#AceWorldNews – WEST AFRICA – Nov.30 – Almost 7,000 people have died from the Ebola virus in West Africa, according to new data released from the World Health Organization, AFP reported.
According to the UN health agency, of the 16,169 people infected with the deadly virus in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, 6,928 have perished.
The latest figures are about 1,200 more deaths than reported on Wednesday, which AFP attributed to possible “unreported cases.”
#AceWorldNews – October 16 is World Food Day with events taking place across the globe to focus on the importance of the family farm in ending hunger and poverty.
In large parts of the world small holder farming families are the norm and with more than 805 million hungry people world wide, the UN says they play a vital role in food production.
For example upwards of 70 per cent of people in Sub-Saharan-Africa rely directly on small farms for their livelihoods and helping them grow and earn more from their farms will contribute to the wealth and survival of communities.
World Food Day was first launched by the United Nations in 1981.
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#AceNewsServices – VIENNA – October 09. /TASS/. Iran failed to propose any new practical measures to resolve the disputable issues of its nuclear program at the October 7-8 meeting in Tehran, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said in a statement on Thursday.
“Iran did not propose any new measures during the meetings in Tehran,” the statement reads.
Iran and the IAEA have been unable to agree on two unsettled issues in an effort to allay the UN watchdog’s concerns about the possible military dimensions of the program.
During the talks, the sides discussed the fulfilment of two practical measures agreed in May concerning neutron transport calculations and high explosives detonators, the statement says.
The UN nuclear watchdog and Iran have agreed to continue negotiations on Tehran’s nuclear program, but the date has not been set yet.
“The Agency and Iran will continue discussions on these measures,” the Vienna-based UN agency said.
Western nations suspect Iran of using its nuclear research for developing atomic weapons while Iran insists its nuclear program is intended for peaceful purposes only.
#AceNewsServices – October 08 – At least one United Nations peace-keeper was killed in a rocket attack on a joint UN-French military base in the northern Malian town of Kidal on Tuesday, a spokesman for the UN mission said.
Olivier Salgado, a spokesman for the UN force, known as MINUSMA, said between six and eight rockets had been fired at the camp.
“One MINUSMA soldier was killed in the attack,” Salgado said, without giving details on the nationality of the peacekeeper. There were no initial reports of casualties among the French forces from the rocket fire.
It was not immediately clear who was responsible for the attack, but Islamist militants operating in Mali’s vast desert north have stepped up attacks on foreign forces in recent weeks. Nine UN peacekeepers were killed in an ambush last Friday.
UN peacekeepers were deployed across northern Mali in an effort to secure the country after separatists and Islamist forces took advantage of a power vacuum created by a coup in the capital in 2012 to seize the north.
The Islamists were scattered by French forces early last year and elections have since been held. But there has been a marked increase in attacks in recent months as France moved its focus away from Mali towards a regional security mission.
Source: (FRANCE 24 with REUTERS)
#AceWorldNews – SYRIA (Golan Heights) – September 17 – Al-Qaeda-linked Jabhat al-Nusra fighters have driven out hundreds of UN peacekeepers from the Syrian side of the Golan Heights, taking their uniforms and vehicles, Syrian UN envoy Bashar Jaafari said.
The fighters“had succeeded in occupying all of the Syrian side” of the Golan Heights, forcing troops from the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) to retreat.“The terrorists are now using United Nations cars, which hold the emblem of the United Nations forces in the Golan.
They are using the uniform of the UNDOF, the weapons of UNDOF, the positions of UNDOR to shell on the Syrian army as well as on the civilians in villages,”Jaafari told reporters.
The UN Security Council is scheduled to discuss the Golan Heights situation during a session on Wednesday.
#AceWorldNews – CENTRAL AFRICAN (CAR) – September 12 – More than 5,000 people have died in sectarian-violence in Central African Republic since December, AP reported, citing its own estimate.
At least 5,186 people were killed in fighting between Muslims and Christians, based on a count of bodies and numbers gathered from witnesses.
That’s more than double the death toll of at least 2,000 cited by the UN in April, and there has been no official count since.
#AceBreakingNews – SYRIA (Golan Heights) – September 11 – Vehicles carrying freed Fijian UN peacekeepers arrived in Quneitra in the Golan Heights on Thursday, the UN confirmed.
The Syrian rebels from Al-Nusra Front had released all 45 Fijian soldiers who worked as UN peacekeepers in the Golan Heights.
The soldiers were expected to cross from Syria into Israel, the TV channel said. All of them are reportedly safe.
The UN confirmed 45 kidnapped Fijian peacekeepers had been released, AFP said.
Earlier The Security Council called again today for the immediate and unconditional release of 45 United Nations peacekeepers seized late last week by an armed group in the Golan, while the Organization’s top peacekeeping official said the UN is continuing to look at ways to enhance safety and security procedures in what has become a “very challenging situation.” Read more
#AceWorldNews – IRAN (Tehran) – August 21 – Recent reports and news agencies have said Tehran and US will Cooperate are baseless.
Spokeswoman denies reports on Iran, US cooperation
Tehran, Aug 21, IRNA – Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marzeiyeh Afkham said certain reports by some news agencies about Iran and US cooperation in Iraq are ˈbaselessˈ
Certain news agencies have quoted Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif saying that Iran is ready to cooperate with US in Iraq in return for lifting UN sanctions against Iran.
Afkham said on Thursday that these reports are a misinterpretation of Foreign Ministerˈs remarks and are ˈtotally baselessˈ.
#AceWorldNews – IRAQ (Mosul) – July 28 – Thanks to a fellow blogger called American Liberal Times certain doubts are growing about the authenticity of an edict attributed to the Sunni Islamist group ISIS controlling the Iraqi city of Mosul about female genital mutilation (FGM) and a post provided by #AceWorldNews may appear to be incorrect, so here is an updated story from BBC News
A top UN official quoted from a statement saying that ISIS wanted all females aged between 11 and 46 in the northern city to undergo the procedure.
Jacqueline Badcock said the decree was of grave concern.
But media analysts say the decree seen on social media may be a fake.
It has typos and language mistakes and is signed by "The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant", a name the group no longer uses, instead referring to itself as the Islamic State.
Some bloggers suggest that the alleged fatwa, which has been circulated on social media for about two days, may have been aimed at discrediting Isis.
Iraq is facing a radical Isis-led insurgency, with Mosul and other cities in the north-west under militant control.
The ritual cutting of girls’ genitals is practised by some African, Middle Eastern and Asian communities in the belief it prepares them for adulthood or marriage.
FGM poses many health risks to women, including severe bleeding, problems urinating, infections, infertility and increased risk of newborn deaths in childbirth.
The UN General Assembly approved a resolution in December 2012 calling for all member states to ban the practice.
The UN’s resident and humanitarian co-ordinator in Iraq said the practice "is something very new for Iraq… and does need to be addressed".
She was talking to reporters via video link from the Kurdish provincial capital, Irbil.
Jenan Moussa, a correspondent for Dubai-based broadcaster Al AAan TV, said in a tweet that her contacts in Mosul had not heard of the edict.
Isis militants seized Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, in June, and have since taken over areas of the north-west and closed in on cities near Baghdad.
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#AceNewsServices – BRUSSELS – July 24 – EU ambassadors meeting in Brussels at 9.30 local time on Thursday (24 July) are set to discuss a raft of new sanctions on Russia, as Moscow has shown no signs of wanting to meet an EU ultimatum over Ukraine, reported EUobserver.
I am neither Russian, Ukrainian, American or believe that any type of conflict where innocents die is right. I just believe in the truth as a human being, blogger, truthful man and editor of Ace News Group.
So when any country, nation or people is being persecuted and sanctioned without proof, something needs to be said.
So I say to everyone reading this post, stand-up and voice your opinion of this situation, as politicians, world leaders and the western press, have done.
This is my statement of how l feel: So Here Goes.
This is a country that allowed the people to vote on Crimea becoming part of the Russian Federation and allowed these people freedom to choose, their governmental body.
This is also a country that has been accused of a crime, it so far has not been solidly proven was either by their design or by their hand.
This is a country that has taken over its borders thousands of Ukrainian Refugees, and provided food and shelter.
And this is a country that wants to provide a way to broker peace between two warring nations, Israel and Palestine.
So President Obama, David Cameron and the United Nations, where is your proof. Or is this country, federation and nation guilty without proof? Show the world your proof you world leaders and then you have the right with mine and many others blessing to sanction this country.
Though if as l imagine it is all hearsay, conjecture and made up truths and half-truths you do not have that right. Neither does any other leader or country have the right to accuse, any citizen of Russia of a crime that has been committed until the absolute truth has been proven.
By Ian K Draper @AceNewsServices
#AceBreakingNews – DOHA – July 20 – Doha has announced it will host a meeting between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday, which will look to try and push for an end to fighting in the Gaza strip, according to a senior source from the country reported RT.
The session is due to take place in Doha and will be chaired by the Gulf state’s emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, who has been acting as a “channel of communication” between the Islamist Hamas group and the international community, said the source.
“Qatar has presented Hamas’ demands to the international community. The list has been presented to France and to the UN. The talks tomorrow will be to further negotiate these conditions.”
Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, has rejected Egyptian efforts to end the fighting, saying any deal must include an end to a blockade of the coastal area and a recommittment to a ceasefire reached in an eight-day war there in 2012.
The conditions include the release of prisoners re-arrested since a 2011 exchange deal with Israel, the opening of Gaza-Israel border crossings and an end to an Israeli blockade on the Gaza seaport, a Hamas source in Doha said.
“In general, Israel must end all forms of aggression and attacks, end the blockade of Gaza and remove the actions that resulted from its military offensive in the West Bank after June 12,” Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri told Reuters in the Palestinian Territories.
Egypt said on Saturday it had no plans to revise its ceasefire proposal, which Hamas has already rejected. And the Hamas source in Doha said the group has no plans to change its conditions for a ceasefire.
“We want the rights of our people. Palestinians on the ground are supporting us and we will get them back their rights,” said the source.
#AceWorldNews – URUGUAY – July 09 – The sale of marijuana in Uruguay has been delayed due to “practical difficulties” in implementing a law legalizing cannabis, President José Mujica said in an interview with AFP, adding that sales will begin “next year.”
MONTEVIDEO (Reuters) – April 2014 – Uruguayans will be able buy up to 10 grams of pot a week, enough to roll 20 joints, under new rules governing the recently legalized marijuana trade in the country, a government source said on Thursday.
The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because President Jose Mujica has not yet decreed the new regulations, said the government will auction up to six licenses to produce cannabis legally.
Mujica is expected to sign off on the rules in coming days. He proposed the landmark legalization law to undermine drug trafficking.
On Dec. 23rd, President José Mujica signed into law a bill that creates a legal, regulated marijuana industry.
Despite backlash from the U.N. and neighbouring countries like Brazil, President Mujica believes legalization provides a better solution than prohibition, and will ultimately help combat drug trafficking.
While Uruguay is now the first and only country to fully legalize marijuana, other Latin American countries, including Argentina and Chile, are already looking to follow suit.
#AceWorldNews – NORTH KOREA (PYONGYANG) – July 02 – North Korea fired short-range rockets into the sea off its east coast on Wednesday morning, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported.
A South Korean Ministry of Defence official, however, was not able to confirm exactly what kind of weapons were launched but said they were assumed to be 300mm rockets launched from one of North Korea’s many Multiple Rocket Launchers.
Pyongyag tested two short-range missiles on Sunday in violation of a UN resolutions, that prohibit North Korea from procuring and using ballistic missile technology, but short-range rocket launchers are not included in the ban.
New tests came one day ahead of a state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to Seoul. Pyongyang is likely to be high on the agenda when Xi meets his South Korean counterpart, Park Geun-hye, Reuters said.
AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – May 21 – Russia will veto a UN resolution to refer the Syrian conflict to the International Criminal Court (ICC), according to Russia’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin.
Churkin said Russia believes the move would lead to the escalation of the conflict. Earlier, Russian Deputy
Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov also said Russia would veto the French-proposed resolution.
The vote in the UN is scheduled on May, 22.
RT – Tass
#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – May 16 – So says UN human rights chief Pillay in a report that lists examples of targeted killing, torture, abductions mostly carried out by anti-gov groups * concerned about safety of Ukraine presidential candidates * concerns over harassment and potential deportation of Crimean citizens who did not apply for Russian citizenship * trying to verify reports of killings and woundings by Ukrainian forces.
Have credible reports of detentions amounting to enforced disappearance Not good behaviour by either side as the sorry tale continues.
By Mike Paterson on May 16, 2014 04:53 am
#AceWorldNews – SOUTH SUDAN – May 08 – Warring forces on both sides of South Sudan’s brutal civil war have likely carried out crimes against humanity, the UN said Thursday.
The UN peacekeeping mission in the country also warned in a new report of “countless” gross violations of human rights.
It said the crimes include “extra-judicial killings, enforced disappearances, rape, the direct targeting of civilians, often along ethnic lines.”
The report was issued one day before President Salva Kiir and rebel chief Riek Machar are due to meet for direct peace talks in Ethiopia.
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1. UN Press Statement – May 08 – http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=47730
#AceWorldNews – TEHRAN – May 05 – UN nuclear agency (IAEA) delegates arrived in Tehran on Monday to assess progress on observing steps honouring the disarmament accord signed by six world powers and Iran in Geneva last November.
The mission is led by International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Iran task force chief Massimo Aparo, Iran’s national news agency IRNA said.
AceNewsServices – JERUSALEM – May 01 – Israeli police on Thursday challenged Washington’s inclusion of Jewish extremist attacks on Palestinians in a global terror report, saying such incidents could not be likened to militant attacks.
For the first time, the State Department’s 2013 Country Reports on Terrorism, published Wednesday, included a reference to a growing wave of racist anti-Palestinian vandalism, euphemistically known as “price tag” attacks.
“Attacks by extremist Israeli settlers against Palestinian residents, property, and places of worship in the West Bank continued and were largely not prosecuted,” the report said, citing UN and NGO data.
But Israel police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the incidents were far from the global terror threats outlined in the report.
“There’s no comparison whatsoever between criminal incidents with nationalistic motives and terrorist-related incidents,” Rosenfeld told AFP.
AFP – AL-ARABIYA – UN – NGO’s
#AceWorldNews – JORDAN – April 30 – Jordan is opening a new tent city on Wednesday to accommodate tens of thousands of Syrian refugees who are expected to flee the fighting, AP said.
The Azraq refugee camp is about 90km from the Syrian border, according to UN officials.
It will ultimately host 130,000 people, as many as there are now in Zaatari, currently Jordan’s largest camp.
Jordan already hosts some 600,000 Syrian refugees, about 10 percent of the country’s population.