#AceWorldNews – PHILIPPINES (Manila) – October 22 – A US Marine accused of murdering a transgender woman was moved to the Philippines’ military headquarters Wednesday, AFP said, citing officials.
US helicopter delivered Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton to Camp Aguinaldo in Manila and will be jointly guarded by American and local troops, according to military chief General Gregorio Catapang.
“He will be detained in a 28-cubic-meter van that was installed inside the facility and he will be sleeping in a military-type cot bed with an air conditioning system,”Catapang said.
Police said Pemberton was the last person seen with the victim, Jennifer Laude, a transgender 26-year-old also known as Jeffrey.
#AceWorldNews – CROATIA (Osijek) – October 20 – Dozens of suspected Nazi war criminals and SS guards collected millions of dollars in U.S. Social Security benefits after being forced out of the United States, an Associated Press investigation has found.
One such person was a former Auschwitz guard Jakob Denzinger lived the American dream.
His plastics company in the Rust Belt town of Akron, Ohio, thrived.
By the late 1980’s, he had acquired the trappings of success: a Cadillac DeVille and a Lincoln Town Car, a lake front home, investments in oil and real estate.
The payments, underwritten by American taxpayers, flowed through a legal loophole that gave the U.S. Justice Department leverage to persuade Nazi suspects to leave the U.S.
If they agreed to go, or simply fled before deportation, they could keep their Social Security, according to interviews and internal U.S. government records.
#AceBreakingNews – TURKEY (Ankara) – October 11 – Turkey has agreed to allow Syrian opposition fighters to be trained on Turkish soil.
At least 2,000 fighters will be trained by Turkish and American special forces, a Turkish official said Saturday, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Turkey’s intelligence service will select and screen the fighters, who will be trained in groups of 400.
#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON – October 11 – American intelligence officials are trying to blame news reports for failed military attacks against shadowy jihadist groups, arguing that the articles alerted a new terror group to impending air strikes.
Last month, the United States fired 46 cruise missiles at eight locations in northern Syria to target the Khorasan group’s training camps, a munitions centre and other sites.
However, the attacks only killed one or two key militants, US officials told the Associated Press.
The strikes near a compound in Aleppo did not cripple the group because members were able to scatter – something they blamed on news reports highlighting US missile plans.
This led to the escape of a French-born jihadi with military skills that officials say they were interested in targeting.
#AceNewsServices – HONG KONG – October 02 – China’s foreign minister made it clear Beijing would not allow other countries to meddle into its ‘internal affairs’, responding in this way to US Secretary of State’s call for Beijing to grant Hong Kong the “highest possible degree of autonomy.”
The American and the Chinese heads of foreign offices exchanged their views on the massive protests in Hong Kong before their talks at the US State Department on Wednesday.
“Hong Kong affairs are China’s internal affairs,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said. “All countries should respect China’s sovereignty. And this is also a basic principle governing international relations. I believe for any country, for any society, no one will allow those illegal acts that violate public order.”
Wang added he believed the current Hong Kong leadership was able to handle the large-scale sit-ins by itself.
The remark was made after US Secretary of State John Kerry reiterated Washington’s support for “universal suffrage” in Hong Kong, the main demand put forward by protesters in the Asian financial hub.
“We support universal suffrage in Hong Kong accordant with the Basic Law, and we believe in open society with the highest possible degree of autonomy and governed by rule of law is essential for Hong Kong’s stability and prosperity,” Kerry said.
Wang Yi received the same message from Barack Obama, whom he met later the same day, according to a White House statement about the meeting.
“The United States has consistently supported the open system that is essential to Hong Kong’s stability and prosperity, universal suffrage, and the aspiration of the Hong Kong people,” the statement reads.
#AceWorldNews – SOUTH KOREA (Seoul) – September 17- South Korean border guards arrested an American man who they believe was attempting to swim across a river to rival North Korea, a South Korean defence official said Wednesday.
The man was apprehended Tuesday night while lying on a bank of the Han River in a restricted military area near the border, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to office policy.
The man told investigators that he tried to go to North Korea to meet leader Kim Jong Un, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported, citing an unidentified government source. It said the man, aged around 29, is a computer repairman from Texas who came to South Korea 10 days ago.
South Korea’s Defence Ministry and the National Intelligence Service said they couldn’t confirm the report.
Americans are occasionally arrested after entering North Korea illegally from China, but a U.S. citizen trying to get in from South Korea is unusual.
AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – September 14 – Islamic State militants, who once relied on wealthy Persian Gulf donors for money, have become a self-sustaining financial juggernaut, earning more than $3 million a day from oil smuggling, human trafficking, theft and extortion, according to U.S. intelligence officials and private experts.
The extremist group’s resources exceed that “of any other terrorist group in history,” said a U.S. intelligence official who, like others interviewed, spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss classified assessments Associated Press reported.
Such riches are one reason that American officials are so concerned about the group even while acknowledging they have no evidence it is plotting attacks against the United States.
#AceBreakingNews – NORTH KOREA (Pyongyang) – September 14 – North Korea’s Supreme Court on Sunday sentenced a 24-year-old American man to six years of hard labour for entering the country illegally to commit espionage.
At a trial that lasted about 90 minutes, the court said Matthew Miller, of Bakersfield, California, tore up his tourist visa at Pyongyang’s airport upon arrival on April 10 and admitted to having the “wild ambition” of experiencing prison life so that he could secretly investigate North Korea’s human rights situation.
Matthew Miller, 24, of Bakersfield, California, who was detained in April at Pyongyang’s airport after tearing his visa to pieces and demanding asylum, has been tried on Sunday, AP reports.
Also apart from Miller, there are two more Americans currently being held in North Korean jails. One of them, Jeffrey Fowle, 56, was arrested in May for leaving a Bible at a provincial club while another one, Korean-American missionary Kenneth Bae, currently serving out a 15-year sentence for alleged “hostile acts.”
#AceBreakingNews – September 14 – Islamic State jihadists have released a video which they claim shows the beheading of a 44-year-old British aid worker, David Haines, who has been held hostage since his abduction last year RT reported.
The masked man in the latest video released across social media on Saturday night claims that Haines was killed because of UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s pledge to arm Kurdish forces in order to battle the jihadist group, according to reports.
“This British man has to pay the price for your promise, Cameron, to arm the Peshmerga against the Islamic State,” the executioner said, according to liveleak.
“My name is David Cawthorne Haines,” the hostage reportedly said before the execution.
“I would like to declare that I hold you, David Cameron, entirely responsible for my execution. You entered voluntarily into a coalition with the United States against the Islamic State, just as your predecessor, Tony Blair, did, following a trend amongst our British Prime Ministers who can’t find the courage to say no to the Americans.”
The murder of David Haines is an act of pure evil. My heart goes out to his family who have shown extraordinary courage and fortitude.
— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) September 13, 2014
The UK Foreign Office confirmed Sunday that the video was genuine.
“All the signs are that the video is genuine. We have no reason to believe that it’s not,” a spokesman told AFP.
#AceHistoryNews – UNITED STATES – July 04 – Variously known as the Fourth of July and Independence Day, July 4th has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution (1775-83).
In June 1776, representatives of the 13 colonies then fighting in the revolutionary struggle weighed a resolution that would declare their independence from Great Britain. On July 2nd, the Continental Congress voted in favour of independence, and two days later its delegates adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson.
From 1776 until the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with typical festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues.
THE BIRTH OF AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE
When the initial battles in the Revolutionary War broke out in April 1775, few colonists desired complete independence from Great Britain, and those who did were considered radical. By the middle of the following year, however, many more colonists had come to favour independence, thanks to growing hostility against Britain and the spread of revolutionary sentiments such as those expressed in Thomas Paine’s best-selling pamphlet “Common Sense,” published in early 1776.
On June 7, when the Continental Congress met at the PennsylvaniaState House (later Independence Hall) in Philadelphia, the Virginia delegate Richard Henry Lee introduced a motion calling for the colonies’ independence. Amid heated debate, Congress postponed the vote on Lee’s resolution, but appointed a five-man committee–including Thomas Jefferson of Virginia, John Adams of Massachusetts, Roger Sherman of Connecticut, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania and Robert R. Livingston of New York–to draft a formal statement justifying the break with Great Britain.
John Adams believed that July 2nd was the correct date on which to celebrate the birth of American independence, and would reportedly turn down invitations to appear at July 4th events in protest. Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826–the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.
On July 2nd, the Continental Congress voted in favour of Lee’s resolution for independence in a near-unanimous vote (the New York delegation abstained, but later voted affirmatively). On that day, John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail that July 2 “will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival” and that the celebration should include “Pomp and Parade…Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other.”
On July 4th, the Congress formally adopted the Declaration of Independence, which had been written largely by Jefferson.
Though the vote for actual independence took place on July 2nd, from then on the 4th became the day that was celebrated as the birth of American independence.
#AceWorldNews – NORTH KOREA (Pyongyang) – June 30 – North Korea will be putting two American tourists on trial for crimes against the state, according to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
“Their hostile acts were confirmed by evidence and their own testimonies,” KCNA reported.
The two US citizens, Jeffrey Fowle and Matthew Miller, were detained in the spring. Miller’s detention was announced on April 25, two weeks after he arrived in North Korea. Fowle was detained in mid-May.
North Korea sentenced another US citizen, Kenneth Bae – who is a Christian missionary – to 15 years in a labour camp after arresting him in November 2012.
#AceWorldNews – NORTH KOREA (Pyongyang) – June 27 – The military forces of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DRPK) has been placed on alert, official newspaper of the DRPK Central Committee Rodong Sinmun reported.
In particular, the newspaper says that the US “brought numerous sufferings and calamities to the Korean nation by provoking the Korean War of 1950-1953,” referred to as “Fatherland Liberation War” in North Korea.
“There is no justification for the crimes of American imperialists that had been committed during this three-year long armed conflict,” Rodong Sinmun stressed. However, the paper noted that the US “have not learned from their defeat in this conflict and continue to advance hostile to the DPRK policy, remaining an enemy of the Korean people.”
On June 25, mass gatherings were held across North Korea to remember the start of the Korean War. The war ended in a truce in 1953. People reminisced on the deeds of Kim Il Sung who led the North Korean army against the US and their allies.
Korean Central News Agency – Itar-Tass – DPRK
#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON – June 02 – United States Army soldiers who served in Afghanistan alongside former prisoner of war Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl are speaking up to condemn their one-time colleague and those who are labelling him a hero following his release from Taliban custody this week.
Staff Sergeant Clayton Bowen, 29, (L) and Private First Class Morris Walker, 23 (image by US Army)
Staff Sergeant Kurt Curtiss, (L) and Staff Sergeant Michael Murphrey, 25 (image by US Army)
Second Lieutenant Darryn Andrews, 34, (L) and Private First Class Matthew Michael Martinek, 20 (image by US Army)
“On August 18, an IED killed Private First Class Morris Walker and Staff Sergeant Clayton Bowen during a reconnaissance mission. On August 26, while conducting a search for a Taliban shadow sub-governor supposedly affiliated with Bergdahl’s captors,Staff Sergeant Kurt Curtiss was shot in the face and killed.
On September 4, during a patrol to a village near the area in which Bergdahl vanished, an insurgent ambush killed Second Lieutenant Darryn Andrews and gravely wounded Private First Class Matthew Martinek, who died of his wounds a week later.
On September 5, while conducting a foot movement toward a village also thought affiliated with Bergdahl’s captors,Staff Sergeant Michael Murphrey stepped on an improvised land mine.
He died the next day.”
Republican lawmakers were quick to pounce on the White House over a recent under-the-table arrangement that relinquished five Guantanamo Bay detainees in exchange for Bergdahl, a 28-year-old soldier caught by the Taliban in 2009.
Others are now voicing their outrage too, including many soldiers who say that Bergdahl willingly deserted the US Army five years ago and indirectly caused the deaths of a half-dozen American troops as a result.
One of the more vocal critics of the just released soldier is Nathan Bradley Bethea, who told The Daily Beastthis week that he served in same battalion as Bethea at the time he went missing in June 2009.
For the last five years, Bethea wrote, the Army has ordered that the circumstances surrounding Bergdahl’s disappearance be kept quiet.
Upon his release on Saturday in exchange for five Gitmo detainees, however, Bethea told the Beast that “now it is time to speak the truth.’’
“Bergdahl was a deserter,” he wrote in an op-ed published on Monday, “and soldiers from his own unit died trying to track him down.”
According to Bethea, Bergdahl did not “lag behind on a patrol” as cited in news reports five years ago. Instead, he wrote, Bergdahl stayed awake one night and then fled their outpost in the city of Sharana on foot.
“He deserted,” Bethea insists. “I have talked to members of Bergdahl’s platoon — including the last Americans to see him before his capture. I have reviewed the relevant documents. That’s what happened.”
What also occurred, Bethea wrote in the op-ed, is that American lives were lost in the days following Bergdah’s disappearance as US soldiers searched through war-zones heavily concentrated with insurgents, and military resources were diverted towards finding the missing troop, and not the enemy,
“Our battalion suffered six fatalities in a three-week period” following Bergdahl’s alleged walk-off, Bethea wrote.
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#AceWorldNews – BEIJING – May 16 – Chinese-American businessman, Vincent Wu, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison by a Chinese court, AP reports.
He was found guilty of operating illegal casinos that raked in 48 million yuan ($7.8 million), getting an associate to throw acid at a judge and ordered thugs to use knives and bulldozers to threaten farmers.
The court also denied that Wu and other defendants in the case were tortured during the investigations. The businessman’s family said that they are “devastated” by the ruling.
Lawyers are preparing an appeal.
February 10 2014
The (Guardian) reported Authorities in southern China have accused Vincent Wu of gang crimes but Wu’s family and lawyers say he is a law-abiding businessman whose rivals have framed him in order to seize his assets.
“We are still very confident because our lawyers have all the evidence to prove that he is innocent,” said his daughter Anna Wu by phone from Guangzhou. “We believe we still have a chance and so we’ll hope for the best.”
Wu’s lawyers urged a court in the southern city of Guangzhou to recognise the defendant’s American citizenship as he and more than two dozen associates stood trial.
Wu has been denied US consular access since his detention in June 2012 despite being a US passport holder who shuttles between his family in Los Angeles and his business in China.
China refuses to acknowledge Wu’s American citizenship because his last entry into mainland China was made on his Hong Kong residence pass.
The case underscores the risks faced by individuals working in China who have travel documents from more than one country because Beijing does not recognise dual nationalities.
#AceWorldNews – MUMBAI – May 08 – A Pakistani court released an American on bail Thursday that the US had identified as an FBI agent, AP reported, citing police.
The court ordered the man to submit a surety bond of 1 million rupees ($9,800) for his bail, according to police officer Rao Anwaar.
The police had detained the American on May 5 at an airport in Pakistan’s southern city of Karachi after seizing ammunition and three knives from him.
Officials reportedly found the man also carrying electronic devices.
#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – April 25 – American reporter Simon Ostrovsky, detained by anti-government activists in Slavyansk on Tuesday, has been freed, CBC journalist Jean-Francois Belanger has confirmed.
According to Belanger, Ostrovsky is now with the CBC crew en route to Donetsk.
Breaking: hostage @SimonOstrovsky is free and safe. He is with us in CBC car en route to Donetsk @CBCNews @CBCAlerts pic.twitter.com/9uSyr81zDD
— J-Francois Belanger (@belangerjf) April 24, 2014
VICE News later confirmed Ostrovsky has been set free in a website statement:
“Vice News is delighted to confirm that our colleague and friend Simon Ostrovsky has been safely released and is in good health.”
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#AceWorldNews – KABUL – April 24 – An Afghan security guard who opened fire at an international hospital in Kabul on Thursday killed three Americans, the US embassy said.
“We can confirm three Americans were killed,” Reuters quoted an embassy official as saying.
At least one other person, a female nurse, was wounded, according to an Interior Ministry official.
AceWorldNews – TEL AVIV – April 13 – White House and the U.S. Department of State are highly angered by Israel’s ‘neutrality’ regarding Crimea’s reunification with Russia and other events around Ukraine, the Haaretz daily said in an article published Sunday.
“Senior figures in the Obama administration have expressed great disappointment with the lack of support from Israel for the American position on the Ukraine crisis and with the fact that the Israeli government puts its relations with the United States and with Russia on the same plane,” it said.
#AceNewsServices – MOSCOW – April 12 – (ITT) – Amidst the anti-Russian campaign in the United States after the latest events in Ukraine “someone is trying to embellish the American security services” and blaming Russia for lack of cooperation in investigating their activities before and during the Boston Marathon bombings, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said in a statement on Saturday, April 12, following U.S. media reports about a leaked “internal report” prepared by the American intelligence community.
“Citing unnamed sources, this document, the open part of which is to be published on April 15, says that Russia has been blamed for being ‘uncooperative’,” he said.
“It’s hard for us to understand why such concoctions are being spread if we had a detailed discussion with the American side on all the circumstances of this case, including via information exchanges between the relevant services.
Russian competent bodies had provided their U.S. colleagues with information on Tamerlan Tsarnayev [the main suspect in the case] long before the terrorist act, but it was not properly considered for a number of reasons.
We organised a special briefing for members of the U.S. Congress who visited Moscow in June of last year to give answers to their questions,” the spokesperson said.
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