‘ Threat to Attack European Commission by Belgium Terrorists Thwarted ‘

#AceNewsServices – BRUSSELS – September 22 – The European Commission headquarters in Brussels was going to be the target of an alleged terrorist plot, according to media reports it was reported by EUobserver today.

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Flemish newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws on Monday (22 September) say police found a cache of weapons and explosives in an apartment in Brussels.

One of the two suspects, both Dutch nationals of Turkish origin, is said to have links to Shariah4Belgium, a Belgian radical Salafist organisation.

The couple, said to be residents in The Hague, were detained early August at the Brussels airport after returning from Syria via Turkey.

A European Commission spokesperson said they are aware of the plot but had received no warnings or threats, reports the Guardian.

Authorities, for their part, are increasingly stepping up efforts to contain possible threats from returning nationals who have fought alongside Islamist militia groups in Syria and Iraq.

Governments are concerned some of the more radical may be seeking to stage attacks on their home turf.

In Belgium, around a quarter of the 400 nationals who have left to fight have since returned. Most are entering the warzone in Syria through by crossing over the Turkish border.

Belgian paper L’Echo says police are actively tracking around 90 of the returned fighters.

“Our starting point is that among them, one out of nine aim to carry out an attack,” an unnamed source told the paper.

That is a conservative estimate, if you also take into account the people who help them,” added the source.

Some are said to have joined the Islamic State (Isis), the extremist group behind recent be-headings of reporters and aid workers.

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‘ Hague Rules Netherlands Accountable for Deaths of 300 Victims at Srebrenica Massacre in 1995 ‘

#AceWorldNews – THE HAGUE – July 16 – The Hague has ruled that the Netherlands was accountable for the deaths of over 300 victims of the Srebrenica massacre in 1995 reported RT.

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The hearing came as families of the victims accuse the Dutch government accusing its UN peacekeepers of failing to protect their relatives.

The UN protected the Muslim enclave until July 11, 1995 when it was overrun by ethnic Serb forces.

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English: Women at the monument for victims of the July 1995 Srebrenica Massacre. At the annual memorial ceremony in Potocari, Bosnia and Herzegovina. July 11, 2007. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Some 8,000 Muslim men and boys were slaughtered by ethnic Serb troops in 1995.

The UN’s highest International Court of Justice earlier ruled that the Srebrenica slaughter was genocide.

Serb forces commander Ratko Mladic is currently on trial on genocide and war crimes.

(Guardian) Reported that the Netherlands has been ordered to pay compensation for the deaths of Bosnian Muslims in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre in a ruling that opens up the Dutch state to compensation claims from relatives of the rest of the 8,000 men and youths who died.

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The judgement by the Dutch supreme court is the final decision in a protracted claim brought by relatives of three Muslim men who were expelled by Dutch soldiers from a United Nations compound during the Balkans conflict, then killed by Bosnian Serb forces.

Although the case related only to the murder of three victims, it sets the precedent that countries that provide troops for UN missions can be held responsible for their conduct.

The case was brought by Hasan Nuhanovic, an interpreter who lost his brother and father, and relatives of Rizo Mustafic, an electrician who was killed. They argued that all three men should have been protected by Dutch peacekeepers. Mustafic and Nuhanovic were employed by the Dutch, but Nuhanovic’s father and brother were not.

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#AceNewsServices WASHINGTON WHITE HOUSE April 25 2014 G…

#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON – WHITE HOUSE – April 25 – 2014 – G-7 Leaders Statement on Ukraine.

We, the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, the President of the European Council and the President of the European Commission, join in expressing our deep concern at the continued efforts by separatists backed by Russia to destabilize eastern Ukraine and our commitment to taking further steps to ensure a peaceful and stable environment for the May 25 presidential election.

We welcomed the positive steps taken by Ukraine to meet its commitments under the Geneva accord of April 17 by Ukraine, Russia, the European Union, and the United States. These actions include working towards constitutional reform and decentralization, proposing an amnesty law for those who will peacefully leave the buildings they have seized in eastern Ukraine, and supporting the work of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). We also note that the Government of Ukraine has acted with restraint in dealing with the armed bands illegally occupying government buildings and forming illegal checkpoints.

In contrast, Russia has taken no concrete actions in support of the Geneva accord. It has not publicly supported the accord, nor condemned the acts of pro-separatists seeking to destabilize Ukraine, nor called on armed militants to leave peacefully the government buildings they’ve occupied and put down their arms. Instead, it has continued to escalate tensions by increasingly concerning rhetoric and ongoing threatening military maneuvers on Ukraine’s border.

We reiterate our strong condemnation of Russia’s illegal attempt to annex Crimea and Sevastopol, which we do not recognize. We will now follow through on the full legal and practical consequences of this illegal annexation, including but not limited to the economic, trade and financial areas.

We have now agreed that we will move swiftly to impose additional sanctions on Russia. Given the urgency of securing the opportunity for a successful and peaceful democratic vote next month in Ukraine’s presidential elections, we have committed to act urgently to intensify targeted sanctions and measures to increase the costs of Russia’s actions.

Russia’s actions in Ukraine and the response from the international community already have imposed significant costs on its economy. While we continue to prepare to move to broader, coordinated sanctions, including sectoral measures should circumstances warrant, as we committed to in The Hague on March 24, we underscore that the door remains open to a diplomatic resolution of this crisis, on the basis of the Geneva accord. We urge Russia to join us in committing to that path.

Press Statement The White House – http://tinyurl.com/ppawnfx

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` Court Set-up to Investigate Assassination of Rafiki Hariri Summons Al-Akhbar Editor over Obstruction of Justice ‘

#AceNewsServices – BEIRUT – April 24 – An international court set up to investigate the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minsiter Rafik Hariri has summoned Al-Akhbar’s editor-in-chief and a journalist for Al-Jadeed Television over two counts of Obstruction of Justice, the body announced Thursday.

The Hague-based Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) said there are “sufficient grounds to proceed against” Ibrahim al-Amin of Al-Akhbar and Al-Jadeed’s Karma al-Khayat “for the publication of names asserted to be those of alleged confidential witnesses in the Tribunal’s proceedings,” a statement said.

The charges against Amin relate to the decision of Al-Akhbar in January 2013 to publish the names of 32 witnesses belonging to the STL’s prosecution.

The summon against Khayat, Deputy Head of News and Political Programs, involves material broadcast on Al-Jadeed in August 2012.

“There is prima facie evidence that the publication of information relating to the identity of alleged confidential witnesses entailed knowing and wilful interference with the administration of justice” in breach of court rules, the statement, authored by contempt judge David Baragwanath, said.

The summons were issues on January 31, but only publicized Thursday.

The court set May 13, 2014 as the date for Amin and Khayat to appear before it, either in person of via video link.

(Al-Akhbar)

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OPCW : ` Twelfth Consignment of `Chemical Weapons ‘ Taken out of Syria ‘

#AceWorldNews – THE HAGUE- April 04 – The twelfth consignment of chemical weapons was on Friday taken out of Syria, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) reported.

“The OPCW-UN Joint Mission in Syria has confirmed that a 12th consignment of chemicals has been transported to the port of Latakia and removed from the country,” the OPCW said in a statement on its website.

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