#AceWorldNews – BRUSSELS – Nov.14 – The decision on whether to impose more economic sanctions against Russia will likely be made by EU leaders in mid-December, rather than by foreign ministers who are meeting in Brussels on Monday, Reuters quoted diplomats as saying.
The foreign ministers may produce a list of Ukrainian rebel figures and possibly some Russians to be added to the list of personal sanctions already in place, according to an internal paper seen by the news agency.
They will be required to keep in mind “that the main separatist leaders are already listed…and the fact that the targeted separatists could be at some point agents in the implementation of the peace plan.”
#AceWorldNews – SOUTH KOREA – Nov.11 – South Korean prosecutors said on Tuesday they would appeal against court rulings on the 15 crew-members of a capsized ferry.
The captain of the ferry, which sank killing about 300 people, mostly children, was acquitted of homicide.
However, he was found guilty of negligence and sentenced to 36 years in jail.
#AceWorldNews – AUSTRALIA – Nov.11 – We reported on this abuse news a few weeks ago and today the Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison is establishing a new monitoring team for centres holding asylum-seekers, after a series of abuse allegations, AFP said.
Asylum-seekers face mandatory detention on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island and the small state of Nauru as Australia wants to stop would-be refugees from risking their lives on people-smuggling boats.
The team will recommend “action to deal with credible allegations of misconduct should they arise,” the minister said Tuesday.
#AceWorldNews – SOUTH KOREA – Nov.11 – The captain of the South Korean ferry that sank in April was jailed for 36 years Tuesday.
Prosecutors had demanded the death penalty, but a three-judge court said they failed to prove the captain had acted with an intention to kill.
He was convicted of gross negligence and dereliction of duty, including abandoning his vessel while hundreds of schoolchildren and other passengers remained trapped on board.
Three other senior crew members were sentenced to jail terms of between 15 and 30 years.
#AceWorldNews – PAKISTAN – Nov.11 – At least 56 people, 17 women and 18 children among them, were killed on Tuesday, as a passenger bus collided with a truck in southern Pakistan, officials said.
“The Karachi-bound passenger bus, which was coming from north-western city of Swat went on the wrong side of the road and collided head-on with a goods container, killing 56 people,“senior local police official Nasir Aftab told AFP.
Conflicting reports have come about the number of victims. AP reported the death and injury toll issued by police official Ghulam Jhokhio.
AFP, however, estimates the body count at 56 people at least, with a much higher rate of kids – including 17 women and 18 children. The latter death toll was confirmed by a senior doctor at the Khairpur civil hospital, who added that the condition of three of the injured was critical.
— Faizan Khan (@Faibyy) November 11, 2014
The accident happened in the morning, 450km north of Karachi, near the city of Khairpur, which is the capital of southern Sindh province. A police official told AP, the most likely cause of the accident was heavy fog.
Bad road infrastructure, combined with reckless driving makes fatal accidents quite common in Pakistan.
#AceWorldNews – BEIJING – Nov.11 – Russian President Vladimir Putin has talked with US President Barack Obama after the first APEC session in Beijing on Monday, TASS reported.
After the session was complete, all the leaders made their way to the photo shoot, while Putin and Obama stayed behind, approaching the group only a few minutes later.
During that time, both leaders talked. “Putin and Obama are continuing to talk on the sidelines of the forum,”Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Tuesday.
Earlier in the day, Putin met with Obama at the APEC summit, the Kremlin has confirmed.
But, the encounter between the two leaders was hardly more than a mere greeting and small talk.
Peskov said the two said hello and had a brief talk at the welcoming ceremony.
#AceWorldNews – PALESTINE – Nov.10 – The Fatah movement of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is cancelling Gaza ceremonies marking the 10th anniversary of Yasser Arafat’s death due to security concerns, AFP reported.
Fatah spokesman Fayez Abu Eita said that the security and political wings of Hamas had informed that they were “unable to guarantee the safety of the festival.”
No casualties were reported after at least 10 explosions hit houses and cars belonging to senior Fatah members in Gaza on Friday.
#AceWorldNews – KABUL – Nov.10- At least 10 police were killed after bombs struck three Afghan cities, including the capital Kabul, in east Afghanistan on Monday, Reuters said.
The militants claimed responsibility for two of the attacks, which killed the policemen, seven of them in the eastern province of Logar province when a suicide bomber blew himself up at the provincial police headquarters.
Three policemen were killed in eastern Nangarhar province by a bomb planted in a rickshaw.
In Kabul, a magnetic bomb planted in a flower bed near a university injured three people.
#AceWorldNews – BEIJING – Nov.10 – President Obama made the remarks at the APEC CEO Summit in Beijing on Monday as reported by USA today.
He said the U.S. and China need to work together to deepen economic ties.
The president announced that he wants to extend existing visa for Chinese students, tourists and business people.
Obama said student visas will be extended to five years, and business and tourist visas to 10 years.
Obama will also visit Burma and Australia this week.
#AceWorldNews – BEIJING – Nov.09 – Chile hopes for cooperation with Russia and the Customs Union countries in organisation of a free trade zone: Chile’s President Michelle Bachelet said during a meeting with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin on Sunday and Tass reported.
“We continue a dialogue on several very important issues,” she said, mentioning work on agreements on cooperation in education, fighting organised crime and drug trafficking, in energy, culture and defence. “We hope for wider and deeper cooperation.”
“We hope to fix the progress and to achieve practical understanding on issues of importance to us,” Chile’s president said. “We are interested in cooperation in working on an agreement on a free-trade-zone with Russia as well as with other members of the Customs Union.”
Putin, in his turn, said Russia and Chile “always had very good partner relations.”
“We have a very intensive political dialogue, and, of course, the relations should be amended by vast economic relations according to our opportunities,” the Russian president said.
#AceWorldNews – CALIFORNIA – Nov.09 – Over 18,000 nurses in Northern California are planning a two-day strike, beginning Tuesday, over equipment and training standards for the Ebola virus, Bloomberg News reported Sunday.
The strike would affect 21 hospitals and 65 clinics owned by Kaiser Permanente, said Charles Idelson, a spokesman for National Nurses United.
Kaiser insists the hospitals and clinics will continue operating normally despite the walkout.
The strike action comes after two nurses in Dallas, Texas, who treated the first US victim of Ebola, tested positive for the virus.
#AceWorld – ROMANIA – Nov.09 – Around 10,000 Romanians took to the streets on Saturday protesting the inability of their compatriots living abroad to cast their votes in the first round of presidential elections, which were held November 2, AFP reported.
Protesters have called for the resignation of Prime Minister Victor Ponta, one of the presidential candidates.
Romanians living abroad had to stand in long lines to cast their ballots, and some were not able to vote at all due to the lack of special forms to be filled in by voters.
Ponta is so far leading the vote with 40 percent of votes cast.
The second round of voting is due November 16.
#AceWorldNews – YEMEN – Nov.09 – A new Yemeni government is set to be sworn in Sunday, despite opposition from the General People’s Congress (GPC), the ruling party in the country’s parliament led by former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, and the Houthis, a powerful Shia rebel group that controls much of south Yemen.
After President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi announced his new government on Friday, the Houthis and GPC rejected it, with Saleh criticizing it as “unrepresentative.” GPC leaders announced they would pull their members out of the new cabinet, and have ousted President Hadi from the party leadership.
Saleh, who is thought to have tacitly supported the Houthi insurgency, accused Hadi of soliciting UN sanctions against him and two Houthi leaders for attempting to destabilize the country.
After seizing the capital, Sanaa, in September, the Houthis demanded that Hadi appoint a new government, criticizing the regime for its close cooperation with a conservative Sunni Islamist party.
Meanwhile, sectarian violence between Houthis and Sunni Al-Qaeda militias continues to ravage the country.
On Saturday, Al-Qaeda took responsibility for killing dozens of Houthis in twin attacks in central Yemen.
#AceWorldNews – BARCELONA – Nov.08 – There is a certain feeling of excitement in the air, the kind which makes the hairs on the skin stand up. Something big is about to happen.
Red and yellow striped flags can now be found all over Catalonia, hanging on balconies, houses and official buildings. Many of the them carry the blue triangle with the white star – a call for independence.