#AceNewsServices – CUBA – September 28 – A Cuban court has sentenced 74-year-old Canadian auto-mobile executive Cy Tokmakjian to 15 years in prison for bribery and other economic and corruption-related charges, his company, the Tokmakjian Group, announced on Saturday, describing the case as “absurd” and a “travesty of justice.”
His two aides received sentences of 12 and 8 years, the Ontario-based transportation firm said in a statement.
The National Post reported in June that prosecutors were are seeking 15 years in prison for a Canadian businessman who was arrested in a high-profile crackdown on corruption, Cuban authorities said Monday.
The trial of Cy Tokmakjian, president of an automotive and transportation company, the Tokmakjian Group, concluded June 12 and a ruling is to be announced “in the coming days,” according to an announcement published by Communist Party newspaper Granma and other official media.
The case is being watched closely by the foreign business community in Cuba. President Raul Castro’s government has said there is no place for graft in the country, although foreign executives say gifts or cash payments are often demanded in business dealings conducted with low-paid government officials.
The company’s Cuban offices were raided in 2011 in an anti-graft investigation and round $100 million worth of the company’s assets were seized.
#AceWorldNews – September 07 – Two NATO warships, Canadian frigate Toronto and Spain’s Almirante Juan de Borbon have entered Black Sea waters over the weekend, Itar Tass news agency reported referring to its military diplomatic source.
The ships will take part in the international Sea Breeze drill, conducting exercises from September 8 to 10.
On Friday, another two NATO warships, the French Navy ship Commandant Birot and the US destroyer Ross, entered the area.
It is expected that the drill will also involve Turkish and Romanian frigates, as well as a Georgian patrol boat.
#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – April 22 – Moscow has expelled the First Secretary at the Canadian embassy, sources in the foreign ministry tell their news agency (Tass)
Margarita Atanasov will be forced to leave Russia within a fortnight.
The source explained that the diplomatic gesture is a reprisal for the expulsion of a Russian assistant military attaché earlier this month, which was in itself justified as a counter-measure to an earlier forced recall of a Canadian official. “Russian officials have had their visa applications rejected for no reason,” explained the source (RT)
“The entire situation is being stoked by Canada’s destructive anti-Russian position over Ukraine.”
According to the website of the Canadian Embassy to Russia, Atanasov was responsible for immigration issues at the diplomatic mission (VoR)
VoR – Tass – RT – Media Sources.
#AceSecurityNews – UK – Canada – April 14 – (BBC) – A leading UK site for parents and the Canadian tax authority have both announced they have had data stolen by hackers exploiting the Heartbleed bug.
Mumsnet – which says it has 1.5 million registered members – said that it believed that the cyber thieves may have obtained passwords and personal messages before it patched its site.
The Canada Revenue Agency said that 900 people’s social insurance numbers had been stolen.
These are the first confirmed losses.
The Mumsnet site’s founder Justine Roberts told the BBC that it became apparent that user data was at risk when her own username and password were used to post a message on-line.
She said the hackers then informed Mumsnet’s administrators that the attack was linked to the Heartbleed flaw and told them the company’s data was not safe.
“On Friday 11 April, it became apparent that what is widely known as the Heartbleed bug had been used to access data from Mumsnet users’ accounts,” the London-based website added in an email to its members.
“We have no way of knowing which Mumsnetters were affected by this.
“The worst case scenario is that the data of every Mumsnet user account was accessed.
“It is possible that this information could then have been used to log in as you and give access to your posting history, your personal messages and your personal profile, although we should say that we have seen no evidence of anyone’s account being used for anything other than to flag up the security breach, thus far.”
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Ace Related News – April 11 – 15.49 GMT – #AceSecurityNews – UNITED STATES -NSA – April 12 – (ALJ) – The US government has warned banks and other businesses to be on alert for hackers seeking to steal data exposed by the “Heartbleed” bug, as a German programmer took responsibility for the widespread security crisis. http://wp.me/p165ui-4L1
#AceWorldNews – KABUL – April – Latest – A police spokesman said that German war photographer Anja Niedringhaus was shot and killed in the incident while Canadian journalist Kathy Gannon was seriously injured in the shooting.
AP confirmed the shooting later on Friday, saying Gannon had been wounded twice, was receiving medical attention. She was described as being in stable condition and talking to medical personnel.
Ace Related News – April 04 – 11.26 GMT – #AceWorldNews – KABUL – April 04 – “Naqibullah, a policeman in Tani district of Khost, opened fire on two foreign journalists. One was killed and one was wounded,” Mobariz Zadran told Reuters.http://wp.me/p165ui-4E4
#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – March 24 – Russia’s Foreign Ministry has imposed sanctions on 13 Canadian officials and politicians, official spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry Alexander Lukashevich said.
The sanctions against Canadian officials represent retaliatory measures in response to sanctions imposed by the Canadian government on a number of Russian officials and parliamentarians.
Among 13 sanctioned Canadian officials are Christine Hogan, Prime Minister’s advisor on foreign and defence policy, Wayne Wouters, Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet, and others.
Russia is still open for constructive and honest cooperation with Canada, but will respond reciprocally on unfriendly moves, the Russian Foreign Ministry added.
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#AceWorldNews – Two Canadian citizens were killed in a “brazen and cowardly attack on a hotel in Kabul,” said the country’s Foreign Affairs spokesman.
Nine people, including four foreigners, died after a shooting and subsequent fire-fight inside the luxurious Serena Hotel in Kabul on Friday.
All of the assailants were killed in the incident. Taliban insurgents claimed responsibility for the Thursday attack.
Related Story News – 20 March – 18.18 – #AceBreakingNews – Injuries are feared as gunmen have entered the luxurious Serena Hotel in the Afghan capital and opened fire, witnesses said.
According to a security source cited by Reuters, two people were wounded as two or three gunmen entered the Serena hotel by a back door.
Many foreign observers are staying at the hotel, which is located near the presidential palace, ahead of the April 5 election.
The building is now surrounded by the security forces.http://wp.me/p165ui-4r4
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#AceWorldNews Canada has pulled its last troops out of Afghanistan, ending a 12-year mission to the country, AP reported.
The Canadians formally ended their combat role in southern Afghanistan in July 2011. However, they maintained a small training operation in Kabul, ending that operation Wednesday.
At its peak Canada was the sixth-largest troop-contributing nation and deploying more than 40,000 service members to Afghanistan since the mission began in 2001.
The Canadian government said 158 soldiers, one diplomat, one journalist and two civilian contractors had been killed during the mission in Afghanistan.
#AceWorldNews says 29-year old Ali Moustafa from Toronto was killed in a bomb attack in Aleppo on Sunday, an activist told AP.
Moustafa was reportedly killed in a blast, as a crude barrel bomb landed near to where he was standing with a group of fire-fighters.
Dozens of journalists have been killed or kidnapped in Syria, both by forces loyal to President Bashar Assad and rebels trying to overthrow him.