#AceBreakingNews – AFGHANISTAN – March 29 – Sources have said that Militants are firing on the main election commission office in the Afghan capital, Kabul, from a neighbouring building they have taken over, local police say.
Afghan police officer Jan Agha says the assailants did not enter the International Election Commission’s compound, but are operating from a distance of 500 meters from the building while hiding out in a three-story house, AP reports.
The attack started with an explosion, followed by gunfire, police and commission officials at the scene reported.
“I am here… the attack is going on around the IEC compound,” Reuters cited Noor Mohammed, a commission official, as saying by phone from a safe room inside the building.
Presidential elections are coming up in a week in Afghanistan, as the US prepares to pull its troops out and a power handover is due to take place. Frequent attacks have been taking place as the Taliban carries out its threat of violence ahead of the vote.
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Latest – KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – Taliban militants attacked the main Afghan election commission’s headquarters Saturday in Kabul, opening fire on the compound with rocket-propelled grenades and heavy machine guns from a house outside its perimeter wall, according to police. It’s the latest in a series of high-profile attacks that come as the Islamic militant movement steps up a campaign of violence to disrupt presidential elections, which are due to be held in a week.
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#AceWorldNews – IRAQ – March 28 – A triple bombing has struck a busy market area in northern Baghdad, killing four people, Iraqi authorities said.
The three bombs went off almost simultaneously at the entrance of the market in the city’s Sulaikh district, AP reported.
The explosions also wounded 16 people. Friday’s attacks came a day after a series of attacks targeting commercial areas killed 26 people http://wp.me/p165ui-4zd
#AceWorldNews – TOKYO – March 28 – A worker was unconscious after being buried in a mudslide at Japan’s Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, officials said.
The man, in his 50s, was rushed to the hospital and his heart stopped beating, AP quoted
Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) spokesman Shogo Fukuda as saying.
The worker was digging near storage containers when he was buried Friday.
Thousands of workers have been cleaning up the plant after the disaster three years ago.
#AceWorldNews – IRAQ – March 27 – A spree of bombing attacks in commercial neighbourhoods of Iraq has killed at least 26 people, officials announced. A car bomb exploded in the Sunni-dominated northern neighbourhood of Azamiyah, killing 12 people and wounding 28.
Minutes later, a bomb exploded near a market in the same neighbourhood, killing seven and injuring another 27.
Another blast in the same area killed 3 and wounded 15 others. In south-western Baghdad, an explosion killed four people and wounded 14. Medics confirmed the casualties for all attacks, AP reports.
No one has claimed responsibility but authorities suspect the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant(ISIL), and the an Al-Qaeida-affiliated group to be behind the bombings.
#AceWorldNews – JAPAN – March 27 – The world’s longest-serving death row inmate was freed Thursday by a Japanese court, AP reported.
The Shizuoka District Court found investigators had likely fabricated evidence in the murder case that put the former pro boxer behind bars for nearly half a century.
The court suspended the death sentence and ordered a retrial for 78-year-old Iwao Hakamada, who had been convicted in the 1966 murder of a family and was sentenced to death in 1968.
More than 45 of his 48 years in prison have been on death row.
#AceWorldNews – PHILIPPINES – March 27 – Philippines government signed a peace accord with the country’s largest Muslim rebel group, Moro Islamic Liberation Front, on Thursday, AP reported.
The move is the culmination of years of negotiations and a significant political achievement for President Benigno Aquino III.
The deal grants largely Muslim areas of the southern Mindanao region greater political autonomy in exchange for an end to armed rebellion.
However, it will not end all violence in a part of the country long-plagued by lawlessness and Islamist insurgency.
#AceWorldNews – AFGHANISTAN – March 25 – A government team is en route to a secret location in the country’s north-west for the first-ever direct talks with the militants, AP reported, citing a cleric representing the Pakistani Taliban.
Ibrahim Khan said the face-to-face discussions are expected to take place later on Wednesday at an undisclosed place in the tribal region bordering Afghanistan. Islamabad team, headed by government official Habibullah Khan Khattak, is taking a helicopter flight to a “peace zone,” according to the cleric.
The two sides have so far held indirect talks through clerics sympathetic to the Taliban.
#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON – March 26 – Officials in Washington confirmed Tuesday evening that searchers had recovered an additional 8 bodies following a massive mudslide three days ago, reported the AP.
The total number of deaths so far currently stands at 16, as authorities continue to comb through the debris field of the 49 structures devastated by the landslide in a rural area 55 miles north of the city of Seattle.
So far search teams continue to operate off a list of 176 individuals who remained unaccounted for, though some of these may be duplicates.
Another 8 bodies were believed located at the scene, which would bring the death toll to 24 once confirmed.
Reports from the BBC News has stated “We haven’t lost hope that there’s a possibility that we could find somebody alive,” local fire chief Travis Hots told reporters on Tuesday night.
“We are coming to the realisation that that may not be a possibility – but we are going full steam ahead.
“We are going at this hard to get everybody that’s out there that’s missing”
The sudden, catastrophic mudslide on Saturday destroyed about 30 houses, temporarily damming a river and leaving a square-mile field of muck and debris in its wake.
Survivors were last pulled alive from the mud on Saturday.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-26743714
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#AceSocialNews – FRANCE – March 25 – France’s top consumer rights group has filed a lawsuit in a Paris court against Google+, Facebook and Twitter, accusing the social networks of violating the country’s privacy laws.
UFC-Que Choisir – a group which advises consumers on products, services and their rights – said it was filing a suit in the High Court over “abusive” and “illegal” practices in the conditions of use on the three social networks, AFP reported Tuesday.
However, “they are stubbornly maintaining clauses that the association considers abusive or illegal,” the group was reported as saying.
According to the organization, the instructions were “inaccessible, unreadable and full of hypertext links” – some of which are available only in English.
The watchdog claimed that the social networks “persist in authorizing the widespread collection, modification, preservation and use of the data of users and even of those around them.”
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#AceWorldNews – THAILAND – March 25 – A double-decker bus carrying municipal workers on a field trip in western Thailand plunged off a steep road and into a ravine, killing at least 30 people, officials said Tuesday.
The accident Monday night also left 22 others injured, AP reported.
It was the latest fatal crash on a mountain road in Tak province known for its treacherous dips and turns where 300 accidents occurred last year.
#AceWorldNews – NIGERIA – March 24 – Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for an attack on a key military barracks in Nigeria, AFP reported on Monday, citing a new video issued by the sect.
“We carried out the attacks in Maiduguri on March 14 ,” said a man claiming to be the group’s leader, Abubakar Shekau.
The man appeared younger and with different mannerisms than seen in older videos.
The US has declared Shekau a global terrorist, and has put a $7 million bounty on his head.
Ace Related News – March 24 – 12.52 GMT – Extract – #AceWorldNews – NIGERIA – 24 March – An explosion at a village market near hideouts of Islamic extremists in north-east Nigeria has killed 32 people, AP said, citing hospital and local government officials.
They said 29 people died at the scene at Ngurosoye village in the explosion on Thursday, reported only now because of poor communications. http://wp.me/p165ui-4vo
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#AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES – 24 March – Latest – The US State Department concerns over the Georgian prosecutors’ decision to interrogate former President Mikhail Saakashvili is considered by Tbilisi merely as a partner’s advice, RIA Novosti quoted Georgia’s Deputy Foreign Minister David Dzhalagania as saying on Monday.
This would not affect the determination of Georgian authorities to complete investigations, the official said.
The former president, who is in the Netherlands, his wife’s native country, told Georgian Rustavi 2 television on Sunday that he would not obey the summons to appear on Thursday for questioning in the 2005 death of his prime minister and other cases, AP reported. Saakashvili left Georgia shortly after his second term ended in November.
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#AceWorldNews – NIGERIA – 24 March – An explosion at a village market near hideouts of Islamic extremists in north-east Nigeria has killed 32 people, AP said, citing hospital and local government officials.
They said 29 people died at the scene at Ngurosoye village in the explosion on Thursday, reported only now because of poor communications.
The military has been carrying out aerial bombardments and ground assaults on camps of Islamic militants in Ngurosoye, near the Sambisa forest in Borno state bordering Cameroon.
#AceWorldNews – BAGHDAD – 23 March – Iraq’s Al-Qaeda-inspired militants who took over the city of Fallujah are now trying to show they can run it, providing social services, policing the streets and implementing Sharia rulings in a bid to win the support of its Sunni Muslim population.
Gunmen in ski masks and Afghan-style tunics patrol the streets, but also perform a sort of community outreach.
On a recent day, they were seen repairing damaged electricity poles and operating bulldozers to remove concrete blast walls and clear garbage.
Others planted flowers in a highway median, and some fighters approached residents in the street and apologized for gaps in services, promising to address them. AP
#AceWorldNews – MADRID – 23 March – Protesters clashed with police in Madrid as thousands of people trekked across Spain to protest austerity which they claim is destroying their country. Under the banner “no more cuts!” the protesters called for an end to the government’s “empty promises.”
Police arrested at least 29 protesters following the clashes which took place after the march. According to emergency service, 101 people were injured – 67 of them police, El Mundo newspaper reports.
Protesters were seen throwing stones and firecrackers at police. According to witnesses, officers used tear gas to disperse the demonstrators.
Clashes broke out during a final speech at the demonstration when protesters tried to break through a police barrier. Riot police took charge by beating protesters with batons, AP reported.
“The mass rally was coming to an an end when reportedly a group of younger protesters, who had masks on their faces, started throwing rocks at the police. Police tried to push them away from the parameter that they organized around this area,” RT’s Egor Piskunov reported from the Spanish capital.http://on.rt.com/vzw2fe
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1. 22 March – 22.11 GMT – Extract – #AceBreakingNews – MADRID – 22 March – Protesters clashed with police in Madrid as thousands of people trekked across Spain to protest austerity which they claim is destroying their country. Under the banner “no more cuts!” the protesters called for an end to the government’s “empty promises.”http://wp.me/p165ui-4ue
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#AceBreakingNews – MADRID – 22 March – Protesters clashed with police in Madrid as thousands of people trekked across Spain to protest austerity which they claim is destroying their country. Under the banner “no more cuts!” the protesters called for an end to the government’s “empty promises.”
Police arrested 17 protesters and 27 were said to be injured during the clashes which took place after the march, El Mundo newspaper reported, posting graphic video footage of the arrests.
Twenty of the injured are said to be police officers. One of them is reported to be seriously injured.
Protesters were seen throwing stones and firecrackers at police. According to witnesses, officers used tear gas to disperse the demonstrators.
Clashes broke out during a final speech at the demonstration when protesters tried to break through a police barrier.
Riot police took charge by beating protesters with batons, AP reported
“A group of the protesters have been facing scuffles with police, particularly young protesters with their faces covered apparently attacked one of these police barricades,” RT’s Egor Piskunov reported from Madrid. “Ambulances were seen at the spot.
Lots of police there as well.”
AP – RT – El Mundo – Spanish News and Media Sources
#AceWorldNews – VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis announced the initial members of a commission to advise him on sex abuse policy Saturday, tapping lay and religious experts – and an Irish woman assaulted as a child by a priest – to start plotting the commission’s tasks and priorities.
The eight members were announced after Francis came under criticism from victims’ groups for a perceived lack of attention to the abuse scandal, which has seriously damaged the church’s reputation around the world and cost dioceses billions of dollars in legal fees and settlements.
#AceWorldNews – Warsaw – Stepping into a region on edge, Vice President Joe Biden came to Poland on Tuesday to reassure anxious allies that the U.S. will stand up to Russia’s aggression in neighbouring Ukraine, even as Moscow brushed aside stern warnings from the West and signed a treaty to annex Crimea.
Even as Biden arrived in Warsaw, Russian President Vladimir Putin was moving fast ahead with plans to absorb Crimea into its orbit, flouting fresh sanctions the U.S. and Europe imposed a day earlier.
In a fiery speech in Moscow, Putin lambasted the West for sowing unrest in Ukraine.
AP – Russian Media Sources
#AceWorldNews – PRETORIA – South Africa – Police photographs of the blood-spattered scene where Oscar Pistorius shot dead his girlfriend indicate that evidence was moved around in violation of procedure during the investigation of the killing, the athlete’s chief defence lawyer said Tuesday.
Warrant officer Bennie van Staden, a police photographer, took hundreds of photos of the scene, including of blood stains, bullet casings, a gun and a cricket bat found inside Pistorius’ bathroom in the hours after the double-amputee Olympic runner shot girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp before dawn on Feb. 14 last year.
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#AceWorldNews – US President Barack Obama’s surprise announcement last week that his administration would change its deportation policy to become more “humane” shows how the immigration battle has narrowed after months of congressional deadlock.
As recently as last year, immigrant rights activists, along with an unusually broad coalition of business, labour and religious groups, were united in their demand that Congress pass a sweeping bill to both remove the threat of deportation from many of the 11 million people here illegally and eventually make them citizens.
But now activists just want to stop deportations.
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