WASHINGTON: ‘ Son of US Vice President Joe Biden dies of Brain Cancer ‘

#AceNewsReport – Washington:May.30: The son of US Vice President Joe Biden, 46-year-old Beau Biden, has died after battling brain cancer, according to a White House statement.

“The entire Biden family is saddened beyond words. We know that Beau’s spirit will live on in all of us, especially through his brave wife, Hallie, and two remarkable children, Natalie and Hunter,” a statement says.

Beau Biden had been undergoing treatment at Walter Reed Army Medical Center outside Washington.

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#AceWorldNews UNITED STATES April 14 President Joe Biden…

#AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES – April 14 – President Joe Biden will visit Ukraine on April 21-22, Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Yevgen Perebyinis said on Monday, April 14.

The United States “has expressed interest in holding meetings” between Biden and parliament-appointed Acting President Oleksandr Turchynov and parliament-appointed Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk.

“During the visit, Joe Biden is planning to hold consultations in order to help stabilize and strengthen the Ukrainian economy as well as help Ukraine carry out constitutional reform, fight corruption and conduct fair and honest presidential elections on May 25,” the spokesperson said.

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#Ukraine : ” Bill `Submitted to Parliament’ seeks `Amnesty for Opposition Protest Participant’s”

#AceNewsServices says `Ukrainian Parliament Reviews Bill’ placed before them to consider `Amnesty for Opposition’ Protestor’s.     

Wednesday, January 29

Kiev Timeline 29-01-14
Kiev, January 28, 2014.(Reuters / David Mdzinarishvili)
09:25 GMT:

A bill submitted to Ukrainian parliament seeks amnesty for all participants of the opposition protest with the exception of those suspected of major crimes. The bill, which is expected to be adopted on Wednesday, has been submitted by the ruling Party of Regions as part of the government concessions to the opposition.

The amnesty, once signed into law, will not come into force until the protesters vacate all governmental buildings and allow barricades to be removed from Kiev and other Ukrainian cities. The opposition will also have to disarm and disband groups of rioters before the amnesty comes into force.

An alternative amnesty bill submitted to the parliament by an independent MP stipulates no provisions for relinquishing the government buildings. It also specifically requires that all information gathered on participants of the protests subject to the amnesty is destroyed.

07:05 GMT:

The damage from protests in Kiev is estimated to be at least US$2.5 million, the city administration reported.

“That’s after a quick survey of the buildings and parks,” Deputy Mayor Anatoly Golubchenko said as he voiced the figure. We’ve already issued a bill to organizers of the pro-government rallies. But nobody seems to take responsibility for Grushevskogo Street and Independence Square,” he added in reference to the places where most of the rioting and a major opposition protest took place.

The damage included destroyed pavements, fragments of which radical opposition activists hurled at riot police, and buildings burned out in fires started by tires set alight by the protesters.

03:20 GMT:

In his 6th State of the Union address, US President Barack Obama said that USA is using its enormous opportunities to “do good and promote understanding around the globe – to forge greater cooperation, to expand new markets, to free people from fear and want.”

“In Ukraine, we stand for the principle that all people have the right to express themselves freely and peacefully, and have a say in their country’s future,”Obama said.

00:12 GMT:

Opposition factions clashed with each other in the western Ukrainian city of Lvov for control over the regional administration building. Activists from the nationalist party Svoboda (Freedom), had scuffles with their allies, who had helped them take over the building back on January 23, local media reported.

The overnight clashes happened shortly after the Svoboda activists announced that they would hand over the administration building to a so-called ‘People’s Rada’, an opposition-led body which aims to replace the regular government in the Ukrainian region. Reports say the activists trying to establish their hold on the building used tear gas against those who refused to leave.

Svoboda later said the scuffles were caused by a misunderstanding in the opposition ranks.

Tuesday, January 28

22:04 GMT:

US Vice President Joe Biden has welcomed the repeal of anti-protest laws in Ukraine and the resignation of PM Nikolay Azarov. He also urged President Viktor Yanukovich to sign the repeal and take further measures to set up a new pro-European government.

“These include an amnesty law and a new government that can bring political unity, win the confidence of the Ukrainian people, and take Ukraine in the direction of Europe by strengthening democratic institutions and making the reforms necessary to achieve economic prosperity,” the White House said.

Tuesday’s call was the third phone conversation between Biden and Yanukovich in less than a week.

21:06 GMT:

Canada’s immigration minister said that Ottawa will bar entry into the country to Ukrainian officials involved in protest crackdowns in Kiev.

“Effective immediately, our government will be restricting the entry to Canada of key officials of the Ukrainian government who are responsible for the oppression of citizens and the opposition as they defiantly and courageously speak out in support of freedom and democracy,” Chris Alexander told reporters, without naming any specific individuals.

The move follows Washington’s lead last week, which revoked visas of several Ukrainians linked to violence in Ukraine.

19:54 GMT:

The Ukrainian PM’s resignation and the abolition of the anti-protest laws have not toned down sentiments in the country, said the head of the Ivano-Frankovsk administration, Vasily Skripnichuk as cited by Itar-tass news agency. Administration buildings in the west of Ukraine, where pro-EU sentiments are very strong, are still under siege and barricades are still in place, he added.

The political crisis in the country means that the resignation of the Prime Minister is long overdue, Skripnichuk believes. Nikolay Azarov’s resignation is“only the first step towards a ‘full reset’ of power,” he noted.

MPs in Ivano-Frankovsk are thinking about getting rid of the recently formed “People’s councils”, which are acting together with regional government authorities in most parts of western Ukraine.

In Lvov, a city in the far west of Ukraine, local activists of the “National resistance council” agreed to gradually vacate the captured administrative buildings, said the head of the Lvov regional administration Petr Kolodiy. However, he added that this decision is not connected with the PM’s resignation.

18:01 GMT:

Catherine Ashton, the EU’s foreign policy chief, is to meet Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich and the opposition on Wednesday, Ashton’s press service said. Ashton, who is High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and European Commission Vice-President, has traveled to Ukraine to mediate negotiations between the country’s government and the opposition.

16:34 GMT:

European Council President Herman Van Rompuy has strongly condemned the violence in Ukraine and called for those responsible to be prosecuted. He also urged for freedom of assembly and expression to be respected in the country. Van Rompuy’s statement comes after the EU-Russia Summit in Brussels.

January 28, 2014. (AFP Photo / Aris Messinis)

January 28, 2014. (AFP Photo / Aris Messinis)

15:42 GMT:

Azarov has said that he made “a very difficult decision” to resign from his post in order to provide an opportunity for all political forces to come to a compromise and end the political crisis in Ukraine.

Tuesday, January 28

22:04 GMT:

US Vice President Joe Biden has welcomed the repeal of anti-protest laws in Ukraine and the resignation of PM Nikolay Azarov. He also urged President Viktor Yanukovich to sign the repeal and take further measures to set up a new pro-European government.

“These include an amnesty law and a new government that can bring political unity, win the confidence of the Ukrainian people, and take Ukraine in the direction of Europe by strengthening democratic institutions and making the reforms necessary to achieve economic prosperity,” the White House said.

Tuesday’s call was the third phone conversation between Biden and Yanukovich in less than a week.

21:06 GMT:

Canada’s immigration minister said that Ottawa will bar entry into the country to Ukrainian officials involved in protest crackdowns in Kiev.

“Effective immediately, our government will be restricting the entry to Canada of key officials of the Ukrainian government who are responsible for the oppression of citizens and the opposition as they defiantly and courageously speak out in support of freedom and democracy,” Chris Alexander told reporters, without naming any specific individuals.

The move follows Washington’s lead last week, which revoked visas of several Ukrainians linked to violence in Ukraine.

19:54 GMT:

The Ukrainian PM’s resignation and the abolition of the anti-protest laws have not toned down sentiments in the country, said the head of the Ivano-Frankovsk administration, Vasily Skripnichuk as cited by Itar-tass news agency. Administration buildings in the west of Ukraine, where pro-EU sentiments are very strong, are still under siege and barricades are still in place, he added.

The political crisis in the country means that the resignation of the Prime Minister is long overdue, Skripnichuk believes. Nikolay Azarov’s resignation is“only the first step towards a ‘full reset’ of power,” he noted.

MPs in Ivano-Frankovsk are thinking about getting rid of the recently formed “People’s councils”, which are acting together with regional government authorities in most parts of western Ukraine.

In Lvov, a city in the far west of Ukraine, local activists of the “National resistance council” agreed to gradually vacate the captured administrative buildings, said the head of the Lvov regional administration Petr Kolodiy. However, he added that this decision is not connected with the PM’s resignation.

18:01 GMT:

Catherine Ashton, the EU’s foreign policy chief, is to meet Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich and the opposition on Wednesday, Ashton’s press service said. Ashton, who is High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and European Commission Vice-President, has travelled to Ukraine to mediate negotiations between the country’s government and the opposition.

16:34 GMT:

European Council President Herman Van Rompuy has strongly condemned the violence in Ukraine and called for those responsible to be prosecuted. He also urged for freedom of assembly and expression to be respected in the country. Van Rompuy’s statement comes after the EU-Russia Summit in Brussels.

January 28, 2014. (AFP Photo / Aris Messinis)January 28, 2014. (AFP Photo / Aris Messinis)

15:42 GMT:

Azarov has said that he made “a very difficult decision” to resign from his post in order to provide an opportunity for all political forces to come to a compromise and end the political crisis in Ukraine.

15:42 GMT:

Deputy Prime Minister Sergey Arbuzov will serve as acting prime minister until a new government is formed, a press secretary for Azarov told the Interfax news agency.

14:09 GMT:

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich has accepted the resignation of PM Nikolay Azarov and his cabinet, according to a decree on the presidential website. The cabinet will continue to work until a new government is formed.

12:36 GMT:

One of the three policemen who were stabbed during a protest in Khersones, southern Ukraine, on Monday, died in hospital, Ukraine’s Interior Ministry said, as quoted by Itar-Tass. With the latest death, a total of two protesters and two policemen were killed across Ukraine in latest clashes.

11:40 GMT:

The Ukrainian parliament is to debate a bill on the creation of a special commission on changing the constitution, Arseny Yatsenyuk, the leader of opposition party Batkivshchina, said as quoted by RIA Novosti.

11:36 GMT:

Ukraine’s parliament is set to debate later on Tuesday the legislation to give amnesty to the participants of the protests across the country.

Deputies attend the Ukrainian parliament during the extraordinary session in Kiev on January 28, 2014.(AFP Photo / Sergei Supinsky)

Deputies attend the Ukrainian parliament during the extraordinary session in Kiev on January 28, 2014.(AFP Photo / Sergei Supinsky)

10:51 GMT:

Nine out of 12 anti-protest laws passed on January 16 have been cancelled during the special session of the Ukrainian Parliament.

It was one of the main demands of the opposition.

 

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#AceNewsDesk : “World News – Headlines – Good Morning – 22 January 2014”

Ace News Group Hong Kong – Vatican – Pakistan – Israel – Thailand – Gulf Spill – Gaza Strip – Pussy Riot – Russia – United States – Joe Biden – Liberation of Palestine   

09:27

Hong Kong charges woman in Indonesian maid abuse case

Hong Kong police have charged a woman accused of torturing her Indonesian maid as well two other former domestic helpers. Police filed a holding charge on Wednesday consisting of two counts of wounding, one of common assault and three of criminal intimidation against 44-year-old Law Wan-tung, AP said. An in-depth investigation was conducted after injuries suffered by the victim, Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, sparked outrage. Sulistyaningsih, who worked in Hong Kong for only eight months, went home to Indonesia.

08:16

Vatican bank asks Italy to resume normal relations

The Vatican bank asked Italy on Wednesday to resume normal banking relations, which have been effectively frozen since 2010, Reuters said. The bank said it had made great progress with new anti-money laundering provisions. Italian banks stopped dealing with the Vatican bank after the central bank told them they had to enforce strict anti-money laundering criteria if they wanted to continue transacting with it.

07:09

​At least 7 killed as bomb hits Pakistan police patrol

At least seven people, including one child, have been killed and 11 others injured after a bomb exploded near a police van which was used to provide security for a polio vaccination drive, officials have said. The explosion occurred in Charsadda district in the north-western Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. The 4-5kg bomb was planted on a bicycle, said senior police official. The blast came hours after a car bomb, detonated near a convoy of buses in western Pakistan, killed at least 18 Shiite pilgrims.

06:37

Israel airstrike kills 2 Gaza gunmen

Israel killed two Gaza gunmen in an airstrike on Wednesday, Reuters reported. The dead men belonged to armed faction Palestinian Islamic Jihad, residents said. The group claimed one man, Ahmed Al-Za’anin, as its own, and did not immediately comment on the other’s affiliation. Israel’s military confirmed the airstrike in Beit Hanoun. Za’anin had carried out numerous attacks, the military said, including the launch of rockets into southern Israel as late former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was being buried there last week.

05:12

Senior Thai pro-government leader shot, injured – police

Kwanchai Praipana, a leader of Thailand’s pro-government “red shirt” movement sustained bullet-wounds to the arm and leg in a drive-by shooting in the northeastern town of Udon Thani, police said adding that it appeared to be “a politically-motivated crime.” “From what we saw on CCTV, a bronze pickup truck drove by and several rounds were fired at the house,” Police Colonel Kowit Tharoenwattanasuk told Reuters. This incident could raise even more tension in Thailand after PM Yingluck Shinawatra’s government declared a state of emergency in the capital, Bangkok, suggesting a more aggressive policy toward protesters who have sought to overthrow the government over the past two months.

05:06

​Ex-Halliburton manager gets probation for destruction of evidence in Gulf spill case

Anthony Badalamenti, a former Halliburton cementing technology director, has been sentenced to one year of probation for instructing two other employees to delete data during a review of the cement job on the BP-run well, which saw an explosion in 2010 that killed 11 people. The court ruled that he also has to perform 100 hours of community service and pay a $1,000 fine. Badalamenti, 62, faced a maximum of one year in prison when US District Judge sentenced him Tuesday. Halliburton was the cement contractor for BP on the Deepwater Horizon rig. The blow out resulted in the largest accidental marine oil spill in the history of the industry.

03:08

​Israel kills Gaza man blamed for shooting rockets during Sharon funeral

Israel killed two Gaza men in an airstrike on Wednesday, claiming one of them shot a rocket over the border during former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s funeral last week. The men were initially believed to be members of Islamic Jihad, an armed group resistant to the Gaza Strip’s Hamas government for nurturing the ceasefire with Israel. The Israeli military said the target, Ahmed Al-Az’anin, was actually a former Islamic Jihad member now part of the more secular Popular Front for Liberation of Palestine. The military said Za’anin launched rockets – resulting in no casualties – into southern Israel on Jan. 15 during Sharon’s funeral ceremony, which was attended by US Vice President Joe Biden. The second man was Za’anin’s relative. They were in a parked car when the missile struck in Beit Hanoun, locals told Reuters.

01:22

Pussy Riot to perform in Amnesty Intl concert in New York City

Pussy Riot will appear at an Amnesty International concert in Brooklyn, New York on February 5, the organization announced on Tuesday. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, two members of the activist musical group, were released from Russian prisons last month after being sentenced to two years in a penal colony for “inciting religious hatred” at a performance in country’s main Orthodox cathedral in 2012. Other artists appearing at the concert – which will benefit international prisoners locked up for their beliefs, race, gender, or sexual orientation – include Cake, the Flaming Lips, Lauryn Hill, and others.

00:34

Bomb defused in Russia’s Dagestan

Local authorities successfully defused a bomb found near the administrative building in Ashaga Stal village in the Suleiman Stalsky district of Russia’s North Caucasus Republic of Dagestan, RIA Novosti quoted local law enforcement as saying. “A homemade explosive device was successfully defused with the hydrodynamic defuser. The bomb’s capacity was 5-7 kg of TNT,” the source said. Everyone in the building was safely evacuated beforehand.

00:21

​US condemns report of ‘systematic’ killings by Syrian regime

Photographic evidence of the torture and killing of thousands of prisoners in Syria implicates international crimes by President Bashar Assad’s government, the US State Department said on Tuesday. The photos, allegedly taken by a Syrian military police photographer who defected, show “clear evidence” of the widespread torture and killing of 11,000 detainees, three former international prosecutors said in a report based on some 55,000 digital images commissioned by Syrian opposition supporter Qatar. “As we said before, the Syrian regime is responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity,” said State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf. “These most recent images…are extremely disturbing. They’re horrible to look at. And they illustrate apparent actions that would be serious international crimes,” she added. Rupert Colville, spokesman for UN human rights chief Navi Pillay, told AFP that “This report is extremely alarming, and the alleged scale of the deaths in detention, if verified, is truly horrifying,” adding that the investigation of such serious allegations is necessary.

00:08

Militant leader killed in Russia’s Dagestan

Russian police killed a suspected Islamist militant leader in a shootout on Tuesday in Russia’s North Caucasus republic of Dagestan, RIA Novosti quoted the country’s National Anti-Terrorism Committee as saying. The suspect was identified as Eldar Magatov, the leader of a militant group in the Babayurt district of Dagestan. The militant was discovered hiding in a house with two women and children. Police negotiated the release of civilians from the house. Magatov refused to surrender and opened fire. None of the police officers were injured during the operation. Magatov was wanted for committing crimes such as extortion, bombings and attempted assassinations of police officers and officials in Dagestan and neighboring Chechnya.

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