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Dutch agricultural delegation visits Kharj Chamber
Kharj, Rabi'II 09, 1436, January 29, 2015, SPA -- A Dutch agricultural delegation currently visiting the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia met with a number of businessmen at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Kharj yesterday in the presence of the Chamber's Secretary General Engineer Mansour Al-Amaj and Chairman of the Agricultural Committee Dr. Khalid Al-Sabbar.
During the meeting, they discussed aspects of joint cooperation and the exchange of experiences in the field of modern agriculture in light of the economic and investment environment in the two countries.
13:19 LOCAL TIME 10:19 GMT

German unemployment up to 7 pct in Jan amid seasonal factors
BERLIN, Rabi'II 9, 1436, Jan 29, 2015, SPA -- German unemployment rose to 7 percent in January, but the increase was due largely to seasonal factors while the job market remains strong, AP cited the Federal Labor Agency as saying in a report Thursday.
The Agency said the rate rose 0.6 percentage points from 6.4 percent in December, with 3.03 million people out of work in January.

12:55 LOCAL TIME 09:55 GMT

Germany says nobody wants new sanctions but Russia must observe ceasefire
BERLIN, Rabi'II 09, 1436, January 29, 2015, SPA -- German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Thursday that Europe had no interest in imposing tougher new sanctions on Russia over Ukraine, but the only way forward was to abide by the terms of last year's ceasefire agreed in Minsk, Reuters reported.

"Of course nobody in Europe and certainly not in Germany has any interest in further, tougher sanctions and Europe and the whole world clearly needs Russia as a partner to solve global conflicts and challenges," Gabriel told the German parliament.

"But the way to a new breakthrough in European-Russian relations, the way for example to free trade from Lisbon to Vladivostok, goes via Minsk and the steps agreed there to end the armed intervention in Ukraine," he said.
12:43 LOCAL TIME 09:43 GMT

Britain says fighter jets scrambled to intercept Russian bombers
LONDON, Rabi'II 09, 1436, January 29, 2015, SPA -- British Typhoon fighter jets were scrambled to intercept two Russian Bear long-range bombers which had flown close to UK airspace, Britain's Ministry of Defence (MoD) said on Thursday, according to Reuters.

The Russian planes were detected flying over the Channel, south of England, on Wednesday and typhoons were launched from Royal Air Force (RAF) bases at Lossiemouth in Scotland and Coningsby in eastern England, the MoD said.

"The Russian planes were escorted by the RAF until they were out of the UK area of interest. At no time did the Russian military aircraft cross into UK sovereign airspace," the Ministry of Defence said in a statement.
12:40 LOCAL TIME 09:40 GMT

Weekly Ebola cases below 100, WHO says endgame begins
GENEVA, Rabi'II 09, 1436, January 29, 2015, SPA -- The number of new confirmed Ebola cases totalled 99 in the week to Jan. 25, the first time the weekly total has fallen below 100 since June 2014, the World Health Organization said on Thursday, according to Reuters.

"The response to the EVD (Ebola virus disease) epidemic has now moved to a second phase, as the focus shifts from slowing transmission to ending the epidemic," the WHO said.
12:38 LOCAL TIME 09:38 GMT

European shares fall
PARIS, Rabi'II 09, 1436, January 29, 2015, SPA -- European stocks fell in early trading on Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve took an upbeat view on the U.S. economy and signalled that it remains firmly on track to raise interest rates this year, Reuters reported.

At 0852 GMT, the FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares was down 0.6 percent at 1,465.61 points.

The Fed said the U.S. economy was expanding "at a solid pace" with strong job gains. It repeated it would be "patient" in deciding when to raise benchmark borrowing costs from zero, though it also acknowledged a decline in certain inflation measures.

Around Europe, UK's FTSE 100 index was down 0.9 percent, Germany's DAX index down 0.7 percent, and France's CAC 40 down 0.6 percent.
12:36 LOCAL TIME 09:36 GMT

Belarus says could leave Russia-led union if agreements not kept
MINSK, Rabi'II 09, 1436, January 29, 2015, SPA -- Belarus does not exclude pulling out of the Russia-led Eurasian Economic Union if agreements in it are not kept, President Alexander Lukashenko was quoted as saying on Thursday by Belta news agency, according to Reuters.

The Belarussian news agency quoted Lukashenko as telling a news conference that there should be no "trade wars" within the bloc, which Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to match the economic might of China and the European Union.
12:33 LOCAL TIME 09:33 GMT

About 40 migrants missing off Bangladesh after their boat sinks
DHAKA, Rabi'II 09, 1436, January 29, 2015, SPA -- About 40 illegal migrants heading from Bangladesh to Malaysia to look for work were missing on Thursday after their boat sank, police said, according to Reuters.

A steady stream of people including job hunters and asylum seekers leaves Bangladesh and neighbouring Myanmar for Southeast Asia, often with the help of people-smuggling gangs. Accidents are common.

More than 70 people were heading out to sea near Kutubdia island, 415 km (260 miles) southeast of Dhaka, when their wooden boat sank, police said.

The coastguard rescued 33 of them and six of them were taken to hospital, police said.
12:31 LOCAL TIME 09:31 GMT

European parliament chief visits Greece
Athens, Rabi'II 9, 1436, Jan 29, 2015, SPA -- The head of the European Parliament, Martin
Schultz, is to hold talks with Greece's new government on Thursday
amid an escalating dispute with the country's international
creditors, dpa reported.

Schultz is the first senior member of the European Union to travel to
Athens and meet with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras since Sunday's
parliamentary elections.

Schulz will discuss the economic agenda of the new government and how
Athens intends to solve its debt problems.

12:20 LOCAL TIME 09:20 GMT

Afghanistan's President receives OIC Secretary General
Kabul, Rabi'II 09, 1436, January 29, 2015, SPA -- Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai received here yesterday , the Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Iyad bin Amin Madani in the presence of the Chief Executive Officer of the Afghan government, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah.
During the meeting, the Afghan President praised the OIC's role in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, calling for more partnerships between the two sides in the next phase.
12:19 LOCAL TIME 09:19 GMT

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Al-Baha, Rabi'II 9, 1436, Jan 29, 2015, SPA -- Prince Mishari bin Saud bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Baha region has commended the wise, far-sighted qualities characterized by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud as well as the political thought he gained by...
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Geneva, Rabi'II 09, 1436, January 29, 2015, SPA -- The Ebola and Syria crises have sharply increased the need for aid for children this year, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said Thursday, appealing for a record 3.1 billion dollars to help 62 million boys and...
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Kuala Lumpur, Rabi'II 09, 1436, January 29, 2015, SPA -- Malaysia on Thursday officially declared dead the 239 people aboard Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 that disappeared in March, allowing the bereaved to claim compensation, dpa reported. After 327 days and...
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Riyadh, Rabi'II 09, 1436, January 29, 2015, SPA -- The Command of Northwestern Region has announced carrying out exercises in shooting during the period from 01/04/1436 until 30/6/1436AH. It called on citizens not to be disturbed...
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Riyadh, Rabi'II 9, 1436, Jan 29, 2015, SPA -- The Reader of the holy Quran Sheikh Mohammed Al-Majed has commended the noble and great deeds done and being made by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud for the service of the religion and the nation. In...
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