UNITED STATES : ‘ DEA Policy Will Authorise Pharmacies, Hospitals to Serve as Drop-off Sites ‘

#AceNewsServices – UNITED STATES (Washington) -September 08 Press Release: Statement as follows:  

Attorney General Holder Announces New Drug Take-Back Effort to Help Tackle Rising Threat of Prescription Drug Addiction and Opioid Abuse

New DEA Policy Will Authorize Pharmacies, Hospitals to Serve as Authorized Drop-off Sites for Unused Medications

Calling prescription drug addiction an “urgent and growing threat” to our nation’s public health, Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday announced a new Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) regulation that would allow pharmacies, hospitals, clinics, and other authorized collectors to serve as authorized drop-off sites for unused prescription drugs. Under the new policy, long-term care facilities will also be able to collect controlled substances turned in by residents of those facilities, and prescription drug users everywhere will have permission to directly mail in their unused medications to authorized collectors.

Attorney General Holder said the new changes will help save lives and protect American families from the increased dangers of prescriptions drug misuse. In 2011 alone, more than half of the 41,300 unintentional drug overdose deaths in the United States involved prescription drugs, and hazardous opioid pain relievers led to about 17,000 of those deaths. Young people are especially susceptible to these dangers. The Attorney General noted that nearly four in 10 teens who have misused or abused a prescription drug have obtained it from their parents’ medicine cabinet.

These shocking statistics illustrate that prescription drug addiction and abuse represent nothing less than a public health crisis,” the Attorney General said in a video message posted on the Justice Department’s website. “Every day, this crisis touches – and devastates – the lives of Americans from every state, in every region, and from every background and walk of life.”

The new policy announced Monday builds on existing take-back programs launched by the DEA. A recent take-back event coordinated by the DEA last April resulted in the safe return of 390 tons of prescription drugs at nearly 6,100 sites.

Over the last four years alone, the DEA and other partnering organizations have taken in over 4.1 million pounds—or more than 2,100 tons—of prescription pills.

The DEA’s next take-back event will be on Sept. 27, 2014.

In the video message, the Attorney General described the new policy as evidence of  the department’s commitment to ending the national epidemic of prescription drug abuse that has already taken too many lives and hurt too many American families.

The complete text of the Attorney General’s video message on this link:


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‘ Fuelling The Fire in West Bank Israel Plan a Thousand New Homes’

#AceWorldNews  – ISRAEL (West Bank) – June 05 – Israel is planning to build more than 1,000 new settlement homes in the West Bank, Reuters said, citing local media reports.

The Housing Ministry announced new tenders for the homes in a number of Jewish settlements on land the Palestinians seek for a future state, according to Israel Radio.

The move follows the formation of a Palestinian unity government that includes Hamas Islamists.

Israeli officials were not available for immediate comment on the report.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas swore in the unity government on Monday.

The United States said it planned to work with the administration set up by the reconciliation deal, prompting Israel to express deep disappointment.



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` School and Kindergarten Shelled in Slavyansk ‘

#AceNewsServices – SLAVYANSK – May 28 – A school and a kindergarten have been shelled in Slavyansk as the city becomes increasingly unsafe in the intensified Kiev military campaign. At least 9 civilians were injured in Wednesday’s shelling incidents, including a child.

Slaviansk update

Ukrainian mortar shells have for weeks been raining down on the checkpoints and positions of the Slavyansk self-defense, but much of the shelling occurred outside the city. Italian journalist Andrea Rocchelli and his Russian interpreter, veteran human rights activist Andrey Mironov, were almost torn to pieces in one such shelling. 

However, this week the battleground apparently moved right into civilian quarters of Slavyansk, as shells started hitting residential blocks and nearby buildings, killing three people on Monday.

On Wednesday, there was a shocking reminder of how the situation might unfold if the likely president-elect Petro Poroshenko pushes on with the military operation in the region, as shells struck the city’s streets, yards, a school and a kindergarten.

RT talked to a male schoolteacher from Slavyansk school number 13, who asked not to be named.

“Around midday there was a loud explosion in the school, and I fell to the floor, taking cover,” the teacher told RT over the phone. 

The man said that he rushed to the corridor to assemble all the teachers and children in the school and take them to a safe place. Clouds of dust were billowing on one side of the building.

According to the teacher, it turned out that the shell exploded right above the school hall, where children are usually gathered for festive events, and part of the roof “was simply blown away.”

Luckily, no children were in the hall at the time. 

All the pupils and teachers were quickly evacuated to the basement. 






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` Nigeria Rejects Conditions Set-Out by Boko Haram Leader ‘

#AceBreakingNews – NIGERIA – May 12 – Nigeria on Monday rejected conditions set out by Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau for the release of more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls. Shekau said in a new video that the girls held hostage by the Islamists may be released once Nigeria frees all militant prisoners.

Interior Minister Abba Moro told AFP the government would reject the swap. 

“The issue in question is not about Boko Haram… giving conditions,” he said.



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`EU Refuses to Recognise Referendum in South Eastern Ukraine and Expands Sanctions ‘

#AceNewsServices – BRUSSELS – EU – MAY 12 – PRESS RELEASE –  The EU Council has refused to recognize the referendum in south-eastern Ukraine and expanded sanctions against Russia.

EU Council on Referendum

This says a final statement on Ukraine issued by the Council of the European Union after the meeting of 28 ministers of foreign affairs representing the 28 member states on Monday.

“The EU will not recognize yesterday’s nor any future illegitimate and illegal ‘referenda’,” the statement says.

 “The Council has decided to add a new group of individuals and entities to the list of persons, entities and bodies subject to restrictive measures,” the document emphasizes.

Earlier, a diplomatic source reported that another 13 Russian individuals and 2 Crimea-based companies were added to EU’s black list.

Ministers of foreign affairs of 28 EU member countries have included another 13 people and 2 Crimean companies to the sanctions list against Russia, a European diplomatic source told ITAR-TASS on the margins of the ministerial meeting on Monday.

“As an addition to the black list, there were named 13 individuals and two Crimea-based companies,” the source said, adding that the measures will come into effect on Tuesday.

“In light of the recent developments and in the absence of any steps towards de-escalation the Council has agreed to expand the criteria allowing individuals and entities to be subject to visa ban and asset freeze,” the statement says.

According to the statement, this will allow imposing sanctions on individuals and organizations “responsible for actively supporting or implementing actions or policies which undermine the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine”, as well as on “legal persons, entities or bodies in Crimea or Sevastopol whose ownership has been transferred contrary to Ukrainian law”.


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` Afghanistan Violence is on the Increase as Taliban Launches its Spring Offensive ‘

At least 47 Taliban militants were killed following military operations conducted by Afghan national security forces in the past 24 hours.



The interior ministry of Afghanistan following a statement said the operations were conducted by Afghan national police in cooperating with the Afghan national army and Afghan intelligence – national directorate of security (NDS) operatives.

The statement further added that the militants were killed in Kunar, Nangarhar, Laghman, Kunduz, Kandahar, Zabul, Uruzgan, Paktika, Farah, Helmand and Nimroz provinces.

Interior ministry said at least 14 Taliban militants were injured and 12 others were detained during the operations.

Afghan security forces also confiscated various types of weapons, ammunition and explosives during the operations, interior ministry said.

Afghan national police forces discovered and seized three improvised explosive devices (IEDs) during operations in Kunduz and Balkh provinces.

Interior ministry said the improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were planted by Taliban militants to carry out terrorist attacks.

An Afghan official says militants have attacked police checkpoints in the country’s east, leaving three people dead and eight wounded.

The deputy provincial governor of Ghazni province says groups of militants, including some on motorbikes, attacked three police checkpoints. Mohammad Ali Ahmadi says the attacks happened on the outskirts of the city of Ghazni early on Monday.

The attacks left one policeman and two civilian women dead. Ahmadi says two policemen and six civilians were wounded, including three children.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

Last week, the Taliban said they would launch their spring offensive on May 12.

Elsewhere in eastern Afghanistan, attackers targeted a police vehicle and detonated a roadside bomb in Jalalabad on Monday. Six people were wounded, including two policemen.

On Sunday (KhaamaPress) At least two Afghan national army soldiers and 90 anti-government armed militants were killed in latest wave of violence across the country.

Defense ministry spokesman Gen. Zahir Azimi said the two Afghan national army soldiers were martyred in the past 24 hours.

Azimi did not disclose further information regarding the exact location of the incident however he said the two Afghan soldiers were martyred following improvised explosive device (IED) attacks.

He also added that 90 anti-government armed militants were killed following military operations in Wardak, Ghazni and Zabul provinces.

According to Gen. Azimi, a number of militants were also injured and three others were arrested during the operations in the past 24 hours.

He said Afghan soldiers also confiscated weapons, ammunition and explosives along with six motorcycles during the operations.

The anti-government armed militant groups have not commented regarding  the report so far.



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AceBreakingNews NIGERIA May 12 Abubakar Shekau leader of…

AceBreakingNews – NIGERIA – May 12 – Abubakar Shekau, leader of Nigeria‘s Islamist Boko Haram militant group, said in a video seen by AFP on Monday that he would release more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by his fighters in exchange for prisoners.

About 100 girls wearing full veils were reportedly shown on a 17-minute video praying in an undisclosed location.

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#AceBreakingNews – NIGERIA – May 12 – Nigeria on Monday rejected conditions set out by Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau for the release of more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls. Shekau said in a new video that the girls held hostage by the Islamists may be released once Nigeria frees all militant prisoners. May 12 – 17.20 GMT 

Interior Minister Abba Moro told AFP the government would reject the swap.

“The issue in question is not about Boko Haram… giving conditions,” he said. 



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MH370: `Two New Objects maybe Related to `Malaysian Boeing 777-200 – Reports ‘

#AceWorldNews – SYDNEY – March 24. – Two new objects that may be related to the missing Malaysian Boeing 777-200 have been spotted today by specialists from the Australian plane that participates in the search and rescue operation, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said.

Abbott noted that the objects are located in the Indian Ocean, about 2,500 kilometres off Australia‘s cost. One of the objects, of green or grey color, has the circular shape, and another one, orange in color, is rectangular. The ship of the Australian Naval Forces “Success” has been sent to the site where the objects had been spotted, Itar-Tass

Australia decided to expand the search area in the Indian Ocean from 23,000 to 68,000 kilometres.

Possible debris of missing Boeing

Earlier today, Chinese air-planes have detected in the Indian Ocean several objects that may be debris of missing Malaysian Boeing, Chinese news agency Xinhua reported on Monday.

It was reported earlier that two Ilyushin Il-76 airplanes of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force joined the search operation in the southern part of the Indian Ocean on Monday.

Thus, ten air-planes from Australia, New Zealand, the United States, China and Japan are participating in the search operation on Monday. China has also dispatched research icebreaker Xue Long (Snow Dragon) to search the missing airliner.

Chinese air-planes flew to join the search operation, after the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) reported that it had detected two objects drifting around 2,500 kilometres south-west of Perth, Australia.

Later, Chinese and French authorities also stated that some suspicious objects were spotted in the Indian Ocean.

Chinese satellites have detected them in the southern corridor of the search area in the Indian Ocean around 120 kilometres away from the place, where other two objects, presumably the plane’s debris, were spotted, according to AMSA.

Editor: Still unconfirmed and cannot yet identify 



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#UK : `Cameron and Salmon argue out the Pro’s and Con’s of Benefits to their Economies’

#AceNewsServices says UK‘s North Sea oil industry at stake in vote for Scottish independence

NorthSea Oil PlatformBritain’s lucrative North Sea oil and gas industry, estimated to be worth up to £200 billion in potential benefits, may be in peril should Scotland vote for independence, David Cameron has warned, campaigning against independence ahead of the referendum.

On Monday, the prime minister is due to hold his first ever Cabinet meeting in Scotland, at Europe’s oil and gas hub, Aberdeen. It is only the third time since 1921 that the UK Cabinet will have met in Scotland, with the previous meeting being in 2009 when Gordon Brown took his ministers to Glasgow.

However, this time around, the UK and Scottish cabinets will hold separate meetings, with the First Minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond, discussing independence in the Aberdeenshire town of Portlethen. He said on Monday that opinion polls showed the race for independence is tight, according to Reuters.

“For the past 300 years, Britain has led the way in finding new sources of energy. It is the strength of the UK’s broad-based economy which can make the difference and ensure we can invest in our energy for the long-term future.”

“I promise we will continue to use the UK’s broad shoulders to invest in this vital industry, so we can attract businesses, create jobs, develop new skills in our young people and ensure we can compete in the global race,” Mr Cameron added on Sunday.

In the light of the meeting in the north-east of Scotland, the British prime minister said his Cabinet would focus on how the government can “maximize the benefit of North Sea oil and gas to the UK economy for decades into the future, giving a vital boost to local communities and families across Scotland.”

Scottish Finance Minister John Swinney said, however, that the North Sea has“suffered from poor stewardship from the UK Government to date” and that “fiscal instability has been a significant factor in under performance in the North Sea.”

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“Teenager who Killed a Policeman and a Teacher at School was not Taking Drugs”

The student who shot dead a teacher and a policeman at a school in Moscow#AceWorldNews says `Teenager who killed a policeman, and Teacher at School did not take Drugs according to official sources’

The student who shot dead a teacher and a policeman at a school in Moscow was not under the influence of narcotics during the attack, the head of the Moscow department of the Federal Drug Control Service, Vyacheslav Davydov said Monday.

After the tragedy, all “analyses were conducted,” he said, adding that “nothing of the kind” was discovered, Interfax reported. Investigators believe that the attack came about because of the teenager’s “psychological condition” at that moment.


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“Russia’s Major Satellite Provider Drops Independent Dozhd TV the Move was Promoted by WWII Poll”

#AceWorldNews says `Russia’s Major Satellite provider drops Independent Dozhd TV Channel’ following WWII scandal’

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Tricolor TV logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tricolor TV, Russia’s biggest satellite television provider, stopped broadcasting independent Dozhd TV channel on Monday, RIA Novosti reported.

The provider said earlier its board of directors had decided to exclude the Dozhd channel from all its packages because of its editorial policy.

The move followed a scandal over a WWII poll published on Dozhd’s website.

The society for the defence of customers’ rights on Monday filed suits against several TV providers over the cancellation of Dozhd’s broadcasts.


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#Geneva2 : ” Round `Two of Talks’ begin’s with `Trying to get Everyone to Agree’

#AceWorldNews says `Brahimi to Hold Separate Meetings with Syrian Sides of the Conflict`

International mediator Lakhdar BrahimiInternational mediator Lakhdar Brahimi will keep meeting the two sides of the Syrian conflict separately for the next few days as negotiations resumed in Geneva on Monday.

The talks will tackle the issues of stopping violence, setting up a transitional governing body, and plans for national institutions and reconciliation, Brahimi told the two sides in a document obtained by Reuters.

The second session is expected to last a week.


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#Burundi : ` Worst Flooding and Landslides in living Memory Claim Lives’

#AceWorldNews says at least 51 people Perished in Flooding and Landslides in Burundi Capital on Monday’

Burundi FloodsA night of torrential rain in the Burundi capital killed at least 51 people, swept away hundreds of homes and cut off roads and power, officials said Monday.

The toll was the highest in living memory from a disaster caused by freak weather, with more than 100 people also injured, AFP reported. “The rain that fell in torrents overnight on the capital caused a disaster,” Security Minister Gabriel Nizigama said.

Several hundred homes were destroyed and more than 100 people injured in Bujumbura, on the northeastern shore of Lake Tanganyika.


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“German Foreign Minister Threatens Sanctions Against Ukraine”

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#AceNewsServices says `German FM threatens sanctions against `Ukraine Government’ over crisis’

BERLIN, Feb. 4 (Xinhua) — Germany must act decidedly in response to the crisis in Ukraine and sanctions against the government should be used as a threat if efforts seeking to find a political solution are rejected, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Monday.

Steinmeier described the situation in Ukraine as “highly explosive” in an interview with Germany’s ARD television late on Monday.

“I think we must now show sanctions as a threat,” the minister said, adding that Germany had to be ready to opt for these measures if talks between the government and opposition did not lead to “expected and demanded progress.”

Talks between Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and opposition leader Vitali Klychko are planned for Tuesday in Kiev, which is also expected to be attended by EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, reports said.

The sanction comments of Steinmeier, who called for engagement of German government to help create a political solution to end the Ukrainian crisis, strike a different tone from the line taken so far by Chancellor Angela Merkel, who said last week there was no question of sanctions at the moment.

Ukraine has been hit by more than two months of protests following a government decision to put on hold an association agreement with the European Union and opt for closer relations with Russia.

Demonstrations turned violent on Jan. 19, when radical activists attacked riot police with fireworks and petrol bombs. At least four people were reportedly killed and hundreds of others, including police officers, injured during clashes between protesters and the government forces in the past two weeks.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Leonid Kozhara said on Saturday at the Munich Security Conference that Ukrainian government had met all the requirements of the opposition and the latter should do their part to end the crisis in the East European country.

Yanukovych on Monday warned Ukrainians against fomenting extremism and radicalism in the society. Earlier in the day, he returned to work from four days of sick leave from acute respiratory disease.


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#AceNewsDesk : “World News – Latest Headlines – 14.56 GMT – 27 January 2014”

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Syria sides to continue Geneva talks despite diplomatic deadlock

The sides in the Syrian conflict will continue their talks in Geneva despite different approaches to the discussion agenda, AFP said. The government delegation earlier proposed the basic principles of the negotiations. The opposition insisted they contradicted the main goals of Geneva 2, which they said included the creation of a transitional government. Despite the deadlock, both sides do not intend to leave Switzerland. However, Rima Fleyhane, a representative of the opposition, said its delegation will insist on transitional governance.

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Egypt’s top military council approves Sisi running for president – reports

Egypt’s top military council has given the army chief, Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, a green light to run for president, Reuters reported, citing a security source. “The top army officials all endorsed Sisi running for the presidency,” according to the source. Sisi could announce his candidacy within days.

Extremists kill 52 in northeast Nigeria attack14:21

Extremists kill 52 in northeast Nigeria attack – officials

Suspected Islamic extremists used explosives to attack a village in Nigeria’s northeast, killing 52 people and destroying more than 300 homes, AP said, citing security officials. The attackers reportedly planted several explosives at a market near Kawuri village on Sunday. Witnesses say there were more than 50 attackers. Officials blame the Islamic terrorist network Boko Haram, which has killed thousands over four years in Nigeria’s northeast. Since May, Northeast Nigeria has been under a military state of emergency.

The Chairman of the State Duma’s International Affairs Committee, Aleksey Pushkov, was elected on Monday14:09

Russian MP heads conservative caucus at PACE

The Chairman of the State Duma’s International Affairs Committee, Aleksey Pushkov, was elected on Monday the head of the faction of European Democrats in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). “It unites more than 80 deputies from Britain, Turkey, and Norway,” Pushkov wrote on his Twitter account. Pushkov earlier assumed the functions of acting head of the European Democrat Group. He is also the head of the Russian delegation in the PACE.


Tunisia president signs new constitution

President Moncef Marzouki and the head of the National Assembly signed Tunisia’s new constitution on Monday, Reuters reported. The constitution was approved by assembly deputies on Sunday evening, which ended months of deadlock. The country’s transition got back on track when ruling Islamist party, Ennahda, agreed to compromise late last year and step down to make way for a technocrat government. It will govern until the vote later this year.

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US urges Syria to allow aid convoy into Homs

The US called on the Syrian government on Monday to allow aid convoys into the old city of Homs, where “people are starving,” Reuters reported. All civilians must be allowed to leave the besieged area freely as the situation is “desperate,” US State Department spokesman, Edgar Vasquez, said in Geneva. The evacuation of women and children from rebel-held Homs, as proposed by the Damascus delegation at peace talks, is “not sufficient,” Vasquez said.

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‘Significant sanctions’ still in place against Iran – US official

David Cohen, the top US Treasury official dealing with sanctions, has told companies interested in doing business in Iran to “hold off,” AP said. Speaking in Turkey, Cohen warned that there are still significant sanctions in place against Iran. “The day may come when Iran is open for business but the day is not today,”the official said. Ankara is looking to expand business opportunities with its neighbor. Last week, Washington and the EU partially lifted economic sanctions on Tehran. The move came after Iran unplugged banks of centrifuges involved in its most sensitive uranium enrichment.

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Opposition rejects Syria govt terms for Geneva talks – report

Syria’s government delegation at peace talks in Geneva presented a declaration of basic principles for negotiations which did not mention a transition of power, Syrian television said on Monday. The proposal was rejected by the opposition, Reuters reported. The declaration said Syrians would choose a political system without “imposed formulas” from abroad. The West and regional state demand that President Bashar Assad step down and hand power to a transitional government.

Egypt's interim President Adly Mansour has promoted the country's powerful army chief to the top military rank of marshal,11:19

Egypt’s interim president promotes army chief to rank of marshal

Egypt’s interim President Adly Mansour has promoted the country’s powerful army chief to the top military rank of marshal, state television said. Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi, who led the July 3 coup that ousted the nation’s Islamist president, is expected to step down to become a candidate in Egypt’s coming presidential elections, AP said. As the elections are set to take place before the end of April, al-Sisi has yet to publicly announce his intentions.

Afghanistan Priosoners Released10:27

Afghanistan to free 37 prisoners despite US protests

Afghanistan announced Monday that within two weeks it will release the first batch of alleged Taliban prisoners whom the US says are responsible for dozens of NATO and Afghan deaths, AFP said. Earlier Kabul said that a total of 72 detainees held at Bagram Prison near the Afghan capital would be freed due to lack of evidence. The US military force in Afghanistan condemned the news, saying the prisoners were “dangerous insurgents.” US-Afghan relations are strained over a number of issues including President Hamid Karzai’s refusal to sign a pact on Washington’s future military role in the country.


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#AceNewsDesk: “World News – Headlines – 27 January 2014”

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Cambodia police disperse demonstrators in TV channel protest

Cambodian military police used smoke grenades and batons on Monday to quell a protest by demonstrators demanding that a new television channel be allowed to broadcast, Reuters said. At least eight people were wounded, according to witnesses. The demonstration near the Information Ministry breached a ban on public gatherings imposed by the government of Prime Minister Hun Sen. The ministry earlier refused to grant a broadcast license to a new television channel run by a staunch government critic.

Cambodia Demonstations09:02

Thai protesters won’t negotiate over freeing up access to ministries

Protesters seeking to overthrow Thailand’s government will not negotiate over freeing up access to ministries and state agencies that they have blockaded, Reuters reported protest leader, Suthep Thaugsuban, as saying on Monday. The protesters have blockaded seven big intersections in the capital of Bangkok. Many ministries and other bodies such as the central bank were forced to close their doors, with staff working from home or back-up facilities.

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Hackers attack Israeli defense computer – expert

Hackers attacked Israeli computers including one used by the Defense Ministry, an Israeli data protection expert said on Monday. “At the beginning of this month a number of mails were sent to a number of companies in Israel, including security organizations,” AFP quoted Aviv Raff, chief technology officer at Israeli cyber security firm Seculert, as saying on army radio. An attachment that was in the email was infected with a virus, a Trojan Horse, which allowed the attackers to control the computers, Raff said. One of the computers belonged to the Defense Ministry department dealing with civilians in the occupied West Bank. The radio said the attack was “apparently from Gaza” and added that 15 Israeli computers were targeted.


At least 20 killed in Congo arms depot blasts

Explosions from an arms depot near the diamond-mining hub of Mbuji-Mayi have killed more than 20 people, the UN peacekeeping mission in Congo announced. The explosions injured 50 people and destroyed many houses, causing “desolation” in the heart of Congo’s third largest city, AP said, citing the statement. A lightning bolt on Friday reportedly hit the munitions depot of an army barracks outside Mbuji-Mayi and exploding shells hit homes some 6km away.

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China ships sail off Tokyo-controlled islands after Abe’s WWI claim

Chinese ships sailed through disputed waters off Tokyo-controlled islands on Monday, AFP reported. Around 9am (00:00 GMT), Chinese coastguard vessels entered the 12-nautical-mile territorial waters of one of the Senkakus, which China claims and calls the Diaoyus, according to Japan’s coastguard. The move came days after Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe compared Sino-Japanese tense relations with the run-up to World War I.

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Magnitude 4.9 earthquake hits southeastern Iran

A moderate earthquake has struck southeastern Iran, and no injuries or damage were immediately reported, AP said. An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.9 struck at 6:16am local time Monday (02:46 GMT), some 100km southwest of Zahedan, Iran, according to the US Geological Survey. That area is near Iran’s eastern border with Pakistan.

Iran Hit by Earthquake06:12

S. Korea proposes family reunions in February

Seoul on Monday proposed that the rival Koreas restart arranging reunions next month for families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War, AP reported. North Korea last week agreed to resume the reunions and let South Korea choose dates for the humanitarian program, the latest move in a recent series of conciliatory gestures Pyongyang has taken. Seoul’s Unification Ministry said Monday that it sent a message proposing that the reunions to take place from February 17-22 at a North Korean mountain. About 22,000 North and South Koreans briefly met with their relatives during a period of détente, but family reunions have not been held since October 2010.

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Libyan militias release kidnapped Egyptian diplomats

Libya’s deputy foreign minister said Sunday that five Egyptian diplomats and an embassy employee kidnapped by militias in Tripoli have been released. They were abducted by armed gunmen as retaliation to Egypt for the arrest of Shaban Hadia, commander of the Operations Room of Libya’s Revolutionaries, a powerful militia. The kidnappings forced Egypt to evacuate its embassy and Benghazi consulate on Friday, prompting it to once again stress the Libyan central government’s inability to reign in armed groups operating around the country. Deputy Foreign Minister Abdul Razak Al-Grady told Reuters that three of the released are already back home, while another three are on their way back to Tripoli. He did not provide any further details on their release.


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#AceBreakingNews: ” Police Arresting People at LaGuardia Airport on Martin Luther King Day”

Police start arresting protesters blocking La Guardia airport

Published time: January 20, 2014 18:09
Edited time: January 20, 2014 18:40
Police officers began arresting demonstrators outside of LaGuardia International Airport near New York City Monday as Port Authority employees and allies rallied for better working conditions.

During a scheduled march early that afternoon, protesters assembled en mass on the Ninety-Fourth Street Bridge in Flushing, NY and began “occupying” the roadway.

Marching for airport worker justice at LaGuardia airport #MLK: our day!@32BJ_SEIUpic.twitter.com/0fMfoFrYWy

— Ritchie Torres (@RitchieTorres) January 20, 2014

Police were reportedly arresting protesters as of 1 p.m. local time after those on the bridge failed to heed orders to disperse.

The act of civil disobedience was waged on the federal holiday held in honor of slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who advocated extensively for workers’ rights during his life.

Arrests have begun at airport worker action outside of LaGuardia airport.pic.twitter.com/3FGG0NEhhK

— Jenna Pope (@BatmanWI) January 20, 2014

Employees of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey — the body that operates LaGuardia and other major transportation hubs across the region — unsuccessfully asked that Martin Luther King Day be treated as a paid holiday, like many other government-affiliated agencies. When their requests were ignored, they planned Monday’s march in response in order to raise awareness of their employer’s practices and to have a platform to protest for better wages.

One of those on the scene, Jenna Pope, tweeted that hundreds of people had marched to the bridge outside of LaGuardia and then sat down in the street in defiance of the police’s orders to not hinder road traffic.

Others on the bridge reported that airport employees were among those being arrested during the peaceful protest. Hector Figuero, the president of 32BJ Service Employees International Union, the largest property services union in the country, was among those reportedly detained Monday afternoon, as was a United States congressman, Rep. Charles Rangel (D-New York).

Among those arrested today standing up in support of airport workers @LGA was congressman @cbrangel #MLKDay pic.twitter.com/QwEoeFZt7v

— Jeff Rae (@jeffrae) January 20, 2014

“No one should work full-time and live in poverty,” the 32BJ SEIU Twitter account quoted Rep. Rangel as saying during a speech shortly before his arrest.

“No one should be one pay-check away from homelessness,” the congressman told the crowd. “That’s why I’m prepared to go to jail today.”


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#AceNewsDesk : “World News – Today – 20 January 2014 – Good Afternoon”

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15 journalists hurt in Kiev clashes

Fifteen journalists, mostly Ukrainian, have been hurt over two days of clashes between protesters and police in downtown Kiev. They include a news photographer for Russia’s Novaya Gazeta newspaper, Yevgeny Feldman, Interfax said. On Monday, a photographer for Ukraine’s LB.ua, Maks Levin, was beaten up, media reports say. Police also reportedly detained TV operator Vladimir Karagyaur.


Woman suspected of torturing her Indonesian maid arrested in Hong Kong

Police in Hong Kong have arrested a woman suspected of torturing her Indonesian maid, the BBC reported. Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, 23, who is currently in hospital in Indonesia, said she suffered months of abuse from the 44-year-old woman in Hong Kong. Several thousand domestic staff rallied in Hong Kong to demand justice for Sulistyaningsih on Sunday. She was reportedly badly beaten and was in a critical condition when she arrived in Indonesia last week.


14 companies bid to destroy Syrian stockpile – watchdog

The global chemical weapons watchdog said Monday it had received tenders from 14 commercial companies, offering to destroy part of Syria’s toxic stockpile, Reuters reported. The companies include those from America, Europe and China, the Hague-based Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said. It is tasked with overseeing the destruction process, and has earmarked up to $54 million for the commercial processing of 500 metric tons of industrial chemicals and millions of liters of toxic waste.


600 people evacuated in Italy flooding

A Syrian-born doctor out visiting a patient died and hundreds of people were forced from their homes by flooding in Italy, AFP reported. The doctor, Elias Kassabij, 66, was carried away by the flood waters from a swollen stream near the port of Genoa in northwest Italy. The father of the young patient he had visited was rescued. Emergency workers near the city of Modena were looking for a man who took to a dinghy on a canal amid heavy rain to help some stranded people and fell into the water. Some 600 people were evacuated from their homes around Modena.

EU ministers approve the military mission in Central African Republic

EU foreign ministers on Monday approved sending up to 1,000 soldiers to the Central African Republic, Reuters reported. The forces will back up French and African soldiers trying to restore order after bloody clashes. Diplomats earlier said the mission would be limited to four to six months, and soldiers would take over security at Bangui Airport to free up French troops.


RussiaUS-UN meeting ahead of Geneva 2 possible on Jan. 21 – Moscow

A trilateral Russia-US-UN meeting on preparing the Geneva 2 international conference on Syria could be held on Tuesday, Interfax quoted Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov as saying. It is possible that a trilateral meeting with the participation of US representatives and UN Special Representative on Syria Lakhdar Brahimi “could take place tomorrow,” Gatilov said Monday.


Workers to strike at top platinum firms in S. Africa

The AMCU union on Monday served notice to strike for higher wages within 48 hours at top global platinum mines in South Africa, AFP reported. Anglo-American Platinum, Impala Platinum and Lonmin confirmed members of the dominant Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union will start their strike at morning shift from Thursday. Earlier talks failed to provide a solution. Over 80,000 workers will strike at the firms, just over half their combined workforce. Workers demand a basic salary of 12,500 rand ($1,150) – more than double the 5,000-rand entry-level pay, according to the union.


Militants attack NATO base in Afghanistan, ISAF service member killed

An assault by suicide bombers and gunmen against a NATO base in southern Afghanistan on Monday killed one service member, according to the coalition. All nine insurgents wearing coalition uniforms were killed during the attack on the base in southern Kandahar’s Zhari district, AP reported, citing officials. Two civilian bystanders also died. As foreign troops withdraw this year, the Taliban have intensified a campaign against Afghan and international forces.


Al-Qaeda has enough arms to ‘take Baghdad’ – official

Al-Qaeda fighters entrenched in a city they seized late last month west of Baghdad have enough heavy weapons allegedly to take the country’s capital, Iraq’s Senior Deputy Interior Minister Adnan al-Asadi said Monday. Iraqi forces are fighting “fierce battles” against heavily armed militants to recapture parts of Ramadi, the capital of the western Anbar province, and also the nearby city of Fallujah, he said. The weapons in Fallujah that are in the hands of Iraq’s Al-Qaeda branch and other Sunni militant groups are “advanced and huge and enough to occupy Baghdad,” AP quoted the official as saying. Iraq announced on Sunday an all-out military operation to push Al-Qaeda out of Ramadi.


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Ace News Group Tehran starts implementing nuclear deal – IAEA

Iran has halted its most sensitive nuclear activity under a deal with six world powers, a confidential UN atomic agency report said. The International Atomic Energy Agency’s report, obtained by Reuters, also said Iran had begun diluting its stockpile of uranium enriched to the fissile concentration of 20 percent. This level took the country closer to the capability of producing fuel for an atomic bomb – a goal Tehran has always denied. Iran’s move paves the way for the easing of some Western sanctions imposed on the country.09:01

Vietnam court sentences 30 drug smugglers to death

Vietnam on Monday sentenced 30 drug smugglers to death in the communist country’s largest-ever narcotics case, involving nearly two tons of heroin, AFP reported. The 30 men and women, all Vietnamese, in the northern province of Quang Ninh, were found guilty of drug trafficking and given the death penalty. A further 59 defendants were handed sentences ranging up to life in prison, presiding Judge Ngo Duc said. This was Vietnam’s “largest ever trial in terms of defendants, the number of death penalties given out and the amount of heroin involved,” according to Duc.


UN inspectors disconnecting enrichment equipment in Iran – report

UN nuclear inspectors have begun disconnecting some centrifuges used for enriching uranium at Iran’s Natanz plant, Iranian state television said. The move is part of a nuclear deal with six world powers due to take effect on Monday. “The International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors in the Natanz plant are disconnecting cascades,”Reuters quoted the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, Ali Akbar Salehi, as saying on television. The official, who was referring to interlinked networks of centrifuges, added that “the sanctions iceberg against Iran is melting.” Tehran is expected to suspend its higher-grade uranium enrichment in return for some easing of Western sanctions.


2 dead, hundreds evacuated over ‘historic’ French Riviera floods

River levels were receding early on Monday in southeastern France after “historic” floods left two people dead, AFP reported. A third man disappeared while out on his boat and 4,000 homes have been left without power after the deluge in the department of Var, officials said. More than 150 people were airlifted to safety. In the town of Hyeres, Mayor Jacques Politi spoke of “a historic flood.” Var prefecture official Emmanuel Dupuis said the area was “at the end of the crisis,” warning that the slightest rain could cause further damage as the ground remained saturated.


Suicide bomber kills 10 near Pakistani army HQ in Rawalpindi

A suicide bomber killed 10 people in a crowded market on Monday near the Pakistani army headquarters in the city of Rawalpindi, Reuters reported. The market is 10 minutes’ walk from the army headquarters and is considered one of the most secure areas of the city. The attack, not far from the capital, Islamabad, comes a day after a Taliban bombing killed 20 Pakistani soldiers near the tribal region of North Waziristan.


6.3 quake strikes New Zealand

A strong 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck the North Island of New Zealand on Monday afternoon, with tremors felt in Wellington and other parts of the country. The epicenter of Monday’s earthquake was approximately 129 kilometers northeast of Wellington. The depth of the shake was recorded at 65 kilometers according to the Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences, the country’s seismological agency. There is no immediate word on damage or casualties.


​S. Korean trade official kidnapped in Libya

A South Korean trade agency employee has been kidnapped by four unknown assailants in Libya, the country’s Foreign Ministry announced. Han Seok-woo, the head of the Libya unit of the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) was kidnapped in the early hours of Monday morning as he was returning home after his work at the trade office in Tripoli.


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” Surviving the Polar Vortex and How People Coped in Atlanta”

#AceWeatherNews says a recent article in the CSM describes how the people of Atlanta coped during the recent “Polar Vortex” when temperatures fell to as low as 6 degrees Farenheit   

Satellite Image Shows Entry of the Polar Vorte...

Satellite Image Shows Entry of the Polar Vortex into the Northern U.S. (Photo credit: NASA Goddard Photo and Video)

Anthony Gray did what almost all of the 6,000 or so homeless people in Atlanta had to do Monday, as temperatures plunged to a record 6 degrees F.: He made a decision to possibly save his own life, or at least his fingers and toes, from the polar vortex.

  • A person who says he likes his own space, which means often sleeping by himself outdoors, Mr. Gray decided to seek shelter with the multitudes clustering around community hearths amid a dangerous, even deadly, Arcticcold wave that weather experts said had the potential of freezing bare skin with only 15 minutes of exposure.

“All the homeless people ran for their lives, and I did, too!” says Gray, who took sanctuary in county-run Grady Hospital, which cares for the city’s poor. “I’d never seen it so cold in the South.” he said.

Good bye, Polar Vortex!

Good bye, Polar Vortex! (Photo credit: vanhookc)

As temperatures finally floated above freezing on Thursday, those who live in a part of the country unaccustomed to minus wind chills reflected on a dangerous few days that plunged Southern cities with vulnerable homeless people from Austin to Atlanta into a historic cold.

To be sure, the chill took its toll: Two people died in the Atlanta area from exposure, part of a cohort of some 21 people across the US who died for reasons connected in some way to the frigid weather.

Comparatively, however, only a few who perished could be considered chronically homeless, even though those folks are arguably the most cold-vulnerable group of Americans, with as many as 800,000 of them sleeping outside on any given night.

That suggests to some that many Americans showed particular, though perhaps not unexpected, concern for the less fortunate in a cold snap that exposed so many already-vulnerable citizens to weather that was, as Weather Channel meteorologist Kevin Roth told NBC News, “[It is cold enough to take your breath away}”

State emergency officials said they were on high alert as the dense mass of polar cold air approached last weekend. Yet in the end, not a single Georgia municipality requested help from the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA), which mostly gave warnings and updates on the “weather event” as it proceeded into the midweek.

Polar Vortex

Polar Vortex (Photo credit: kingston99)

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