(SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.) JUST IN: Feds seize 27 more domain names they say were part of Iranian disinformation campaign said U.S. Attorney Anderson. “This work will continue. We cannot allow Iran’s attachment to fake news to overtake our commitment to the rule of law.” #AceNewsDek report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.05: The United States has seized 27 domain names that Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) unlawfully used to further a global covert influence campaign: As described in the seizure documents, all 27 domains were being used in violation of U.S. sanctions targeting both the Government of Iran and the IRGC. Four of the domains purported to be genuine news outlets but were actually controlled by the IRGC and targeted audiences in the United States, to covertly influence United States policy and public opinion, in violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). The remainder targeted audiences in other parts of the world: This seizure warrant follows an earlier seizure of 92 domains used by the IRGC for similar purposes:

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“ Today’s 27 seizures are another important step against Iran’s worldwide disinformation campaign,” said U.S. Attorney Anderson. “This work will continue. We cannot allow Iran’s attachment to fake news to overtake our commitment to the rule of law.”

“ Within the last month we have announced seizures of Iran’s weapons, fuel, and covert influence infrastructure,” said John C. Demers, Assistant Attorney General for National Security. “As long as Iran’s leaders are trying to destabilize the world through the state-sponsorship of terrorism and the taking of hostages, we will continue to enforce U.S. sanctions and take other legal steps to counter them.”

“ The FBI is aggressively investigating any evidence of foreign influence and the unlawful spread of disinformation by hostile nations. Today, we seized 27 additional domains that Iran’s IRGC was illegally using in attempt to manipulate public opinion in other countries, including the United States,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Craig D. Fair. “Thanks to our ongoing collaboration with Google, Facebook, and Twitter, the FBI was able to disrupt this Iranian propaganda campaign and we will continue to pursue any attempts by foreign actors to spread disinformation in our country.”

The seizure warrant, issued on Nov. 3, 2020, describes how the 27 seized domain names were being operated in violation of federal law: Control of the domains by the IRGC violated the International Emergency and Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) and the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations (ITSR), which prohibit U.S. persons from providing services to the Government of Iran without a license. Further, the United States has found that the IRGC has provided material support to a number of terrorist groups, including Hizballah, Hamas, and the Taliban. As such, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) added the IRGC to its list of Specially Designated Nationals, imposing additional licensing requirements. As described in the seizure documents, the 27 domains were registered with U.S.-based domain registrars and used top-level domains owned by U.S.-based registries. Neither the IRGC nor the Government of Iran obtained a license from OFAC prior to using the domain names and obtaining services from the U.S. providers:

” In addition, four of the 27 domain names, “rpfront.com,” “ahtribune.com,” “awdnews.com,” and “criticalstudies.org,” were also seized pursuant to FARA. FARA establishes a registration, reporting, and disclosure regime for agents of foreign principals (including foreign governments and their agencies) so that the U.S. government and the people of the United States are informed of the source of information and the identity of persons attempting to influence U.S. public opinion, policy, and law

FARA requires, among other things, that persons subject to its requirements submit periodic registration statements containing truthful information about their activities and the income earned from them: Disclosure of the required information allows the federal government and the American people to evaluate the statements and activities of such persons in light of their function as foreign agents. Here, the four domains purported to be independent news outlets, but they were actually operated by or on behalf of the IRGC to target the United States with pro-Iranian propaganda in an attempt to covertly influence the American people to change United States policy concerning Iran and the Middle East:

These domains targeted a United States audience without proper registration pursuant to FARA and without notifying the American public with a conspicuous label that the content of the domains was being published on behalf of foreign principals, the IRGC and the Government of Iran:

#AceNewsDesk report ……………Published: Nov.05: 2020:

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(WASHINGTON) #Election2020 Sputnik: 04 November 2020 19:09: TRUMP ATTORNEY GIULIANI SAYS EN ROUTE TO PHILADELPHIA WITH LEGAL TEAM AFTER ‘MASSIVE CHEATING’ IN ELECTION #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.04: Trump Campaign Sues Michigan To Halt Counting Ballots The following is a statement below: As votes in Michigan continue to be counted, the presidential race in the state remains extremely tight as we always knew it would be. President Trump’s campaign has not been provided with meaningful access to numerous counting locations to observe the opening of ballots and the counting process, as guaranteed by Michigan law. We have filed suit today in the Michigan Court of Claims to halt counting until meaningful access has been granted. We also demand to review those ballots which were opened and counted while we did not have meaningful access. President Trump is committed to ensuring that all legal votes are counted in Michigan and everywhere else.”

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President Donald Trump’s campaign says it has filed a lawsuit trying to halt the vote count in battleground Michigan.

The latest counts gives Trump’s Democratic challenger Joe Biden a small lead, but the race is still too early to call.

Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien says in a statement Wednesday that the campaign “has not been provided with meaningful access to numerous counting locations to observe the opening of ballots and the counting process, as guaranteed by Michigan law.”

He says a suit was filed Wednesday in the Michigan Court of Claims “to halt counting until meaningful access has been granted.”

Michigan is a critical battleground state that helped deliver Trump the presidency four years ago, along with Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. Neither Wisconsin or Pennsylvania has been called yet.

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#AceNewsDesk report …………..Published: Nov.04: 2020:

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(DETROIT, Mich.) ICE/HSI REPORT: A former University of Michigan professor is facing two counts of transporting a minor girl across state lines with the intent to engage in sexual conduct has been arrested and charged on Thursday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.02: Stephen Shipps, 67, of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Shipps was arrested last Thursday: From 1989 to 2019, Shipps was employed by the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance as a violin professor. Shipps was also the director of the Strings Preparatory Program, which offered instruction to young musicians ranging from elementary school through high school-age. Shipps retired from the University of Michigan in February 2019: In addition, Shipps served on the faculties of Indiana University, the North Carolina School of the Arts, the University of Nebraska – Omaha, and the Banff Centre in Canada. He also taught students at summer music programs in the Czech Republic, Germany, and the United Kingdom:

The indictment alleges that in February and March of 2002, as well as in June and July of 2002, Shipps knowingly transported a young girl, who was under 18 years old, across state lines, and Shipps intended to engage in sexual activity with her: I’m very proud of the work that ICE HSI did to bring this person to justice who appears to have preyed on multiple victims by exploiting his position as their professor. He breached their trust: These are the types of cases that ICE gets involved with to protect the public and children in our communities,” said ICE Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Director Tony H. Pham: ” Thanks to the bravery of Shipps’ alleged victims and painstaking investigative work by HSI, this disgraced professor is being held accountable for coercing vulnerable young women into sex, in some cases in the distant past,” said Vance Callender, HSI special agent in charge of Michigan and Ohio. “This case underscores our commitment to pursue sexual predators and bring some measure of justice to the victims.”

“ We are committed to the safety and well-being of the most vulnerable members of our society – our children,” stated United States Attorney Matthew Schneider: ” For over 20 years, Stephen Shipps had close interactions with many young girls who were gifted musicians. Shipps met with these young girls both inside and outside of the State of Michigan. Our determination and commitment to seeking justice for victims has no time limit.” ……………………If convicted of both counts, Shipps faces a statutory maximum penalty of 15 years in federal prison:

#AceNewsDesk report ……………..Published: Nov.02: 2020:

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(TEXAS, Ariz.) DOJ Court Report: Ore City man and convicted sexual offender has been sentenced to 840-months in prison for ‘ child exploitation violations ‘ between 2013 – 2018 on 18-minor-female-victims #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.28: U.S. Attorney Stephen J. Cox Announces: Jeremy OKieth Kyle, also known as Corey Webster, also known as Rick, also known as Derrick Willis, also known as Eric Sanders, also known as Brad Smith, also known as Jason, also known as J, pleaded guilty on Feb. 19, 2020, to three counts of coercion and enticement and was sentenced to 840 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Jeremy D. Kernodle today:

According to information presented in court, between 2013 and 2018, Kyle, a convicted sex offender, committed numerous offenses against eighteen minor female victims and four adult female victims: He used a variety of false personas and promises of love and money to convince the victims to meet him and engage in sexual encounters. He acquired images and videos of the victims engaged in sexually explicit conduct and threatened to distribute those images and videos in order to coerce more sexual encounters”

“What this man did is a tragedy: These young victims were treated in ways no person should ever be treated,” said U.S. Attorney Stephen J. Cox. “This case also serves as a warning to parents: exploitation and abuse can be one click away in today’s social media and technological environment. Parents should take strong precautions to protect children from victimization.”

“Predators are targeting children of all ages online by using threats and manipulative tactics: The FBI will continue working with our partners to hold these online predators accountable for their dangerous behavior,” said FBI Dallas Special Agent in Charge Matthew DeSarno. “We encourage potential victims and their parents to contact the FBI or local law enforcement if they are targeted online.”

Anyone who had contact, in person or on social media, with an individual who identified himself as Jeremy OKieth Kyle, Corey Webster, Rick, Derrick Willis, Eric Sanders, Brad Smith, Jason, or J, is urged to contact the U.S. Attorney’s Office at 1-800-804-3547. The U.S. Attorney’s Office will take the necessary steps to protect the individuals’ identities and confidential information.

#AceNewsDesk report ………………Published: Oct.28: 2020:

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(HOUSTON, Tx.) HPD Report: Officers are looking for crooks that robbed two different delivery drivers a few hours apart at the same pharmacy on Tues.Oct.13: #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.28: On Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 10:15 am, a UPS employee was delivering packages of prescription medicine at the Bizmart Pharmacy, located at 9504 Long Point, in Houston, Texas. As the delivery driver was dropping off two packages, he noticed an unknown male approaching his open truck. The complainant stated that something didn’t feel right about the male walking towards him, so he set the packages down at the front door of the pharmacy and began walking back towards his truck, at which time two additional males appeared and pinned him against his truck and held him there while the other suspect grabbed the packages at the door. During the robbery, one of the suspect stated that they had a gun and threatened the complainant if he resisted. The suspects then ran back to a blue Nissan Rogue and a dark colored Dodge Charger and fled the scene:

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The same suspects are believed to be responsible for another robbery a few hours later at the same location: In that robbery, a FedEx employee was delivering a package to the pharmacy when two unknown males ran up to him and forcibly grabbed the package that he was delivering. The suspects then ran back to the Dodge Charger and fled the scene. Houston PD #1359636-20

Suspect description: Black male, 20 to 25 years old, thin build, black jacket, black pants and wore sandals. Suspect #2: Black male, 20 to 25 years old, thin build, gray hoodie, blue jeans and black shoes. Suspect #3: Black male, orange 20 to 25 years old, heavy set, orange hoodie, blue jeans and white and black shoes: Breaking911 https://ift.tt/35DkE0F

Crime Stoppers may pay up to $5,000 for information leading to the charging and/or arrest of the suspect in this case. Information may be reported by calling 713-222-TIPS (8477) or submitted online at https://ift.tt/MULYJo

#AceNewsDesk report ………………Published: Oct.28: 2020:

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(LOS ANGELES, Calif.) JUST IN: A 5yr-old-girl has been accidentally ‘ shot and killed ‘ by another ‘ child ‘ on Thursday afternoon around 14:30hrs in Merced #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.23: On Thursday afternoon, around 2:30, Merced Police Officers responded to a report of gunshot heard in the 1600 block of East 26th Street: Officers responded to the scene and located the crime scene at a home on East 26th Street: Officers also received a report of a 5-year-old gunshot victim dropped off at Mercy Hospital according to Breaking911

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The man who dropped off the victim was seen leaving the hospital. Officers attempted to stop the subject, but the driver refused to stop and engaged in a high-speed pursuit: The driver finally stopped and was taken into custody and was identified as Rodney Matthews:

Detectives believe the 5 year old victim was accidentally shot by another child-aged family member: Rodney Matthews was arrested and booked on charges of child endangerment which resulted in the death of a child, felony reckless driving while evading officers, and a prohibited person in possession of firearms and ammunition:

Merced Police Detectives and the Crime Scene Response Team responded to the crime scene and are investigating:

#AceNewsDesk report …………Published: Oct.23: 2020:

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(NEW YORK) MANHUNT ARMED & DANGEROUS SUSPECT: The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating the whereabouts of the suspect wanted in connection with the death of a 40-year-old Bayonne woman last week #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.20: Erick Acosta, 32, of Bayonne, has been charged in relation to the death of Crystal Ojeda who was found dead in her apartment on Lord Avenue in Bayonne last Friday, October 9, 2020. He is charged with murder, a crime of the first degree; Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purposes, a crime of the third degree; and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, a crime of the fourth degree; and Tampering With Evidence), a crime of the fourth degree: Acosta, who has used multiple aliases including Alexander Ojeda, Luis Cubi, and Jonathan Ortiz, may be in the Monmouth or Ocean County area. Anyone who sees Acosta should not approach him, but should immediately contact police:

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On October 9, 2020, shortly before 1 p.m., members of the Bayonne Police Department responded to 30 Lord Avenue to do a welfare check of a resident. Upon arrival, responding police officers found an unresponsive female victim with visible trauma:

The victim, later identified as Crystal Ojeda, age 40, of Bayonne, was pronounced dead at approximately 1:55 p.m: The Regional Medical Examiner’s Office determined the cause of death to be blunt force trauma to the head and body and the manner of death to be homicide. The two were believed to be in a relationship, but a spokeswoman with the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office declined to elaborate further:

#AceNewsDesk report ………………Published: Oct.20: 2020:

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(SEATTLE) LATEST: SPD Report: Suspect can be seen attacking an officer with a piece of burning lumber and release a body-worn, dashcam, and surveillance video from the ongoing investigation into the Thursday officer-involved shooting in South Lake Union #AceNewsDesk report

The Seattle Police Department (SPD): The suspect can be seen in the video using a burning piece of lumber to attack an officer in his patrol car. The suspect then runs away as the officer opens fire. Detectives later booked the 37-year-old suspect, who was not struck by gunfire, into King County Jail. The officer, Caleb Pomazon, has been with the Seattle Police Department for one year and is currently on paid administrative leave per department policy. Around 1:30 PM, an officer was in their patrol vehicle in an alley between Dexter Avenue and John Street looking for a man who was reportedly brandishing a flaming piece of lumber:

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The officer found the man, who threw the flaming lumber—believed to be a 2×2—into the patrol vehicle while the officer was still inside: Additional responding officers chased the man into a parking garage where they deployed a taser and took him into custody. One officer is believed to have discharged a firearm during the incident. The suspect was not struck. Additionally, as officers were arresting the man, the flames from the burning lumber engulfed the entire patrol vehicle. One officer was transported to Harborview Medical Center with non-life-threatening burns.

#AceNewsDesk report …………….Published: Oct.20: 2020:

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(NASVILLE, Tenn.) JUST IN: #Breaking911 Report: MANHUNT For three suspects in a Chevrolet after three people dead in an apparent ‘ drug-related-shooting ‘ on Saturday around 19:30hrs as homicide detectives are investigating #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.19: Homicide Unit detectives are investigating Saturday’s 7:30 p.m. apparent drug-related shooting that fatally wounded three men outside the 2724 Old Elm Hill Pike residence of one of the victims, Gennaro Daniele:

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Responding officers found Daniele, 29, and Jesus Torrero, 27, wounded in the parking lot: They were transported to Vanderbilt Medical Center where they died. According to witnesses, a gunman fired at Daniele and Torrero from behind the building during an apparent exchange of gunfire. The gunman fled in a newer model burgundy Chevrolet sedan bearing dealer tags: A short time later, a car matching that description, occupied by three young black men, attempted to drop off a gunshot victim, later identified as Quencharios Edmonds, 28, at Summit Medical Center: They sped away after being approached by hospital staff: Edmonds was later located deceased from multiple gunshot wounds inside his SUV parked on Enon Springs Road in Smyrna: A surveillance photo of the burgundy Chevrolet sedan is attached:

‘ During the execution of a search warrant at 2724 Old Elm Hill Pike, detectives recovered seven pounds of marijuana, 500 ecstasy pills, a pistol, and $42,836 cash

Anyone who sees the Chevrolet sedan or has information about the shooting is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463: Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and qualify for a cash reward:

#AceNewsDesk report ……………..Published: Oct.19: 2020:

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MOSCOW: ‘ MEDVEDEV SAYS RUSSIA CAN SUBSTITUTE 100% OF UNNECESSARY FOOD IMPORTS ‘

#AceBreakingNews – RUSSIA:Dec.10 –  In a couple of years Russia will be able to substitute 100 percent of “unnecessary” food imports, Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said during his live TV interview Wednesday.

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“We are able to fully replace needless imports in the mid-term,” said Medvedev.

Medvedev said the shift won’t be immediate, but the good thing is that shelves in the stores throughout Russia have already become full of domestically made produce.

READ MORE: Russia bans agricultural products from EU, USA, Australia, Norway, Canada

“We are serious people and we’ve never said that we’d get all Russian agricultural items the next day after introducing response measures [to Western sanctions – Ed.],” he said adding that the goal of filling shelves with domestic production is gradually being achieved.

His comment comes at a time when the Russian economy is struggling to withstand oil prices that have plunged more than 40 percent from a peak of $115 per barrel in the summer.

The Russian currency has gone into free fall, touching new lows every day. The ruble was trading at 54.3 against the US dollar and at 67.3 against the euro at 1200 MSK Wednesday on the Moscow Exchange.

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‘ A VISIT TO A KITCHEN OF JUDITH JONES PROMOTER OF CLASSIC FRENCH COOKING ‘

#AceFoodNews – November 10 – This is one of my all time favourite chefs she introduced the world to people such as Julia Child’s and James Beard.

Her kitchen is stocked like a good old fashioned larder and she cooks using one pot and very few gadgets:

Have a little free time visit this link #AceMustRead  ‘ A VISIT TO A KITCHEN OF JUDITH JONES PROMOTER OF CLASSIC FRENCH COOKING ‘ 

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‘ The Five Basic Rules for Cooking Meat ‘

#AceFoodNews – There are five basic principles that apply to the vast majority of techniques when it comes to meat and poultry.

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‘ RUSSIAN TRUCKS DELIVER SIXTH LOAD OF HUMANITARIAN AID TO DONETSK AND & LUHANSK ‘

#AceNewsServices – MOSCOW – November 04 – A column of 10 trucks carrying humanitarian aid, sent by Russia’s Emergencies Ministry, has reached Lugansk.

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“Ten trucks have arrived in Lugansk, bringing 50 tons of medicines and fuel.

The convoy is starting to be unloaded,” said the deputy head of the National Emergencies Center, Oleg Voronov.

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‘Humanitarian Aid Trucks Arrive in Luhansk ‘

The regional government had ordered 100 tons of medicines to be brought as well as fuel, which is much needed in Donetsk and Lugansk.

This is the sixth convoy to have provided humanitarian aid, with thousands of tons of aid having already been delivered, including generators, drinking water and warm clothing.

Yesterday it was confirmed that a sixth load of Russian humanitarian aid is ready to be shipped to the suffering people of Ukraine’s Donbass region, according to Oleg Voronov, deputy head of the Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations.

The shipment will consist of over 100 tons of food and medical supplies and will be sent via 20 lorry trucks to Lugansk and Donetsk.

Source: Tass – RT – RIA Novosti 

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#AceWorldNews – LANDERNEAU – September 29 – Around 130 tractors blocked the RN12 highway for over two hours in Landerneau on Wednesday in the latest farmer protest against the Russian ban on EU food imports that was prompted by EU sanctions over Ukraine.

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‘ Burning an Efigy of Guillotine – Francis Hollande ‘ 

Farmers set fire to potatoes, cauliflower, tyres and hay among other items, and displayed an effigy of French President Francois Hollande in a guillotine.

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SOCHI: ‘ Russia’s Economic Sanctions by West Contracts to Asia Pacific Regions – Medvedev ‘

#AceNewsServices – SOCHI, September 19. /ITAR-TASS/. The gaps on the Russian markets left amid Moscow’s embargo on imported Western food will be soon filled, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said at the International Investment Forum in Sochi on Friday.

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Producers from other countries know very well that the market gaps will not remain empty for a long time. Very soon, they will be filled, primarily, by domestic producers,” Medvedev said.

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‘ Countries of the Asia Pacific Region ‘

The Russian market is also open for partners in the Customs Union and the Commonwealth of Independent States, as well as companies from the countries of Latin America and the Asia-Pacific.

Medvedev said “there is no need to return to mobilization economics, as it is a way to nowhere, while Russia needs a modern and effective market economy.”

Russia’s national development course remains unchanged because an epoch of anti-Russian sanctions will sooner or later be over”, he said.

“Even under conditions of sanctions, we should continue the former course. Sanctions will be dropped, we will come to terms sooner or later as it always was in the world history, but we should not change the course,” he said.

“Making correct decisions is the best way of protection. We have not gone off the right way so far, and I hope we will neither go the wrong way in the future,” Medvedev said.

Developing cooperation with Asia-Pacific countries

Russia should build up trust with Asian countries and the scale of the country’s involvement in Asia-Pacific regional affairs, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said.

First, it is needed to increase the level of trust between Russia and Asian countries at state, corporate and civil levels,” he noted. “There will be no investments without trust and there will be no development without investments,” Medvedev said.

Secondly, it is needed to qualitatively expand the scale of involvement in regional affairs, meeting the demand in relations with Russia formed for the last few years,” the prime minister added.

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ASIA: ‘ Corporate Supermarkets Take Lion-Share Leaving Small Traders Picking-Up the Crumbs ‘

#AceNewsServices – ASIA – September 17 – Food accounts for nearly a quarter of overall consumer spending in Asia – more than housing, education or transportation.

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Hundreds of millions of people in Asia earn their livelihoods from food – whether from farming it, preparing it or selling it.

But in the past decade or so, transnational corporations have been taking over a bigger and bigger slice of the pie, with major implications for the entire food chain.

Corporate supermarkets are expanding faster in Asia than anywhere else on the planet. And as supermarkets and their procurement chains expand, they take revenue out of the hands of peasants, small scale food producers and traders.

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The expansion of supermarkets is transferring control over Asia’s food to a handful of corporations like CP, Aeon, Dairy Farm, Wal-Mart, and other global retailers, and their corporate suppliers.

Across the region, there is both growing awareness of the threat posed by global retailers and a growing resistance against their expansion.

But we must continue envisioning and building strategies and alternatives to the supermarket model of food distribution in order to move forward in a way that strengthens social, community based and public food systems and assures the survival of small food producers and local markets.

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UN: ‘ Global Food Prices Fall to Lowest Level Helped by Russia’s Prohibition on Imports’

#AceWorldNews – UNITED NATIONS – September 11 – Global food prices continued to dip for the fifth month straight reaching their lowest level since September 2010, the United Nations agriculture agency reported today.

The Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) price index – which measures monthly changes in the global price of a basket of meat, dairy, cereals, oils and fats, and sugar – averaged 196.6 points in August 2014 which is a 7.3 point (3.6 per cent) decrease compared to July.

With the exception of meats, prices for all of the commodities measured by the index dipped markedly.

According to a statement to the press, FAO’s sub-index for dairy products averaged 200.8 points in August, down 25.3 points (11.2 per cent) versus July and 46.8 points (18.9 per cent) compared to a year ago- the result of abundant supplies for export coupled with reduced import demand.

Russia’s prohibition at the beginning of  the month on imports of dairy products from several countries helped depress prices, while slackening imports of whole milk powder by China (the world’s largest importer) also contributed to market uncertainty.

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World Food Programme: ‘ GAZA – For The First Time Since 2007 a Humanitarian Convoy of UN WPF Successfully Crossed from Egypt into the Gaza Strip Today ‘

#AceWorldNews – GAZA – August 27 – For the first time since 2007, a humanitarian convoy of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) successfully crossed from Egypt into the Gaza Strip today, carrying enough food to feed around 150,000 people for five days.

​’ Rafah Border Crossing Was Closed Now Open For Aid and Feeding People ‘

After a seven-hour drive from Alexandria – where the food was procured – across the Sinai Peninsula, WFP’s trucks arrived at the Rafah crossing. The convoy of 18 trucks carried 15,600 food parcels – part of a total batch of 25,000 food parcels. The parcels include ready-to-eat food such as canned meat, canned beans, tea and dates.

A second convoy with the remaining parcels is expected to cross into Gaza in the next few days.

​This is the first time that WFP has used the Rafah crossing point since the start of the Gaza blockade in 2007.

“It is extremely important that we have access to the Gaza Strip from different routes including the Rafah crossing to ensure a constant flow of humanitarian supplies to meet the growing needs of the people affected by the recent violence. We are grateful to the Government of Egypt for opening the Rafah crossing and allowing WFP to procure food in Egypt,” said Mohamed Diab, WFP Regional Director for the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia and East Europe.

To respond to the urgent need for humanitarian aid in Gaza, the UN in Palestine has activated the logistics cluster. Under the leadership of WFP, the cluster is in charge of coordinating the movement of humanitarian assistance into Gaza. The Egyptian Red Crescent is coordinating all the crossing of humanitarian goods through Rafah.

“The opening of the Rafah crossing for humanitarian aid provides a major opportunity to scale up aid delivery to Gaza and needs to be sustained,” says WFP Country Director Pablo Recalde. “WFP has provided emergency relief from the onset of the conflict and will continue its food deliveries to Gaza to reach people affected by the conflict”.

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One In Four Americans On Government Food Assistance, While Half Of Congress Are Millionaires

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is creating a $2 million research center to study how the government can “nudge” Americans toward making healthier eating habits.The agency is currently accepting grant applications to establish a “Center for Behavioral Economics and Healthy Food Choice Research,” which will facilitate studies such as how breaking up combo meals at fast food restaurants would influence customers. “The USDA Center will facilitate new and innovative research on the application of behavioral economics theory to healthy food choice behaviors that would contribute to enhancing the nutrition, food security, and health of American consumers,” the USDA’s grant announcement said.

The center will be given at least $1.9 million over three years, with the possibility of future funding. Its research will focus on “facilitating food choice behaviors” and improving the diets of Americans enrolled on food stamps and the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program. The USDA said it is their responsibility to attempt to alter the food choices of Americans since 25 percent receive food aid from government programs.

“With a total outlay of $108.9 billion in FY 2013, food and nutrition assistance accounted for 72 percent of USDA’s budget,” the announcement said. “Approximately 1 in 4 Americans participated in at least 1 of the 15 food and nutrition assistance programs at some point during FY 2013, making these programs fundamental to the nutritional well-being of millions of Americans.” “These diverse activities share the common goal of improving the nutrition, food security, and health of American consumers,” it said.

The USDA claims that food choices are not made in a “purely rational manner,” but are influenced by food manufacturers and retailers. “The idea of complete rationality is challenged by repeated observance of cognitive biases such as hyperbolic discounting that can lead to decisions that seem to over-value short-term benefits such as the taste or convenience of foods versus long-run benefits such as health,” the grant announcement said.


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A list of “Topics of interest” provided by the USDA sheds light on the type of research the new center will conduct. “How are firms’ product development, pricing, marketing, and promotion strategies affected when consumers have systematic biases in decisionmaking?” the agency asked. “Can package or portion sizes be presented or promoted in a manner that encourages healthful consumption?”

The USDA also wants to know how changes to fast food combo meals can force Americans to eat healthier. “What would be the impact of changing the presentation order in which food is displayed on fast food menu boards or the manner in which foods are bundled for fast-food or restaurant meals?” they asked.

The USDA also proposed a study on changing how food is described on menus, labeling low-sodium and low-fat versions as “regular,” and “framing regular versions of certain snack products as high-fat or high-sodium.” In addition, the agency is interested in research that could encourage Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants to plan meals in advance, make shopping lists, and avoid shopping when hungry, the USDA said.

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Much of the research will involve SNAP, since the average 47.6 million people who received food stamp benefits each month in 2013 had “diets in need of improvement,” the USDA said. “Studies could also explore retailer-participant interactions—for example, could retailers design store formats that assist SNAP participants, perhaps by using store-based symbols or logos that highlight foods that are both healthful and economical, in a manner that simplifies and speeds choice for SNAP shoppers?” the grant announcement said.

“Finally, studies could examine behavioral factors related to SNAP program operations, such as behavioral messaging and cues (‘nudges’) that prompt healthful food choices,” it said. The research will ultimately impact policy. The USDA is seeking to use the studies as a basis for new regulations, after findings are shared with policymakers, program officials, and the general public.
“Studies are expected to focus on ideas that can be implemented within existing legislation and regulations rather than options that change them,” the announcement said.

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` Easter Arrives for Aleppo as Convoys of Humanitarian Aid Delivered in 200 Trucks to People in Need ‘

#AceFoodNews – ALEPPO – After the army units secured the international highway of Aleppo and opened Aleppo-Khanaser road where they eliminated scores of terrorists who attempted to cut off the road, more convoys of humanitarian aid were delivered to the city on Sunday.

Governor of Aleppo Mohammad Wahid Akkad told SANA that the convoys included 200 trucks loaded with food, vegetables, fruits and other humanitarian supplies.

He added that passenger vehicles have started to arrive in the province since morning.

The governor said oil stations will resume work starting off tomorrow and many areas have been resupplied with water, assuring that the problem of electricity shortages will soon be solved.

Sana. B. Mousa/ H. Said in Report.

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