(PARIS, France.) JUST IN: Protesters throughout France have shown up for rallies against a controversial draft law on public safety, under which filming a police officer on duty may result in a hefty fine. Critics say it fosters impunity for misconduct (RT NEWS PHOTOS, VIDEOS) #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.28: The protests were organized in many large French cities, including Paris, Marseilles, Lyon, Brest and Nice, with thousands participating despite Covid-19 concerns. The main event is happening in the Place de la République in the capital:

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The demonstrators are voicing their anger over a draft law on public security, which was approved by the lower chamber of the parliament this week: Article 24 of the bill bans filming of police officers on duty with an intention to harm them. Lawmakers who voted for the bill are among the officials who were shamed by the protesters:

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The reasoning behind the provision, which introduces a fine of €45,000 ($53,450) or even a one-year jail term, is that members of the force need to be protected from doxxing and online harassment: Critics say it curtails journalistic freedoms and would be used to intimidate people who want to expose police brutality and other forms of misconduct:

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The protests were organised by unions, but they have many supporters: The Yellow Vests movement, which was sparked by growing social and economic inequality and for months remained a major problem for President Emmanuel Macron, is among them:

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There is also a component of racism in why the proposed law sparked so much anger. Police abuse of people of color became more visible thanks to the spread of mobile phones with good cameras and social media:

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One such incident, which was filmed on CCTV rather than a personal device, went viral this week after the footage was leaked online: It showed French police beat and racially abuse a black man, apparently for not wearing a face mask: Police have also been slammed for their heavy-handed tactics in clearing a migrant camp in central Paris earlier this week:

#AceNewsDesk report ………………Published: Nov.28: 2020:

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(LOS ANGELES, Calif.) JUST IN: CHP Report: That at least 62 people have been arrested as police have forcibly removed homeless people from vacant state-owned homes in El Sereno officials said in a statement on Friday according to Pasadena Star-News #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.28: The conflict sparked Wednesday, when people took over several homes that had been bought by Caltrans over the years as it planned the now-defunct 710 Freeway expansion: More than 160 state-owned homes sit vacant along what was supposed to be the freeway’s corridor in El Sereno, Pasadena and South Pasadena, according to data obtained last year by the Pasadena Star-News.

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CHP says Caltrans requested its officers’ assistance after break-ins were reported at some of the El Sereno properties Wednesday: Ultimately, 21 people were arrested across Wednesday and Thursday on suspicion of trespassing and burglary: CHP says they were escorted off the property after refusing to leave “in order to allow the uninhabitable buildings to be re-secured and boarded up for public safety.”

Silver Phoenix, who went to El Sereno to support the occupiers, called CHP’s response inhumane: ” Rather than allow the community to take that effort into housing their own people, they violently removed and extracted all these families who are now wondering where they’re going to be sleeping tonight,” she said. “It’s cold: They have nowhere else to go. There’s literally someone in our friend’s car, wondering where to go.”The large CHP response was met with a mass of protesters, and 41 people were arrested Thursday evening for alleged unlawful assembly.

All those arrested were cited and released, CHP said: Members of Reclaim and Rebuild Our Community said in a video message to Gov. Gavin Newsom posted on YouTube on Wednesday that they had “peacefully moved into several state-owned empty houses.”……………..CHP responded en masse, with officers in at least 50 vehicles packing the neighborhood to begin forcibly removing people that night:

Roberto Flores, an organizer with the group, said the families involved are homeless and have been living in cars and encampments, and looking for somewhere to shelter in place during the pandemic:

On Thursday, only Ganil Hernandez and her family remained in one of the houses: ” We’re taking back this home because we need to shelter in place and because housing is a human right,” Hernandez said: Hernandez said she and her family have been unable to pay the $2,000 rent on their apartment after her partner lost his job. She said their landlord told them they will be evicted in December: ” We can not afford rent here in Los Angeles. We tried moving out of state but we couldn’t get a place there either. I’m doing what I can for my family,” she said:

Caltrans said it has been working with local governments to lease several of its available properties for use as temporary emergency shelters: It recently signed a lease with the city of Los Angeles’ Housing Authority so that 22 vacant Caltrans-owned homes in El Sereno can be used for the city’s transitional housing program: Those homes are now legally housing families who are a part of Reclaiming Our Homes, the activist group said:

#AceNewsDesk report ……………..Published: Nov.28: 2020:

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(JERUSALEM, Israel.) Border police shot dead a Palestinian driver who allegedly tried to ram his car into an officer on the outskirts of the capital after using fake documents, officers said on Wednesday according to RT News #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.25: The man, named locally as 37-year-old Nour Shakir Shuqeir from the Silwan area of East Jerusalem, sustained a gunshot wound to the stomach and was later pronounced dead in the city’s Hadassah Hospital at Mount Scopus: An Israeli policeman was also hospitalized with minor injuries following the incident, which reportedly took place at the Al-Zaim checkpoint in the Israeli-occupied West Bank territory, east of Jerusalem:

Footage posted to social media appears to show Israeli soldiers arriving at the scene of the incident.…..

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“Suspicion arose that the documents presented by the driver were not his and he was apparently trying to impersonate someone else,” a police spokesperson said.

FILE PHOTO: Missile fire is seen over Damascus, Syria, January 21, 2019

Syrian state media reports ‘Israeli aggression’ near Damascus & in southern Quneitra

“During the security check, the suspect started speeding, hitting a border policeman who was at the scene. Following this, the policeman and the security personnel fired at the vehicle.” 

A border police statement said that the suspect had been “neutralized.”

#AceNewsDesk report ……………Published: Nov.25: 2020:

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(LOS ANGELES, Calif.) JUST IN: #SoCal Report: Edison could shut-off power to 76,000 customers on ‘ Thanksgiving ‘ due to high “ Santa Ana ‘ winds according to CBS #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Powerful Santa Ana winds could force Southern California Edison to shut off power to thousands of customers on Thanksgiving: Some of the cities which could be effected include Santa Clarita, Moorpark, Simi Valley, Sylmar, San Fernando, Azusa, Rancho Cucamonga and Banning.

FILE — Crews battle flames along The 241 Toll Road at Portola Parkway during the Silverado Fire in Irvine, Calif., on Oct. 26, 2020. (Jeff Gritchen/Orange County Register/Getty Images) SoCal Edison Could Shut Off Power To 76K Customers On Thanksgiving Due To Santa Ana Winds

The National Weather Service reports that winds of up to 60 miles per hour are possible Thursday and Friday in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, and across the Inland Empire: The conditions will create an increased risk for wildfires and could down trees and power lines, the NWS reports. A fire weather watch will be in effect from 2 p.m. Thursday to 10 p.m. Friday for much of the Southland

In response, SCE reports that it could be forced to implement precautionary public safety shutoffs to 76,491 customers, similar to shutoffs SCE did about a month ago……………..That includes more than 42,000 customers in San Bernardino County, nearly 16,000 customers in L.A. County and over 12,000 in Ventura County

Some of the cities which could be effected include Santa Clarita, Moorpark, Simi Valley, Sylmar, San Fernando, Azusa, Rancho Cucamonga and Banning.

The shutoffs could occur between 2 p.m. Thursday and 3 p.m. Friday. To see if your address is in the shutoff area, click here.

Beginning in August and lasting through October, there were several heat waves in California which sparked rolling blackouts for the first time since 2001, and helped contribute to the spread of a historic number of wildfires up and down the state which destroyed thousands of homes and forced tens of thousands of people to evacuate.

SCE notified California state regulators that its equipment may have been to blame for sparking the Silverado Fire, which broke out east of Irvine late last month, burning 13,400 acres and forcing more than 90,000 to evacuate their homes.

Also last month, Ventura County fire investigators reported that the Easy and Maria fires, which broke out in October of 2019, were both caused by electrical equipment failures. In the Easy Fire, SCE equipment was to blame, officials said.

In November of 2019, while the Easy and Maria fires were still burning, SCE reached a $360 million settlement admitting that its equipment was also responsible for starting the 2017 Thomas Fire and the 2018 Woolsey Fire.

#AceNewsDesk report …………Published: Nov.25: 2020:

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(BIRMINGHAM, U.K.) WM Police Report: The week-long operation – codenamed Sceptre – ran from 9-15 November and saw police teams across the region targeting suspected knife crime offenders and searching for hidden weapons as are represented below #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.25: Officers conducted more than 100 stop and searches, seized weapons including machetes, Zombie knives and a sword, and arrested 55 people: Other tactics included sweeps of parks and open spaces – which yielded 20 weapons – plus metal-detecting operations at transport hubs: Notable arrests included two teenagers found with large combat knives in separate incidents in Birmingham city centre and Chelmsley Wood:

WM Police Report: Operation Sceptre Officers have made dozens of arrests and 17 weapons seized & 50-arrests in weeklong crime offensive …

We played our part in a national offensive on knife crime – making more than 50 arrests and seizing 17 knives.

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The hunting knife we recovered - one of 17 knives seized during the weekThe hunting knife we recovered – one of 17 knives seized during the week

Officers on robbery patrols in Upper Dean Street (15 Nov) chased down a 16-year-old in the Arcadian car park after he ran from them: He was charged with possessing an offensive weapon, admitted the offence at Birmingham Magistrates Court on 17 Nov, and returned to a youth detention facility after it was found he was on licence for previous knife offences.

And the previous day another 16-year-old ran from officers during a stop and search in Blackcat Close, Solihull: A knife was found in his waistband and a large quantity of cannabis in dealer bags seized from a rucksack: He’s been bailed till a date next month to give officers more time to conduct enquiries: And in the early hours of 15 November officers stopped the driver of an Audi in Lawley Middleway on suspicion of drink driving.

WATCH: Here’s the moment we arrested the teenager and seized a hunting knife: https://youtu.be/hPqDHT1JqZI

A machete was recovered at the scene and a machete sheath found concealed inside the man’s trouser leg: A 29-year-old man was released under investigation and sent to a mental health unit for an assessment:

Our Superintendent Gareth Morris, said: “There was some really great work by officers across the patch, dangerous weapons taken off the streets and dozens of arrests.”

Anyone who suspects someone routinely carries a knife is urged to report their concerns to police: They can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 – callers won’t be asked their name – or contact West Midlands Police on 101 or Live Chat at west-midlands.police.uk between 8am to midnight:

#AceNewsDesk report ……………Published: Nov.25: 2020:

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(LONDON) Old Bailey Court Report: A man has been sentenced yesterday Tues.24: Nov: to 4yrs-in-prison with a further year on licence & subject to a 15 years notification requirement for a charge of making and or possession of explosives together with seven further charges of posssion of documents likely to be used by person or persons in an act of terrorism #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.25: Filip Golon Bednarczyk, 26 (28.01.94) of Luton, was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment at the Old Bailey on Tuesday, 24 November, for one count of making or possession of explosive(s) under suspicious circumstances, contrary to Section 4 of the Explosive Substance Act 1983; and seven counts of possession of documents of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism, contrary to Section 58 of the Terrorism Act 2000: A further year will be served on licence: On release, he will be subject to a 15 years notification requirement:

Man jailed for 4yrs plus time on ‘ licence & notification ‘ for ‘ terrorism ‘ offences on Tuesday

Commander Richard Smith, head of the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command, said: “I am very pleased with this sentence. Thanks to the vigilance of Counter Terrorism officers, we detected Bednarczyk’s illegal and dangerous activity and brought him to justice. He now faces a substantial time in prison: “Every day the national counter terrorism police network is fighting terrorism. However, police also rely on information from the public and I urge everyone to remain vigilant and report anything suspicious at all to police whether they see it online or in the real world.”

Detectives from the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command arrested Bednarczyk at his home address on 11 December 2019 after they identified him as someone who bought suspect items from the internet. A search of his home address recovered instructional documentation for the production of gunpowder and C4 plastic explosive as well as a number of ingredients for making explosive devices. However, no terrorist-related activity, or imminent threat, was discovered:

Bednarczyk was subsequently charged with the eight indictments and remanded: He pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey on Wednesday, 6 May to the offences and was remanded in custody, ahead of sentencing:

Police are reminding people to remain vigilant and always report anything suspicious after a man was jailed for possession of ingredients for explosives and terrorism-related offences: You can report any suspicious behaviour or activity that you think could be terrorist-related, including online graphic or violent extremist material or content that supports, directs or glorifies terrorism via the Action Counters Terrorism (ACT) website or alternatively, call police in confidence on 0800 789 321.

#AceNewsDesk report ……………Published: Nov.25: 2020:

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(LONDON) MET & SW Police Report: A further arrest has been made of a man in South Wales this morning of yesterday Tues.24: Nov: as part of Operation Eternal part of the NCA Operation Venetic that came about through cracking encrypted data on EncroChat phones #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.25: Officers from the Met, with support from colleagues from South Wales Police, arrested a man in South Wales on the morning of Tuesday, 24 November: The arrest was part of Operation Eternal, the Met’s operation that feeds into the national Operation Venetic led by the National Crime Agency (NCA) to tackle crimes being committed on encrypted mobile phones: A 32-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs: The arrest took place on Wyverne Road in Cathays, at around 10:00hrs: He has since been further arrested for firearms offences and conspiracy to murder. He remains in police custody:

Met Officers & South Wales Officers have made a further arrest under ‘ EncroChat ‘ on Tuesday ….

Detective Chief Inspector Driss Hayoukane, from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, said: “Our pursuit of criminals using encrypted devices to try and hide their illicit activities has not let up. We are still following investigative leads and arresting those we believe are breaking the law: “Working with colleagues across the United Kingdom, no criminal is beyond the reach of UK law enforcement.”

#AceNewsDesk report …………….Published: Nov.25: 2020:

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(LONDON) MET Update Report: Homicide Detectives investgating the ‘ fatal stabbing ‘ of a man in Lambeth on Sun.22:Nov: 2020: have arrested a man on suspicion of murder yesterday Tues.24: Nov: and he i s held in custody #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.25: Police investigating the fatal stabbing of a man in Lambeth on Sunday, 22 November have named the victim: He has been identified as Terrell Davis, 27, who lived in Lambeth. His next of kin are aware: Mr Davis was found stabbed by members of the London Ambulance Service in Ramillies Close, SW2 at 17.59hrs: Officers attended, along with colleagues from the London Air Ambulance, but Mr Davis was pronounced dead at the scene: A 21-year-old man was arrested in south London yesterday, 24 November on suspicion of murder and remains in custody at a south London police station:

MET Update Report: Victim of fatal stabbing in Lambeth named and a man is arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of murder and being held in custody….

Detective Inspector Chris Wood, Specialist Crime (Homicide) is investigating. He said: “An arrest has been made and we continue to follow a number of leads following this tragic loss of a young life. Terrell’s family are distraught and we are providing them with support via specially trained officers as they begin to grieve for him: “We have spoken to a number of people in the local community about this terrible incident, but I believe there are others who have yet to come forward and tell us what they know: “The answer to what happened to Terrell lies somewhere in the community and there will be people with key information that could help us bring justice to Terrell’s family: “Police and communities must work together to combat violent crime. If you are concerned about telling us what you know, or would not usually interact with the police, I can assure you that anything you tell us would be in the strictest of confidence.”

BCU Commander for Southwark and Lambeth, Colin Wingrove, said: “This is a horrific incident and our thoughts are with the victim’s family, who have lost a loved one in such tragic circumstances: “Our Specialist Crime colleagues are investigating this terrible incident and locally we are providing every support: “I want to reassure local residents that there will be an increased policing presence in the area over the coming days: “We must work together to remove violent offenders and knives from the streets and in doing so make our communities safer”……………….“I would urge anyone who has information they would like to share to approach the officers in the area or call 101.”

Information can also be passed anonymously via Crimestoppers 0800 555 111. Any witnesses or those with information are asked to call 101 quoting CAD 5428/22Nov:

#AceNewsDesk report …………….Published: Nov.25: 2020:

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(MIAMI, Fla.) JUST IN: An arrest has been made into the murder of ‘ Miami Gardens ‘ librarian Jamie Hume nearly two years ago according to CBSlocal #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.24: An arrest has been made in a nearly two-year-old murder case in Miami Gardens. On the morning of December 10, 2018, Jamie Humet was found shot to death in his car outside of a credit union at Northwest 2nd Avenue and 207th Street. His family believes Humet stopped at an ATM at the Dade County Federal Credit Union the night before to withdraw money. “My brother had four $10 bills in his pocket that they did not even take,” said Humet’s Nick said at the time of the murder. “They shot him almost point blank.”

Arrest Made In Murder Of Miami Gardens Librarian Jamie Humet Nearly Two Years Ago

Surveillance video provided by Miami Gardens police shows a newer model white KIA Optima. The shooting suspect can be seen running towards the getaway car wearing a black hoodie. Humet, 47, had been a librarian with Miami-Dade County for 21 years. On Monday, November 23rd, police arrested 19-year-old Shaun Fortune in Humet’s death. He’s been charged with second-degree murder and attempted armed robbery:

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Nov.24: 2020:

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(GRT MANCHESTER) GM Police Report: Officers have released CCTV (images below) in connection with a ‘ sexual assault ‘ on Sun.01:Nov: in Rochdale around 21:00hrs: Can you help ? #AceNewDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.24: Officers have released CCTV images of a man they would like to speak to in connection with a sexual assault in Rochdale: Police were called shortly before 9.30pm on Sunday 1 November 2020 to a report of a girl being sexually assaulted by a man as she made her way on foot towards Mainway after getting off a bus: An investigation is underway and no arrests have been made at this time:

GM Police officers release a ‘ CCTV Image & Appeal ‘ for ‘ Publics Help & any Witnesses ‘ following a ‘ sexual assault ‘ in Rochdale on Nov.01: 2020:

Detective Constable Fran Pearson of GMP’s Rochdale district, said: “This was a horrific ordeal for the victim and specialist officers continue to support her through this incredibly difficult time: “Our investigation remains ongoing and we have released these CCTV images of a man we would like to speak to in connection with the assault. Do you recognise him? Were you in the area at the time of the assault and witness anything suspicious?……………….”We are urging anyone with information, no matter how small, to come forward and assist police in our enquiries.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 4668 quoting incident number 2986 of 01/11/20: Alternatively, details can be passed on anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111:

#AceNewsDesk report …………….Published: Nov.24: 2020:

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(SYRIA) JUST IN: Two bomb blasts killed at least seven people and wounded scores on Tuesday in areas of northwest Syria near the Turkish border, witnesses and police sources said: Five people were killed and 20 wounded, some critically, in a blast that exploded at a road junction on the outskirts of the city of al Bab, north of Aleppo province, they said #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.24: Two blasts kill seven in Syrian rebel-held northwest near Turkish border: A few hours later, at least two civilians was killed and 17 wounded in a car blast in the city of Afrin, a mainly Kurdish area which Turkish forces and their Syrian allies took from the Kurdish YPG militia in 2018: Videos posted on social media showed footage of mangled cars and extensive damage to an industrial area with fires burning: Reuters could not immediately vouch for their authenticity: Civil defence officials said the death toll was expected to rise:

#Syria Report: At least seven people have been killed & dozens wounded in two bomb blasts on Tuesday & at least five people killed and a further 20-wounded some critically in another bomb blast close to Aleppo Reuters.Com/

Reuters Wire News, [Nov 24, 2020 at 17:16] https://t.me/reuters_news_agency/48822

The two cities, which Turkey administers with the help of Syrian Arab rebels it backs, have in the last year been frequently hit by bombings detonated in crowded civilian areas: Turkey and its rebel allies accuse the YPG of carrying out the blasts that have killed dozens in the mainly Arab populated towns near the border under their control, saying their goal is to make them ungovernable and sow fear among civilians: There was no immediate comment from the YPG, which has denied previous accusations of attacks on civilians. It says it only targets Turkish soldiers and their allies in a guerrilla campaign to drive out “occupiers”………….The YPG says Ankara wants to drive out Kurds and settle Arabs:

Turkey regards the YPG as a terrorist group tied to the PKK inside its own borders, and has staged incursions into Syria in support of Syrian rebels to push it from the Turkish frontier: Ankara now retains a large military presence in the area deploying thousands of troops in the last rebel enclave:

#AceNewsDesk report ……………….Published: Nov.24: 2020: 17:11:57

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(ZURICH, Switzerland.) JUST IN: Two women have been injured in a ‘ stabbing attack ‘ in a department store in the city of Lugano according to police RT News #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.24: Two women have been injured in a stabbing attack inside a department store in the Swiss city of Lugano, according to police: A female suspect has been arrested, and officers have reportedly not ruled out terrorism: The attack occurred around 2pm local time, when a 28-year-old Swiss woman, who lives in the area, grabbed the first victim by the neck with her bare hands before turning on a second woman and slashing her with a knife, police said:

Local media reports say that investigators have not ruled out terrorism as a motive for the attack:

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The suspect was apprehended by other people inside the store before being arrested: Police said that one of the victims sustained serious, but not life-threatening, injuries in the attack, while the second sustained minor injuries:

#AceNewsDesk report ……………..Published: Nov.24: 2020:

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(HOUSTON, Tx.) ICE/ERO Air Operations Report: MS-13 Gang Member and subject of an ‘ Interpol Red Not ice ‘ wanted in El Salvador for membership in a terrorist organization and unlawfully present in U.S . has been deported on Friday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.24: Officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) in Houston, Texas: On Nov. 20, Erick Giovanni Portillo-Ayala, a 24-year-old documented MS-13 gang member and subject of an Interpol Red Notice, was flown on a charter flight coordinated by ICE Air Operations from Alexandria, La., to the El Salvador International Airport in San Salvador, El Salvador. Upon arrival, he was turned over to Salvadoran authorities:

ICE/ERO Report: Removal of unlawfully present Salvadoran national wanted for membership in terrorist organisation

ICE removes unlawfully present Salvadoran national wanted for membership in terrorist organization

Portillo-Ayala entered the U.S. illegally on April 6, 2014, and was taken into U.S. Border Patrol custody the same day near Sarita, Texas. On April 9, 2014, he was transferred into ICE custody at the Port Isabel Service Processing Center in Los Fresnos, Texas:

Portillo-Ayala was released from ICE custody on June 3, 2014: After posting a bond set by an Immigration Judge (IJ) with the Executive Office for Immigration Review.

On Oct. 16, 2018: An IJ ordered Portillo-Ayala removed from the United States to El Salvador, in absentia, after he failed to attend his immigration hearting:

On Nov. 5, 2020: ERO Houston arrested Portillo-Ayala in Houston, Texas, and on Nov. 20 he was removed to El Salvador:

ICE is focused on removing public safety threats, such as convicted criminal aliens and gang members, as well as individuals who have violated our nation’s immigration laws: In FY 2019, ERO Houston removed 5,497 known or suspected gang members and more than 12,620 aliens with criminal convictions:

Members of the public who have information about foreign fugitives are urged to contact ICE: By calling the ICE Tip Line at 1 (866) 347-2423 or internationally at 001-1802-872-6199. They can also file a tip online by completing ICE’s online tip form.

#AceNewsDesk report ……………Published: Nov.24: 2020:

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(WASHINGTON) DOJ REPORT: AG Barr Announces ‘ Scheduled Executions ‘ of three federal death r ow inmates, sentenced to death for staggeringly brutal murders, including murder of a child and, with respec t to two inmates, the murder of multiple victims #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.24: Attorney General William P. Barr today.

Executions Scheduled for Inmates Convicted of Brutal Murders Many Years Ago of

  • Alfred Bourgeois abused, tortured, and beat to death his young daughter: After a paternity test identified Bourgeois as the father of a two-and-a-half-year-old girl and a court ordered that he pay child support to the mother, Bourgeois took temporary custody of his daughter and brought her with him on a trucking route. While on the trip, Bourgeois systematically abused and tortured her — including by punching her in the face, whipping her with an electrical cord, and burning the bottom of her foot with a cigarette lighter. In July 2002, Bourgeois arrived at the Corpus Christi Naval Air Station for a delivery. While backing his truck up to a loading dock, his daughter tipped over her training potty. Bourgeois became enraged and repeatedly slammed the back of her head into the truck’s window and dashboard, killing her. On March 16, 2004, a jury in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas found Bourgeois guilty of murder within the special territorial jurisdiction of the United States, and unanimously recommended a death sentence, which the court imposed. His conviction and sentence were affirmed on appeal, and his requests for collateral relief were ultimately rejected by federal courts. In July 2019, his execution was scheduled for Jan. 13, 2020, but legal impediments prevented the government from proceeding at that time. Bourgeois is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection on Dec. 11, 2020, at the Federal Correctional Complex, Terre Haute, Indiana:
  • Cory Johnson murdered seven people — Peyton Johnson, Louis Johnson, Bobby Long, Dorothy Armstrong, Anthony Carter, Linwood Chiles, and Curtis Thorne — in furtherance of his drug-trafficking activities. Between 1989 and July 1992, Johnson and several co-conspirators, including federal death-row inmates Richard Tipton and James Roane, were partners in a large drug-trafficking conspiracy based in Richmond, Virginia. In early 1992, Johnson went on a killing spree, shooting and killing each of the seven victims for perceived slights or rivalry in the drug trade. Johnson shot one victim at close range after ordering him to place his head on a car steering wheel. Johnson shot and killed another victim at the victim’s home when he failed to pay for crack cocaine — and Johnson also murdered the victim’s sister and a male acquaintance. In February 1993, a jury in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia found Johnson guilty of numerous federal offenses, including seven counts of capital murder, and unanimously recommended seven death sentences, which the court imposed. Johnson’s convictions and sentences were affirmed on appeal more than 24 years ago, and his initial round of collateral challenges failed 15 years ago. Johnson’s execution initially was scheduled to occur in May 2006, but a preliminary injunction prevented the government from proceeding until it was vacated this September. Johnson is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection on Jan. 14, 2021, at the Federal Correctional Complex, Terre Haute, Indiana:
  • Dustin John Higgs kidnapped and murdered three women — Tamika Black, 19; Tanji Jackson, 21; and Mishann Chinn, 23: One evening in January 1996, Higgs and two friends drove to Washington, D.C., to pick up Black, Jackson, and Chinn, whom Higgs had invited to his apartment in Laurel, Maryland. At the apartment, Jackson rebuffed an advance by Higgs and the women left. Higgs offered the women a ride back to Washington, D.C., but instead drove to a secluded area in the Patuxent National Wildlife Refuge, ordered the women out of the vehicle, gave a gun to one of the friends, and said, “better make sure they’re dead.” The other man shot Black and Jackson in the chest and back, and shot Chinn in the back of the head, killing all three women. On Oct.11, 2000, a jury in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland found Higgs guilty of numerous federal offenses, including three counts of first-degree premeditated murder, three counts of first-degree felony murder, and three counts of kidnapping resulting in death, and unanimously recommended nine death sentences, which the court imposed. Higgs’ convictions and sentences were affirmed on appeal nearly 17 years ago, and his initial round of collateral challenges failed nearly eight years ago: Higgs is scheduled to be executed on Jan. 15, 2021:

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(WASHINGTON) DOJ REPORT: Human Rights & War Crimes Division Investgation: The Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) has dismissed the appeal of Tennessee resident Friedrich Karl Berger, a German citizen who was ordered removed from the US earlier this year on the basis of his service in Nazi Germany in 1945 as an armed guard of concentration camp prisoners in the Neuengamme Concentration Camp system (Neuengamme) #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.24: “Berger’s willing service as an armed guard at a Nazi concentration camp cannot be erased and will not be ignored,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Brian C. Rabbitt of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. “On the eve of tomorrow’s 75th anniversary of the commencement of the Nuremberg trials of the surviving leaders of the defeated Nazi regime, this case shows that the passage of time will not deter the department from fulfilling the moral imperative of seeking justice for the victims of their heinous crimes.”

Removal Order Upheld Against Tennessee Man Who Served as Nazi Concentration Camp Guard During WWII

The Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) has dismissed the appeal of Tennessee resident Friedrich Karl Berger, a German citizen who was ordered removed from the United States earlier this year on the basis of his service in Nazi Germany in 1945 as an armed guard of concentration camp prisoners in the Neuengamme Concentration Camp system (Neuengamme). Justice Dept Press Release

“ Berger was an active participant in one of the darkest chapters in human history. He attempted to shed his nefarious past to come to America and start anew, but thanks to the dedication of those at the Department of Justice and Homeland Security Investigations, the truth was revealed,” said Deputy Assistant Director Louis A. Rodi III of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) National Security Investigations Division, which oversees the Human Rights Violators and War Crimes Center. “War criminals and violators of human rights will not be allowed to evade justice and find safe haven here.”

The BIA upheld a Memphis, Tennessee, Immigration Judge’s Feb. 28, 2020, decision that Berger was removable under the 1978 Holtzman Amendment to the Immigration and Nationality Act because his “willing service as an armed guard of prisoners at a concentration camp where persecution took place” constituted assistance in Nazi-sponsored persecution: The court found that Berger served at a Neuengamme sub-camp near Meppen, Germany, and that the prisoners there included “Jews, Poles, Russians, Danes, Dutch, Latvians, French, Italians, and political opponents” of the Nazis: The largest groups of prisoners were Russian, Dutch and Polish civilians:

After a two-day trial in February, the presiding judge issued an opinion finding that Meppen prisoners were held during the winter of 1945 in “atrocious” conditions and were exploited for outdoor forced labor, working, “to the point of exhaustion and death.” The court further found, and Berger admitted, that he guarded prisoners to prevent them from escaping during their dawn-to-dusk workday, and on their way to the worksites and also on their way back to the SS-run subcamp in the evening:

At the end of March 1945, as allied British and Canadian forces advanced, the Nazis abandoned Meppen: The court found that Berger helped guard the prisoners during their forcible evacuation to the Neuengamme main camp – a nearly two-week trip under inhumane conditions, which claimed the lives of some 70 prisoners. The decision also cited Berger’s admission that he never requested a transfer from concentration camp guard service and that he continues to receive a pension from Germany based on his employment in Germany, “including his wartime service.”

In 1946: British occupation authorities in Germany charged SS Obersturmführer Hans Griem, who had headed the Meppen sub-camps, and other Meppen personnel with war crimes for “ill-treatment and murder of Allied nationals.” Although Griem escaped before trial, the British court tried and convicted the remaining defendants of war crimes in 1947:

The trial and appeal of the removal case: Were handled by Eli Rosenbaum, Director of Human Rights Enforcement and Policy in the Criminal Division’s Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section (HRSP), HRSP Senior Trial Attorney Susan Masling, and attorneys from ICE New Orleans, Office of the Principal Legal Advisor (Memphis), with assistance from HRSP Chief Historian Jeffrey S. Richter, and the Human Rights Violators and War Crimes Center. The investigation was initiated by the HRSP and was conducted in partnership with the Nashville ICE HSI office:

Since the 1979 inception of the Justice Department’s program to detect, investigate, and remove Nazi persecutors, it has won cases against 109 individuals: Over the past 30 years, the Justice Department has won more cases against persons who participated in Nazi persecution than have the law enforcement authorities of all the other countries in the world combined. HRSP’s case against Berger was part of its ongoing efforts to identify, investigate and prosecute individuals who engaged in genocide, torture, war crimes, recruitment or use of child soldiers, female genital mutilation, and other serious human rights violations. HRSP attorneys prosecuted the first torture case brought in the United States and have successfully prosecuted criminal cases against perpetrators of human rights violations committed in Guatemala, Ethiopia, Liberia, Cuba, and the former Yugoslavia, among others:

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(LONDON) Press Release Statement Travel Report: GOVUK Transport Secretary Announces that from 15th December 2020: Passengers arriving in England will be able to reduce mandatory self-isolation by at least a week, as the government launches its new strategy for testing international arrivals at a cost of £65 – 120 prov ided by private firms #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.24: Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has today (24 November 2020) announced that from 15 December 2020, passengers arriving into England from countries not featured on the government’s travel corridor list will have the option to take a test after 5 days of self-isolation, with a negative result releasing them from the need to isolate: The move will give passengers the confidence to book international trips in the knowledge that they can return home and isolate for a shorter period if they have received a negative test. With those opting in to the scheme having to book and pay for a coronavirus (COVID-19) test from a private provider on the GOV.UK list, we are ensuring the NHS Test and Trace testing capacity is protected: Under the ‘Test to release for international travel’ strategy, passengers arriving into England by plane, ferry or train should book their test before they travel; must complete a passenger locator form; and will still need to self-isolate for 5 days before taking a test – rather than taking it at their port of arrival:

#Coronavirus Report: Test to Release: England introduces testing strategy for international arrivals

Tests will be at the cost of the traveller to protect the capacity of NHS Test and Trace.

Department for Transport

  • testing strategy for passengers arriving into England to be introduced from 15 December
  • 14-day self-isolation period reduced by up to two thirds on receipt of a negative COVID-19 test from a private provider after 5 days of isolation
  • new funding committed to support commercial airports across England as they recover from the COVID-19 pandemic

Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, said:

We have a plan in place to ensure that our route out of this pandemic is careful and balanced, allowing us to focus on what we can now do to bolster international travel while keeping the public safe.

Our new testing strategy will allow us to travel more freely, see loved ones and drive international business. By giving people the choice to test on day 5, we are also supporting the travel industry as it continues to rebuild out of the pandemic.

The ‘Test to Release’ scheme is announced as the government introduces new financial support for English airports and ground handlers serving them: This support, which will shore up jobs and reinforce local economies, will be available to commercial airports in England. The support will address fixed costs and be equivalent to the business rates liabilities of each business, capped at up to £8 million per site, and subject to certain conditions: This scheme will open in the new year:

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, said:

The aviation industry is vital to our economy – creating jobs and driving growth- which is why we have supported them throughout this crisis through the job retention scheme, loans and tax deferrals.

This new package of support for airports, alongside a new testing regime for international arrivals, will help the sector take off once again as we build back better from the pandemic.

The government has considered the evidence which demonstrates that a test after 5 days of self-isolation provides materially better results than just having a test on arrival, as it allows time for the virus, should it be present, to incubate, helping reduce the risk of a false negative result.

Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock, said:

Ensuring that safe travel is possible has been a priority for the Global Travel Taskforce. This test on day 5 of the 14-day self-solation period will identify positive coronavirus cases and allow those who test negative to return to work and see their loved ones while abiding by domestic coronavirus restrictions.

This will be done at the cost of the traveller to protect the capacity of NHS Test and Trace and ensure that any UK resident who has symptoms is able to get a test.

Passengers will be able to book a test from a provider on a GOV.UK list before arriving in England. If they choose to book a test, they will need to state this on their passenger locator form prior to arriving and then go straight into self-isolation at home as usual. If they choose to opt in after arrival, they will need to resubmit their passenger locator form: They can then take a test on or after day 5 of the isolation period either at home or at a private provider’s testing site, and on receipt of a negative result, can immediately finish self-isolating and return to following domestic rules: Those choosing not to take a test when arriving from a non-exempt country must continue to follow the current self-isolation requirements (2 weeks)…………….The testing strategy is one outcome of the government’s Global Travel Taskforce report recently presented to the Prime Minister, which also sets out a pathway to restarting the cruise sector……The recommendations are based on advice from a consortium of expert representatives from the aviation, maritime, international rail, tourism and hospitality industries to boost international travel for all modes, whilst safeguarding public health in the UK:

The government will also continue to work with international partners and representatives across the transport industries to further build on the recommendations in the report, including exploring pre-departure testing pilots with partner countries on a bilateral basis: COVID-19 has profoundly changed the nature of international travel. Travellers should always check the latest advice from the FCDO.

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(LONDON) #BrexitNext – GOV UK Transition Information for ‘ Businesses & Citizens as from January.01: 2021: Check in and register and be up to date with what you need to know ….#AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.24: This is the latest website that anyone wanting to know what’s next after U.K. transition period ends……..

https://www.gov.uk/transition

Changes for businesses and citizens

You need to act now if you’re:

Get the complete list of what you need to do for you, your business and your family.

All transition period information

(LONDON) Press Release Statement Royal Assent Report: GOVUK Environment Secretary George Eustice Announces y esterday the UK’s first major domestic fisheries legislation in nearly 40 years passed into law: The Fisheries Act 2020 gives the UK full control of its fishing waters for the first time since 1973 #AceNewsDe sk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.24: The Fisheries Act will enable the UK to control who fishes in our waters through a new foreign vessel licencing regime and ends the current automatic rights for EU vessels to fish in UK waters: Underpinning everything in the Act is a commitment to sustainability, ensuring healthy seas for future generations of fishermen. The UK Government and Devolved Administrations will now develop new fisheries management plans for managing fisheries to benefit the fishing industry and the marine environment: Healthy fish stocks, with the prospect of further fishing opportunities delivered through international negotiations, will help drive economic growth for coastal communities around the country by making sure the industry can continue to thrive for years to come: The Act now places the UK on a firm legal footing as the Transition Period ends, with the ability to put in place and enforce new rules to protect our offshore marine protected areas – boosting the government’s Blue Belt of marine protection around England’s coast:

Flagship Fisheries Bill becomes law

The Fisheries Bill receives Royal Assent after 10 months in Parliament

Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

Environment Secretary George Eustice said:

This is a huge moment for the UK fishing industry. This is the first domestic fisheries legislation in nearly 40 years, and we will now take back control of our waters out to 200 nautical miles or the median line.

The Fisheries Act makes clear our intention to continue to operate on the world stage as a leading, responsible, independent coastal State. We will protect our precious marine environment, whilst ensuring a fairer share of fishing opportunities for UK fishermen.

By swiftly responding to the latest scientific advice and needs of our fishing industries we will secure a thriving future for our coastal communities.

Fisheries Minister Victoria Prentis said:

The Fisheries Act marks another crucial milestone as we embark on a new journey as an independent coastal State.

This means that we can tailor our policies to the needs of the UK industry – making the most of the riches of our waters, in harmony with the needs of the marine environment.

Barrie Deas, Chief Executive, National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations, said:

The passage of the Fisheries Act 2020 into law is a landmark event. The new legislation has successfully avoided the pitfalls of the Common Fisheries Policy.

It provides a balanced framework for a much more agile, flexible system of sustainable fisheries management in the future, consistent with the UK’s new status as an independent coastal State.

Elspeth Macdonald, Chief Executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation said:

The Fisheries Bill becoming law is another important milestone in the UK becoming an independent coastal State at the end of this year.

The Fisheries Act will provide the right legal framework for responsible fisheries management in the UK, and SFF looks forward to working with both the UK and Scottish governments in taking forward the innovative approaches, such as fisheries management plans, that the Act makes provision for.

The Fisheries Act allows the Government to fund a wider range of fisheries projects, for instance to encourage the uptake of new technologies at sea, improve port infrastructure, and support recreational sea angling: It also equips the Devolved Administrations with greater fisheries management powers. This means each Administration will tailor their approach based on the specific needs of their industries and waters, enabling a move away from the inflexible and cumbersome Common Fisheries Policy.

The Act also recognises that many fisheries resources are ‘shared stocks’ as they swim across borders. For these stocks, negotiation with other countries is crucial, as sustainable catches cannot be achieved through UK action alone: The Act also goes further than the Common Fisheries Policy by ensuring further action will be taken to minimise the fishing sector’s impact on climate change, for example by developing policies to reduce emissions for instance from fishing vessels or encourage decarbonisation:

Alongside the Act: The UK has now secured new bilateral fisheries arrangements, including the agreements with Norway and the Faroe Islands, and the Memoranda of Understanding with Greenland and Iceland. Through such arrangements the UK will be able to negotiate future sustainable fishing opportunities with other coastal states, in the best interests of our fishing industry and marine environment, now and in the future:

Further information

The Fisheries Act will ensure:

  • The UK government and the Devolved Administrations will publish a legally binding Joint Fisheries Statement and develop to coordinate fisheries management plans and achieve sustainability goals
  • EU vessels’ automatic access right to fish in UK waters is removed
  • Foreign boats will be required a licence to fish in UK waters and will have to follow the UK’s rules
  • Fisheries are managed in a sustainable way – balancing social, economic, and social benefits while preventing the over exploitation of fish stocks
  • The UK fisheries administrations will seek to ensure increased benefits from fish caught by UK boats
  • Sensitive marine species, such as dolphins, are protected and the bycatch of unwanted fish reduced
  • UK boats can continue to access any part of UK waters, as they do now regardless, whether they are registered in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland
  • UK administrations can set up new domestic grant schemes, providing funding in new areas and tailored to the needs of their sectors.

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(BOSTON) JUST IN: USCG REPORT: Search underway for four-fishermen northeast of Provincetown after Watchstanders received notification 01:00am on Monday from the 82-foot fishing vessel Emmy Rose’s emergency position indicating radio beacon upon arrival they found an empty life raft #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.24: The Coast Guard is searching for four fishermen approximately 20 miles northeast of Provincetown, Massachusetts, Monday: Watchstanders at First District Coast Guard Command Center, in Boston, received notification at 1 a.m., Monday, from the 82-foot fishing vessel Emmy Rose’s emergency position indicating radio beacon: The vessel owner reported there were four people aboard, and there were no answers on the vessel’s satellite phone: The Coast Guard immediately launched a Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, Massachusetts MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew, and the Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous to search for the Emmy Rose: Upon arrival to the vessel’s last known position, Coast Guard crews discovered debris and an empty life raft:

Coast Guard searching for 4 fishermen northeast of Provincetown

U.S. Coast Guard sent this bulletin at 11/23/2020 09:02 AM EST

News Release U.S. Coast Guard 1st District Northeast
Contact: 1st District Public Affairs
Office: (617) 223-8515
After Hours: (617) 717-9609
1st District online newsroom

Coast Guard searching for 4 fishermen northeast of Provincetown

Searching are crews from:

  • Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter, and HC-144 Ocean Sentry fixed-wing aircraft
  • Coast Guard Station Provincetown 47-foot Motor Life Boat
  • Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous, a 210-foot Medium Endurance Cutter, homeported in Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • Coast Guard Cutter Key Largo, a 110-foot Patrol Boat, homeported in Gloucester, Massachusetts

The weather on scene is 30-knot winds with 6-to-8-foot seas.

The Emmy Rose is homeported in Portland, Maine.

-USCG-

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(KABUL, Afghanistan.) Save The Children Report: More than 26,000 children killed or injured in the country since 2005, as ‘appalling cost’ of conflict revealed as true cost of War is being revealed #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.23: The “appalling cost” of the conflict has resulted in the suffering of at least 26,025 children between 2005 and 2019, according to the organization: Ahead of its donor conference in Geneva this week, Save the Children declared Afghanistan one of the world’s most dangerous countries for children and called on nations to cease using explosive weapons in populated areas:

Police officers stand guard after rockets hit residential areas in Kabul, Afghanistan November 21, 2020.

Recent killing of students in local University claimed to by #IslamicState

Chris Nyamandi, Save the Children’s country director in Afghanistan, described a grim picture.

Imagine living with the constant fear that today might be the day that your child is killed in a suicide attack or an airstrike. This is the grim reality for tens of thousands of Afghan parents whose children have been killed or injured.

Violence has increased in Afghanistan as peace talks have stalled and US troops have begun withdrawing from the region. In 2019, Afghanistan accounted for the highest number of child fatalities (874) and injuries (2,275) of all global conflicts examined in the group’s report.

FILE PHOTO: An Australian soldier is seen through night vision while on patrol in Dili, East Timor.

Australian war crimes report alleges elite troops executed 39 Afghan civilians including to achieve ‘first kill’

The report revealed how schools are routinely attacked in the region as part of clashes between the Afghan government, alongside US troops, and the Taliban, as well other insurgents. In the two years between 2017 and 2019, the charity found there were more than 300 attacks on educational establishments: As well as concerns over violence in the country, Save the Children also warned that more than seven million children in Afghanistan are at risk of hunger and three million kids under the age of five are suffering from malnutrition, with the coronavirus pandemic having “exacerbated” the situation:

#AceNewsDesk report …………..Published: Nov.23: 2020:

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