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#AceNewsReport#GREECE July.17: Germany has just signed and agreed third bailout and Greek banks will reopen on Monday, but according to a senior government official withdrawal restrictions will remain. “From Monday, the services offered will be widened.

All the banks everywhere will be open,” Deputy Finance Minister Dimitris Mardas told ERT television adding that bank customers “can deposit cash [and] they can transfer money from one account to the other.”

He also noted that if someone doesn’t want to take €60 on Monday and wants to take it on Tuesday, they can withdraw €120 or €180 on Wednesday. Banks in the country have been closed since June 29, after the Greek government imposed capital controls. On Thursday the ECB increased the cap on emergency funding that Greek lenders can draw from their domestic central bank by €900 million.

Following tough negotiations, Greece finally struck a preliminary rescue deal with its creditors on Monday, which is hoped, would help to prevent an imminent financial catastrophe.

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Britain Pulls Spies Out of Russia, China — “Our agents and assets being targeted” as a Result of Snowden, Cyber Hacking, Leaks

Britain Pulls Spies Out of Russia, China — “Our agents and assets being targeted” as a Result of Snowden, Cyber Hacking, Leaks

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LONDON (Reuters) – Britain has pulled out agents from live operations in “hostile countries” after Russia and China cracked top-secret information contained in files leaked by former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, the Sunday Times reported.

Security service MI6, which operates overseas and is tasked with defending British interests, has removed agents from certain countries, the newspaper said, citing unnamed officials at the office of British Prime Minister David Cameron, the Home Office (interior ministry) and security services.

Snowden downloaded more than 1.7 million secret files from security agencies in the United States and Britain in 2013, and leaked details about…

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ISRAEL: ‘ Government to issue report on Protective Edge in Gaza ‘

#AceNewsReport – ISRAEL:June.14: The Israeli government is to issue a report on last year’s Gaza offensive on Sunday at 1100 GMT, pre-empting a UN war crimes investigation to be published later this month, Reuters reported.

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“Whoever wants to know the truth, let them read this report. Whoever wants to continue with baseless blaming of the state of Israel, let them waste time reading the report by the UN commission,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his cabinet, as cited by Reuters.

Israeli’s two-month Operation Protective Edge took the lives of over 2,100 Palestinians, mostly civilians, while in Israel 67 soldiers and six civilians were killed.

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SYRIA: ‘ Denies rebels took over Army Airport on border with Jordan ‘

#AceNewsReport – SYRIA:June.13: Syria denied claims by rebels that they took over an army airport in southern Syria along the border with Jordan on Thursday.

A news flash on state television said the army had so far repelled three attacks on the outskirts of the al-Thala airport, Reuters reported. Rebels said they seized the airbase in a renewed offensive.

The loss of the airport would compound setbacks for Damascus in the area after losing a nearby military base this week.

They also recently denied that a military plane had crashed in southern Syria, according to state television. Rebels said earlier they had shot down a Russian-made MIG jet, Reuters reported. The released video featured what appeared to be a burnt-out plane.

It was shown near the site of fighting around a military airport that rebels have been trying to gain control of since Wednesday.

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MERS virus spreading across Asia, South Korea fails to contain outbreak

#AceNewsServices -Featured Post: South Korea:June.11: Hong Kong issued a red alert and advised against travelling to South Korea, where an epidemic of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is gaining pace. The virus is spreading despite attempts to contain the outbreak.

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In Korea, the number of infected people passed 100 this week, reaching 122 on Thursday. Tenth patient died from the disease, health officials said on Thursday. Most of the victims are elderly patients with other health problems unrelated to the virus. Over 3,250 people remain in quarantine.

Two people in Hong Kong who traveled to South Korea recently are being tested for possible MERS contagion, the authorities said on Thursday. Previously 31 people were tested negative in Hong Kong.

Earlier a man tested positive for the disease in China after coming from S. Korea, and a man in Taiwan was taken to hospital with symptoms consistent with MERS.

South Korean authorities are trying to stop the spread of the virus by closing schools and canceling public events. Neighbors in the region are scaling down tourist travel to South Korea, with Hong Kong alone scrapping 600 tours to the MERS-hit country.

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LIBYA: ‘ Islamic State Seize Power-Plant in City of Sirte – Officials ‘

#AceBreakingNews – LIBYA:June.09: Islamic State militants have seized a power plant west of the Libyan city of Sirte, Reuters reported.

IS announced the seizure in a message on social media, adding that “now the city of Sirte has been freed completely.” Forces loyal to the self-declared government that controls the Libyan capital Tripoli pulled out of Sirte after the attack on the plant began.

Three soldiers were killed, according to a military source.

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INDIA: ‘ Maoist Rebels Killed in Gun-Battle with Security Forces ‘

#AceNewsReport – INDIA:June.09: Twelve Maoist rebels were killed in a gun battle with security forces in a remote forest in eastern India, police said Tuesday.

The fighting broke out when policemen tried to intercept a group of suspected guerrillas late Monday in eastern Jharkand state, a rebel stronghold, AFP reported.

The Maoist insurgency began in the 1960s and has cost thousands of lives, as rebels say they are fighting against the authorities for land and other rights for poor tribal groups.

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‘ Somalia’s al-Shabaab Claim Responsibility for Attack on Bus Killing Seven ‘

#AceWorldNews – MOGADISHU – July 19 – Somalia‘s al Shabaab insurgents claimed responsibility on Saturday for an attack on a bus on Kenya‘s northern coast that killed seven.

Gunmen blocked the bus with their car late on Friday and sprayed it with bullets.

They also attacked two lorries carrying mangos near Witu, a town in Lamu County which borders Somalia.

“The attack was in response to Kenya’s claim that it deployed more troops in the coast and thus tightened security,” Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, spokesman for al Shabaab’s military operations told Reuters.

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‘ Man Stops Tram Causing Security Alert to Retrieve Bags Containing Extremist Islamic Material ‘

#AceWorldNews – GENEVA – July 19 – A man who set off a security alert in Geneva on Saturday when he stopped a tram to retrieve bags that included a book with a radical Islamist image in it appears to have been drunk, police said.

Police detained the man and closed off part of the down-town area while a bomb disposal unit inspected his shopping bags but found nothing specific aside from the book, Geneva police spokesman Christophe Fortis told Reuters.

“He is being questioned now at the police station,” he said.

Fortis gave no details about the suspect but said he had a very high level of alcohol in his blood.

He said the man had got off a tram with some bags but left more bags behind and the tram drove off before he could fetch them. He then forced the tram to stop on its way back, setting off the alert, Fortis said.

The alert coincided with a demonstration against Israel’s assault on Gaza that drew some 300 protesters to the front of the U.N. European headquarters in Geneva.

(Reporting by Marina Depetris and Tom Miles; Writing by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall)

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‘ GM to Account to US Lawmakers Over Delay of 10 Years For Vehicle Recall With Deadly Ignition Switch Flaw’

#AceWorldNewsUNITED STATES – July 17  – Two more major figures in General Motors Co’s safety debacle will appear on Thursday for the first time before U.S. lawmakers investigating why it took the auto-maker more than 10 years to recall millions of vehicles with a deadly ignition switch flaw reported Reuters.

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Michael Millikin, the general counsel of GM, and Rodney O’Neal, the chief executive of Delphi Automotive, the maker of the defective part, are due to testify before a Senate Commerce subcommittee.

Millikin is expected to receive harsh scrutiny because his legal department dealt with numerous private lawsuits related to crashes involving the defective switches, but apparently did not urgently warn other parts of GM.

The Senate panel holding Thursday’s hearing is chaired by Missouri Democrat Claire McCaskill. “Claire will be posing some tough questions that have not yet been answered about the role GM’s legal department played in delaying this recall,” said Andy Newbold, spokesman for McCaskill.

In his prepared testimony, Millikin said GM has appointed an outside law firm to review its litigation practices.

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‘ Samsung Suspends Business With Supplier Over Child Labour Issues ‘

#AceWorldNewsCHINA (Beijing) – July 17 – Samsung suspended business with a supplier in China after a watchdog group found child labour was being used in its factories.

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China Labor Watch issued a report last week noting “at least five child workers” and calling Samsung’s auditing process “ineffective.”

After what the electronics giant said was the fourth investigation into the South Korean subsidiary, it discovered suspected child labour and halted business.

Samsung pledged to sever all ties if the claims were found to be true.

The company has been in trouble before—in 2012, China Labour Watch said seven child workers were being used by suppliers in the country.

The investigator discovered children working for as little as 70p an hour over the course of a night shift.

They allegedly had no contract and were working under a fake ID.

The investigator reported: ‘The children said working on the night shift is exhausting.

They say they sometimes feel like sacrificing eating for sleeping.

‘Each shift is a daily struggle for these children. Tired, they must face high quotas and strict management, with supervisors frequently yelling at them.

‘Workers are not allowed to talk, and if they are caught doing so, they are scolded by a supervisor.’

The child workers were found to be earning a third less than adult workers per week.

The investigator discovered five children aged between 14 and 15 working on the same production line during a period of high demand.

Children were required to work 11 hour shifts – but were only paid for ten hours – and were expected to assemble 700 units per hour.

The investigator also observed an absence of safety training, no overtime wages and no social insurance for temporary workers, who constituted at least 40 percent of 1,200 employees at the factory.

The report came shortly after Samsung said its audit found no evidence of child labour at its factories in China.

Samsung began inspecting its Chinese suppliers after CLW brought child labour to its attention in 2012.

Following the latest revelations, Samsung has temporarily suspended business with the factory after conducting its own investigation which found evidence of suspected child labour.

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‘ US House Panel Over Mishandling, Possible Cover-Up By CDC Over Dangerous Pathogens’

#AceWorldNewsUNITED STATES (Washington) – July 17 – A congressional panel probing the mishandling of dangerous pathogens at federal laboratories will try to determine if U.S. officials sought to cover up an incident involving deadly avian flu, its Republican chairman said on Tuesday reported Reuters

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Representative Tim Murphy said lawmakers will also look at whether lab workers face adequate “consequences” for failing to follow rules, and consider new legislation if penalties are lacking when actions endanger the public.

“Is it lax adherence to protocol? Are people ignoring protocol? Do they have this sense of mastery because they’ve been doing it so long,” said Murphy, who chairs the House Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee.

The panel is due to hear testimony on Wednesday from several witnesses, including Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The CDC has been engulfed in controversy since last month when officials revealed that 84 lab workers had potentially been exposed to live anthrax bacteria at its Atlanta campus.

The public health agency later disclosed the discovery of vials containing smallpox at a National Institutes of Health facility outside Washington.

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‘ Kabul’s Airport Under Rocket and Gunfire Attack by Taliban ‘

#AceWorldNews – AFGHANISTAN (Kabul) – July 17 – A number of explosions, possibly rocket propelled grenades, and bursts of gunfire were reported near Kabul International Airport at dawn on Thursday, according to eyewitness reports cited by Reuters.

Kabul Airport Building Under Attack

Heavily armed militants who attacked Kabul International Airport with grenades and automatic weapons have been repelled, Afghan officials say (BBC)

The Afghan capital’s airport, which is used both by civilians and the country’s military, serves as a base for NATO-led forces who have clashed with Taliban and Islamic insurgents for well over a decade.

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Rockets are fired into the airport’s vicinity almost on a weekly basis, though the facility has largely escaped damage. It was unclear whether Thursday’s attack represented a more serious, frontal assault attempt.

Officials reported that a number of militants had burst into a building north of the airport, and the transport hub had been closed to all flights.

The four insurgents who took part are dead, the authorities said, with one security official wounded.

The Taliban said they carried out Thursday morning’s attack which lasted for nearly five hours.

Deputy Interior Minister for Security Mohammad Ayub Salangi said the area was “completely cleared”.

“The last insurgent has just blown himself up, because he knew Afghan forces were on the way to capture him,” he said.

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‘Abudullah, Abdullah Escapes Assassination From Two Bombs’

#AceBreakingNews – KABUL (Reuters) – June 06 – Abdullah Abdullah, front-runner in Afghanistan’s presidential election, escaped assassination on Friday when two bombs blew up outside a hotel where he had just staged a rally, killing six people.

The midday blasts, one caused by a suicide bomber, destroyed a car in Abdullah’s convoy, police spokesman Hashmat Stanekzai said. One of the dead was a bodyguard.

Twenty-two people were injured.

Television images showed the charred remains of the car alongside shattered shop fronts in a densely populated western district of Kabul.

“When I was leaving the rally from the People’s Islamic Unity Party, our car was hit by a roadside bomb and destroyed,” Abdullah said at another rally soon afterwards.

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'Pakistani Woman Survives Attack By Relatives Who Tried To Kill Her For Marrying For Love'

#AceNewsServices – PAKISTAN (Lahore) – (Reuters) – A Pakistani woman who survived an attack by relatives who tried to kill her for marrying for love told Reuters on Friday that she feared for her life and appealed for protection.

Saba Maqsood, 18, survived being shot and thrown in a canal by her family on Thursday, weeks after the “honor killing” of another woman in Pakistan drew worldwide condemnation.

Maqsood angered her family by marrying the man of her choice a few days ago in the Punjabi city of Gujranwala – an act of defiance in a conservative part of Pakistan where women are expected to agree to arranged marriages.

“Even though police provided me with security, I fear that my family will try to kill me and my husband,” Maqsood, still weak after being shot twice in the cheek and right hand, told Reuters by telephone from her hospital bed.

“I appeal to the chief minister and authorities to take serious notice of this attack on me and take necessary action for our security.”

Police said Maqsood was attacked and shot by her father, uncle, brother and aunt, and thrown into the waterway in the city of Hafizabad in Punjab province on Thursday.

Her relatives quickly fled the scene, but after minutes in the water Maqsood regained consciousness and managed to struggle to the bank, where two passers-by helped her.

Police have pledged to protect Maqsood.

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‘German Government Express Concern Over Israeli Settlements Plan’

#AceNewsServices – BERLIN – June 06 – The German government is extremely concerned about Israeli plans to build more settlements in the occupied territories, Reuters said.

The Israeli move is being seen as a response to the inauguration of a Palestinian unity government backed by Hamas Islamists.

The German government is “very worried… because this step poses the threat of making efforts to continue peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians even harder,” said German government spokeswoman Christiane Wirtz, calling on both sides to avoid provocative steps.

Berlin urged the Israeli government to refrain from inviting bids to construct homes.

(PressTV) – This comes as UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called on Israel to abide by international law and freeze settlement activities. Ban expressed deep concern over Israel’s plans to build more than three thousand settler units in the West Bank and East al-Quds (Jerusalem).

On Thursday, Tel Aviv ordered the construction of 3,300 more settler units in the occupied West Bank and East al-Quds.

According to Israel’s Housing Minister Uri Ariel, the decision is a response to the formation of a new Palestinian unity government.

Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) says it will appeal to the UN Security Council against Israel’s expansionism.

More than half a million Israelis live in over 120 illegal settlements built since Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East al-Quds in 1967.

The developments come as Israel is currently faces a widening boycott campaign by some European businesses over its illegal settlement activities on the occupied Palestinian land.

Two of Europe’s biggest financial institutions have boycotted transactions with Israeli companies involved in the illegal settlement construction.

The European Union has also blocked all grants and funding to any Israeli entity based in the illegal settlements.

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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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` Japanese Researcher Accused of Fabricating Scientific Results `

#AceNewsServices -TOKYO – June 04 – A Japanese researcher accused of fabricating scientific results originally hailed as a breakthrough in stem cell research has agreed to withdraw two papers.

After defending her work in a months-long public feud with the prominent Riken institute she works for, Haruko Obokata “has now agreed to a retraction” of the papers, Reuters quoted a spokesman for the semi-governmental institute as saying on Wednesday.

Obokata earlier detailed simple ways to reprogram mature animal cells back to an embryonic-like state, allowing them to generate many different types of tissues – and offering hope for a way of replacing damaged cells or growing new organs in humans.

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‘ Gunmen Shoot Red Cross Official ‘

#AceWorldNews – LIBYA – June 04 – Gunmen shot dead an official at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in the central Libyan city of Sirte on Wednesday, Reuters reported, citing ICRC and local officials.

The victim was a Swiss national who ran the ICRC office in the western city of Misrata and was visiting Sirte, according to Libyan television. 

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‘ Gang Members of Three Feuding Harlem Gangs Arrested ‘

#AceNewsServices – NEW YORK (Harlem) – June 04 – More than 100 members of three feuding gangs were arrested in Harlem on Wednesday in what was described as the largest indictment of gang members in New York City’s history, Reuters reported.

The arrests and indictments were part of a conspiracy investigation that stemmed from the 2011 murder of Tayshana “Chicken” Murphy, an 18-year-old high-school basketball star, according to sources.

Members of one gang are reportedly facing conspiracy charges. Tyshawn Brockington, 24, and Robert Cartagena, 23, were convicted for Murphy’s murder and sentenced to between 25 years and life in prison.

The gangs are accused of two homicides, 19 non-fatal shootings and about 50 other shooting incidents, according to a brief announcement from the Manhattan district attorney.

Further details were expected to be announced at a news conference on Wednesday afternoon.

Prosecutors have said the murder of Murphy, a nationally ranked point guard nicknamed “Chicken,” was the most widely reported casualty of an often violent feud between gangs from neighbouring public apartment buildings in Harlem.

Murphy was shot three times, in her wrist, hip and chest, at about 4 a.m. in a hallway of her Grant Houses apartment building on Sept. 11, 2011. Her murder came after a long evening of fighting between the gangs, prosecutors’ said at the time.

Tyshawn Brockington, 24, and Robert Cartagena, 23, who were associated with a gang in the Manhattanville Houses project, were convicted for Murphy’s murder and sentenced to between 25 years and life in prison.

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