‘ South American Presidents of Venezuela and Bolivia Call IDF’s Incursion of Gaza Genocide ‘

#AceWorldNewsGAZA CITY – July 20 – The presidents of Venezuela and Bolivia have decried the IDF’s incursion into Gaza as genocide and called for the UN to condemn Israel. President Nicolas Maduro likened the latest operation, which has claimed over 350 lives, to an “extermination.”

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Venezuela called for an emergency session of the UN’s Human Rights Council to address Israel’s ongoing military incursion in Gaza, on Saturday. The South American nation’s government reiterated its support for the Palestinian people and warned the Israel had “initiated a higher phase of its policy of genocide and extermination with the ground invasion of Palestinian territory, killing innocent men, women, girls and boys.” 

“President Nicolas Maduro has instructed the Ambassador to the UN Jorge Valera to call for an emergency session of the Human Rights Council,” said an official statement on Saturday, adding the UN should address the “systematic violation of the Human Rights of the Palestinian population in Gaza by the State of Israel and adopt the necessary measures to halt those violations.” 

Venezuela has been a staunch supporter of Palestinian statehood, with the previous president, the late Hugo Chavez, severing relations with Israel after he compared its 2009 military incursion into Gaza to the Holocaust.

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#AceWorldNews UKRAINE DONETSK May 11 = Industrialists will…

#AceWorldNews- UKRAINE – DONETSK – May 11 = Industrialists will help put things right and restore the operation of metallurgical combines in the city of Mariupol in the Donetsk Region in eastern Ukraine.

The Metinvest Group announced on Saturday its decision to “create, jointly with municipal police, people’s patrols from among smelters’ workers”. From Sunday, they will “start patrolling the city and protecting civilians,” says a joint statement by the heads of Metinvest, Ilyich Iron & Steel Works and Azovstal Iron & Steel Works – Yury Ryzhenkov, Yury Zinchenko and Enver Tkitishvili.

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` Police Fired Tear-Gas and Water Cannons At 10,000 Royalist Protesters ‘

#AceWorldNews – BANGKOK – May 09Police fired tear-gas and water cannons against over 10,000 royalist protesters in Thailand’s capital in the aftermath of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s ouster.

Demonstrators led by the opposition’s Suthep Thaugsuban are demanding that the authorities disband the rest of the government within three days or face more aggressive protests. Yingluck’s Puea Thai Party still runs the cabinet and hopes to organize and win the July 20 election.

The protesters want the election postponed and reforms to end the influence of Yingluck’s brother, former premier Thaksin Shinawatra. Tens of thousands of the Shinawatras’ Red Shirt supporters, angered by Yingluck’s ouster, are also on their way to Bangkok for a rally Saturday.

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” Russian Police Killed in Shoot-Out in Dagestan “

#AceNewsServices says `Russian police kill 4 Suspected Militants in Dagestan

Russian police killed four suspected militants in a shoot-out at a house in the

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Reuters reported, citing law enforcement agencies.

The gun fight broke out on Saturday after police surrounded a private house used by militants in the region some 600km from Sochi, at the other end of the Caucasus Mountain chain. Sochi is hosting the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.

The clash was reportedly not connected with the Games.

 

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#Thailand ” Elections are `Taking Place’ to End `Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’ Rule”

#AceNewsServices says `Fractured Elections’ Have been taking place in Thailand

The polls, which opened on Sunday morning, were mainly tense, but calm, with many voters arriving early.

thai-electionsOn Saturday, prior to the opening of the ballot boxes, six people were injured in gun battles in Bangkok between government opponents and supporters.

People in the suburb of Laksi, a stronghold of the prime minister’s Pheu Thai party, raced for cover as protesters with handguns and rifles traded fire.

The demonstrators, who want the end of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra‘s rule, had tried to enter a building where ballot papers were stored.

There were sporadic bursts from handguns and automatic weapons in Bangkok on Saturday night, although there were no further reports of deaths or injuries.

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#Kiev: ” The`Ukrainian Opposition` Urges Snap Elections ‘ Even Though `Promises and Review of Constitution”

#AceNewsServices says ” The`Ukrainian Opposition’ urges snap elections, continues protests despite `PM Position Offer’ on table”

Published time: January 25, 2014 20:29
Edited time: January 26, 2014 02:19
Heavyweight boxing champion and UDAR (Punch) party leader Vitaly Klitschko (C), head of the All-Ukrainian Union Svoboda (Freedom) Party Oleg Tyagnibok (R) and Ukrainian opposition leader Arseny Yatsenyuk (Reuters/Gleb Garanich)
Vitali KlitchskoOpposition leaders called for an early presidential election following a Saturday meeting with the government, where top government posts were offered to protest leaders and a review of the constitution was promised.

The proposal to offer positions within the Ukrainian government to opposition leaders will be considered by all three parties and discussed with the people, Batkivschina leader Arseny Yatsenyuk said.

“We are not rejecting the offer, nor are we accepting it. We are in the midst of serious consultations between all three opposition parties. This is our mutual decision,” he said. “We are ready to take on the responsibility for the country’s future, but only under the conditions that will be set by us.”

No deal @ua_yanukovych, we’re finishing what we started. The people decide our leaders, not you. #Євромайдан

— Arseniy Yatsenyuk (@Yatsenyuk_AP) January 25, 2014

The opposition is ready to head up the government and bring Ukraine into the EU, Yatsenyuk added.

“Our task – is a new Ukrainian government ... We accept that responsibility and we are ready to bring Ukraine into the EU, which calls for the release of Yulia Tymoshenko,” he continued.

“Our country is put by those at power to the brink of falling apart...We demand that Yanukovich relieves the position of Ukraine’s president and we need a new constitution.”

Yatsenyuk: “draconian laws must be abolished in parliament on Tuesday. this is our priority, and we will not back down”

— Alexey Yaroshevsky (@Yaro_RT) January 25, 2014

Following the talks, the head of the Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform party, Vitaly Klitschko, said that Yanukovich agreed to many demands. “But we do not step back and demand elections this year,”he told protesters.

“What is Yanukovich ready for? For release and amnesty of all those detained. To work on getting back to the constitution of 2004. Dismissal of government on certain conditions. [He] still does not agree to abolish dictatorial laws, but only to amend them,” Klitschko added.

“Our demands: get rid of those laws…have presidential elections this year. Negotiations are continuing and we must hold on. And we will not succumb to any provocations.

Leader of the nationalist Svoboda opposition party, Oleg Tyagnibok, told protesters that those in power are backing down and changing their tune from two days ago.

The government’s negotiations with the opposition have so far yielded no results, which could signal that the standoff between the two sides will continue for the next couple of days, RT’s Alexey Yaroshevsky explained.

Rioters storm convention center in bid to oust police

Rioters have stormed the Ukrainian House international convention center. The siege of the convention center by protesters in Kiev is now over, RT’s Alexey Yaroshevsky reported. The head of the Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform party, Vitaly Klitschko, played a key role in negotiating the policemen’s retreat.

An anti-government protester prepares to throw a molotov cocktail towards riot police as he tries to enter the "Ukrainian house" where riot police were located during a rally in Kiev January 26, 2014. (Reuters/David Mdzinarishvili)An anti-government protester prepares to throw a molotov cocktail towards riot police as he tries to enter the “Ukrainian house” where riot police were located during a rally in Kiev January 26, 2014. (Reuters/David Mdzinarishvili)

There were around 200 riot police inside the building at the time of the siege, all of whom exited through a side window.

Protesters threw small bombs and Molotov cocktails into the convention center. Police did not retaliate.

Ambulances have been seen coming and going from the center, and numerous reports have emerged that several interior ministry troops are injured inside the building.

“Tensions are far from dying down in Ukraine’s capital Kiev. We do now know that the opposition has refused to meet proposals of the president about withdrawing protesters on the street in exchange for constitutional reforms for tweaking the laws described as draconian in the country, the anti-riot laws that were passed on January 16,” Yaroshevsky said.

Anti-government protesters try to enter the "Ukrainian House" where riot police were located during a rally in Kiev January 25, 2014. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)Anti-government protesters try to enter the “Ukrainian House” where riot police were located during a rally in Kiev January 25, 2014. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)

Demonstrators were trying to force police out of the convention center, fearing they will use the building as an outpost to attack the protesters’ barricades from behind.

The mood of the protesters has become increasingly aggressive. After speaking to the core group on Independence Square, Yaroshevsky said that rioters “indicated that they would not be willing to move away from this position regardless of what the opposition or any other politician says.”

Anti-government protesters try to enter the "Ukrainian House" where the riot police are located during a rally in Kiev January 25, 2014. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)Anti-government protesters try to enter the “Ukrainian House” where the riot police are located during a rally in Kiev January 25, 2014. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)

“Their main goal right now is to topple the government, topple the president. That is what they stand for. We also heard that the opposition leaders speaking on the stage were often booed by the protesters at Independence Square,” he added.

During the Saturday meeting, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich offered top government posts to protest leaders and promised a review of the constitution – a move aimed at giving more power to parliament.

Police spray water at anti-government protesters trying to enter the "Ukrainian House" where the riot police are located during a rally in Kiev January 25, 2014. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)Police spray water at anti-government protesters trying to enter the “Ukrainian House” where the riot police are located during a rally in Kiev January 25, 2014. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)

Yanukovich proposed the post of prime minister to Arseny Yatsenyuk, justice minister Elena Lukash said after the president’s meeting with opposition leaders.

The president offered the post of prime minister to Arseny Yatsenyuk. In the case of the latter’s consent to take the post, the president of Ukraine will decide on the resignation of the government,” Lukash said.

Vitaly Klitchko was offered the post of deputy prime minister for humanitarian affairs.

The president’s offer came as the government struggles to cope with the protests and violence that continue to grip the entire country.

 

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#AceNewsDesk : ” World News – Headlines – Good Morning – 26 January 2014″

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ISRAEL – EGYPT – SINAI – IRAN – TEHRAN – AFGHANISTAN – TALIBAN – KABUL – PALESTINE – CAIRO – US – UK – FRANCE – GERMANY 

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10:01

​Israeli woman jailed for espionage released after 26 months

Former Israeli soldier, Anat Kam, went free after serving 26 months of a four-and-a-half year prison sentence. She was convicted of spying and leaking classified military documents to the media in October 2011. In move to expose the army’s policies in the occupied Palestinian territories she leaked information to the Haaretz newspaper that troops were ordered to carry out targeted killings of Palestinian militants in violation of a Supreme Court order.

Fighting in Egypt09:43

​At least 49 killed in clashes during anniversary of Egypt revolution

The death toll from clashes during protests, dedicated to the third anniversary of the Egyptian military coup on Saturday, rose to nearly 50, a health ministry official said on Sunday. Over 245 people were wounded in Cairo and several other provinces, according to the ministry. The fighting erupted between protesters, who opposed the military-backed government, and thousands, who supported army chief, General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who overthrew Egypt’s first democratically elected President Mohammed Morsi in July.

09:33

​4 Egypt soldiers killed in attack on bus in Sinai

Four soldiers were killed and 13 wounded as gunmen attacked a military bus in the Egyptian part of the Sinai Peninsula on Sunday, an army spokesperson said. The attack comes a day after a military helicopter crash in northern Sinai. The militant group, Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis, claimed responsibility for the strike.

04:53

Iran says nuclear talks will resume in February

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Saturday that talks with the six world powers on reaching a long-term deal on Tehran’s nuclear program will resume the next month. A six-month agreement with the United States, Britain, Russia, France, and Germany – the P5+1 – was struck in November and took effect on Monday. The deal requires that Tehran curb its nuclear activities for six months in exchange for some sanctions relief while both sides attempt to reach a comprehensive agreement.

03:30

Taliban suicide attack on army bus kills 3 in Afghanistan

Two Afghan soldiers and a civilian woman were killed in a suicide bombing on an army bus in Kabul, TOLO News reported. Nine others were wounded in the attack, most of them members of the Afghan National Army. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the blast.

 

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#Kiev : ” Unrest Continues in the `Ukraine’ with an `Uneasy’ Tension in the Air”

#AceNewsServices says its `Saturday, January 25′ and this is the `timeline’ of events `Friday Night and Saturday Morning`

kiev-protest-clashes-updates00.siSaturday, January 25

15:23 GMT:

Violent clashes between protesters and police in the center of Kiev on Grushevskogo Street have stopped, RIA Novosti reported. It has been quiet for at least an hour.

15:23 GMT:

About 2,000 protesters have seized the building of the Poltava administration, its press-service told Itar-Tass. The protesters are meeting with the chairman of the Poltava Regional State Administration, Aleksandr Udovychenko, in the session hall of the council.

15:08 GMT:

The Interior Ministry said it will consider as “extremists” those left on Independence Square in Kiev and in the seized government buildings.

15:01 GMT:

Two police officers, seized by protesters in Kiev and “tortured”, have been released and taken to hospital, said the Interior Ministry.

14:51 GMT:

Russian Ambassador to Ukraine Mikhail Zurabov: Foreign mediation now totally inappropriate for Ukraine http://t.co/jm5Jz2LOzr @RusembUkraine

— MFA Russia (@mfa_russia) January 25, 2014

14:41 GMT:

The president of Ukraine, Victor Yanukovich, is meeting with opposition leaders: Vitaly Klitchko, head of the Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform party; Arseniy Yatsenyuk, head of the “Batkivschina” (Fatherland) opposition party, and Oleg Tyagnybok, the leader of the All-Ukrainian Union “Svoboda”(Freedom).

14:31 GMT:

The so-called head of the national resistance urged the president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovich, not to declare a state of emergency in the country.

“We appeal to Viktor Yanukovich: the state of emergency means the death of thousands of people, it is the divide of the country and the destruction of Ukraine as an independent and sovereign state,” asserted the statement, posted on the Batkivschina (Fatherland) opposition party’s site.

At the same time, the statement notes that “prudence, self-control and responsibility for Ukraine’s children and the future state will bring about a peaceful outcome to this social crisis.”

The statement claimed that the party has information about the Ukrainian presidential administration’s preparations for declaring a state of emergency and “clearing” Independence square in Kiev.

14:20 GMT:

Guys coming up to us on #Грушевского barricades warning about a possible sniper on the roof of buildings.

— Peter Oliver (@PeterGOliver_RT) January 25, 2014

14:19 GMT:

Deputies of the Lvov regional council recognized a legislative organ established by the protesters, the so-called Narodnaya Rada (People’s Council), that is to represent the interests of the Ukrainian people. 70 deputies voted in favor, with most of the council represented by opposition parties. The decision contains a recommendation to all local councils to adopt similar resolutions.

The army, the Interior Ministry and other law enforcement agencies cannot carry out any activities involving the use of special equipment, weapons and military equipment, aimed at restricting the rights of citizens to assemble peacefully in the region, the regional authorities said in a statement.

Due to the actions of the president and parliament and the adoption of anti-protest laws on January 16, the regional council said it withdraws all powers delegated to the Lvov region by state administration.

14:08 GMT:

Just seen riot training course taking place on independence square in #Kiev rioters learning how to use shields in groups.

— Peter Oliver (@PeterGOliver_RT) January 25, 2014

13:57 GMT:

The authorities in Vinnitsa, central Ukraine, and Сhernigov, northern Ukraine, have started criminal investigations into the seizure of local administrative buildings by protesters, reported the Itar-Tass news agency.

13:33 GMT:

Production line breaking up rocks to be taken to the front line in #Kiev and hurled at police.pic.twitter.com/lfb2sxxdFG

— Peter Oliver (@PeterGOliver_RT) January 25, 2014

 

13:31 GMT:

A protester who took part in the Kiev riots has died, according to the state health department of the Kiev city administration, RIA Novosti reported. Authorities said that the victim arrived at the Kiev City Clinical Hospital № 17 on Wednesday. The leadership of the Lvov regional faction of the nationalist “Svoboda” (“Liberty”) movement said that on Wednesday a protester from Lvov, Roman Senik, 45, died in hospital from wounds sustained in clashes. It is not yet clear whether the two reports are about the same man.

13:06 GMT:

The head of the Ukrainian Ministry of the Interior, Vitaly Zakharchenko, said in a statement that attempts to peacefully resolve the conflict peacefully, have been futile, because protesters were ignoring truce agreements.

These events which really represent extremist actions should not go unnoticed by the international community. The opposition leaders aren’t dissociating themselves from radical forces, and at this time they’re not able to control them and so put Ukrainians under threat,” the statement reads as cited by Itar-Tass.

12:39 GMT:

Around ten wheelchair users carrying “Stop aggression” billboards are on their way to Grushevskogo street, the epicenter of the stand-off between protesters and police, demanding both sides put an end to clashes, Deutshe Welle reports.

11:41 GMT:

Participants of the rally in front of the Prosecutor General’s office in Kiev are leaving the protest site, despite earlier plans to seize the building, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

Around 500 protesters rallied for freeing detained activists.

11:28 GMT:

Protesters have seized the Chernigov City Council building and have been demanding the ouster of its head, Vladimir Khomenko, Itar-Tass reports. Protesters have been screaming out slogans like: “Ukraine rise, Chernigov come out”, “No to Repressions”, “Dismissal”.

The protesters are currently creating a corridor to release police remaining in the building.

11:23 GMT:

President Yanukovich has appointed Vladimir Makeenko the head of Kiev City Council. Makeenko previously was the chief of the procedure committee of the country’s parliament, the Rada. In a separate decree, Yanukovich dismissed the former city council head, Alexander Popov, who is currently under investigation.

11:01 GMT:

A protester from Lvov, Roman Senik, 45, who was injured during clashes with police on January 22, has died in hospital, according to the leadership of the Lvov regional faction of the nationalist “Svoboda” (“Liberty”) movement.

“For several days doctors have been fighting for his life, but the wounds were too severe. His lungs were badly scarred, he underwent surgery several times and his hand had to be amputated,” said Irina Sekh, a Unkrainian MP and leader of the Lvov “Svoboda” faction.

10:12 GMT:

Rallies in support of President Yanukovich have started all over the coal-rich Donbass region. The leader of the Donetsk Party of Regions, Igor Chichasov, told Itar-Tass he expected 300,000 people to take part.

Donbass has made its choice”, he said. “We decisively support all the efforts the president has taken for stabilizing the situation in the country.

10:07 GMT:

Ukraine’s energy minister, Eduard Stavytsky, says protesters were prevented from seizing the main energy ministry building in Kiev. 

There was an attempt to seize the building. About 100 armed people came. I went to them and said that if they did not leave the building peacefully then the whole energy system of Ukraine could collapse,” Stavytsky said, as cited by Reuters. 

The protesters are still blocking the entry into the Ministry according to the official, who described it as “a direct threat to the whole of the Ukrainian energy system.”

09:45 GMT:

The building of the Ukrainian Ministry of Energy and Coal mining, in the center of Kiev, has been occupied by activists from the “Common action” movement, according to the organization’s leader, Aleksandr Danilyuk, interviewed by the Ukrainian 5th Channel.

09:42 GMT:

Protesters in Vinnitsa, central Ukraine, have occupied the city council building, says Itar-Tass citing a report by the Ukrainian 5th Channel. Police were unable to prevent the crowd from getting inside the building. The protesters are demanding that the authorities step down.

09:28 GMT:

During the Geneva 2 talks, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov discussed the situation in Ukraine with his American counterpart, warning him against interfering in events in Ukraine.

I made John Kerry aware of how very important it is at the moment not to interfere into the process and avoid any statements that would heat up the situation. I hope that I was heard,” Lavrov said in an interview with Rossiya 1 TV channel’s Sergey Brilyov.

09:03 GMT:

Stefan Fule, the EU commissioner for enlargement, has called on Ukraine to end violence and resume dialogue, according to a statement, released following his two-day visit to Kiev.

During my negotiations I expressed the EU’s deep concern with the latest events and underlined the necessity to put an end to violence, to stand against those responsible for human rights violations and to continue a comprehensive national dialogue to find a way out of the crisis, which threatens to destabilize the country,” the statement reads, as cited by Itar-Tass.

08:21 GMT:

The Ukrainian Ministry of the Interior has demanded the immediate release of two police officers, who were kidnapped on Friday by the so-called “Maidan security”.

The police officers are reportedly being held hostage in a Kiev city council building, which is under siege by protesters. According to earlier reports, three police personnel were attacked and captured. One, who was severely wounded, was later released. 

Anti-government protesters gather at a barricade at the site of clashes with riot police in Kiev January 25, 2014 (Reuters / David Mdzinarishvili)Anti-government protesters gather at a barricade at the site of clashes with riot police in Kiev January 25, 2014 (Reuters / David Mdzinarishvili)

After overnight negotiations with a number protest leaders resulted in no solution, the police threatened to storm the city council building. 

Ukraine’s Ministry of the Interior demands the immediate release of the police officers. In case our demand is not met, the police will be forced to take measures to free those kidnapped,” the Ministry’s statement reads, as cited by RIA Novosti.

07:49 GMT:

12 rally participants have been arrested in Kiev, following hearings in two courts. 

These people have been charged with participation in mass unrest, marked by violence, arson, resisting law enforcers by using weapons,” the press-service of the Kiev Prosecutor’s office said, as cited by Itar-Tass.

06:49 GMT:

The Polish PM has laid the blame for the unrest in neighbouring Ukraine on the country’s president and his administration. 

We have no doubt that President Yanukovich’s behavior and his administration’s actions have led to this dramatic crisis, where the unity of Ukraine is being put into question,” Donald Tusk said, as cited by Interfax-Ukraine. 

He added that Ukraine, torn by inner conflicts would, “sooner or later represent a serious problem for the whole region.”

06:22 GMT:

Ukraine’s Ministry of Interior announced they have detained a gang in Kiev and seized their arsenal, which included two assault rifles, four pistols and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.

Law enforcers say they have evidence that the gang was involved in kidnapping and supplying arms to protesters in the Ukrainian capital. 

Friday, January 24

23:36 GMT:

Ruptly’s video footage shows rioters throwing more tires into the fire amid clashes:

22:57 GMT:

A police officer was shot dead in Kiev on Friday night. Witnesses heard the shots and saw two people running away from the scene, Unian news agency reported. The victim lived near the Berkut living quarters.

It is not clear whether the incident is connected to the ongoing unrest in the city.

21:43 GMT:

US Secretary of State John Kerry once again confirmed Washington’s support for Ukrainian protesters during his speech at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland. Kerry said the US is working with its allies and top Ukrainian officials to end the violence.

We are working with our partners to press the government of Ukraine to forego violence, to address the concerns of peaceful protesters, to foster dialogue, promote the freedom of assembly and expression,” he said.

Kerry added that he received a text message shortly before beginning his speech from US diplomats in Kiev, who are negotiating with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych “to try to achieve calm and help move in this direction in the next days.”

20:01 GMT:

Twelve people have been taken into custody over suspicions of participating in the violent riots on Grushevskogo Street.

19:33 GMT:

Truce they say? Tires burning again, firecrackers and molotovs are hurled in central Kiev. Police not retaliating pic.twitter.com/YIVBFbDRO2

— Alexey Yaroshevsky (@Yaro_RT) January 24, 2014

19:11 GMT:

The former EU High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy, Javier Solana, has denied accusations that the West is worsening the crisis in Ukraine. Speaking to RT from Davos in Switzerland, he said: “I don’t think that the EU is inflaming the situation. On the contrary, what the EU is trying to do is to try to find a peaceful solution that entails some kind of negotiations, like in any other crisis, between the government and opposition with the help of other countries that are interested in it.”

17:39 GMT:

Foreign nationals who have previously been involved in military operations abroad are involved in the violence in Ukraine, said Viktor Yanukovich. 

“Not only Ukrainians joined this [violence] but a number of people from other countries who participated in various military operations, regional ones, and who are wanted around the world. They are hiding in seized buildings. We know that there are weapons,” he said at a meeting with representatives of public and church organizations.

17:39 GMT:

Opposition supporters seized the regional administration building, which also houses the regional council in Khmelnitsky, western Ukraine, UNIAN reported.

The protesters demanding the resignation of the local governor stormed the first and second floors of the building. 30-40 activists gathered near the building, calling for the governor to write an official letter of resignation.

10:12 GMT:

Rallies in support of President Yanukovich have started all over the coal-rich Donbass region. The leader of the Donetsk Party of Regions, Igor Chichasov, told Itar-Tass he expected 300,000 people to take part.

Donbass has made its choice”, he said. “We decisively support all the efforts the president has taken for stabilizing the situation in the country.

10:07 GMT:

Ukraine‘s energy minister, Eduard Stavytsky, says protesters were prevented from seizing the main energy ministry building in Kiev
There was an attempt to seize the building. About 100 armed people came. I went to them and said that if they did not leave the building peacefully then the whole energy system of Ukraine could collapse,” Stavytsky said, as cited by Reuters.

The protesters are still blocking the entry into the Ministry according to the official, who described it as “a direct threat to the whole of the Ukrainian energy system.”

09:45 GMT:

The building of the Ukrainian Ministry of Energy and Coal mining, in the center of Kiev, has been occupied by activists from the “Common action” movement, according to the organization’s leader, Aleksandr Danilyuk, interviewed by the Ukrainian 5th Channel.

09:42 GMT:

Protesters in Vinnitsa, central Ukraine, have occupied the city council building, says Itar-Tass citing a report by the Ukrainian 5th Channel. Police were unable to prevent the crowd from getting inside the building. The protesters are demanding that the authorities step down.

09:28 GMT:

During the Geneva 2 talks, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov discussed the situation in Ukraine with his American counterpart, warning him against interfering in events in Ukraine.

I made John Kerry aware of how very important it is at the moment not to interfere into the process and avoid any statements that would heat up the situation. I hope that I was heard,” Lavrov said in an interview with Rossiya 1 TV channel’s Sergey Brilyov.

09:03 GMT:

Stefan Fule, the EU commissioner for enlargement, has called on Ukraine to end violence and resume dialogue, according to a statement, released following his two-day visit to Kiev.

During my negotiations I expressed the EU’s deep concern with the latest events and underlined the necessity to put an end to violence, to stand against those responsible for human rights violations and to continue a comprehensive national dialogue to find a way out of the crisis, which threatens to destabilize the country,” the statement reads, as cited by Itar-Tass.

08:21 GMT:

The Ukrainian Ministry of the Interior has demanded the immediate release of two police officers, who were kidnapped on Friday by the so-called “Maidan security”.

The police officers are reportedly being held hostage in a Kiev city council building, which is under siege by protesters. According to earlier reports, three police personnel were attacked and captured. One, who was severely wounded, was later released.

Anti-government protesters gather at a barricade at the site of clashes with riot police in Kiev January 25, 2014 (Reuters / David Mdzinarishvili)Anti-government protesters gather at a barricade at the site of clashes with riot police in Kiev January 25, 2014 (Reuters / David Mdzinarishvili)

After overnight negotiations with a number protest leaders resulted in no solution, the police threatened to storm the city council building. 

Ukraine’s Ministry of the Interior demands the immediate release of the police officers. In case our demand is not met, the police will be forced to take measures to free those kidnapped,” the Ministry’s statement reads, as cited by RIA Novosti.

07:49 GMT:

12 rally participants have been arrested in Kiev, following hearings in two courts.

These people have been charged with participation in mass unrest, marked by violence, arson, resisting law enforcers by using weapons,” the press-service of the Kiev Prosecutor’s office said, as cited by Itar-Tass.

06:49 GMT:

The Polish PM has laid the blame for the unrest in neighbouring Ukraine on the country’s president and his administration.

We have no doubt that President Yanukovich’s behavior and his administration’s actions have led to this dramatic crisis, where the unity of Ukraine is being put into question,” Donald Tusk said, as cited by Interfax-Ukraine.

He added that Ukraine, torn by inner conflicts would, “sooner or later represent a serious problem for the whole region.”

06:22 GMT:

Ukraine’s Ministry of Interior announced they have detained a gang in Kiev and seized their arsenal, which included two assault rifles, four pistols and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.

Law enforcers say they have evidence that the gang was involved in kidnapping and supplying arms to protesters in the Ukrainian capital.

Around 20 such groups could be currently active in Kiev, according to the police.

Law enforcers say they have evidence that the gang was involved in kidnapping and supplying arms to protesters in the Ukrainian capital.

Around 20 such groups could be currently active in Kiev, according to the police.

03:38 GMT:

Ukraine will not refuse help from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe in resolving the ongoing political crisis, if such help is offered, Prime Minister Nikolay Azarov told European media in Switzerland.

01:44 GMT:

Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovich said he aims to continue dialogue with the opposition.

“We have urged and continue to urge to sit down at the negotiation table and discuss everyone’s positions, find compromises, which are critical to solving today’s situation,” the president said during a meeting with clergy on Friday.

January 25, 2014. (Reuters / Vasily Fedosenko)January 25, 2014. (Reuters / Vasily Fedosenko)

01:24 GMT:

An explosion went off near the police station in Cherkassy, central Ukraine. Seven windows were reportedly broken, according to Espresso.tv. There are no reported injuries.

01:15 GMT:

The opposition has denied the Interior Ministry‘s report that three police officers were attacked by protesters.

00:35 GMT:

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich promised to fire those responsible for preparing the EU agreement of such “poor quality.”

The agreement was against the country’s national interest and was “digging a grave” for the nation, Yanukovich said during a meeting with clergy. The president did not name any names.

“We are not running anywhere. Nobody is pulling us anywhere. We want to preserve our sovereignty. We are not claiming anyone’s territory, but we will not give up what is ours,” he said.

 

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#AceNewsDesk : `World News’ – Headlines – 25 January 2014

Ace News Group EGYPT – SYRIA – LIBYA – GENEVA – UN – DAMASCUS – RUSSIA – US – GENEVA  – TRIPOLI

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09:44

​4 Egyptian diplomats kidnapped in Libya

Four Egyptian Embassy staff have been kidnapped in the Libyan capital of Tripoli, the Libyan Foreign Ministry said on Saturday. Among the kidnapped was a cultural attaché from the embassy. It comes after an Egyptian administrative attaché was abducted on Friday by unknown gunmen, following the arrest of Shaban Hadia, the leader of a large militia group, the Operations Room of Libya’s Revolutionaries. The group has denied responsibility for the incident.

Identité visuelle de la Ville de Genève

Identité visuelle de la Ville de Genève (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

09:40

​Syria ‘face-to-face’ peace talks begin in Geneva – UN

The Syrian government and opposition delegations started a face-to-face meeting within the framework of the Geneva 2 peace conference on Saturday, a UN spokeswoman said. UN-Arab League peace envoy, Lakhdar Brahimi, is mediating the talks. The conference, which is aimed at putting an end to the Syrian crisis that has gone on for nearly three years, suffered a delay on Friday as the delegations refused to talk directly.

Al-Fayhaa Stadium in Damascus, Syria as seen f...

Al-Fayhaa Stadium in Damascus, Syria as seen from Mount Qasioun. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

09:07

Damascus has ‘real reservations’ against transitional govt

The Syrian government says it opposes creating a transnational ruling body, a proposed solution to the domestic conflict that has plagued the country for nearly three years. “We have real reservations regarding it,”said Information Minister Omran Zoabi, as peace talks with an opposition delegation have reportedly started in Geneva. Zoabi said that the reasoning behind this decision lay in the fact that Syria has its own institutions, and the need to create a transitional governing body arises only when a state is in disintegration, or has no institutions.

Palace Square in Saint Petersburg.

Palace Square in Saint Petersburg. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

05:12

10 Russian border guards die in marine incident

A border patrol squad was in icy waters near the island of Kunashir (South Kurils) attempting to inspect a ship just 500 meters from the shore. The rubber boat with 10 border guards onboard was overturned by a high wave and nobody was able to get to the shore. Patrol ships and a helicopter are engaged in search operation and four bodies have already been found. The area is known for strong underwater currents and other bodies could have been dragged far from the scene of the incident. According to one version of events, the incident happened because the guards didn’t observe the rules and wore no life vests.

NSA Do You Use03:02

​Cyberattack takes down US federal court system websites

US federal court system websites were hacked Friday, blocking public access and preventing the filing of legal documents online. The intrusion impacted uscourts.gov, the main federal court website, as well as the government’s electronic filing system and its access page, PACER, a spokesman for the Administrative Office of the US Courts said Friday. The federal court system, which manages its own cybersecurity, is investigating what occurred, the spokesman said, adding that the incident was a denial-of-service attack. It is not yet known who was responsible.

 

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#Geneva2 : “Syrian `Government Opposition’ Agree’ `Direct Talks’ on Saturday”

#AceNewsServices says `Syrian Government Opposition’ delegations agree to meet ‘in the same room `Saturday’

Published time: January 24, 2014 17:14
Edited time: January 24, 2014 17:46
United Nations Peace Envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi (Reuters / Mohamed Azakir)United Nations Peace Envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi (Reuters / Mohamed Azakir)
Syria’s government and opposition delegations have agreed to hold direct talks on Saturday, UN-Arab League Joint Special Representative to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi said, adding that the two sides recognize the principles of the Geneva 1 communique.

Tomorrow we have agreed that we shall meet in same room, Brahimi told a news conference after he held separate meetings with government and opposition delegations in Geneva. “Both parties will be here tomorrow…they will not leave on Saturday or Sunday,” he said, adidng the discussions were “encouraging.”

The envoy acknowledged, however, that core matters are yet to be discussed and that the resolution of the conflict will not be without its challenges. “I hope that they will go smoothly…we do expect some bumps on the road,” he said.”It’s impossible that there aren’t any in a situation like this.”

Saturday’s meeting will focus on the humanitarian situation in Syria and accessing blocked areas. The talks will be based on the Geneva 1 communique – the June 2012 statement by world powers which called for the two sides to agree on the establishment of a transitional body. Brahimi stated that it is clear to both sides that the “meat” of the conference would be how do implement the dispositions of the Geneva Communique, while noting that “there are different interpretations on some of those items”.

I think the two sides understand that very well and accept it,” Brahimi said.

Anas al-Absah, an opposition delegate told Reuters after Brahimi’s statements: “We are satisfied with Mr. Brahimi’s statement today and that the regime has accepted Geneva 1 (communique). And on this basis we will meet the Assad delegation tomorrow morning. It will be a short session in which only Brahimi will speak, to be followed by another session, a longer session in the afternoon.”

 

 

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“Explosion Rock’s Bangkok as Opposition Protests and Army Calls for Talks”

#AceNewsServices says “Bangkok Rocked by Explosion’s”

RT News – Published time: January 19, 2014 15:56
Thai anti-government protesters parade during a rally in Bangkok on January 19, 2014 (AFP Photo)Thai anti-government protesters parade during a rally in Bangkok on January 19, 2014 (AFP Photo)
Two blasts at an anti-government rally in Bangkok have left at least 28 protesters injured, some seriously. As the protests go on despite previous assaults, Thailand‘s army chief is urging the government and opposition to negotiate.

The first explosion near Victory Monument, in the north of the city, where protesters continue to rally ceaselessly, went off some 200 meters from a stage set up by opposition activists. Police believe the explosion was caused by frag grenades.

The 28 injured protesters were brought to four different hospitals in the city, according to the Bangkok Emergency Medical Center. Seven are in critical condition.

Another blast happened minutes later near vendors selling anti-government T-shirts, reportedly injuring two of them.

“The first blast I heard was from behind the stage,” Reuters reported Teerawut Utakaprechanun as saying.

“People were looking around. I saw the security guards running after a suspect. After one minute I heard another bomb blast.”

Protesters who run several round-the-clock demonstrations in Bangkok since November 2013 are being increasingly targeted by unknown malefactors.

On Friday a frag grenade thrown into group of marching opposition activists killed one and wounded at least 35 demonstrators.

On Saturday night, shooting took place some 300 meters from a stage used by protesters. A 54-year-old volunteer guard was seriously wounded in the back and remains in intensive care after undergoing surgery.

Also, police reported that small quantities of explosives were thrown at protest leaders’ homes.

Since November, the death toll of both protesters and police has reached nine.

Thai anti-government protesters wave national flags during a rally in Bangkok on January 19, 2014 (AFP Photo)Thai anti-government protesters wave national flags during a rally in Bangkok on January 19, 2014 (AFP Photo)

Tensions are rising in the 12-million Thai capital ahead of the elections called to quell the latest political crisis, which started in November. The anti-government protesters are demanding that Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her government quit.

Yet unlike similar protests in 2010, the pro-government ‘red-shirt’ demonstrators so far have not appeared on the streets of Bangkok, which definitely helps to prevent otherwise inevitable factional clashes. But this could change.

After PM Shinawatra assigned early elections on February 2, demonstrators’ major aim is to disrupt the elections, since the results of a national poll might not be in favor of the opposition. The main opposition Democrat Party has already announced it is going to boycott the elections.

As the date of the elections gets closer, the violence is intensifying, which raises suspicions that the Thai army might step in to put the unrest to an end. The Thai Army has staged 16 successful coups (and two failed ones) since the Thai monarchy ceased to be an absolute monarchy in 1932.

The latest coup in 2006 deposed the then-PM Thaksin Shinawatra, elder brother of the current Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. After the coup, Thaksin had to leave the country for “voluntary” exile and is still unable to return, even with his sister being a PM.

Yet as of today the army seems to be reluctant to interfere.

“The relationship between the government and the army is normal,” Thai top commander Thanasak Patimapakorn declared on Saturday after the country’s Army Day parade. He stressed that all sides must respect the law.

“I request that all sides should come together and talk to find a solution,” Thanasak said.

In an interview with the daily paper Bangkok Post, Thanasak said he had no interest in becoming prime minister or acting as mediator.

Since 2001 poor rural population of Thailand has supported Shinawatra clan, ensuring victory in every election. In contrast with rural Thailand, the urban population backed by country’s royalist elites and army, usually votes against “tribunes of the people,” which the opposition accuses of corruption and being a threat to democracy and power structures.

 

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#Philippines Latest News on #Haiyian

10,000 feared killed in Philippines by super typhoon Haiyan (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

RT: Published time: November 10, 2013 01:02
Edited time: November 10, 2013 14:18
A view of destroyed houses after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city in central Philippines November 9, 2013 (Reuters / Erik De Castro)
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An estimated 10,000 people might have been killed in the central Philippine province of Leyte alone, which was almost completely destroyed by the powerful typhoon Haiyan, local authorities said.

The typhoon has devastated up to 80 percent of the Leyte province area as it ripped through the Philippines, Chief Superintendent Elmer Soria told Reuters.

“We had a meeting last night with the governor and other officials. The governor said based on their estimate, 10,000 died,” Soria said.

Residents fetch free water at a plant of a softdrink company in Tacloban City, Leyte province, central Philippines on November 10, 2013 after Super Typhoon Haiyan swept over the Philippines.(AFP Photo / Ted Aljibe)Residents fetch free water at a plant of a softdrink company in Tacloban City, Leyte province, central Philippines on November 10, 2013 after Super Typhoon Haiyan swept over the Philippines.(AFP Photo / Ted Aljibe)

Most of the dead drowned or were killed by collapsed buildings, authorities say.

The UN’s humanitarian agency puts the figure of people displaced at just under 331,000, while those whose lives have also been “affected” by the typhoon number a huge 4.3 million across 36 provinces.

People walking the streets like ‘zombies’

The situation in the street reminds one witness of a “movie”. Jenny Chu, a medical student in Leyte told Reuters that “people are walking like zombies, looking for food.” 

Meanwhile, reports came in that a big part of Visayas, the group of islands where Leyte and other major islands are located, has sustained great damage.

Mila Ward, a Philippine-born Australian on vacation in Leyte spoke of the human misery that was abundant in the streets everywhere one looked. “They were covered with blankets, plastic,” she spoke of the hundreds of bodies strewn around the streets. “There were children and women,” Ward added.

“It’s like the end of the world”, said another witness – Nancy Chang – who was on business in Tacloblan City and said that she had to walk for three hours through a mess of mud and floating debris to reach a military-led evacuation at the airport.

That airport itself was all but destroyed; with seawater so strong it shattered the glass of the control tower. A Reuters reporter was stranded there, recounting how the water had risen to four meters.

“It was like a tsunami. We escaped through the windows and I held on to a pole for about an hour as rain, seawater and wind-swept through the airport…some of my staff survived by clinging to trees. I prayed hard all throughout until the water subsided,” said the reporter, 47-year-old Efren Nagrama, who discovered five bodies while in the chapel there.

Police have been deployed to patrol the ruins of Tacloblan to prevent looting as desperate residents look for food and water, said Philippine Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, describing the situation as “horrific.”

Thousands of homes lie destroyed near the fishport after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city, central Philippines November 10, 2013. (Reuters / Romeo Ranoco)Thousands of homes lie destroyed near the fishport after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city, central Philippines November 10, 2013. (Reuters / Romeo Ranoco)

“The dead are on the streets, they are in their houses, they are under the debris, they are everywhere,”said Lim, adding that only about 400 bodies have been recovered so far.

The Red Cross said earlier that 1,200 people we confirmed dead in the Philippines.

Roxas said earlier on Saturday that it was too soon to announce any final figures.

A fishing boat which slammed into damaged houses lie atop debris after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city, central Philippines November 10, 2013. (Reuters / Romeo Ranoco)A fishing boat which slammed into damaged houses lie atop debris after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city, central Philippines November 10, 2013. (Reuters / Romeo Ranoco)

“The rescue operation is ongoing. We expect a very high number of fatalities as well as injured,” Roxas told AP. “All systems, all vestiges of modern living — communications, power, water — all are down. Media is down, so there is no way to communicate with the people in a mass sort of way.”

Government officials are still waiting to make contact with Guiuan, with its population of 40,000, located in the Mindoro province. The UN says that 80 percent of it is now underwater.

Survivors assess the damage after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city, central Philippines November 9, 2013 (Reuters)Survivors assess the damage after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city, central Philippines November 9, 2013 (Reuters)

The storm weakened on Saturday after moving away from the Philippines toward Vietnam.

Vietnamese authorities evacuated over 500,000 people to safer areas in preparation for the tumult which is forecast to make a landfall on Sunday afternoon, but that did not stop the disaster from claiming six lives and injuring dozens there too.

International relief effort mission

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III said the priority for the government was to restore communications and power in remote areas and to deliver relief and medical assistance to families.

The Philippine Red Cross is preparing for a relief mission “because of the magnitude of the disaster,”says Richard Gordon, the agencies head.

Residents take a bath and wash their belongings next to debris along a road in Tacloban, on the eastern island of Leyte on November 10, 2013 after Super Typhoon Haiyan swept over the Philippines.(AFP Photo / Ted Aljibe)Residents take a bath and wash their belongings next to debris along a road in Tacloban, on the eastern island of Leyte on November 10, 2013 after Super Typhoon Haiyan swept over the Philippines.(AFP Photo / Ted Aljibe)

But logistically speaking getting aid to the devastated regions of Leyte, 560 km from the capital could be difficult as the airport was destroyed.

Russia’s emergencies ministry has offered to help by providing search and rescue personal and a mobile hospital.

“If necessary, we will fly two planes to the Philippines with an operational group of 50 people,” Russian Emergencies Ministry spokeswoman Irina Rossius told Itar-Tass. But that figure later changed to 200 rescuers, if the request is made, said the Ministry, adding that “among them are six dog teams intended for rescue work in collapsed buildings,” said Irina Rossius, a representative of the Ministry.

A boy carrying a plastic bottle of water walks past a car which slammed into damaged houses after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city, central Philippines November 10, 2013.(Reuters / Romeo Ranoco)A boy carrying a plastic bottle of water walks past a car which slammed into damaged houses after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city, central Philippines November 10, 2013.(Reuters / Romeo Ranoco)

US Secretary of State John Kerry said that Washington “stands ready to help.” In the meantime the US navy is assessing the extent of the damage on the ground.

The UN will also be involved in the relief effort, the UN Disaster Coordination Team (UNDAC) has arrived in the city of Tacloblan.

“The United Nations agencies in the Philippines, with their humanitarian partners, are supporting the Government and other responders in their efforts to assess the situation and respond rapidly with vital supplies, through the coordination system led by the local authorities,” said Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos.

A damaged car is seen in front of the airport after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city, central Philippines, November 9, 2013 (Reuters / Romeo Ranoco)A damaged car is seen in front of the airport after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city, central Philippines, November 9, 2013 (Reuters / Romeo Ranoco)

UNICEF estimates that up to 1.7 million children could be affected by the typhoon.

“UNICEF’s first priorities are focused on life-saving interventions – getting essential medicines, nutrition supplies, safe water and hygiene supplies to children and families,” said UNICEF’s representative in the Philippines, Tomoo Hozumi.

In addition, the World Food Programme (WFP) has so far allocated $2 million for the response as it sent 40 metric tonnes of high-energy biscuits to the victims.

A number of NGOs are also mobilizing their resources to help the families in the Philippines. These include names like Save the Children, World Vision and Habitat for Humanity, as well as an LA-based US relief agency called Operation USA.

Meanwhile, Operation USA, a Los Angeles-based international relief agency is calling for donations to aid recovery efforts and funding for grant distribution to local agencies in the affected areas.

Vehicles that were washed away by floodwaters are seen at a rice field near the airport after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city, central Philippines, November 9, 2013 (Reuters / Romeo Ranoco)Vehicles that were washed away by floodwaters are seen at a rice field near the airport after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city, central Philippines, November 9, 2013 (Reuters / Romeo Ranoco)
Philippine military C130 cargo planes (L) ferrying supplies park at the tarmac outside an airport after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city in central Philippines November 9, 2013 (Reuters / Erik De Castro)Philippine military C130 cargo planes (L) ferrying supplies park at the tarmac outside an airport after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city in central Philippines November 9, 2013 (Reuters / Erik De Castro)

 

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