SWITZERLAND: ‘ Justice Office Agree to Extradite Srebrenica to Bosnia Over War Crimes ‘

#AceNewsReport – SWITZERLAND:June.25: Switzerland’s Federal Office of Justice said on Thursday that wartime Muslim defender of Srebrenica, Naser Oric, will be extradited to Bosnia.

Oric was arrested two weeks ago on a warrant issued by Serbia over the alleged killing of Serbs during Bosnia’s 1992-95 war, Reuters said.

Both Bosnia and Serbia requested his extradition.

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#BREAKING144 ‘ Interpol suspends 20-million Euro agreement with #FIFA ‘

#AceBreakingNews#FIFA June.12: Interpol has announced it is suspending a €20-million agreement with FIFA in the wake of the massive ongoing investigation into corruption at world football’s governing body.

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Interpol Suspends agreement with #FIFA 

Interpol and FIFA struck a deal in May 2011, according to which FIFA pledged to contribute €20 million over 10 years to Interpol’s Integrity in Sport programme.This focused on“a global training, education and prevention initiative with a focus on match-fixing as well as irregular and illegal betting,”according to an Interpol statement.

“In light of the current context surrounding FIFA, while INTERPOL is still committed to developing our Integrity in Sport programme, I have decided to suspend the agreement,” said Interpol Secretary General Jürgen Stock.

The world police body added it will “freeze the use of financial contributions from FIFA.”

“All external partners, whether public or private, must share the fundamental values and principles of the organization, as well as those of the wider law enforcement community,” added Stock.

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GENEVA: ‘ Unnamed #FIFA official arrested appeals Extradition Warrant ‘

#AceNewsReport – Post Update:GENEVA:June.10: One of the seven #FIFA officials arrested in May on US corruption charges in Zurich appealed to the Federal Criminal Court of Switzerland against the warrant on his extradition issued by the country’s Federal Office of Justice (FOJ), the Office said Wednesday.

On May 27, the US Department of Justice charged 14 people — including nine senior FIFA officials — with racketeering, money laundering and taking $150 million in bribes. Seven of the officials were arrested in Zurich, Switzerland on the same day.

“The Federal Criminal Court will rule on whether or not he will have to remain in custody for the entire length of the extradition proceeding,” FOJ said in a statement published on its official website.

Both the official and the Federal Office of Justice may appeal the decision of the Federal Criminal Court in the Federal Supreme Court in Lausanne, the statement added.

The name of the person who lodged the appeal has not been disclosed.

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‘ Swiss Authorities Detain Three Suspected of Links to Islamic State ‘

#AceWorldNews – SWITZERLAND – September 24 – Swiss authorities have detained three citizens of Iraq, who are suspected of links to the terrorist group Islamic State.

The men are also accused of preparation to stage a terrorist act in Switzerland, Itar-Tass reported.

All three were detained in late March. Neue Zurcher Zeitung earlier reported that at least three Iraqi nationals are suspected of founding a cell of the terrorist organization Islamic State and using it to provide financial and logistical support to IS.”

The Swiss Federal Prosecutor’s Office is investigating some 20 cases involving radical jihadist terrorism.

Four cases are connected to Syria.

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AUSTRIA: ‘ Hospitals to Suspend Circumcisions Motivated by Religious Custom ‘

#AceWorldNews – AUSTRIA (Vorarlberg) – September 13 – The governor of Vorarlberg has told hospitals run by Austria’s westernmost province to suspend circumcisions motivated by religious custom, citing a German regional court ruling that the practice amounted to causing criminal bodily harm.

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Minor protest in front of Washington Convention Center in connection with the American Association of Pediatricians annual meeting (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Markus Wallner says he sees the German decision last month, arising from the case of a child whose circumcision led to medical complications, as “precedence-setting judgement.”

He told provincial hospitals Tuesday not to perform the procedure except for health reasons until the legal situation is clarified in Austria.

The decision does not affect religiously motivated circumcisions performed outside hospitals run by the Vorarlberg government, and comes a week after two Swiss hospitals announced that they would temporarily stop performing circumcisions.

On Thursday, the Zurich children’s hospital announced that it was temporarily halting circumcision operations. “We are in the process of evaluating the legal and ethical stance in Switzerland,” said Marco Stuecheli, a spokesman for the hospital. 

“There can be complicated cases where the mother of a child wants a circumcision but the father is opposed to it,” he added.

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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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` Human Cost of Syria's Violence is 11 Children Dead in One Week with 10,000 Killed since Conflict Began '

#AceNewsServices – DAMASCUS – April 06 – Report from UNICEF on April 04 2014 stated that 11 children had been killed in two separate attacks this week in Rural Damascus and in Al Qalamoun Mountains in Syria is a horrific and tragic reminder of the human cost of the conflict inflicted by all sides in the fighting.

Too many children have suffered from the violence and terror of a conflict over which they have no influence. This suffering has to end and all parties to the conflict must uphold their responsibilities to protect children.

UNICEF repeats its call for those involved in the fighting, and those with influence over them, to bring an immediate end to this crisis which has not only devastated the lives of millions of children, but is creating terrifying long-term consequences for the future stability of Syria and the region.

GENEVA, Switzerland, March 11 (UPI) — With 5.5 million children suffering in Syria, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake says it’s time to bring the hostilities to an end.

The civil war in Syria entered its fourth year in March. UNICEF said in a report on the conflict the number of children affected by ongoing violence has doubled since March 2013.

“For Syria’s children, the past three years have been the longest of their lives,” Lake said in a statement Monday. “Must they endure another year of suffering?”

UNICEF said there may be as many as 1 million children trapped by the fighting inside Syria. Of the 1.2 million children living as refugees outside the country, Lake said about 10 percent of them have entered the labour pool and 20 percent of Syrian girls are forced into early marriage.

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` North Korea’s `UNHA-3 Rocket ‘ was built with Components from South Korea, UK and the United States ‘

#AceWorldNews – NORTH KOREA – March 29 – North Korea’s Unha-3 rocket was built with components from South Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States, UN experts revealed.

In a little-publicized March 10 report, the UN Panel of Experts also discovered the rocket contained off-the-shelf parts from China and Switzerland, while Soviet-era SCUD-missiles have also been stripped down for components.

The bulk of the components had not been obtained in violation of sanctions targeting the North, the UN said, adding their utilization “shows the ability of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to assemble complex systems with globally sourced components.”

Many of the parts in question listed are widely available computer components. However, a US-manufactured video decoder, along with UK-made temperature and pressure sensors, were also recovered.

The panel noted that the South Korean parts consisting of electronic circuits and other computer parts were manufactured between 2003 and 2010. They were unable to trace the components back to the manufacturers however, due to “insufficient identifiers.”

However, placing these dual-use components on the North Korean sanctions list could prove problematic, analysts say.

“The current list of banned military and dual-use goods is already comprehensive. Adding more readily available materials to it would both risk infringing on legitimate non-military end-uses and be extremely difficult for member states to effectively implement,” Lawrence Dermody, an analyst specializing in illicit trafficking at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, told NK News.

“If you start to ban items that are not in themselves offensive, but that just might be used for building a missile, where do you stop?” an anonymous source familiar with UN sanctions told the news site.

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` Russia regrets `Switzerlands ‘ Unilateral ‘ position on the events in the Ukraine ‘

#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – March 28 – Russia regrets Switzerland’s unilateral position on the events in Ukraine.

“Switzerland’s restrictions in bilateral cooperation are unjustified and counter-productive,” the Russian Foreign Ministry says.

“The Swiss government ignores realities and Russia’s explanations. Its one-sided policy runs counter Russian-Swiss friendly relations and Switzerland’s neutral approach,” the ministry notes- Tass

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` Switzerland is not planning to repeat the `Sanctions’ on the `Russian Federation ‘ by the US or EU ‘

#AceWorldNews – Geneva – March 18, 22:35 – Switzerland is not planning to automatically repeat the sanctions imposed by the European Union and the United States against Russia, Swiss Confederation President Didier Burkhalter said in an interview with the Neue Zurcher Zeitung.

“We will take a time-out and will not act exactly the same way as the ‘X’ or the ‘Y’ alliance has acted. Switzerland is neither the EU nor the United States,” the president said, adding that Bern intended to “act impartially and maintain trust in a long-term prospect”.

Didier Burkhalter said Switzerland must be “doubly unbiased” as this year Switzerland held the presidency of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

“Switzerland has good relations with China, the US, Russia and the EU,” he said, adding that Switzerland could be useful “as a mediator in such situations”.

After the 2008 South Ossetia war, Switzerland has been representing Russia’s interests in Georgia and Georgia’s interests in Russia.

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` Sea of Okhotsk in the `Far East ‘ now `Russian Continental Shelf ‘ open for Oil and Gas Exploration ‘

#AceWorldNews A UN maritime commission has confirmed that 52,000 square kilometres in the middle of the Sea of Okhotsk in the Far East is now Russian continental shelf, opening the way for massive oil and gas exploration.

The enclave in the middle of the Okhotsk Sea has been recognized as part of Russia’s continental shelf in accordance with the UN Maritime Convention of 1982. So far the zone lay outside Russian jurisdiction because a part of the sea was not covered by the 200 nautical mile zone internationally recognized as area of exclusive economic interest.

“This event has effectively taken place,” Russian Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Sergey Donskoy told journalists, stressing that the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf had made a “unanimous decision” which is “unconditional and has no retroactive effect.”

The minister said that from now on Russian laws are applied to all natural resources under the Okhotsk seabed. The new enclave that has been integrated into Russia is comparable to a territory of a European state like Switzerland, Netherlands or Slovakia.

The original application for the Okhotsk shelf was filed to the UN in 2001.

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` FIFA authorises the wearing of ` Veils for Females and Turban’s for Males’ after request from `Sikh Community of Canada ‘

#AceWorldNews says that FIFA, football’s world governing body, authorized Saturday the wearing of head covers for religious purposes during matches after a two-year testing period proved they do not pose a significant risk of injury.

The decision by FIFA will allow female players to wear the veil during games and will be extended to male players after a request from the Sikh community of Canada.

Although what men will be allowed to wear will not be the same as what they wear off the pitch.

“It was decided that female players can cover their heads to play,” said Jerome Valcke, FIFA secretary general at a meeting of the International Football Association Board (IFAB), in Zurich, Switzerland.

“It was decided that male players can play with a head cover too.

It will be a basic head cover and the colour should be the same as the team jersey,” he added.

“It’s a worldwide authorization:

  1. It was a plus for them to have authorization from IFAB for women to be able to play (wearing head covers).
  2. It was a request from these (Muslim) countries that said it would help support women’s football there,” Valcke said.

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” Switzerland will not be able to sign a `Labour Market Pact’ with Croatia following a Shock Referendum”

#AceWorldNews says after immigration vote, Swiss have to rework Croatia labour deal according to ZURICH (Reuters).
Switzerland has told the newest European Union member, Croatia, that it will not be able to sign a labour market pact as planned on July 1, following a shock referendum vote in favour of immigration curbs.

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#Geneva2 : ” Small Progress in Talk’s `Ending Friday’ and Due to Resume in February”

#AceNewsServices say `UN Chief Cites ‘progress’ at Syria Talks’

Ace News Desk There has been “progress” at peaceful talks inSwitzerland, between Syria’s government and opposition delegations, UN Secretary-GeneralBan Ki-moon said in Berlin on Thursday, Itar-Tass reported. The negotiations will be suspended on Friday, so that participants could discuss talks at home, he said.

They should resume in February, however the exact date was not determined yet. International mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said on Wednesday that he does not expect to achieve anything substantive in the first round of Syria talks ending on Friday.

 

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#AceBreakingNews says a plane with a #Geneva2 peace…

#AceBreakingNews says a plane with a #Geneva2 peace talks delegation on-board has been reportedly prevented from refuelling as it landed in Athens, according to Syrian state TV.

The plane en route to Switzerland was permitted to pass through the relevant airspace and had to land at Athens’ airport for refuelling, Reuters reported.

Despite having proper clearances, the plane was still refused a refuel and the delay, so far, is three hours, according to SANA.

However, the “the issue has been settled,” Greek foreign ministry spokesman, Konstantinos Koutras, said as cited by Reuters.

“Everything is OK, it has been cleared for take-off,” he said, without specifying the reasons for the delay.

Local media reports, as cited by Itar-Tass, say that ground crew refused the refuel because the pilots had not provided the airport with any flight plans or informed them of their intention to land there.

As another reason, the media speculated that it could have been “sanctions against the Assad regime.”

The Geneva 2 conference, slated for January 22, has been on the verge of collapse.

One of the recent threats to jeopardize the peace talks was the Western-backed Syrian opposition’s demand to withdraw the invitation to Iran by 19:00 GMT Monday.

UN chief, Ban Ki-moon, retracted his invitation saying that Tehran “has chosen to remain outside that basic understanding” of the global consensus behind the Geneva communiqué.

Following the announcement Syria’s main opposition group – Syrian National Coalition – confirmed its participation in the peace talks.

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#Syria : “Bashar Al Assad’ says `Significant Chance’ he Will Stand in Next Election”

#AceNewsServices says Assad: Significant chance I will stand for next elections

Published time: January 20, 2014 09:48
Edited time: January 20, 2014 12:21
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad (Reuters / SANA)

Syria‘s President Bashar al-Assad (Reuters / SANA)

President Bashar Assad said in an exclusive interview to AFP that he has decided to participate in Syria’s future presidential elections. He also stressed that the War on Terror should be the major focus of the #Geneva2peaceconference.

With the Geneva 2 peace talks starting on Wednesday, January 22, Assad set the record straight on what he and his government expect from the negotiations with the Syrian opposition in Switzerland.

“I see no reason why I should not stand [for elections],” said Assad, hosting foreign journalists at the presidential palace in Damascus.

Since “there is public desire and a public opinion in favor of my candidacy, I will not hesitate for a second to run for election,” he told AFP, adding that chances for his candidacy are “significant.”

After two days of heated debate, the Syrian National Coalition of opposition forces has voted in favor of going to Switzerland for peace talks scheduled for January 22.

But even moderate Western-backed political opposition group the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces (SNC), continues to insist that future transitional government should be “free of Assad and his inner circle,” as the head of the opposition group’s media office, Khalid Saleh, put it.

Assad dismissed this stance, saying the objective to oust him was imposed on the moderate opposition by Western sponsors.

Speaking about the second major demand, that the position of PM in the future transitional government should be allocated to one of the key opposition leaders, Assad labeled these propositions as “totally unrealistic,” but “a good joke.”

“How could they be ministers in the government?” asked the Syrian president, if all they are capable of is coming to the Syrian border “for a 30-minute photo opportunity,” after which they prefer to flee.

Assad has no illusions about the conflict in Syria continuing, but he acknowledged that government troops are making a positive progress in the conflict, which has raged since March 2011.

“What we can say is that we are making progress and moving forward. This doesn’t mean that victory is near at hand; these kinds of battles are complicated, difficult and they need a lot of time,” said Assad, warning that if Damascus is going to lose the battle, that would mean the “spread of chaos throughout the Middle East.”

Assad particularly stressed that “The Geneva conference should produce clear results with regard to the fight against terrorism in Syria.”

“This is the most important decision or result that the Geneva conference could produce. Any political solution that is reached without fighting terrorism has no value,” he said.

President Assad also ashed out at France, accusing Paris of selling principles in return for petro-dollars from the Persian Gulf monarchies.

“France has become a proxy state implementing Qatari policies. This is also what we see happening now between France and Saudi Arabia,” he said, accusing French politicians of selling “the principles of the French Revolution in return for a few billion dollars.”

What’s more, Assad claimed that all policies of the Western states and the Gulf monarchies working on exporting terrorism into Syria are essentially an implementation of a single policy of only one state – the United States of America.

“Ever since 2001 and the terrorist attacks on New York, there has been no European policy-making to speak of,” Assad said, adding that “in the West there is only an American policy, which is implemented by some European countries.”

“I don’t think that France will play a role in the immediate future, unless it changes its policy completely and from its core and returns to the politically independent state it once was,” he said, rejecting France’s playing any significant role in the peaceful settlement of the Syrian crisis.

 

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#AceWorldNews latest AFP The exiled Syrian opposition voted…

#AceWorldNews latest AFP – The exiled Syrian opposition voted on Saturday to take part in an international conference next week aimed at finding a political solution to the brutal three-year year conflict.
In a secret ballot, the National Coalition agreed by 58 votes to 14 with two abstentions and one blank vote to take part in the talks opening in Switzerland on Wednesday, according to an official tally.

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#Syria Damascus Confirms Participation in #Geneva2 Conference #Peace

#AceBreakingNews says Damascus confirms its participation in #Geneva2Convention and the #Peace talks
The Syrian government has officially confirmed its participation in the Geneva 2 peace conference. Damascus had formally informed about this in a letter to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Deputy Official Representative of the UN Secretary General, Farhan Haq said. The Geneva 2 international peace conference on Syria starts on January 22 in Montreux, Switzerland.

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