(WORLDWIDE) #Coronavirus Press Report: Recognising #PressFreedom day During the #Pandemic and ‘ Free-Flow ‘ of information across the world and governments are looking to clamp down on any #truths that may lead to them being shown- up as providing mis-information to the public at large #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – May.04: During the face of a global pandemic, there is an urgent need for reporting relating to the spread of the #coronavirus and how governments are responding. But it is in times of crisis that the civil liberties we value most are put to the test—and that is exactly what is happening now as governments around the world clamp down on journalism and stifle the free flow of critical information:

With so little currently known about the novel coronavirus, governments around the world have seized the opportunity to control the narrative around the virus and their responses to it. In countries including Algeria, Azerbaijan, China, Hungary, Indonesia, Iran, Palestine, Russia, South Africa, Thailand, and more, authorities have banned individuals and journalists from sharing false or misleading information about the coronavirus.

Criminalizing “false information,” however, gives the party in control of law enforcement the power to define what information is “true” or “correct.” And such laws also give the government and the power to censor, detain, arrest, and prosecute those who share information that doesn’t align with the official state narrative.

This is already happening. In Cambodia, police have arrested at least 17 people for spreading “false information” about coronavirus—including four members of the opposition political party, all of whom remain in detention, and a teenage girl expressing fears on social media about the  rumored spread of the virus at her school.

In Turkey, authorities have detained people for making “unfounded” postings on social media criticizing the Turkish government’s response to the pandemic and suggesting that the coronavirus was spreading widely in the country—even though, according to independent reporting, this is exactly the case.

Police in Indian-administered Kashmir have detained journalists and threatened them with prosecution. The detained journalists had posted on social media about coronavirus, and about government censorship and militancy in Kashmir.

Even Puerto Rico, a United States territory that—like the fifty states—is bound by the free speech protections enshrined in the Constitution, has enacted a plainly unconstitutional law prohibiting, in certain circumstances, the spread of some types of “false information” related to the government’s response to the virus.

But as the world battles a novel and little-understood virus threatening lives and livelihoods around the globe, ensuring the free flow of information is more important now than ever. Who knows how the course of the virus could have been different if China had not silenced Wuhan Doctor Li Wenliang when he sought to sound the alarm about the new coronavirus during its earliest days, instead of silencing him with accusations of spreading false rumors?  

By embracing China’s approach, governments are choosing to censor, instead of foster, reporting about how the crisis is unfolding. The threat of interrogation, detention, and arrest chills journalists, political activists, and individuals from sharing their experiences, investigating official actions, or challenging the government’s narrative.

To be sure, governments play a critical role in battling the global pandemic—and that includes by acting as sources of important information. But that does not mean that governments should anoint themselves the sole arbiters of truth and falsity, and strip individuals’ rights to investigate the government’s claims, question the official narrative, and share their research, observations, or experiences.  

After all, the very premise of “false news” laws—that there always exists an identifiable, objective “truth”—is often hollow. Particularly in this quickly evolving crisis, even the most well-intentioned parties’ understandings of the virus are changing rapidly. Only two months ago, the U.S. government was stating that face masks were not effective and instructing people not to wear them—but today, the opposite guidance is in effect (and has been in some other countries for some time now).

Moreover, the United States Supreme Court has made clear that even intentionally false speech cannot be criminalized where that speech does not cause material, provable harm. Allowing the government to police individuals’ speech for truth or falsity would simply be too great a burden on the right to speak free from government scrutiny. “Our constitutional tradition stands against the idea that we need Oceania’s Ministry of Truth.”

Although international human rights law (namely, Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, or ICCPR) allows for certain restrictions on free expression—provided by law and deemed necessary—for the protection of national security, public health, public order, or morals, a 2017 joint declaration of special mandates unequivocally opposed general prohibitions on fake news:

General prohibitions on the dissemination of information based on vague and ambiguous ideas, including “false news” or “non-objective information,” are incompatible with international standards for restrictions on freedom of expression . . . and should be abolished.

And in a new report on COVID-19 and freedom of expression, David Kaye, the UN Special Rapporteur on Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, acknowledged the harms that mis- and disinformation poses in a pandemic, noted the elusiveness of any singular definition of disinformation, and re-emphasized the importance of countering untruths. But the Special Rapporteur warned against laws aimed at punishing false information, cautioning:

Measures to combat disinformation must never prevent journalists and media actors from carrying out their work or lead to content being unduly blocked on the Internet. . . . Vague prohibitions of disinformation effectively empower government officials with the ability to determine the truthfulness or falsity of content in the public and political domain.

As we observe World Press Freedom Day and celebrate the work of the press to hold governments accountable, we must also protect the ability of journalists, activists, and citizens to speak out without fear that they will be arrested or imprisoned for the information they share.

#AceNewsDesk report ……………Published May 04, 2020 at 08:02PM
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CHINA: ‘ POLITBURO REMOVE FORMER SECURITY OFFICERS MEMBERSHIP AND HE FACES PROSECUTION ‘

#AceNewsServices – Update: CHINA – Dec.06 – Zhou Yongkang, China’s former security chief and Politburo member, has been stripped of his Communist Party membership and will face prosecution, Xinhua reported early on Saturday, citing the Politburo of the party’s Central Committee.

Zhou, 72, was accused of a series of serious violations of “party and organisational discipline and secrecy”, ranging from taking bribes to leaking party and state secrets and “exchanging power and money for sex”.

The report said he took bribes and abused his post for the benefit of others, including mistresses, relatives and friends.

He was also accused of causing heavy losses of state-owned assets.

The announcement was the first time that allegations that Zhou leaked state secrets had been reported.

The decision on Friday to expel Zhou and hand his case over to prosecutors came after the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection carried out an investigation into Zhou earlier this year, Xinhua reported.

TIMELINE: Zhou Yongkang’s fall from grace

The Supreme People’s Procuratorate had approved Zhou’s arrest, the report said.

In a commentary published at midnight, party mouthpiece People’s Daily vowed to firmly fight corruption to uphold party discipline.

#ANS2014 

#membership, #prosecution, #security

LITHUANIA: ‘ STATE DEFENCE COUNCIL REVIEWS NEW SECURITY CHALLENGES ‘

#AceWorldNews – LITHUANIA – Nov.28 – Lithuania will review its defences taking into account “new security challenges,” TASS reported, citing a decision by the State Defence Council.

The Defence Ministry says the conceptions adopted in 2011 “do not fully answer new realities.”

In particular, it makes no mention of rapid reaction forces.

#ANS2014 

#challenges, #forces, #rapid, #reaction, #security

NATO: ‘ AFGHANISTAN PARLIAMENT APPROVE TROOPS STAYING BEYOND 2014 ‘

#AceWorldNews – AFGHANISTAN – Nov.23 – Following closely on from my post about Germany increasing their troops in Afghanistan beyond 2014.

The parliament of Afghanistan approved an agreement that allows troops of the NATO-led coalition to say in the country beyond 2014. The agreement was suspended in mid-air for months, as former President Hamid Karzai refused to sign it during his term.

The new agreement, ratified Sunday, allows the ISAF to maintain a total of 12,000 troops in Afghanistan next year. After a 152-5 vote, Nazifullah Salarzai, spokesman for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, said the foreign troops will “train, advise and assist Afghan security forces.”

“Afghan forces are responsible for the security and defense of the Afghan people, and in the fight against international terrorism and training of our national security forces we count on the support and assistance of our international partners,” he said, AP reported.

#ANS2014

#defence, #forces, #foreign, #security, #training, #troops

DOD: ‘ HAGEL ORDERS OVER HAUL OF US NUCLEAR PROGRAMME ‘

#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON – In a recent Press Release an according to CCTV America’s Sean Calleb’s who reported this story from Washington D.C.

U.S. Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered an overhaul of the U.S. nuclear program due to systematic problems. 

At the height of the cold war between the United States and Soviet Union, the U.S. nuclear weapons program was routinely on high alert, and drew a great deal of attention, both in terms of manpower and military budget.

But once the Berlin Wall fell, the U.S. began focusing its assets elsewhere and the nuclear program was hit by security lapses, a lack of discipline, and lousy morale.

Hagel said he ordered an audit of the United States Nuclear program, and a lack of “investment and support” over “far too many years” has led to a myriad of problems that should be addressed immediately.

“The Review found evidence of systematic problems if not addressed could undermine the safety, security and effectiveness of elements of the force in the future,” Hagel said.

Hagel said the nuclear program is safe for now, but without attention he could not guarantee the weapons program would remain secure and effective.

He is asking for billions in funding, a 10 percent increase for the nuclear weapons programs over each of the next five years.

Press Release 

Video: 

#ANS2014 

#cold-war, #defence, #nuclear-programme, #security

‘ WAVES OF ATTACKS CONTINUE AS SEVEN PEOPLE KILLED IN BOMB ATTACK ON CAIRO METRO ‘

#AceWorldNews – EGYPT – Nov.13 – At least seven people were hurt when a bomb went off in a Cairo metro carriage on Thursday, AFP reported, citing security officials.

'7 injured in bomb attack on Cairo metro – reports '

‘7 injured in bomb attack on Cairo metro – reports ‘

Egypt is suffering a wave of attacks, many of them claimed by Sinai-based jihadist group Ansar Beit al-Maqdis.

Last week, a bomb on a train north of the capital killed four people, and blasts in the Cairo metro, and near a presidential palace, wounded several others.

#ANS2014 

#attacks, #bomb, #jihadists, #metro, #security, #train

NORTH AMERICA: ‘ Task-Force Recommends Prioritising Canada-Mexico-US Foreign Policy ‘

#AceNewsServices  NORTH AMERICA: On October 02 a new CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force report, North America: Time for a New Focus, asserts that elevating and prioritizing the Canada-Mexico-U.S. relationship offers the best opportunity for strengthening the United States and its place in the world.

“It is time to put North America at the forefront of U.S. policy,” the report says. “The development and implementation of a strategy for U.S. economic, energy, security, environmental, and societal cooperation with its two neighbours can strengthen the United States at home and enhance its influence abroad.”

The Task Force proposes a comprehensive set of recommendations for deepening North American integration, concentrating on four pivotal areas—energy, economic competitiveness, security, and community. These include:

ENERGY: 

Capitalizing on North America’s promising energy outlook. The North American countries need a regional energy strategy to strengthen the continent’s energy infrastructure, expand energy exports, support Mexico’s historic reforms, improve safety, and encourage harmonized policies to promote energy conservation and reduce carbon emissions.

“For economic, environmental, and diplomatic reasons, the Task Force recommends that the U.S. government encourage increased energy connections with Canada and Mexico. The U.S. government should approve additional pipeline capacity, including the Keystone XL pipeline,” the report says. “The Task Force also proposes that the United States end restrictions on energy exports, including oil and LNG (liquefied natural gas).”

ECONOMIC: 

Bolstering economic competitiveness through the freer movement of goods and services across borders. Upgrading infrastructure and policies across borders would interconnect national economies securely and efficiently. Recognizing trilateral economic interests, the United States should also include Canada and Mexico in its negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and other free trade agreements.

“The United States’ ability to compete in a dynamic and competitive world economy would be strengthened by enhanced economic ties with Canada and Mexico,” the report explains. “The Task Force recommends working toward the free and unimpeded movement of goods and services across North America’s common borders.”

SECURITY: 

Strengthening security through a unified continental strategy and “continuous border innovation.” While working toward the goal of a unified security strategy for North America, the United States and Canada should support Mexican efforts to strengthen the democratic rule of law, dismantle criminal networks, contribute to the development of resilient and cohesive communities, and reduce arms smuggling and drug consumption.

“The United States should shift from border-centric security toward a strategy of combining perimeter protection with security in depth through the use of intelligence, risk assessment, shared capabilities, and joint actions throughout the region,” the report says.

IMMIGRATION: 

Fostering a North American community through comprehensive immigration reform, workforce development, and the creation of a mobility accord to facilitate the movement of workers. The U.S. Congress should pass comprehensive immigration reforms. To better aid the movement of North American workers, the three countries should also create a North American Mobility Accord, expand visas for skilled workers, streamline recognition of professional credentials, and develop a regional educational innovation strategy.

“The Task Force strongly recommends the passage of comprehensive federal immigration reform that secures U.S. borders, prevents illegal entry, provides visas on the basis of economic need, invites talented and skilled people to settle in the United States, and offers a pathway to legalization for undocumented immigrants now in the United States,” the report says.

CHAIRED BY: 

Chaired by David H. Petraeus, retired U.S. Army general and chairman of the KKR Global Institute, and Robert B. Zoellick, former president of the World Bank Group and chairman of Goldman Sachs’s International Advisors, the Task Force is composed of a diverse and distinguished group of experts that includes former government officials, scholars, and others. The project is directed by CFR Senior Fellow for Latin America StudiesShannon K. O’Neil.

Source:

#ANS2014 

#canada, #canada-mexico-us, #economic, #energy, #immigration, #mexico, #north-america, #security, #us

BRITAIN: ‘ Former MI6 Chief Warns Parents Sexual Predators Could Use Smart-Phones and Tablets with GPS to Target Children ‘

#AceNewsServices – BRITAIN (London) – October 05 – Former MI6 chief John Scarlett has warned British parents that sexual predators could employ location pin-pointing mobile and internet devices to target their children.

' Sexual Predators could track Children with GPS on Smartphones and Tablets '

‘ Sexual Predators could track Children with GPS on Smartphones and Tablets ‘

Joint Intelligence Unit chairman during the Iraq war, who stepped down as head of Britain’s intelligence services in 2009, Sir John Scarlett said parents must be more vigilant regarding their children’s use of tablet devices and smart phones.

He said vigilance was needed as youngsters could have their devices hacked by pedophiles looking to track their movements.

The former spy chief’s comments come as GPS technology integrated into tablet computers and mobile phones proliferates, enabling users to find their devices if misplaced, access directions via Google Maps, and pin-point businesses or services close to their geo-location.

Speaking at the annual meeting of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC) in Wales, Scarlett warned that young children were particularly vulnerable to such predators. He also said teenagers, who had grown up with sophisticated technology, were especially “relaxed” about threats.

There is a clear “generational divide” characterizing internet usage, with children and teenagers being notably less cautious about the personal information they disclose online, he said.

Scarlett claimed the abuse of tracking tools, and the disclosure of children’s data on the web, jeopardizes security to a greater extent than state surveillance. He added parents often show complacency regarding their children’s online activity.

He warned that certain location devices were so advanced they could reveal whether an individual was in a bathroom – as well as intimate physiological details about them such as their heartbeat.

“You’ve got to know what your children are doing,” Scarlett told the conference gathering. He acknowledged, however, that this was not an easy task.

“Personally what worries me most are the tracking devices,” he said.

Source:

#ANS2014

#britain, #gps, #mi6, #security

THE WHITE HOUSE WANTS TO ISSUE YOU AN ONLINE ID CARD – Police State USA

Another step to “Police State America” here, links below and video, this isn’t good for you guys in the USA, having an Internet Licence, so you are logged on mobile phones, tablets. laptops, PC’s and any other device. Why do this?

A few years back, the White House had a brilliant idea: Why not create a single, secure online ID that Americans could use to verify their identity across multiple websites, starting with local government services. The New York Times described it at the time as a “driver’s license for the internet.”

Sound convenient? It is. Sound scary? It is.

237996-privacy-bill-of-rightsNext month, a pilot program of the “National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace” will begin in government agencies in two US states, to test out whether the pros of a federally verified cyber ID outweigh the cons.

The goal is to put to bed once and for all our current ineffective and tedious system of using passwords for online authentication, which itself was a cure for the even more ineffective and tedious process of walking into a brick-and-mortar building and presenting a human being with two forms of paper identification.

The rub is that online identity verification is heaps more convenient for citizens and cost-effective for government agencies, but it’s also fraught with insecurities; federal and state governments lose billions of dollars a year to fraud, and that trickles down to taxpayers.

Meanwhile, the technology for more secure next-gen authentication exists, developed by various tech firms in the public sector, but security groups have had a hell of a time implementing any of them on a broad scale. Enter the government, which proposed the national ID strategy to help standardize the process using a plan called the “identity ecosystem.”

The vision is to use a system that works similarly to how we conduct the most sensitive forms of online transactions, like applying for a mortgage. It will utilize two-step authentication, say, some combination of an encrypted chip in your phone, a biometric ID, and question about the name of your first cat.

But instead of going through a different combination of steps for each agency website, the same process and ID token would work across all government services: from food stamps and welfare to registering for a fishing license.

The original proposal was quick to point out that this isn’t a federally mandated national ID. But if successful, it could pave the way for an interoperable authentication protocol that works for any website, from your Facebook account to your health insurance company.

There’s no doubt secure online identification is a problem overdue for a solution, but creating a system that would work like an all-access token for the internet is a scary can of worms to open.

To start, there’s the privacy issue. Unsurprisingly, the Electronic Frontier Foundation immediately pointed out the red flags, arguing that the right to anonymous speech in the digital realm is protected under the First Amendment. It called the program “radical,” “concerning,” and pointed out that the plan “makes scant mention of the unprecedented threat such a scheme would pose to privacy and free speech online.”

And the keepers of the identity credentials wouldn’t be the government itself, but a third party organization. When the program was introduced in 2011, banks, technology companies or cellphone service providers were suggested for the role, so theoretically Google or Verizon could have access to a comprehensive profile of who you are that’s shared with every site you visit, as mandated by the government.

Post-NSA revelations, we have a good sense for the dystopian Big Brother society the EFF is worried about. As the organization told the Times, at the least “we would need new privacy laws or regulations to prohibit identity verifiers from selling user data or sharing it with law enforcement officials without a warrant.”

Then there’s the problem of putting all your security eggs in one vulnerable basket. If a hacker gets their hands on your cyber ID, they have the keys to everything.

For now, this is all just speculation. The program is just entering a test phase with select state government agencies only (there are currently plans to expand the trial out to 10 more organizations.)

But it’s not far-fetched to think we’re moving toward a standardized way to prove our identity in cyberspace the same way we do offline.

The White House argues cutting down on inefficiencies and fraud would bolster the information economy. In an era where we have cars that drive themselves and flying robots delivering beer, you have to wonder how much longer people are going to put up with standing in line at the DMV for four hours to hand a teller (with a taxpayer-paid salary) a copy of your birth certificate and piece of mail to prove you are you.

If an analysis of the pilot programs in Michigan and Pennsylvania find the centralized ID saves time and money and spares us the DMV line, privacy advocates are going to have a hell of a fight ahead of them.

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/the-white-house-wants-to-issue-you-an-online-id

http://yourtubenews.ning.com/forum/topics/alert-the-white-house-wants-to-issue-you-an-online-id?commentId=3181219%3AComment%3A752001

http://beforeitsnews.com/chemtrails/2014/04/alert-the-white-house-wants-to-issue-you-an-online-id-2447060.html

#authentication, #fraud, #government-agencies, #government-services, #internet, #local-government-services, #national-id, #online-id, #online-identification, #passwords, #power, #privacy, #security, #the-white-house, #white-house

` Army Units Continued their ` Operations in Eliminating Terrorists and Regaining Control ‘ of Lattakia ‘

#AceWorldNews – DAMASCUS – April 14 – (SANA) – Army units continued their operations in several areas across the country on Monday, eliminating a number of terrorists and regaining control of several areas in Damascus Countryside and Lattakia.

Army regains control of Maaloula and al-Sarkha towns in Damascus Countryside

Army units on Monday restored security and stability to al-Sarkha area in al-Qalamoon in Damascus Countryside, a military source told SANA.

The source added that the army units regained control over the areas surrounding the town after eliminating large numbers of terrorists.

Army units also restored security and stability to Maaloula town, pursuing terrorists in the area surrounding the town, eliminating a number of them, and dismantling the mines and explosives planted by the terrorists in the town.

Other units advanced in the town of Jabaadin in al-Qalamoun area, eliminating terrorist gatherings in it.

#ANS2014

#damascus, #lattakia, #security, #terrorists

` Mohammed Morsi Arrives at `Police Academy ‘ along with others for Trial over Killing Protesters ‘

#AceWorldNews – CAIRO – April 05 – Senior security source from the Interior Ministry has said that the helicopter transferring deposed President Mohamed Morsi arrived at Police Academy for trial, along with others, over killing protesters.

Morsy was transferred as usual from the runway to the courtroom under high security measures, the source told the state-run news agency MENA.

Security source earlier said on Saturday that the rest of suspects involved in the lawsuit arrived at the academy after being transferred from Tora Prison under tight security.

Edited translation from MENA

#ans2014, #cairo, #president-mohamed-morsi, #security, #tora-prison

` Shanghai Cooperation Organisation will ensure ` Security and Counter Threat of Terrorism ‘ after NATO leaves Afghanistan ‘

#AceWorldNews – TASHKENT – March 28 – Member-states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) will ensure security and counter the threat of terrorism after the NATO-led coalition leaves Afghanistan,

Russia’s Federal Security Service deputy director Sergei Smirnov has said- Tass.

“There is a danger that the withdrawal of coalition troops from Afghanistan will weaken the regime, including counterintelligence.

Terrorist groups and terrorists have to penetrate into SCO countries,” Sergei Smirnov said on Friday.

“We’re planning to monitor the situation in the border area and inside Afghanistan,” he said – Tass

#ANS2014

#afghanistan, #nato, #security, #shanghai-cooperation-organisation-sco, #tashkent, #terrorist

` Food Security for the ` Russian People ‘ is Paramount and Creating Conditions for Domestic Food Production was a Priority ‘

#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – March 27 – Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said creating conditions for domestic food production was a priority- Tass

“We have to create conditions for quality foodstuffs production in our country, and their prices must be affordable,” Medvedev told a government meeting which addressed the food security issue.

Russia has been implementing a food security doctrine since 2011.

The population spends about one third of income on food, he reminded.

Medvedev noted that Russia had formed an effective system of state support of the agricultural sector in the past decade.

Russian Media and News

#ANS2014

#agriculture, #dmitry-medvedev, #food, #moscow, #russian, #security

` Russia recently passed part of new `Security Legislation’ that could control People’s Live’s’

#AFN2014

#acefinancenews, #security

#NATO : `Secretary General welcomes agreement in Ukraine’

#AceWorldNews says recent Nato Press Release – I welcome the agreement reached between the government and the opposition in Ukraine. This agreement should bring an end to the terrible bloodshed and suffering and pave the way for democratic dialogue and reforms.

I urge all parties to implement it in full, refrain from further violence, and work for the future of Ukraine. A sovereign, independent and stable Ukraine, firmly committed to democracy and the rule of law, is key to Euro-Atlantic security.

NATO remains committed to supporting the reform process in Ukraine. I commend the mediation of the Foreign Ministers of our Allies France, Germany and Poland.

#euro-atlantic, #france, #germany, #nato, #poland, #security, #ukraine

#Libya :Agrees to hold early elections to stop further `Political Turmoil’ that has continued since the fall of Gaddafi”

Libya’s most prominent factions have agreed to hold early elections, according to the spokesman for Libya’s interim parliament, Omar Humeidan. Humeidan stated that the decision was made on Sunday in a parliamentary session, according to AP.

A law to oversee the new elections is expected to be presented next month. The country has seen an outburst of protest since the government’s choice to extend its mandate since the expiration of its term on February 7.

Monday marks the third anniversary of the 2011 revolution that led to the fall of Moammar Gaddafi. Libya has since descended into political turmoil, with administrative and security structures remaining fragile.

#aceworldnews, #ap, #elections, #gaddafi, #libya, #political, #protests, #security, #turmoil

” North Korea and even `Kim Jong-un’ should face `International Justice’ for `Human Rights’ Abuses”

#AceWorldNews says that `North Korean’ security chiefs and possibly even the countries supreme leader, Kim Jong-un himself, should face international justice for ordering systematic torture, starvation and mass killings bordering on genocide, UN investigators said Monday.

The UN Commission of Inquiry told Kim in a letter they were advising the UN to refer North Korea to the International Criminal Court (ICC), to ensure any culprits “including possibly yourself” were held accountable,

Reuters reported. North Korea said it “categorically and totally” rejected the investigators’ report.

#genocide, #icc, #international, #justice, #kim-jong-un, #north-korea, #north-korean, #reuters, #security, #starvation, #torture, #un

” Islamist Militants `Attack Security Forces’ in an `Ambush Near the Border with Algeria’ Killing Four People”

#AceWorldNews says that according to latest reports a group described as Islamist militants attacked security forces in an ambush near the border with Algeria, killing four people, Tunisia’s interior ministry said on Sunday, according to reports by Reuters and AP.

The ministry statement said the militants opened fire on a vehicle driving along a road in the north-west of the country, killing a prison official, a civilian and wounding two others.

The band then attacked security officials who arrived to investigate the incident, killing two members of the National Guard and wounding two others.

The Islamist militants were disguised as security officials and had stolen weapons and a vehicle, according to the state news agency TAP.

The report did not name any group as being responsible for the attack.

#ap, #forces, #islamist, #millitants, #national-guard, #reuters, #security, #state-news-agency, #tap, #tunisia

“Yemeni Intelligence Colonel Dies in Bomb Blast Nr Oil Ministry”

#AceWorldNews reports that a “Yemeni Intelligence Colonel Has Died in Bomb Blast, near Countries `Oil Ministry’ an `Security Official told the AFP

Ace News Desk A Yemeni intelligence colonel was killed when a bomb exploded near the country’s oil ministry, security officials and witnesses said.

The explosive device was reportedly planted under the driver’s seat in the vehicle of Colonel Mohammad Fadhel Hussein, a security official told AFP.

At least three others were wounded in the attack.

The central government in Yemen has struggled to establish security since long-serving President Ali Abdullah Saleh was forced to step down in 2011.

Yemen, one of the poorest countries in the Arab world, is closely watched by Western and Gulf security experts due to its proximity to Saudi Arabia.

 

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#acenewsservices, #afp, #agence-france-presse, #al-qaeda, #ali-abdullah-saleh, #colonel, #explosive-device, #gulf-war, #middle-east, #saudi-arabia, #security, #yemen

#Sochi : “Russia admits it cannot `Guarantee the Safety of People’ at the Games”

#AceWorldNews says Russia can guarantee Sochi Olympics safety – deputy PM
Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak said Thursday that the Russian government can guarantee safety at the Winter Olympics.

He stressed that the level of danger in Sochi is no greater than in many other cities and is “like in Boston, in London,” RIA Novosti reported.

The Russian security services are working with colleagues from Europe and North America, Kozak told reporters in Sochi on the eve of the Games’ start. Russia can guarantee the safety of people during any mass event “as well as any other government,” he said.

#boston, #europe, #north-america, #ria-novosti, #russian-government, #security, #sochi, #winter-olympic-games