‘ 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.

RT 

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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.

“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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