(PESHAWAR, Pakistan.) JUST IN: TRAC Incident Report: Bombing after Friday Prayers Kills Brother of #Taliban/#IEA Leader, others at Kili Qasim Mosque, #Kuchlak Town, #Quetta, #Balochistan, #Pakistan just after #PeaceTalks conclude with U.S. #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Aug.17: Afghan #Taliban officials said on Saturday the killing of the brother of their leader in a bomb attack would not derail talks with the United States aimed at securing the withdrawal of U.S. troops after 18 years of war: Taliban leader Haibatullah Akhundzada was not in the mosque near the Pakistani city of Quetta when a bomb went off but his younger brother, Hafiz Ahmadullah, was leading Friday prayers and was among four people killed, several Taliban officials have said.

There was no claim of responsibility for the blast that came after both Taliban and U.S. officials have reported progress in talks on an agreement centered on a U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan in exchange for a Taliban security guarantee: “If someone thinks martyring our leaders would stop us from our goal they’re living in a fool’s paradise,” a Taliban leader said by telephone from an undisclosed location: “We are close to our goals,” he said, referring to the talks with the United States: He declined to be identified.

The militants have been fighting to expel foreign forces and set up an Islamic state since they were ousted in October 2001, weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States: Both U.S. negotiators and the Taliban have reported progress after eight rounds of talks since late last year: U.S. President Donald Trump has made no secret of his desire for a U.S. pullout from Afghanistan and an end to America’s longest war.

Top U.S. national security advisers briefed Trump on Friday on the negotiations: There are deep concerns among Afghan officials and U.S. national security aides about the talks led by U.S. special representative to Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, who updated Trump: A U.S. pullout has raised fears Afghanistan could plunge into a new civil war that could see a return of Taliban rule and give international militants a sanctuary: Under the expected deal, the Taliban, in exchange for a U.S. commitment on a withdrawal, would guarantee Afghanistan would not be a sanctuary for militants to expand and plot new attacks, both sides have said: The Taliban are also expected to make a commitment to open power-sharing talks with the U.S.-backed government and agree to a ceasefire: Presidential spokesman Sediq Seddiqi told a news briefing any deal had to include a ceasefire and a U.S. withdrawal would be based on conditions being met.

A second Taliban official, speaking from Doha, where the Taliban have a political office and where the talks have been held, said preparations were being made for a meaningful final round: “We’ve solved most issues, just a few remaining,” said the official, who also declined to be identified: No date has been set for more talks: The Taliban were considering a ceasefire in places from which U.S. forces withdraw, the second official said.

Some 14,000 U.S. troops remain in Afghanistan, training and advising Afghan security forces and conducting counterinsurgency operations: The war has ground into a stalemate with casualties rising among civilians as well as combatants.

TRAC Incident Report: Bombing after Friday Prayers Kills Brother of #Taliban/#IEA Leader, others at Kili Qasim Mosque, #Kuchlak Town, #Quetta, #Balochistan, #Pakistan https://t.co/bn8zjnAymC https://t.co/9waVKJ9Pyy August 16, 2019 at 07:27PM: Reuters: Additonal reporting by Orooj Hakimi in KABUL; Writing by Robert Birsel; Editing by Stephen Powell

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(KHARTOUM, Sudan.) JUST IN: Main opposition coalition and the ruling military council on Saturday signed a final power-sharing agreement, paving the way for a transitional government following the overthrow of long-time leader Omar al-Bashir wanted for war crimes #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Aug.17: Stability in Sudan, which has been grappling with an economic crisis, is seen as crucial for a volatile region struggling with conflict and insurgencies from the Horn of Africa to Egypt and Libya: One of Sudan’s top generals, Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, who is deputy head of the military council, and opposition alliance representative Ahmad al-Rabie had initialed the agreement on Aug.04 and were the main signatories on Saturday: Those in the room clapped and cheered and an orchestra played a patriotic song.

Also present were African Union and Ethiopian mediators, who helped broker the accord, and representatives from Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, all of which see themselves as influential in Khartoum: Sudanese troops are operating in Yemen as part of a Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels: Leaders of Ethiopia, South Sudan and Kenya were also present: “The coming period will be a test for us, no one will be excluded,” said leading opposition figure Sadiq al-Mahdi, Sudan’s last democratically elected premier. “We will open the door to everyone to participate in Sudan’s celebration: The Transitional Military Council (TMC) has ruled Sudan since April, when the military deposed Bashir following months of protests against his rule during which dozens of demonstrators were killed.

The TMC and the main opposition alliance, known as the Forces of Freedom and Change (FFC), have been negotiating the power-sharing deal since then, but continued unrest, during which more protesters were killed, delayed an agreement and plunged Sudan further into turmoil: Dagalo, also known as Hemedti, commands the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces, some of whose members have been accused of involvement in killing demonstrators who have repeatedly turned out in huge numbers to press for political progress: In a speech, Mohammed Nagy Alassam, a leader within the FFC, emphasized the need for an investigation and justice for those who were killed, particularly during the violent dispersal of a protest site in the capital Khartoum on June 3. “The martyrs are still with us, they are with the revolutionaries,” spectators in the room chanted: State television showed dozens of people lined up outside the convention center where the signing ceremony was held, waving flags and flashing peace signs in celebration: The make-up of a new sovereign council, which will run Sudan during a three-year transitional period leading up to elections, will be announced on Aug. 18.

According to Saturday’s agreement, the council will comprise five members each from the two sides plus a civilian agreed by both. It will name Sudan’s new premier based on a nomination by the FFC: The accord also provides for a 300-member legislative assembly to serve during the transitional period, and a cabinet of technocrats.

Bashir is wanted for war crimes in Sudan’s Darfur region by the International Criminal Court, and is awaiting trial in Sudan on corruption charges.

#AceNewsDesk reports …………….Published: Aug.17: 2019: RT @UN_Spokesperson: Secretary-General @antonioguterres warmly congratulates the Sudanese people on today’s important signing ceremony of the documents on transitional civilian authority in the Republic of Sudan. https://t.co/zLcFnqrnnp: Reuters: Reporting by Khalid Abdelaziz in Khartoum; Additional reporting by Omar Fahmy in Cairo; Writing by Nadine Awadalla and Nafisa Eltahir; Editing by Angus MacSwan and David Holmes

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(SAANA, Yemen.) JUST IN: Houthi forces in Yemen have made a drone attack on oil facilities at Shaybah in Sau di Arabia, the Yemeni movement’s Al Masirah television said on Saturday. There was no immediate Sa udi confirmation or comment #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Aug.17: The facilities attacked included a refinery and oil storage, Al Masirah said, citing a military spokesman. It did not say when the attack took place: Shaybah, operated by state-oil company Saudi Aramco, is located in the east of the kingdom, close to the United Arab Emirates border.

The Houthis, who control Sanaa and most of Yemen’s other populous areas, have stepped up attacks against targets in Saudi Arabia in recent months: In response, the Saudi-led coalition has targeted military sites belonging to the group, especially around Sanaa.

The attacks are complicating U.N.-led peace efforts: The Western-backed Sunni Muslim coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the UAE intervened in Yemen in 2015 to try to restore a Yemeni government ousted from power in Sanaa by the Houthis.

The war has killed tens of thousands of people and pushed millions to the brink of famine.

#AceNewsDesk reports ……………….Reuters.Com/ Published: Aug.17: 2019: Reporting by Maher Chmaytelli; Editing by Angus MacSwan

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(HONG KONG) LATEST: Protests spread as ‘ School Teachers ‘ become activists dress in black a nd join the already burgeoning throng of Protestors that as one organiser according to In-Media HK “ Liberate Homeland “ is growing and growing fast even businesses are considering its time to leave t he island #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Aug.17: Editor says here’s what we know s far …………..Police once warned the organiser of “Liberate Homeland” march that the walk could not start unless there were 100 helpers: Organiser Vincent Lam counted 60 helpers present, including Liberate Tun Mun march organisers Max Chung and Michael Mo: Former District Council Rosanda Mok criticised the police for escalating their use of force. “Things will be fine if the police don’t provoke anyone,” she hopes the march will proceed peacefully. “It’s important that more people care about what happens in the area.”…………The crowd advanced towards Kownloon City Government Offices, chanting “Liberate Homeland, No more outsiders”. Helpers urge participants to walk on pavements and stay peaceful. During the walk, police refused to open traffic lanes to accommodate the mass: 1531 “Liberate Homeland” march in Hung Hom: On the route of the march, at the intersection of Hung Hom Road and Tak On Street towards Whampoa Garden, a banner reading “Whampoa Garden is private property; Police shall not enter without authorisation” is hung on the railings along with other signs which read: “Private road”………Source: In-Media HK
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By Daniel C. Tsang

As a fugitive on the run from Hong Kong authorities, activist Ray Wong Toi-yeung was surprisingly direct about where to meet. “Come to an address on Friedrichstrasse at 4pm,” he said. There were no coded messages, no mail drops, no further instructions left at the location.

It was an apt place to meet, just half a mile from the German Bundestag, where weeks earlier he had addressed parliamentarians on China’s human rights record, 30 years after the Tiananmen massacre.

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Ray Wong in Berlin. Photo: Daniel. C Tsang.

The former independence activist fled the city, alongside fellow activist Alan Li after the 2016 Mong Kok unrest. The duo, former leading members of the pro-independence group Hong Kong Indigenous, was set to stand trial on rioting charges in November 2017 but gained refugee status in Germany around a year after they fled the city.

At the appointed time that Tuesday, Wong’s tall, lanky figure suddenly emerged from a crowded hotel lobby.

He explained he felt relatively safe in Germany. And felt that Hongkongers’ struggles against Chinese encroachment were supported by politicians across the spectrum, from the governing CDU to the Greens.

Despite the violence inflicted on his fellow Hongkongers by a triad-associated mob in Yuen Long just days before, Wong said he was optimistic about the long-term prospects for the city. He expected that Hong Kong’s anti-extradition protesters would not be intimidated, and would be more emboldened to resist China.

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He preferred to focus instead on the recent mass mobilisations, which showed a political awareness expanding to other sectors of society, beyond the small group of young rebels he once helped lead in the localist party Hong Kong Indigenous. The anti-extradition legislation protests have now reached into most Hong Kong districts, politicising a whole new group, and giving him hope for the future.

But Wong took issue with the complaint that the protests were turning violent. Instead, it was the police use of violence against the peaceful marchers that was significant. Would he term what the police did a “police riot” then? Yes, instead of protecting the citizenry, as was their responsibility, they did the opposite.

“The response from the police was so unnecessary,” he said, in reference to the firing of grenades and rubber bullets to clear protesters who had hurled ink at China’s Liaison Office on July 22. Wong added that the police should have tried to de-escalate the situation instead of using increased violence which threatened the safety and even lives of protesters.

Since leaving Hong Kong, he has occasionally thought of returning: “I thought that if the Public Order Ordinance was rescinded, then I would have the opportunity to return,” he explained. The colonial-era law was used to prosecute Wong for “rioting” and carries jail terms of up to a decade. He also pointed out that even the United Nations had criticised the law as unfair.

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Ray Wong with Hong Kong Indigenous. Photo: Wikicommons.

But the situation in Hong Kong has since become more serious. Not only have authorities continued to use the ordinance to prosecute protesters but, as Wong said, “the Hong Kong and central government are increasingly moving to restrict Hong Kong’s autonomy and freedoms,” thus rendering the likelihood of him returning to the city as a free man increasingly remote.

Wong added that Carrie Lam resigning as Chief Executive is not the most important goal to him since her replacement would be chosen by Beijing.

“The more important goal is to get Beijing to respect One Country, Two Systems, the Basic Law and the Sino-British Joint Declaration. What will resolve the current crisis is if Beijing observes the Basic Law and gives Hong Kong real universal suffrage.”

When asked why he delayed publicising his refugee status – which is technically what he applied for, not political asylum – in May 2018, he said he was waiting for a better opportunity to make it public because of potential consequences including detention by Chinese authorities.

That opportunity came with the urgent need to speak out against the extradition bill being rushed through the city’s legislature in May. He said he thought that going public would enable him to “stand up and raise awareness” of the proposed amendments.

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Extradition bill protests. File photo: inmediahk.net.

Another factor was his fellow localist activist Edward Leung Tin-kei’s second trial, in which Leung was acquitted on a rioting charge. Though Wong said he didn’t know if going public would have affected the case directly or indirectly.

On future prospects for resisting China in Hong Kong he says: “As I look at current developments in Hong Kong, I am more and more hopeful, since increasingly the protesters identify as Hongkongers, and not Chinese. Hong Kong authorities or the central governments will find it difficult to influence their values. Hongkongers’ identity is based on our history and it’s not just the youth who so identify.”

“As for the youth, their protests have reached a global standard, given media coverage around the world, with many impressed with how a leaderless movement could act so quickly and decisively.”

“Authoritarian governments are bound to be scared by the threats posed by leaderless movements. They cannot arrest the leaders to stop a movement – this was what they did before. Actually, there are no leaders so who can they arrest?”

Ray Wong facing the police at the Mong Kok protest.

Ray Wong facing the police at the 2016 Mong Kok protest. Photo: Kris Cheng/HKFP.

“They can only make appeals and see if the demonstrators accept,” Wong suggested.

When asked if a city-wide curfew would likely be imposed, Wong said that would adversely affect Hong Kong’s economy. Imposing a curfew would mean Hong Kong has reached a level where its stability cannot be controlled by the Hong Kong government, thus affecting the economy adversely: “Investor faith will be shattered,” he said.

“I believe it would be a very stupid move on the part of the Hong Kong government to impose a curfew. But we can see the government has already done many stupid things.”

“I can understand why the central government is letting the triads do the work for them, thus diverting the attention of the protestors to the thugs. This would give the government and police more breathing space… the thugs were so stupid to not only beat up protesters, but do so in public.”

Wong added the demonstrations have reached a critical stage but hope that protesters will remain steadfast and committed to their cause.

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He said he foresees only two possible outcomes as the situation is fast spiralling out of control: the central government yields, allowing Lam to resign and offer Hongkongers the right to vote. However, this is unlikely. The other outcome would be for the People’s Liberation Army to enter the city.

“I believe the Chinese Communist Party would not wish for that to happen… because that would mean the end of One Country, Two Systems,” he said. “The Chinese government still needs Hong Kong.”

He said he considered fleeing Hong Kong in 2017 after Leung decided to stay. His own departure was facilitated by a local court granting him the return of his passport to attend a previously scheduled meeting in Germany. It was only after he arrived in Germany that he realised he could apply for refugee status to stay there.

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Ray Wong in Germany. Photo: RTHK Screenshot.

Many observers have lamented that exiled Chinese dissidents are usually ignored by China. But Wong said he did not feel himself an ineffectual dissident abroad. Unlike in China, social media and the internet flow freely throughout Hong Kong. The city was not China, at least not yet, so he can participate in Hong Kong activism from abroad.

(NEW YORK) NYPD REPORT: Three suspicious devices that turned out to be empty rice cookers that were discovered Friday morning prompting a brief scare as residents began their day. All the devices were ultimately deemed safe #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Aug.17: Editor says heres what we know of Fridays incident ………..The first two were found at the Fulton Street subway complex, NYPD Chief of Transit Edward Delatorre said at a news conference: Two counterterrorism officers were on patrol there and were notified of a suspicious package, he said. Authorities responded and found two empty rice cookers, he said.

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A third empty rice cooker was found at West 16th Street and 7th Avenue, where it had been put out with the garbage. It “may or may not be related” to the first two, Delatorre said: All three rice cookers were the same model, NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence and Counterterrorism John Miller said

Police have reviewed video taken at the subway complex, Miller said: It shows a white man in his 20s or 30s with dark hair and a shopping cart leaving the two rice cookers at the scene, he said: Police later released pictures of the man on Twitter: “Obviously we would like to speak to this person,” Miller said, adding that he would not call the individual “a suspect” at this time: Authorities are treating the investigation as if these were “hoax” devices, Miller said, “but again, we would have to identify him, find him, talk to him, because we need more information from him.” ………….”I don’t know what the deliberate act is,” he added, “whether it was to create fear and alarm on the part of the public, or whether he was discarding items he was no longer interested in.”

Even though all three devices were harmless, Miller praised the work of officers: “I think what you see here is a system that works,” he said: “Counterterrorism patrol in the subway system, where they’re supposed to be, alert public, coming together, assessing the scene, bomb squad got here very quickly, was able to go through their procedures and determine that these items were not a physical threat,” Miller said.

#AceNewsDesk reports ……………….Published: Aug.17: 2019: CNN’s Madeleine Thompson contributed to this report.

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(LONDON) MET Appeal Report: Detectives Release an image in the (picture below) of a man who they want to fin d in connection with a serious ‘ Sexual Assault ‘ of a woman in her 30’s on Tues.Aug .06: 2019 around midnight: Can you help ? #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Aug.17: Police are releasing the image of a man they wish to trace in connection with a serious sexual assault in Southwark: The offence happened at around 00:20hrs on Tuesday, 6 August at Cotham Street, SE17: The victim, a woman in her 30s, was walking along Walworth Road into Larcom Street, when she noticed she was being followed: She was then chased to Cotham Street, where the offence took place: The victim’s cries for help alerted people in nearby houses and the suspect ran off: Police were called and an immediate investigation launched, the victim is being supported by specialist officers.


The man police wish to speak with the suspect is describe as a black, light-skinned, male, aged 30 to 40, 5ft 9ins tall and of athletic build.

Detective Inspector Sharon Steel of the Central South Command Unit, said. “Enquiries have uncovered CCTV that shows a man hanging around the area and following other women prior to this attack: We are concerned that the suspect represents a significant risk to lone women which makes it important that he is located: “We want anyone who recognises this man, saw him hanging around the area, or who saw the attack or its aftermath to contact police immediately: “This was a serious and terrifying assault on a lone woman and it is vital that we find the person responsible. If you have information please make contact.”

Any witnesses or anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 quoting 150/06AUG, Tweet @MetCC or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.

#AceNewsDesk reports ……………Published: Aug.17: 2019:

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(LONDON) MISSING ALERT: MET Appeal Report: Police requesting publics help required in finding a 15yr-old Sue maya Begum from Camden who was last seen on Fri.Aug.06: around 13:20hrs at her home in Regent’s Park , NW1: Can you help ?

#AceNewsReport – Aug.17: Police are appealing for the public’s help to find a missing 15-year-old girl from Camden: Suemaya Begum was last seen at about 13:20hrs on Friday, 9 August at her home in the Regents Park area, NW1: She is Asian, about 5ft4ins, of medium build with long dark hair: At the time of her disappearance she was wearing a long beige skirt and a black crop vest top: She is known to frequent Stratford and Tower Hamlets: Suemaya has no mobile phone or access to money.
Officers are increasingly concerned for Suemaya’s wellbeing and would urge anyone with information on her whereabouts to call police on 101 quoting 19MIS031773 or Missing People on 116000.

#AceNewsDesk reports …………….Published: Aug.17: 2019:

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