#AceWorldNews – ALGERIA – October 02 – Algeria has opened criminal cases against 15 suspects in the beheading of French mountain guide Herve Gourdel by the Soldiers of the Caliphate group, TASS reported.
One of the suspects is the group’s leader Abdelmalek Gouri, also known as Khalid Abu Suleiman, according to judicial sources.
Gourdel was kidnapped and his beheading was shown in a video posted to social media in late September, 24 hours after France refused the Soldiers of the Caliphate demand to stop US-led air raids against Islamic State militants.
#AceNewsServices SYRIA(Raqqa) September 27 The footage, published by a French TV channel, was filmed by a student in February and April.
The amateur video shows that men and women are carrying weapons as they go about their business in busy streets in the city.
It also shows a woman walking her child to a playground with a rifle on her back.
It shows heavily armed men patrolling roads and parks and women carrying rifles.
The video reveals the presence of a great number of French women in the city.
Reports say about a hundred French women are living alongside militant groups in Syria.
#AceNewsServices – PARIS – September 24 – A French court has suspended an investigation launched in July against former French President Nicolas Sarkozy for corruption and influence-peddling, AFP reported on Wednesday.
The Paris appeals court decided the previous day to drop the probe and does not have to give a reason, a source close to the inquiry said.
The decision came days after he announced his political comeback.
Sarkozy still remains mired in several other judicial matters, including for alleged corruption.
His announcement ended months of speculation about the intentions of the conservative former president, who vowed to give up politics after he failed to be re-elected in 2012.
The UMP party elections are due to be held in November.
Although Mr Sarkozy has kept a low profile since leaving office, he has faced a series of investigations that involve him in some capacity.
The suspended case relates to an alleged attempt to influence judges who were looking into his affairs.
The suspension could last several months, according to AFP news agency.
Other inquiries include one into his links with late Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi and another into illegal campaign funding in 2012.
Mr Sarkozy denies wrongdoing.
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#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 – FRANCE (Paris) – July 01 – The French justice department stripped the notorious international feminist organization FEMEN of its office in Paris suburbs, local media reported on Tuesday.
During several months, FEMEN activists were based in an illegally occupied house in the city of Clichy (Hauts-de-Seine) near Paris.
This old building belonged to the local service for waste-water treatment, but was not used for a long time. There, FEMEN members were living, cooking, rehearsing their acts and trained in self-defence in order to protect themselves from the police and guards during their manifestations.
The court of the city of Asnières-sur-Seine ruled to immediately oust the activists from these facilities.
In addition, the ruling says that the feminist organization shall pay about €7.4 thousand towards debt repayment for electricity that was consumed during their stay in the building.
FEMEN’s lawyer reported that he was studying the option of appealing the court ruling.
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#AceWorldNews – PARIS – May 28 – French police have arrested the daughter of a South Korean tycoon believed to be the owner of a ferry that sank last month in a disaster that left more than 300 people dead or missing, AP reported.
She was arrested in France and will appear before a judge Wednesday, judicial sources told AFP. Yoo Somena was detained early on Tuesday at her home near the Champs Élysées in Paris, officials said.
Police were acting on an international arrest warrant issued on May 8 by South Korean officials who suspect she was involved in embezzlement from 2004 to 2013.
A judge will decide later on Wednesday whether she should be detained in custody pending a decision on whether to extradite her to South Korea, which could take several months or longer if she contests it.
Yoo Som-Na is the daughter of Yoo Byung-Eun, the head of the family which controls Chonghaejin Marine Co., the company which owned and operated the Sewol ferry that capsized and sunk on April 16 with hundreds of high-school students on board.
Yoo and his eldest son Yoo Dae-Kyun are being hunted by Korean authorities who suspect breaches of legal safety standards may have led to a tragedy that moved the whole world.
South Korean President Park Geun-Hye on Tuesday denounced fugitive members of the family as the “root cause” of the disaster. The government has offered a half-million dollar reward for information leading to the arrest of the father and 100,000 dollars for Yoo Dae-Kyun.
Korean prosecutors want to question the two men, Yoo Som-Na and another son who lives in the United States in connection with possible charges of embezzlement, tax fraud and criminal negligence.
Yoo has no direct stake in Chonghaejin, but his children and close aides control it through a complex web of holding companies.
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AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – May 21 – Russia will veto a UN resolution to refer the Syrian conflict to the International Criminal Court (ICC), according to Russia’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin.
Churkin said Russia believes the move would lead to the escalation of the conflict. Earlier, Russian Deputy
Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov also said Russia would veto the French-proposed resolution.
The vote in the UN is scheduled on May, 22.
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#AceWorldNews – PARIS – May 08 – France will deploy 3,000 soldiers to combat Islamist violence in the largely lawless Sahel region of Africa, AFP reported.
“Our role is to pursue counter-terrorism in north Mali, the north of Niger and in Chad,” Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said in an interview Thursday.
“We are reorganizing our contingent so that 3,000 French soldiers are in that zone.” France is “in the process of ending its frontal war phase” in Mali, Le Drian told BFMTV, adding that 1,000 French soldiers will remain based near the town of Gao in the insurgency-hit north-east of the country.
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#AceWorldNews – PARIS – May 01 – A significant number of French citizens are currently in Syria taking part in battle actions on the side of militant groups of Islamist radicals.
French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said on Wednesday that, according to the ministry’s data, there are 285 Frenchmen among Syrian militants.
The minister announced this data at a session of parliamentary committee on legislation.
#AceNewsServices – NEW YORK – April 29 – A French woman travelling with her husband and two small children was not allowed to board a flight to New York last week, possibly because her name sounds too close to Al Qaeda.
Aida Alic, 33, says she’s been blacklisted by the U.S. because her last name said before her first name — as it appears on her passport — sounds too close to the international terror group.
Alic arrived with her family for their connecting flight at Geneva airport last Wednesday, headed to New York for vacation, Britain’s Telegraph reported.
But Swiss Air officials told her they had received word from U.S. border authorities that she was barred from entering the U.S.
The airline did not provide any other specifics, so the family had to return home to the French Alps. The couple had paid more than $3,700 for their lost flights.
Later at home, Alic searched official U.S. travel sites to try to determine why she was stopped, and realized that it must be her name.
“Alic Aida, Al Qaeda. When friends make the play on words to wind me up, I am used to it, but not this,” Alic told Le Dauphiné Libéré newspaper.
Alic was born in Bosnia, but is now a French national. “Especially since my name is actually pronounced ‘Alitch.’ It is of Yugoslav origin. And now here, I am labelled as a risk,” she said.
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#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – April 15 – The French Navy destroyer, Dupleix, is unlikely to enter the Black Sea during the next two days, the Russian Defence Ministry said on Tuesday.
The French anti-submarine frigate was expected to join the country’s vessels in the Black Sea on Monday. However, the French military’s plans changed for some reason, and the ship is still in Limassol, Cyprus, a source in the Russian ministry told ITAR-TASS.
Meanwhile, US destroyer USS Donald Cook and French surveillance ship, Dupuy de Lome, which entered the Black Sea on April 10, are now docked at the Romanian port of Constantsa.
The French rescue ship, FS Alize, which has been in the Black Sea since March 26, has now left, the source said.
#AceWorldNews – HAVANA – April 13 – French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has arrived in Havana for a brief visit aimed at strengthening ties with Cuba. “This is the first time in 31 years that the head of French diplomacy is on an official trip to Cuba,” Fabius told reporters.
“France wants to strengthen its ties with all of South America and, in this context, we wanted relations to be strengthened in particular with Cuba.” Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez pledged his “willingness to continue to work on common goals” with France, AFP reports.
“Today we note a favourable development — and great potential – in our bilateral relations.”
#AceNewsServices – GUINEA – April 05 – (ALJ) – Reports from the agency Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has confirmed that an angry crowd attacked a treatment centre in Guinea where staff from they were working to contain an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, forcing it to shut down, a spokesman for the medical charity said.
“We have evacuated all our staff and closed the treatment centre,” Sam Taylor told Reuters news agency on Friday, adding that the attackers in Macenta, around 425km south-east of the capital Conakry, had accused MSF of bringing the disease to the south-eastern town.
“We have the full support of the local leaders and we’re working with the authorities to try and resolve this problem as quickly as possible so we can start treating people again,” he said, declining to give further details of the incident.
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Foreign mining companies have locked down operations and pulled out some international staff in mineral-rich Guinea. French health authorities have also put doctors and hospitals on alert in case people travelling to and from countries in the region pick up the disease.
Ebola, which has killed some 1,500 people since it was first discovered in 1976 in what is now Democratic Republic of Congo, causes vomiting, diahorea and external bleeding. It has a fatality rate of up to 90 percent.
Many health systems in West Africa are poorly equipped to deal with an epidemic and aid workers have warned of the difficulty of fighting infections scattered across several locations and in densely populated areas such as Conakry.
Some blame the government for not immediately quarantining an individual who carried the virus to the capital from the remote south, where the bulk of the 137 cases are concentrated.
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#AceWorldNews – CAMEROON – April 05 – Two Italian priests and a Canadian nun were kidnapped in Cameroon overnight, Vatican radio said on Saturday (Reuters)
The radio station, part of the official news service of the Catholic Church, said two groups of armed men had raided the houses of priests and nuns in the parish of Maroua in northern Cameroon at around 2:00 a.m. local time (0100 GMT).
Italy’s Foreign Ministry named the priests as Giampaolo Marta and Gianantonio Allegri, from the diocese of Vicenza in northeast Italy.
It did not identify the nun and said it was working with the Italian embassy in Yaounde to resolve the situation.
The attack took place late on Friday night.
Earlier in November, a French priest was kidnapped in Cameroon, who was then set free in December.
#AceMediaNews – MOSCOW – March 27 – Russia’s League for Safe Internet continues the fight against screenings of French movie La Vie d’Adele (Blue Is the Warmest Colour) in Russian cinemas.
Experts of this organization claim that the movie contains pornographic scenes with participation of minors.
The League’s press service reported on Thursday that the organization filed a request with Russia’s Ministry of Culture asking to strip the film of its lending license.
“On general release, the film continues to be screened, and it can be freely found on the internet.
This is unacceptable, and we’re urging the Ministry of Culture to draw attention to the system of providing film lending licenses, so that the license could be revoked from La Vie d’Adele and in the future, such films would not receive them,” the press service quoted the League’s executive director Denis Davydov.
The organization has also filed a request with Russia’s Prosecutor General’s Office asking to review the cases of law breach and public morality violations shown in the movie.
“We have sent the conclusions of the League’s experts to the Prosecutor General’s office, where we have noted that the movie contains propaganda of pedophilia, and this is violation of our laws and basic civil ethics,” Davydov said.
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#AceEnvironmentNews The French government has said it will limit vehicle use in Paris on Monday amid soaring pollution levels.
The French Health Ministry has also issued warnings for the elderly, pregnant women and young children as well as those people with respiratory problems in some of the worst pollution seen in the French capital in years.
On Friday Parisian authorities announced that all public transport would be free until Sunday evening in an attempt to lure people out if their cars.
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#AceEnvironmentNews Public transport will be free from Friday until Sunday evening in Paris as the authorities try to encourage drivers to leave their cars at home, as much of France suffers severe air-pollution caused by unusually warm weather.
The French capital and 30 other regions of France have been on maximum pollution alert for several days, with conditions set to continue until the end of the weekend.
The European Environment Agency says the pollution is the worst since 2007, and almost three-quarters of France is affected.
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#AceWorldNews says that missing airliner Boeing 777-200 of the Malaysian Airlines passed repair over right wing malfunction in 2012, aviation expert Bernard Chabbert said on French radio station Europe-1 on Saturday – Paris Tass.
“In 2012 an incident occurred with the airliner at China’s Shanghai airport,” the French expert said. He noted that then the airliner collided at the airfield with another aircraft belonging to the Chinese Southern Airlines.
“Large-scale repair was made on it, particularly some part of the right wing had to be replaced,” he added.
Meanwhile, Chabbert noted that this incident could not be directly linked with current incident.
“However, it is important to know about the service life of the airliner and this incident makes integral part of it,” he noted.
The plane disappeared from radars about two hours after the take-off from the Malaysian capital at 02:40 local time (18:40 GMT on Friday), when the plane was over the South China Sea some 120 nautical miles from the city of Kota Bharu.
Four French citizens were among passengers. French Transport Minister Frederic Cuvillier notified the authorities in Vietnam and Malaysia that France was prepared to assist in the search for the missing airliner.
Specialists from the French Investigation and Analyses Bureau for Civil Aviation Security are prepared to come for help to local rescue service.
#AceWorldNews says French police said on Friday they had seized a record 1.4 tons of cocaine at the port of Le Havre.
At least one person was arrested during the raid at the northern port, which took place on Thursday, AFP reported.
The previous record cocaine haul in France was the seizure of 1.3 tons of the drug in September. It was hidden in 30 suitcases on an Air France flight from Venezuela.