#AceWorldNews – PAKISTAN:Dec.17 – Pakistan’s months long political confrontation has been temporarily put on hold by the Peshawar school massacre, with government and opposition parties meeting Wednesday in the north-western city.
The gathering of the country’s political leaders was specially convened by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as Pakistan began three days of mourning, and as the nation struggles to come to terms with the shocking death toll from the attack.
At least 148 people, including 132 children, died in Tuesday’s Taliban assault on a Peshawar school, according to the military.
Candlelight vigils were being held in cities across the country, the national flag lowered to half mast, as funerals took place.
#AceWorldNews – AFGHANISTAN:Dec.13- At least 12 workers clearing mines have been shot dead, another 12 wounded by Taliban fighters in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, local police said, according to AP.
The attack happened near Camp Bastion, a former British base in Helmand province.
Police spokesman Farid Ahmad Obaid said Afghan forces launched a counter attack, killing four of the Islamist militants and capturing three, Reuters reported.
It comes after a series of attacks on Friday and Saturday that killed two NATO soldiers and a top Afghan court official.
#AceWorldNews – CHINA – Nov.29 – An attack in China’s Yarkant County in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region on Friday left four victims dead and another 14 injured, Chinese CCTV reported.
Police, responding to the emergency, killed 11 attackers.
Police said the assailants drove to a lively street in a local town and started throwing bombs and stabbing people.
The Chinese authorities described the incident as a terrorist attack.
The province, home to a considerable Muslim Uyghur minority, suffers from such outburst of random violence regularly.
#AceWorldNews – INDIA – Nov.28 – A strain of the bird flu virus found in India this week can be contracted by humans, according to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).
India has discovered thousands of dead ducks infected with the virus in the southern state of Kerala and the authorities have already culled more than 200,000 birds.
However, the OIE said on Thursday it is not concerned about the situation.
India has dealt with outbreaks before and no human case has been reported since 2003.
#AceWorldNews – GERMANY – Nov.26 – An unidentified man started shooting in Hamm, a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, and the ensuing skirmish resulted in the killing of two people, TASS reported on Wednesday.
At least three people were injured.
The motive for the shooting is unknown, with police officials describing the incident as an “exchange of fire” because “the aggressor himself was shot dead.”
#AceNewsServices – JERUSALEM – Nov.18 – A Palestinian bus driver has been found hanged inside his vehicle at a depot in Jerusalem, with the Israeli police saying the man committed suicide, while the driver’s family claim he was lynched by Israelis RT reported.
The bus driver, who has been identified as Youssef al-Ramouni from al-Tur in East Jerusalem, worked for Egged, an Israeli company.
Other drivers were, according to the Ma’an news agency, alarmed to see al-Ramouni’s bus parked in the terminal late on Sunday evening, when it was supposed to be out on its route. They entered the vehicle and discovered al-Ramouni’s body hanging from a steel bar.
Israeli police say a preliminary investigation showed no sign of an assault.
“The bus driver committed suicide, there is no other indication other than it was a suicide case,” said police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld, according to Reuters.
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Al-Ramouni’s relatives are not convinced, arguing that Youssef, the father of two young children, could not possibly have killed himself.
“I saw the body last night and I saw bruises and marks that he was beaten up,” al-Ramouni’s brother Louy told Reuters. “There were marks of fingers on the body and also on his back there was a bruise, as if he was hit by a hard object.”
The family supports their allegations with pictures of the dead body, which are currently circulating online.
The body is now in Abu Kabir Forensic Insitutute in Tel Aviv, where it was transferred for an autopsy. Al-Ramouni’s family wants a Palestinian pathologist to be present, but it’s not yet clear if this will be allowed.
Al-Ramouni’s colleagues have, according to the Haaretz, said that Palestinian bus drivers have long been targets of attacks by Israelis.
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Rumors of the driver’s death in a possible assault spread across the Palestinian media, sparking riots in several neighborhoods of Jerusalem – At-tur, Ras al-Amud and Abu Dis, the Times of Israel reported. Palestinian youths hurled stones and firebombs at police, who responded with stun grenades and tear gas.
The Israeli media have meanwhile reported that a Jewish man, aged 32, was stabbed with a screwdriver also on Sunday evening.
The man managed to make it to a police station and was eventually taken to hospital.
Source: RT – Times of Israel – Haaretz – Reuters – Ma’an News Agency
#AceWorldNews – INDIA – Nov.13 – Police have detained a doctor over mass sterilization surgeries in central India that left 13 women dead and dozens ill in hospital, AFP reported.
Dr R.K Gupta was detained for questioning late Wednesday in Chhattisgarh state.
In five hours, the doctor operated on 83 women who were paid $26 under a government-run sterilization scheme to reduce population growth.
The doctor, who says he has conducted more than 50,000 such operations, blamed adulterated medicines for the tragedy.
India is the world’s top sterilizer of women, and efforts to rein in population growth have been described as draconian, Reuters said.
Birth rates fell in recent decades, but population growth is among the world’s fastest.
#AceNewsServices says great post and my view is ” #Truth or Fiction” these are the two key words that come to mind when hearing more and more stories about circumstances such as this one. My personal view is upset enough of the so-called wrong people too many times, and things happen to you #darkforces
British prisoner Dr Abbas Khan found dead in Syrian jail days before he was due to be handed over to MP George Galloway ~ Robert Fisk, The Independent.
In a scandal that will inevitably embrace President Assad of Syria and the British government, a British prisoner in the hands of the Syrian state security police has been found dead in a Damascus prison only four days before he was to be handed over to British MP George Galloway to be taken home to Britain on the instructions of Assad himself.
Dr Abbas Khan, who was arrested by Syrian government forces while working as an orthopedic surgeon in the Aleppo region and held incommunicado for more than a year, “committed suicide” in the state interrogation centre at Kfar Soussa in Damascus, according to Syrian security authorities.
Khan’s mother, who was herself in Damascus and had seen her son four…
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