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There is no draft law on creating a special status for the restive regions of Donetsk and Lugansk in eastern Ukraine, President Petro Poroshenko said, adding that Ukraine is only to be decentralized.
“There will be no law on the special status of Donbass region. There is a law on a special operation mode of the local government. The secession of the region is out of question. A process of general decentralization is underway. It will start across the country,” Poroshenko said on Thursday speaking at a press-conference in Kiev.
This statement runs counter to the Minsk protocol signed on September 5 by Kiev and local militias outlining what needs to be done to ensure the ceasefire in Ukraine’s east. One of the key points of the agreement was the adoption of a new law providing for a special status for Lugansk and Donetsk regions and early elections there.
#AceWorldNews – INDIA (Mumbai) – September 25 – After being checkmated by the RJD-JD(U)-Congress alliance in the Bihar bypoll, BJP ally Shiv Sena on Tuesday said that the ‘Mahayuti’ needs pull up its socks and refrain from gloating over the “Modi wave” to fight the upcoming Maharashtra assembly elections.
The up-coming elections in India see local politicians battling to regain power and maintain status-quo whereas poor populations continue to stay deprived of rights and basic necessities of life.
Ace World News – September 25 – Local News
‘SOUTH EAST ASIA NEWS DESK REPORTING ’
RAWALPINDI- PAKISTAN: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif was asked by the government to play “facilitative role for resolution of current impasse,” DG ISPR Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa tweeted.
With the political turmoil due to Mr. Imran Khan Cricketer philanthropist turned politician and Canadian-Pakistani cleric, both in opposition have demanded that current government should step down immediately.
Their reasons include: he South Asian nation is also plagued by high unemployment, daily power cuts and a Taliban insurgency, while anti-Western and violent sectarian groups are gaining strength.
Some thousands have marched to Islamabad, the capital and most protesters on the streets of Islamabad say they are demonstrating against government corruption, which they blame for the country’s widespread poverty.
KARACHI-PAKISTAN: A woman can do just about anything a man can, all she requires is ‘opportunity’, said 22-year-old Pakistani mountaineer Samina Baig, speaking at the jam packed Aga Khan University Hospital’s gymnasium, with her talk aptly titled ‘No Mountain Too High, Nor Too Easy’.
Last year, she also became the first woman to ever climb the tallest peaks in Seven Continents as part of the diplomacy mission project called “Seven Summits” funded by international community.
#AceWorldNews – BRITAIN – September 24 – John Gosden became the latest racing professional to express outrage at the Daily Mirror on Tuesday when he used the word “satanic” to describe that paper’s decision to put a picture of a fatally injured horse on its Saturday front page. “It was a very strange editorial decision, very strange,” said the trainer as he watched his horses working up the Warren Hill gallop here.
Famously Gosden provided context for shocked viewers in 2011 when the badly injured Rewilding had to be put down in front of packed grandstands at Ascot after the King George, explaining that, while horses are robust animals for the most part, they could sometimes be vulnerable to such things. “I remember saying after poor Re-wilding’s accident, I have stood on a rail watching yearlings gallop round a field, enjoying themselves and suddenly they put a leg down wrong,” he recalled on Tuesday.
Rounding on the Mirror for printing several pictures of Wigmore Hall with an irreparably shattered leg, Gosden added: “I think there’s something pretty satanic about going for that voyeurism, really. First of all, that someone’s going to take a picture of such a thing.
“These things happen but, to use that, I think it’s pretty dark behaviour. We have to deal with the reality of life. These horses effectively live in the Ritz Hotel all their lives.
“What I never like to see is people not caring for animals. He had every care and [his injury] was dealt with absolutely in expedient fashion. The fact that someone wants to rush down there and take a picture of it is a little sick in the mind.
Ace World News – September 13 – Local News
‘SOUTH ASIA NEWS DESK REPORTING’
1. ISLAMABAD- Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Vice Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi clarified the purpose of sit-in outside the Parliament. “We are not here to burn the House but to save it,” he declared. “It is our duty to protect the Parliament but what kind of parliament?”
RAWALPINDI: According to Pakistan Armed Forced official statement, the military offensive continues in full swing operation in North Waziristan (North West and bordering Afghanistan) So far, eighty-two soldiers have lost their lives so far since the start of the operation while 269 others have been injured, added the ISPR statement.
The Pakistani Armed Forces aim that this operation will clear out the militant hideouts and insurgents, TTP commanders, in the drive to end terrorism and send a clear message that there will be no negotiations with terrorists.
ADDITIONAL LIVE VIDEO FEED FROM MILITARY OFFENSIVE AT: (It is in English language)
Beijing—China has urged Pakistan to resolve problems through talks after protests in the country escalated Saturday, leading to demands for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to resign. China shows deep concern to the current polticial impasse in neighboring Pakistan.
KABUL- AFGHANISTAN: President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday hosted marathon talks between the two men vying to succeed him and urged them to reach a negotiated settlement to the electoral impasse.
NEW DELHI – India. Strategic,” “global” and now “special.” Relations between Japan and India, not to mention the rhetoric describing them, are aiming higher under their chummy leaders, on both the economic and security fronts. First among their goals is promoting Japanese investment in India. But much will depend on Narendra Modi’s ability — still unproven, critics say — to slash the red tape hemming Indian markets in. Read on…
Some Social News:
1. Pakistan: While both the PTI and PAT protests have been attended by large numbers of women supporters, the women of Tahirul Qadri’s ‘Revolution’ have stood out in terms of enthusiasm and playing key roles in administration, security – and chants.
Photographic Slide Show: Meet the women of the PAT Revolution at
#AceWorldNews – Snippets of News – September 09
Explosion injures 8 people in Chile
At least eight people were injured when a bomb exploded next to a fast food restaurant in Santiago, Chile on Monday. The restaurant is adjacent to a metro station. Authorities are investigating the blast, which occurred at around 2 p.m. local time. Two people were seriously injured, while some others suffered hearing loss. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, which the Chilean government has called a “terrorist act.”Police believe that two suspects who planted the device escaped in a car.
EU could postpone new sanctions against Russia – source
The EU could postpone the introduction of a new package of sanctions against Russia, ITAR-TASS reported, citing a diplomatic source at a mission of one of the West European states. The European Commission earlier said it expected the package of sanctions to get its final approval on Monday. “The package is due to be formally adopted by the member states through written procedure later today,” RIA Novosti quoted Commission spokeswoman Pia Ahrenkilde Hansen as saying.
Arab League countries to combat Islamic State
The Arab League has said its member states have agreed to combat, individually or collectively, the Islamic State group and other militants in the region, AP reported. The group issued a resolution on Monday after late-night meetings a day earlier. The documents do not explicitly back American military action against the militants. However, it said immediate measures to combat the group will be implemented on political, defense, security and legal levels.
Pope Francis accepts resignation of head of Irish church
The resignation of the head of the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland has been accepted by Pope Francis, the Vatican said on Monday. Cardinal Sean Brady announced his plan to retire in August, just before he turned 75, at which age all bishops must offer their resignation, Reuters said. Brady became embroiled in a child sex abuse scandal when a BBC television documentary in 2012 said he had failed to warn parents their children were being sexually abused by a priest in 1975. Brady will be succeeded by Monsignor Eamonn Martin, 52. Martin was appointed last year as “coadjutor” archbishop of Armagh, an important diocese in Northern Ireland whose archbishop has the title “Primate of All Ireland.”
3 German men arrested in Frankfurt over Al-Shabaab links
Three German men suspected of being members of the Somalian terrorist organization Al-Shabaab were arrested at Frankfurt Airport, prosecutors said Monday. They attempted to re-enter the country on Saturday, after landing in Frankfurt from Kenya. The men are suspected of membership in a foreign terrorist organization and of preparing an act of violence in connection with their time in Somalia, the Federal Prosecutor’s Office said. However, prosecutors say “there is no evidence the suspects had made any concrete preparations or plans for attacks” in Europe.
Ruling coalition in Poland backs parliament speaker Kopacz for PM – spokeswoman
Both parties in Poland’s governing coalition back parliamentary speaker Ewa Kopacz to be the next prime minister, Reuters quoted an aide to the Polish president as saying on Monday. Janusz Piechocinski, the leader of the junior partner in the coalition, visited President Bronislaw Komorowski earlier on Monday and expressed his support for Kopacz, according to presidential spokeswoman Joanna Trzaska-Wieczorek. Prime Minister Donald Tusk will step down to take up the post of president of the European Council. His Civic Platform party has already backed Kopacz to succeed him.
Suicide bomber kills 16 at Sunni tribal gathering in Iraq
A suicide bomber killed at least 16 people at a meeting between security forces and Sunni militiamen in a small town north of Baghdad on Monday, AP reported, citing Iraqi officials. The bomber drove his explosives-laden Humvee into the gathering of a major Sunni tribe, the Al-Jabour, in Duluiyah, some 80km north of Baghdad. The bombing was followed by clashes with militants who tried to seize the town, which fell to the Islamic State for two days in July.
Islamist rebels in Somalia pledge allegiance to new leader after Godane’s killing
Militants of the Somali Islamist group Al-Shabaab have pledged allegiance to their new leader after his predecessor was killed. They said the enemies would reap the “bitter fruits” of revenge after Ahmed Godane’s killing, Reuters reported. Al-Shabaab confirmed he was killed by a US airstrike in a raid last Monday. Sheikh Ahmed Umar Abu Ubaida will replace him to head the group, which wants to impose its strict version of Islam on Somalia. The group also reaffirmed its allegiance to Al-Qaeda.
Taliban suicide bomber kills 3 policemen in southern Afghanistan
A Taliban suicide bomber has killed a district police chief and his two guards in southern Kandahar province, AP quoted officials as saying on Monday. The attack took place the previous day at the police headquarters in Arghistan district, according to Samim Khpolwak, spokesman for the provincial governor in Kandahar. The police chief, Abdul Manaf, and two policemen who served as his bodyguards died in the blast. Six other officers were wounded. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, the movement’s spokesman, Qari Yousef Ahmadi, said.
Israel rejects New Zealand envoy, sparks diplomatic row
New Zealand officials say the country’s new ambassador was rejected by Israel because he’s also an envoy to the Palestinian Authority, AP said. Jonathan Curr was due to travel to Israel in the coming days to present his papers. Israel’s embassy in Wellington said Monday that the matter was a “protocol principle” applicable to all ambassadors to Israel. New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said he was gathering “more information on the issue.” New Zealand’s ambassadors in Turkey have been responsible for covering several areas of the Middle East since 2008.
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#AceBreakingNews – SUDAN – Update on Earlier Article – June 24 – Ibrahim and Daniel Wani, as well as their two children, were taken to a facility used by Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Service after the arrest, at 2 p.m. local time, a source close to the family told FoxNews.com.
They had travel documents furnished by the U.S. embassy, but Ibrahim did not have a passport, the source said.
“She is either banned from travelling or the NISS could also create “papers issues” if they don’t want her to leave the country,” the source said.
Wani holds dual U.S.-Sudanese citizenship, and Ibrahim’s supporters argued that their children, including a daughter named Maya born in prison in May and a 20-month-old boy named Martin who was imprisoned with her, are U.S. citizens.
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Let’s join the indigenous people of West Papua in their fight for self determination and freedom from oppressive Indonesia. Please see the Free West Papua| Trailer of documentary the “Forgotten Bird of Paradise”.
Thank you so much.
#AceWorldNews – PARIS – June 06 – Paris prosecutors are investigating more than 200 French citizens who are suspected of participating in the fighting on the side of radical Islamist groups in Syria, RTL radio reported on Friday.
The French Interior Ministry believes that about 300 French citizens are currently fighting in Syria for rebels against government forces, ITAR-TASS said.
#AceWorldNews – BRITAIN (London) – President Obama isn’t scheduled to meet with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin this week in Europe, but two U.S. allies are.
Russia has coordinated a meeting between President Vladimir Putin and UK Prime Minister David Cameron in Normandy, France, the presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday.
The office of British Prime Minister David Cameron announced that he will meet with Putin this week after they attend events in Normandy to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings Friday.
Cameron’s 10 Downing St. office said talks between the British and Russian leaders are a chance to “to set out the importance of a dialogue between the Russian government and the new Ukrainian government.”
Obama will attend the D-Day anniversary event but doesn’t have Putin on his schedule.
#AceWorldNews – WARSAW – May 26 – Poland’s last Communist leader General Wojciech Jaruzelski has died aged 90 after a long illness, Polish media say.
Gen Jaruzelski led Poland from 1981, when he declared martial law and ordered the arrest of the pro-democracy Solidarity leader Lech Walesa.
But he lifted martial law two years later and after growing unrest was forced to negotiate with Solidarity in 1989.
He had been in ill health for some time.
Pakistani Muslim Lawyer killed for defending the voiceless, vulnerable victims of the country’s in-famous Blasphemy laws. A true reminder to the world, that Taliban terrorists do NOT represent 190 billion Pakistanis. Such news makes the intl headlines with distorted anti-Pakistani sentiment by Imperialists.
Please support us in paying tribute to this great man and demanding justice for this assassination.
#AceNewsServices – UKRAINE – KIEV, May 25. /ITAR-TASS/. The voting at the snap presidential elections in Ukraine has finished. Precisely at 20:00 local time (17:00 GMT) all polling stations have closed.
However, Deputy Head of Ukraine’s Central Election Committee Andrei Magera explained that the voters who in the moment of the stations’ closing were in the voting premises may wait until their turn, get a ballot and cast a vote.
According to latest data presented to the Central election Committee before the polling stations closed, the voter turnout as of 15:00 local time (12:00 GMT) amounted to 40.44%. “These data covers all elections commission,” chairperson of the Ukrainian Central Election Commission Zhanna Usenko-Chernaya said. “Traditionally high turnout was reported from Kiev, from the Poltava, Cherkassy and Kirovohrad regions, and from Ternopol, Khmelnitsky and Lviv regions.”
The Central Election Committee will start announcing first official data on the voting results Monday morning.
#AceNewsServices – May 25 – SYRIA – At least 10 people were killed and 22 injured after a car bomb went off in a predominantly Alawite and Christian Zahra neighborhood of the central Syrian city of Homs, according to the city’s governor Talal Barazi.
Five of the injured were in critical condition, Barazi added, RIA Novosti quotes. UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights meanwhile put the death toll at 12, saying that more than 40 people were wounded.
According to Syrian state TV, terrorists targeted two more locations in Homs, with at least 13 people injured in one instance, but the exact number of casualties was unclear. While no one has yet claimed responsibility for the string of blasts, Barazi said the attacks clearly targeted reconciliation efforts amid the fragile truce between the government and the rebels in Homs that reportedly started on Friday.
RT – SOHR – RIA NOVOSTI
#AceNewsServices – UKRAINE – May 25 – KIEV, May 25. /ITAR-TASS/. Petro Poroshenko, a business tycoon and member of Ukraine’s parliament, is winning the presidential elections in Ukraine with 55.9% of the vote, according to exit poll data.
His closest rival, Yulia Tymoshenko, the leader of the Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) party, is scoring 12.9% of the vote. Third comes Oleh Lyashko (8%); Anatoly Grytsenko gained 6.3%; Serhiy Tihipko has 4.7%. Mykhailo Dobkin scored 2.1% of the votes. Petro Symonenko has 1.1%. Ultra-radicals Oleh Tyahnybok scored 1.3% and Dmytro Yarosh — 0.9% of votes.
The exit poll was conducted by three big sociological centers, the Ilk Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives foundation, the Kiev International Institute of Sociology, and the Alexander Razumkov Ukrainian Center for Economic and Political Research.
Petro Poroshenko’s biography
Petro Poroshenko was born September 26, 1965, in the Odessa region. He has graduated from the Kiev University with a degree in economics from the faculty of international relations and international law.
In the 1990s, he engaged in business and headed the Ukrprominvest consortium. In 2000, he set up and chaired the Solidarity party. After the victory of the ‘orange revolution’, in 2005 he was appointed Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, and in 2007 — head of Ukraine’s National Bank. In 2009-2010 he was minister of foreign affairs, in 2012 he became minister of trade and economic development. Since December 2012, Petro Poroshenko is Verkhovna Rada deputy and member of the committee on European integration. He owns the Roshen consortium, the largest confectionery manufacturer in Ukraine.
He ranks 7th in the Forbes list of richest people in Ukraine.
Tass – RIA Novosti – Moscow Times
#AceNewsServices – BETHLEHEM – May 25 – updated 15:34
By Laura Smith-Spark, Ivan Watson and Delia
Bethlehem, West Bank (CNN) – Pope Francis extended an invitation Sunday to the leaders of Israel and the Palestinian Authority to travel to the Vatican for a “peace initiative,” after earlier calling for a two-state solution to the intractable conflict.
The pontiff’s remarks came at the end of an outdoor Mass in Bethlehem’s Manger Square on the second day of his three-day trip to the Middle East.
“In this, the birthplace of the Prince of Peace, I wish to invite you, President Mahmoud Abbas, together with Israeli President Shimon Peres, to join me in heartfelt prayer to God for the gift of peace,” Francis said.
“I offer my home in the Vatican as a place for this encounter of prayer.”
He added, “Building peace is difficult, but living without peace is a constant torment. The men and women of these lands, and of the entire world, all of them, ask us to bring before God their fervent hopes for peace.”
The Palestinian side has accepted the invitation and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will go to the Vatican, a Palestinian Legislative Council member, Hanan Ashrawi, told CNN.
The Israeli President’s office said that he welcomed the invitation. “President Peres has always supported, and will continue to support, any attempts to progress the cause of peace,” his office said.
Pope Francis then traveled on to Tel Aviv, where in remarks on the airport tarmac to Peres and Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, he again issued an invitation to pray for peace at the Vatican. He also reiterated the Vatican’s support for Israel’s right to exist in peace and security.