#AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES – July 17 – Two more major figures in General Motors Co’s safety debacle will appear on Thursday for the first time before U.S. lawmakers investigating why it took the auto-maker more than 10 years to recall millions of vehicles with a deadly ignition switch flaw reported Reuters.
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Michael Millikin, the general counsel of GM, and Rodney O’Neal, the chief executive of Delphi Automotive, the maker of the defective part, are due to testify before a Senate Commerce subcommittee.
Millikin is expected to receive harsh scrutiny because his legal department dealt with numerous private lawsuits related to crashes involving the defective switches, but apparently did not urgently warn other parts of GM.
The Senate panel holding Thursday’s hearing is chaired by Missouri Democrat Claire McCaskill. “Claire will be posing some tough questions that have not yet been answered about the role GM’s legal department played in delaying this recall,” said Andy Newbold, spokesman for McCaskill.
In his prepared testimony, Millikin said GM has appointed an outside law firm to review its litigation practices.
#AceWorldNews – SANAA – YEMEN – May 12 – A suspected U.S. drone strike in southern Yemen killed six Al Qaeda militants on Monday, military and security officials said.
English: Air Force officials are seeking volunteers for future training classes to produce operators of the MQ-1 Predator unmanned aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo/Lt Col Leslie Pratt) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The drone hit a car with Al Qaeda fighters in Marib province, in the Husoun al-Jalal area in Abieda Valley, said the officials, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with regulations. They said authorities were checking for the identities of the slain militants.
Last year and in early January, drone strikes killed more than 12 suspected Al Qaeda militants in the same area of Marib province.
The U.S. considers Yemen’s branch of Al Qaeda, also known as Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, to be the most dangerous in the world. The group overran large swaths of territory in southern Yemen in 2011 but the military has pushed back and over the past few weeks, the army and security forces have stepped up an offensive to rout militants from their strongholds.
The U.S., which trains Yemen’s counterterrorism forces, has been waging a heavy campaign of drone strikes in the impoverished country against suspected Al Qaeda targets, launching more than 100 such strikes since 2002, according to the nonpartisan public policy institute New America Foundation.
However, civilian casualties in the drone strikes have sparked anger in the country and among human rights groups.
Yemen’s Interior Ministry corrected late Sunday an earlier press release saying three suspected Al Qaeda militants were killed in clashes with security forces not far from the presidential palace in the capital, Sanaa, during the day. The new statement said the three victims were civilians who died in the crossfire.
#AceHealthNews – A large five-day vaccination campaign against polio has been launched in Iraq, Syria and Egypt after health officials reported a suspected polio case in Baghdad.
Child receiving polio vaccine. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
According to UNICEF, the program aims to vaccinate more than 20 million children, including 5.6 million in Iraq alone.
“Polio eradication is a global priority,” said UNICEF’s representative in Iraq, Marzio Babille. The contagious, crippling disease which affects children under 5 years, cannot be cured but it can be prevented.
#AceWorldNews – ST. PETERSBURG – April 04 – Anton Likhomanov, the director general of the National Library of Russia, the oldest public library in the country, has suggested creating an information and reference web resource in Russia that can serve as an alternative to Wikipedia.
“Wikipedia’s Russian-language edition receives about one million queries per hour, but the resource contains a great number of mistakes, which can hardly be corrected,” Likhomanov told a pedagogical forum on Friday.
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The reunions are short and will only last till Tuesday, but for most of them this is a once in a lifetime opportunity.
This comes as second and last group of South Korean families, comprising 350 elderly people, crossed the border into North Korea on Sunday.
A first group of South and North Korean families were reunited on Thursday.
The reunion ended with an emotional farewell on Saturday.
Million of Koreans, who were split by war, have been waiting to get back together for sixty years.
But only a small lucky group from the South and the North have been allowed to join in a bittersweet reunion.
Rail lines and other contacts between the two sides were first severed during the 1950-53 Korean War.
No peace deal has been signed since then, meaning that North and South Korea remain technically at war.
The latest much-anticipated reunion event went ahead despite a growing tension over the Joint US–South Korean military drill.
South Korea and the United States have launched another round of controversial war-games on the Korean Peninsula despite opposition from the North.
Senior North Korean officials have often accused Washington of plotting with regional allies to topple the country’s government.
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#AceNewsServices says that one day soon `Google will ‘know you better than your Intimate Partner’
This was according to the recent post on RT and the fact that in 15 years’ time, computers will surpass their creators in intelligence, with an ability to tell stories and crack jokes, predicts a leading expert in artificial intelligence. Thus, Google will “know the answer to your question before you ask it.”
The fact’s are plain the more we want this so-called `Social Freedom’ the greater chance, it is just around the corner, and we have not yet realised who ,pulls the strings.
Ray Kurzweil (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Most people would probably agree that computers are man-made technologies that function inside the strict boundaries of man-made borders. For technologists like Google engineering director Ray Kurzweil, however, the moment when computers liberate themselves from their masters will occur in our lifetime.
We are being told daily that computers will make our lives better, even by 2016 , computers and robots will not only have surpassed their makers in terms of raw intelligence, they will understand us better than we understand ourselves, the futurist predicts with enthusiasm.
Kurzweil, 66, is the closest thing to a pop star in the world of artificial intelligence, the place where self-proclaimed geek’s quietly lay the grid work for what could be truly described as a new world order.
My research shows me that every time we broadcast a new invention, the people that would like one day for everyone to obey, are waiting with their ever open cheque-books to buy-up these next steps. That given the right environment they will create, will one day lead to the `Geek’s of Yesteryear’ becoming the controllers of our salvation.
#AceWorldNews says `IOC Seeking Further Clarification after `Russian Environmental Campaigner Yevgeny Vitishko’ was Jailed’
The International Olympic Committee asked the Russian organizers of the Sochi Winter Games on Thursday for more details about the jailing of an environmental campaigner, Reuters said. Yevgeny Vitishko has protested against harm done to the environment by Olympic construction work.
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He lost an appeal against his three-year penal colony sentence on Wednesday on charges of damaging the property of the local Krasnodar region‘s governor.
“We have asked Sochi for further clarification,” IOC spokesman Mark Adams said. Vitishko has denied the charges, saying that the governor’s residence was in a national forest where construction was not supposed to be permitted.
#AceWorldNews says Pledged on Tuesday that Tehran would press on forever for a with what he called a peaceful atomic research for Iran‘
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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani pledged on Tuesday that Tehran would press on “forever” with what he called peaceful atomic research, Reuters said.
In a speech marking the 35th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Rouhani hit out at Western assertions that a military solution to a nuclear dispute remained an option.
He also described economic sanctions imposed by the West as “brutal, illegal and wrong.” Countries in the region have nothing to fear from Iran, Rouhani said.
#AceWorldNews says `First case of polio Diagnosed in Afghan Capital Since 2001′
A three-year-old girl has been diagnosed with the first case of polio since 2001 in the Afghan capital, Kabul, the Health Ministry said Tuesday.
English: The nomadic Kuchi people migrate through the Panjshir Valley in Afghanistan, on Wednesday, May 17, 2006. Part of a Medical Civic Action Program, Provincial Reconstruction Team members provide treatment for Kuchi families as they move their sheep, goats, donkeys, camels and cattle to the high country for the summer. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The child was a member of the Kuchi nomadic tribe that moves freely across most provinces in Afghanistan, and her family was living in the Kasaba district in eastern Kabul, Reuters said.
The ministry has launched a three-day campaign to vaccinate all children under five in the area.
#AceWorldNews says `Majority of Americans Support Normalizing Relations with Cuba according to the latest poll‘
English: Coat of arms of Cuba. Español: Escudo de Cuba. Русский: Герб Кубы. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
A strong majority of Americans support normalizing relations with Cuba, Reuters reported, citing a poll released on Tuesday by the Atlantic Council.
The poll, carried out by the Washington-based think tank, found that 56 percent of respondents nationally favored changing the US’s Cuba policy. The number rose to 63 percent when just counting Florida residents.
On Friday, Florida’s former Republican Governor Charlie Crist said in a TV interview that he supports lifting the embargo with Cuba.
#AceNewsServices says according to the `BBC News’ `UK Union’ calls off `Tube Strike after a Deal has been Reached’
The TSSA labor union has suspended its 48-hour Tube strike action after reaching a deal with London Underground (LU) over ticket office closures, the BBC reported. Union members will now no longer take the industrial action, which was due to start at 21:00 GMT.
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The RMT drivers’ union has also called off its strike, unconfirmed reports say.
Talks were held at the ACAS conciliation service following major disruption during a 48-hour strike last week.
#AceWorldNews says `Germany to Contribute Troops to EU Training Mission in Somali Capital’
English: A Somali boy receives a polio vaccination at the Tunisian hospital in Mogadishu. The hospital treats local diseases, malnutrition, and other injuries. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Germany will send troops to an EU training mission in Mogadishu, Reuters reported. The move comes less than a year after security concerns led Berlin to abandon a similar training operation, when it relocated from Uganda to the Somali capital.
The decision to pull out had been taken by the previous government, a foreign office spokesman said on Monday, adding that the situation in Somalia had since improved.
The new German government, which took office last December, has promised a more robust foreign and security policy.
#AceWorldNews says `Iraq speaker escapes militants’ attack in Mosul ‘
Iraq’s parliament speaker, Osama al-Nujaifi, narrowly escaped an attack in his home-town on Monday, AFP reported.
Iraqi Army on a patrol in Mosul (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
A convoy carrying the speaker, Iraq’s most senior Sunni Arab politician, was hit by a roadside bomb in the main northern city of Mosul, according to his office. Nujaifi escaped unharmed, but one of bodyguards was wounded, sources say. Mosul and surrounding Nineveh province, where Nujaifi’s brother Atheel is governor, is one of Iraq’s most violent areas.
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EU foreign ministers on Monday approved the launch of a military mission in the Central African Republic, Itar-Tass reported. The decision will be a judicial basis for the EUFOR RCA mission and is the next step for its quick deployment, according to a document signed in Brussels.
The mission is the bloc’s first full military land operation in six years. About 1,600 French troops deployed in the country in December have tried to stem violence between Christian militias and largely Muslim Seleka rebels, who ousted President Francois Bozize last March.
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Tricolor TV, Russia’s biggest satellite television provider, stopped broadcasting independent Dozhd TV channel on Monday, RIA Novosti reported.
The provider said earlier its board of directors had decided to exclude the Dozhd channel from all its packages because of its editorial policy.
The move followed a scandal over a WWII poll published on Dozhd’s website.
The society for the defence of customers’ rights on Monday filed suits against several TV providers over the cancellation of Dozhd’s broadcasts.
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A 16-year-old Virginia girl was charged with a child porn felony for tweeting her own naked pictures.
The girl, whose name has not been revealed, was charged as a juvenile with“possession, reproduction, distribution, solicitation and facilitation of child pornography,” Stephanie Williams-Ortery of James City County Police told the Huffington Post.
“The young lady acknowledged that she had posted the pictures of herself [and] the mother acknowledged that the photos were of her daughter,” the officer said.
It’s not clear how many lewd pictures are involved in the case, but they were posted sometime around January 30. The police were warned by an anonymous tip.
Being a juvenile, the girl is not required to register as a sex offender under Virginia law. But she would have to comply with a court order, which is likely to tell her and her parents to take a sexting education program.
Some people in the community don’t agree with the harsh charge brought against the teen, according to local broadcaster WAVY.
“I don’t think she should be charged with child pornography, because she is a child herself, but if she was 18 or older of course,” said one local parent, Emily Altman.
“That is distributing,child pornography?” said another parent, Dometre Mobley.“She is a child, I don’t know what to think of that really.”
#AceNewsServices says GOP Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers faces a possible House Ethics Committee investigation over allegations by a former staffer that she improperly mixed campaign and official funds to help win a 2012 House leadership race.
, U.S. Congresswoman (R-Washington, 2005-present) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Office of Congressional Ethics has recommended that the Ethics Committee conduct a full probe into the case. The Ethics Committee is expected to announce as early as today that it will take another 45 days to review the OCE recommendation. OCE originally forwarded its recommendation to the Ethics Committee shortly before the Christmas holiday.