#BREAKING144 Philae comet lander wakes up, says European Space Agency

#AceBreakingNews – June.14: The European Space Agency (Esa) says its comet lander, Philae, has woken up and contacted Earth.

Philae, the first spacecraft to land on a comet, was dropped on to the surface of Comet 67P by its mothership, Rosetta, last November.
It worked for 60 hours before its solar-powered battery ran flat.

The comet has since moved nearer to the Sun and Philae has enough power to work again, says the BBC’s science correspondent Jonathan Amos.

An account linked to the probe tweeted the message, “Hello Earth! Can you hear me?”

On its blog, Esa said Philae had contacted Earth, via Rosetta, for 85 seconds on Saturday in the first contact since going into hibernation in November.

“Philae is doing very well. It has an operating temperature of -35C and has 24 watts available,” said Philae project manager Stephan Ulamec.

Scientists say they now waiting for the next contact.

‘Comet hitchhiker’

ESA scientist Mark McCaughrean told the BBC: “It’s been a long seven months, and to be quite honest we weren’t sure it would happen – there are a lot of very happy people around Europe at the moment.”

Philae was carrying large amounts of data that scientists hoped to download once they made contact again, he said.

“I think we’re optimistic now that it’s awake that we’ll have several months of scientific data to pore over,” he added.

This is one of the most astonishing moments in space exploration and the grins on the faces of the scientists and engineers are totally justified, says BBC science editor David Shukman.

Philae comet lander wakes up, says European Space Agency_83621422_comet_on_5_june_2015_navcam.jpgThe European Space Agency says its comet lander, Philae, has woken up and contacted Earth, seven months after it lost power.

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#BREAKING REPORT: ‘ US plans to deploy missiles in Europe ‘

#AceBreakingNews – June.08: Reports of US plans to deploy missiles in Europe hardly promote the balance of interests on the continent and mutual trust, President Vladimir Putin’s press spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

US Plan to put Missiles in Europe
US Plan to put Missiles in Europe

“Certain actions aimed at escalating tensions, of course, will not be in anyone’s interests,” Peskov said. “For sure, this issue itself hardly promotes mutual trust and the balance of interests on the European continent.”He added: “On the other hand, we do not have any concrete information.”

The statement was made after British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said the UK would consider hosting US nuclear missiles amid escalating tensions between Russia and the West.

READ MORE: UK could host US nukes to counter increased ‘Russian activity’ – Hammond

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BRITAIN: ‘ BBC being Investigated for airing child’s UKIIP get Foreigners out comment ‘

​#AceNewsReport – Britain:June.01: The BBC is under investigation by broadcast media regulator Ofcom for airing a news bulletin featuring a child saying he would vote UKIP “to get all the foreigners out.

Reuters / Toby Melville

The primary school child’s comment was aired on a BBC East Midlands Today news slot on April 15 and was available to watch online.

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The bulletin showed Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt visiting a school in the region. When he asked a 10-year-old boy which party he would have voted for to win last month’s election he received an “unexpected” reply.

Err… UKIP,” the young boy replied. When Hunt asked him why, the boy said “to get all of the foreigners out.”

Ofcom is examining whether the BBC paid “due care and attention” to the child’s welfare, as he was easily identifiable in the broadcast.

Hostile reaction to his remarks “could have been foreseen,” the regulator claimed.

READ MORE: Mother accuses UKIP ex-husband of racist, homophobic ‘brainwashing’ of kids

In a statement, an Ofcom spokesman said they have “opened an investigation into a news item on BBC1 East Midlands to establish whether due care was taken of the welfare of a child who appeared in the program.”

Section 1.28 of the broadcasting code says due care “must be taken over the physical and emotional welfare and the dignity of people under 18 who take part or are otherwise involved in programs.”

Section 1.29 says people under 18 “must not be caused unnecessary distress or anxiety by their involvement in programs or by the broadcast of those programs.”

During the run up to the general election, the divorced wife of an ex-UKIP candidate claimed their child had an egg thrown at his face while openly campaigning for the party.

She said young children “shouldn’t know what they are talking about because none of them at that age should know anything to do with politics.”

One Twitter user said it is “wrong to push politics on children.”

http://rt.com/uk/263949-bbc-investigated-ofcom-ukip/

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‘DELETED BBC VIDEO: MH17 WITNESSES SAY THEY SAW SECOND AIRCRAFT ‘

#AceNewsServices – Nov.22 – A BBC Russian correspondent interviewed numerous eyewitnesses who described seeing a second aircraft in the sky moments before MH17′s fatal crash.

' BBC Pulled Video '

‘ BBC Pulled Video ‘

The report was pulled by the BBC. 

Report which didn’t meet “the editorial values of the BBC”

As soon as the report was published on the BBC website, it was immediately deleted. Document is not availablesaid the page.

The video of Ivshina’s report, released on YouTube, was repeatedly deleted, according to YouTube users.

“Video Deleted YouTube,” read the description.

The deleted page immediately sparked the attention of social media. The report itself wasn’t deleted. The bloggers and twitter users accused the BBC of censorship.

“Why are they [BBC] deleting this video?” wrote one YouTube user. “They [BBC] are standing for democracy and the freedom of speech or those who deleted the video, don’t need truth?”

On Thursday, Yan Leder, a managing editor from the Russian service at BBC explained that the report was removed as it contained “mistakes.”

He added that the report had “imperfect structure” and “incomplete compliance of the editorial values of BBC.”

“Unfortunately in this case the report wasn’t submitted to BBC standard editorial analysis. As a result, there were several omissions [in the report],” he added.

According to Leder, the correspondent should have asked the witnesses specifying questions in response to their accusations and include “experts’ opinion in her report.”

“That’s why we are modifying the material so that it would (sic) meet the editorial standards of BBC.”

Russia Insider reports: On July 23, two days after the Russian Ministry of Defense presented a radar track of a Ukrainian SU-25 fighter climbing to within three kilometers of MH17, the BBC’s Russian service aired a report by correspondent Olga Ivshina.

The report originated when Ivshina and her cameraman went in search of the field outside the town of Torez, where the US government claims an SA-11 BUK surface to air missile was launched at the Boeing 777 on July 17.

Source: BBC Russia News – RT – BBC News – Russia Insider 

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JORDAN: ' Abu Qatada Says Beheading US Journalists Contradicts Islamic Teaching '

#AceWorldNews – JORDAN (Amman) – September 07 – The Muslim cleric Abu Qatada has criticized the Islamic State (formerly known as ISIS) jihadists for the beheading of two US journalists, saying that the killings contradict Islamic teaching.

Abu Qatada is awaiting the verdict of an Amman court in Jordan for his role in an alleged terrorist plan to blow up American, Israeli and other Western tourists during the 2000-millennium celebrations.

He allegedly told reporters waiting outside the court that journalists are “messengers of truth” and that killing them is against religious teachings, according to the BBC.

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He was speaking to the media from the dock of a court in Amman, Jordan, during a hearing in a terrorism trial.

The case against Abu Qatada, who was deported from the UK last year after a long legal battle with the government, was adjourned until 24 September.

He is on trial in Jordan over his alleged involvement in a thwarted plot aimed at the millennium celebrations in the country in 2000.

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Why is the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) helping #NO Scotland?

The BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) is something every household in the UK has to pay for, works out £5 a week, it’s for BRITAIN. Then we find out the advert at the very bottom of this article was in-fact filmed in the studio above, the BBC. Now for a Corporation that has to stay un-bias toward the UK why I ask did they allow an anti-independence video to be shot in their studios. Scotland has went mad over this and rightly so. Many are saying they will refuse to pay this licence fee any longer and I will be one of them. It is only £5 a week but the principle of it all will make me and many others stop paying. The Governments mouth piece the BBC has no damn right allowing this to happen. I ask all my Scottish Brothers and Sisters to reject the BBC for what it has done here.

BBC Scotland was last night embroiled in a major row over its impartiality amid concerns it flouted its own editorial and commercial guidelines by allowing a Better Together cinema advertisement to be filmed at its headquarters using the corporation’s in-house crew.

The Scotsman can reveal that the advert – shown on screens nationwide as part of the pro-Union group’s campaign ahead of the independence referendum – was produced at a studio in the BBC’s Pacific Quay base in Glasgow normally used for quiz shows. The filming, described by Better Together as a “commercial arrangement” between a sub-contracted production company and the BBC, appears to fall foul of a number of the broadcaster’s internal guidelines. The rules warn of damage to the corporation’s standing if it is seen to be associated with “inappropriate” third parties such as political parties and lobbying organisations. Any commercial activity with such groups that could “potentially undermine the BBC’s editorial integrity” must be referred, in advance, to its editorial policy department, the guidelines add.

BBC Scotland last night insisted there has been “no breach” of its guidelines, stating that political parties are allowed to use the corporation’s facilities on a “commercial basis.” But veteran former BBC broadcasterDerek Bateman warned management at Pacific Quay were operating in a “grey zone” and said the public perception of the advert’s production would be that “the BBC is working hand in glove with Better Together”. He said: “The BBC seem unable to define what’s appropriate behaviour and what isn’t.” The Scotsman has learned that Rob Shorthouse, director of communications at Better Together, was among those present in the BBC Scotland studio when the minute-long advertisement was being made. It was filmed at the beginning of April in Pacific Quay’s studio B, used to film popular BBC network programmes such as The Weakest Link and Eggheads. The high-profile advert featured testimonies from five young Better Together supporters.

Under the BBC’s fair trading guidelines – designed to ensure the corporation’s commercial activities do not impinge on its wider reputation and values – there are explicit procedures set out for dealing with politically affiliated bodies. Guideline 4.64 warns that “the value and reputation of the BBC brand may be damaged if any part of the BBC is seen to be associated with inappropriate third parties”. Guideline 4.65 adds: “Any activity involving a third party that could potentially undermine the BBC’s editorial integrity must be referred, in advance, to the editorial policy department. Examples of such organisations include: political parties, government departments and foreign governments; lobbying organisations…” The process of creating the advert saw Better Together hire BD Network, a Glasgow-founded creative agency with offices in Shoreditch and Melbourne. BD Network then sub-contracted the job to Early, a production firm co-founded by Martyn Smith, a former executive producer at BBC Entertainment, who recruited participants and booked the Pacific Quay studio. The corporation declined to reveal how much it received, citing commercial sensitivities, but it is understood the hire fees amounted to between £5,000 to £7,000.

The ad spot proved divisive when it was screened across scores of cinemas last month. Amid growing unease over similar adverts from Yes Scotland, major cinema chains including Odeon, Cineworld and Vue took a collective decision to ban all referendum advertising from their venues. Mr Shorthouse told The Scotsman that Better Together became aware the BBC Scotland was being used for the advert “pretty early” in the project’s development, adding: “I decided that I wanted it made in Scotland, not London – so I knew pretty early on in the process that the only option was the studios at the BBC.” Asked if Better Together had misgivings about using the state-funded broadcaster’s facilities for the advert, he said: “No. This was a commercial arrangement between a production company and the BBC.” Mr Bateman, the former BBC Scotland broadcaster, said: “The BBC helps parties make party political broadcasts at election times which is legitimate, but in a case like this, as with the CBI row, they’re walking a pretty tightrope. Anybody reading about it in the heat of the referendum debate will think the BBC is working hand in glove with Better Together. What on earth do they think the public are going to think about it?”

SNP MP Pete Wishart said: “I really do hope that the BBC pay clear attention to its own particular guidelines when it comes to this kind of production and that they are able to justify absolutely that they have not breached any of their guidelines. “I am aware that Pacific Quay, as part of value for money arrangements, makes itself available to outside organisations and they have to always be careful about how this kind of arrangement looks to the public.” Blair Jenkins, chief executive of Yes Scotland and a former head of news and current affairs at BBC Scotland, said: “It is incumbent on all public service broadcasters – of which the BBC is one – to remain impartial in all matters relating to the referendum, the most important constitutional vote in Scotland in hundreds of years.”

Asked if the film was referred to and cleared by the BBC’s editorial policy department, a Pacific Quay spokesman said BBC Scotland “knew what the production was for and editorial policy were aware of it”. He went on: “There has been no breach of editorial guidelines as BBC facilities are made available to organisations and businesses who want to use them, including political parties, on a commercial basis. “During the 2012 local election campaign, the SNP produced a party election broadcast in our Dumbarton studios. Again, that was hired out in accordance with our fair trading policy and there was no editorial association with the BBC in the broadcast.”

A spokeswoman for the BBC Trust said: “We note BBC Scotland’s statement that there has been no breach of the BBC’s editorial guidelines and correct policy was followed. The trust has no plans to investigate this.”

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‘Nine People Sentenced To Death On Terrorism Charges’

#AceNewsServices – CHINA (XINJIANG) – June 06  – Nine people have been sentenced to death on terrorism charges in China’s north-western region of Xinjiang.

State TV said they were among 81 people found guilty. Sentences were handed down at six different courts.

The charges included murder and arson.

Earlier 29 “terror suspects” were detained in Urumqi on charges including inciting separatism and ethnic hatred.

Chinese officials have blamed militant Uighur groups for a growing number of violent attacks across the country.

These include an attack in Beijing, where a car ploughed into pedestrians in Tiananmen Square, killing five people, and attacks at railway stations in Urumqi and Kunming.

China’s state broadcaster described the main charges against those sentenced on Thursday as relating to organising, leading or participating in a terrorist organisation.

Six courts in Xinjiang heard a total of 23 separate cases, it said, handing down nine death penalties and long custodial sentences.

‘Year-long campaign’

The latest convictions come amid a sweeping security crackdown in the region, reports the BBC’s John Sudworth in Shanghai.

Last month China launched what it called a “year-long campaign against terrorism” after 39 people were killed when five suicide bombers attacked a street market in Urumqi, Xinjiang’s capital.

Last week 55 people were sentenced for terrorism, separatism and murder at a show trial in Xinjiang.

Beijing has blamed an increasing number of attacks on civilian targets on Uighur separatists, who it says are inspired by extreme religious ideology from abroad, our correspondent says.

Critics of China’s policies in Xinjiang point to economic inequality and cultural and religious repression as other possible reasons for the growing radicalism and resentment.

China says it is pouring money into the Xinjiang region, but some Uighurs say their traditions and freedoms are being crushed.

BBC – China Daily

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` Generals and Senior Military Found Guilty of Arming Boko Haram ‘

#AceBreakingNewsNIGERIA – June 04  – Ten generals and five other senior military officers have been found guilty in courts-martial of providing arms and information to Boko Haram extremists, several Nigerian newspapers said Tuesday, though the military insisted there was no truth in the reports.

They follow months of allegations from politicians and soldiers who told The Associated Press that some senior officers were helping the Islamic extremists and that some rank-and-file soldiers even fight alongside the insurgents and then return to army camps. They have said that information provided by army officers has helped insurgents in ambushing military convoys and in attacks on army barracks and outposts in their north-eastern stronghold.

Leadership newspaper quoted one officer saying that four other officers, in addition to the 15, were found guilty of “being disloyal and for working for the members of the sect.”

Defence Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Chris Olukolade, who last week denied reports saying senior officers were being investigated, reiterated in a statement on Tuesday that defense headquarters “wishes to state once again categorically that there is no truth whatsoever in the report.”

He called it a “falsehood” concocted by those who “appear hell-bent on misleading Nigerians and the international community to give credence to the negative impression they are so keen to propagate about the Nigerian military.”

Nigeria‘s military often denies substantiated reports, such as on extrajudicial killings of civilians and detainees.

It is accused of such gross human rights violations that the U.S. efforts to help in the rescue of nearly 300 abducted schoolgirls have been limited by U.S. law restricting sharing of some types of information and technology with abusive security forces.

The alleged sabotage by senior officers could explain the military’s failure to curb a 5-year-old Islamic uprising by Boko Haram that has killed thousands despite a year-long state of emergency in the north-east.

Additional news (BBC) June 04 – Boko Haram militants have killed dozens of people in fresh attacks on villages in Borno state in northern Nigeria, the BBC has learnt.

In one attack, gunmen reportedly fired on a crowd in a church compound.

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` Field Marshall `Abdul Fattah al-Sisi’s ‘ Announcement ‘ and what he said live to Egyptian Broadcast Media ‘

#AceWorldNews – EGYPT – March 29 – Field Marshal Abdul Fattah al-Sisi’s announcement that he has resigned as defence minister to run for the presidency was broadcast live by Egyptian broadcast media. This is what he said:

“In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful. Proud and honourable people of Egypt, today I stand before you in my military uniform for the last time after I decided to end my service as the commander-in-chief of the armed forces and the minister of defence and military production.

I have spent my entire career as a soldier of this homeland serving its hopes and aspirations and in this way I shall continue.

This is a very significant moment for me. The first time I wore military uniform was in 1970 as a 15-year-old cadet at the Air Force High School, almost 45 years ago. And I take pride in wearing this uniform to defend my country. Today, I am taking off this uniform to defend this homeland as well.

These recent years of our nation’s history have shown conclusively that nobody could become president of this country against the will of the people or short of their support. Never can anyone force Egyptians to vote for a president they do not want. This is a fact.

Therefore, I am here and, in all humility, I come before you to announce my intention to run for president of the Arab Republic of Egypt. Only your support will grant me this great honour.

I stand directly before you to speak to you from my heart, as usual. I want to say to you that I am answering the demand of a wide range of Egyptians who have called on me to run for president, to attain this honour.

I consider myself to be what I have always been – a soldier who is charged with serving the homeland.

And I will always remain in the service of this country in any post desired by Egyptians.

Read More – BBC – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-26764201

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` Testimonies of `Egypt’s ‘ Brutal Regime of Beatings, Sexual Abuse and Electric Shocks even on Children ‘

#AceWorldNews – EGYPT – March 29 – Brutal beatings, sexual abuse, and electric shocks are being carried out on detainees, including teenage children, in Egypt, according to testimonies gathered by the BBC.

As many 20,000 people are estimated to have been held since last July in a sweeping clampdown on dissent.

A growing number are now emerging from police stations and prisons with serious allegations of torture.

The claims are denied by the military-backed interim government.

For 15-year old Ahmed Abdel Fattah, the trouble began on 24 January, when his fondness for his mobile phone cost him his freedom.

He was using the phone to film an Islamist protest near his home in Sharqiya Province, north of Cairo.

“I was curious,” he said. “Why shouldn’t I film something that I see every night on TV?”

When some local thugs tried to steal the phone he refused to hand it over, so they handed him over to the police.

The softly-spoken and neatly dressed teenager says that was the start of 34 days of torture at a local police station.

“They electrocuted me in sensitive places like my spine, here and here on my arms, and in sensitive areas like between my legs,” he said, gesturing to the areas.

“And when they electrocuted me I used to fall down on the ground, and I could not stand up. At the same time they were beating me. And sometimes they would throw water to increase the voltage.”

Ahmed said he got special attention from the police – in spite of his youth – because he was suspected of belonging to the banned Muslim Brotherhood.

Courtesy of BBC – Read More including Videos of interviews – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-26790381

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` Washington Mudslide Victims Rise to 16 after a Further 8 Victims are Rescued ‘

#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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` Afghan Insurgents have Attacked the `Head Quarters ‘ of the `Electoral Commission ‘ in Kabul ‘

#AceWorldNews – AFGHANISTAN – March 25 – Afghan insurgents have attacked the headquarters of the electoral commission in Kabul, the BBC reported, citing police.

Initial reports said the home of candidate Ashraf Ghani was attacked – http://wp.me/p165ui-4wB

However, police now say the militants targeted the election HQ. Insurgents gained access to the main compound, police said.

No casualties were reported. Deputy Interior Minister Gen. Mohammad Ayub Salangi told TOLO News that the IEC Kabul office attack was over and all 30 people trapped rescued.

Ace Related News – Earlier Reports – March 25 – 10.01 GMT – Extract – Reuters – #AceWorldNews – AFGHANISTAN – March 25 – An explosion and gunfire rattled the house of Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday, Reuters reported. http://wp.me/p165ui-4wB

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Oscar Pistorius Trial : ` Police Photographs of `Blood Splattered ' scene Indicate Evidence was Moved Around '

#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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AFP – AP – Reuters – BBC – CNN – ABC

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` Britain’s Five Richest Families are worth more than the `Poorest Twenty Percent of the Population ‘

#AceUKNews The combined fortunes of Britain’s five richest families are worth more than the poorest 20 percent of the population, says an Oxfam report.

The organization has appealed to the government to take action over the UK’s widening wealth gap.

In a report published on Monday entitled “A Tale of Two Britain’s,” the charity revealed the scope of the UK’s wealth divide. It calculated that Britain’s five richest families have a fortune of £28.2 billion ($46.9 billion), more than the £28.1 billion ($46.7 billion) of the poorest 20 percent of the UK population.

The study also said that over the past two decades the richest 0.1 percent of the population has seen its wealth grow almost four times faster than the 90 percent of population who are considered well-off.

In real terms in means the rich have seen their income rise by £24,000 ($40,000) every year.

The authors of the study said the new figures were “deeply worrying” and indicative of an “economic failure” on the part of the UK government.

“Britain is becoming a deeply divided nation, with a wealthy elite who are seeing their incomes spiral up, while millions of families are struggling to make ends meet,” said Bill Phillips, Oxfams director of campaigns and policy in a statement.

Phillips said the current system had led to a “vicious circle” where the rules are constantly being re-written in favour of the super wealthy.

Top five

Topping the list of Britain’s richest is the Duke of Westminster, Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor who has a fortune of £7.9 billion ($13 billion), according to Forbes.

The Duke owns thousands of acres of real estate, including 190 acres in Belgravia, an area adjacent to Buckingham Palace and one of London’s most expensive neighbourhoods.

Second on the list are real estate moguls David and Simon Reuben, with a combined wealth of $11.5 billion.

The Hinduja brothers Srichand and Gopichand come in third place with a fortune of $10 billion.

Bringing up the rear with respective fortunes of $6.9 billion and $5.5 billion, are Charles the 8th Earl of Cadogan,

Then finally reclusive billionaire Michael Ashley.

BBC – RT – Daily Mail – News Source’s

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` Paris Court has sentenced ` Pascal Simbikangwa ‘ to 25-years in jail for Genocide and Crimes against Humanity’

#AceWorldNews A Paris court has sentenced Pascal Simbikangwa, a former army captain and intelligence officer, to 25 years in jail for genocide and crimes against humanity in Rwanda’s 1994 genocide where up to 800,000 Tutsis and Hutus died.

Simbikangwa was arrested in 2008 on the French island of Mayotte in the Indian Ocean.

Throughout the six-week trial he maintained that he was the victim of a “witch-hunt” originating from the now ruling Tutsis, and insisted he had never seen any of the bodies that littered the towns and roads of Rwanda at the time.

BBC – RT – AP – AFP

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` Malaysia Airlines `MH370 ‘ Debris Spotted

#AceWorldNews Chinese satellite images show three floating objects suspected to be debris from the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, according to reports. Coordinates place the fragments in the South China Sea between Malaysia and Vietnam

Malaysia Aircraft MH370 - DebrisThe three objects are sized 13×18, 14×19, and 24×22 (meters), according to CNN.

The images, from China’s State Administration for Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense, were taken on Sunday morning but only released Wednesday, the BBC reported.

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` Judge in Murder Trial of `Oscar Pistorius ' bans `live broadcasting and tweeting of graphic testimony'

#AceWorldNews says PRETORIA, South Africa – Day Six – The judge in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius on Monday banned live broadcasting and tweeting of the graphic testimony of the expert who conducted the autopsy on Reeva Steenkamp, who was fatally shot by her athlete boyfriend.

The court heard arguments about whether to allow audio and video broadcasting of the testimony of Prof. Gert Saayman, head of the forensic medicine department at the University of Pretoria.

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` NATO : ` Political Crisis in `Ukraine’ could lead to `Political Instability ‘ in Europe ‘

#AceWorldNews reports that the political crisis in Ukraine has exposed the fact that reduction in defence might lead to political instability in Europe, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told the BBC.

NATO’s chief called on politicians to reconsider priorities while investing in security and defence, stressing that while defence spending is costly, lack of security would entail more expensive.

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` Ex Girlfriend of `Oscar Pistorius ' takes to stand to confirm he once shot at a traffic light in anger'

#AceWorldNews says – Day Five – Pretoria as an ex-girlfriend of Oscar Pistorius testified Friday that the Paralympian star sprinter often carried a gun with him and once fired at a traffic light after a confrontation with police.

An emotional Samantha Taylor, who met Pistorius in 2010 when she was 17 years old, tearfully described the sprinter as someone familiar with guns, prone to fits of anger and an unfaithful boyfriend.

Taylor took to the stand, testifying that in 2010 on the way back from a day trip to a popular city getaway Pistorius was in a car that was pulled over by the police for speeding.

When a police officer inspected Pistorius’s weapon, left on a seat when he exited the car, Pistorius became angry, “Oscar shouted at the policeman and said he shouldn’t touch his gun,” said Taylor.
He later shot at a traffic light, “out of spite after being stopped.”

“He was angry at the police after being stopped, thereafter when they wanted to fire a shot they found it funny,” she said, referring to Pistorius and a friend who was with him at the time.

The firing of the weapon is one of three firearms charges Pistorius faces in addition to a charge of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day 2013.

Frequently breaking down in tears Taylor recounted the history of the pair’s troubled relationship.
Taylor said they met at a rugby match and later “he added me on Facebook.”

Their relationship ended in 2011, Taylor claimed, because “he cheated on me with Reeva Steenkamp.”

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` Oscar Pistorius wept, prayed after shooting girlfriend, witness says… ‘

#AceWorldNews says – Day Four – PRETORIA, South Africa — In the minutes after he fatally shot his girlfriend, South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius wept, prayed and begged that she would survive, according to testimony in his murder trial Thursday by a Pretoria radiologist who was one of the first people on the scene.

Pistorius, who has pleaded not guilty to the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, wept in Pretoria’s High Court as the radiologist, Dr. Johan Stipp, offered a graphic medical account of her fatal injuries and described the athlete’s distress at the time. During the testimony, Pistorius was hunched over on the court bench and at one point covered his ears, appearing to try to block out Stipp’s words.

The shooting happened in the early hours of Valentine’s Day last year. It is not contested that Pistorius shot Steenkamp through the door of the toilet in their residence, which was located off the bathroom. Pistorius has said he thought she was a burglar; prosecutors say he intended to kill her.

Stipp said that when he entered the Pistorius house, Steenkamp was lying on her back on the floor at the bottom of the stairs. Pistorius was kneeling by her side, trying to open her mouth, using his fingers, the doctor said.

At the time, Stipp said, he was not aware the man on the scene was Pistorius, the South African athlete famous for competing in the 2012 Olympics as a double amputee.

“I went near her and as I bent down, I noticed a man on his knees,” Stipp told the court.

“I remember the first thing he said: ‘I shot her. I thought she was a burglar. I shot her.’”

Stipp said he tried to save Steenkamp but that she had no pulse and was not breathing. It appeared that her injuries were fatal, he said.

It was obvious that Mr. Pistorius was very, very upset,” Stipp said.

He was “crying all the time, ‘Please let her live, she must not die.’ He said he would dedicate his life and her life to God if she could live and not die,” Stipp told the court.

“I saw I could not do anything for her,” he said, adding that he then went out the front door, found that no one had called an ambulance and phoned for one.

Stipp, who was a neighbor of Pistorius and Steenkamp, testified that earlier that night he was sleeping with his door open and was awakened by three loud bangs that sounded like gunshots.

He said he then heard what sounded like a woman screaming three or four times, and then a man call for help.

Later, he said, he heard more bangs………………. Trial continues ……….. ?

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