimed responsibility for the attacks but Pakistani officials has blamed local militants for previous similar attacks in the area.

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