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LONDON, Ramadan 28, 1435, July 25, 2014, SPA -- An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 struck on the coast of Alaska on Friday, the United States Geological Survey reported, according to Reuters....

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UN gives 28 million dollars to Lao nutrition scheme
Vientiane, Ramadan 28, 1435, Jul 25, 2014, SPA -- The World Food Programme (WFP) pledged 28 million
dollars to Laos to improve nutrition among mothers and babies, dpa cited state
media as reporting Friday.

The money will go towards a project run by the UN agency and the Lao
Ministry of Health to improve mother and child health and nutrition,
school meals, as well as food fortification and marketing, the
Vientiane Times newspaper reported.

The programme aims to prevent stunting among Laotians, including in
remote communities.

--SPA
13:00 LOCAL TIME 10:00 GMT


Russia bans all Ukrainian dairy imports
MOSCOW, Ramadan 28, 1435, July 25, 2014, SPA -- Russia has banned all dairy supplies from Ukraine, with Russia's Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance Service (VPSS) citing a lack of quality control, in the latest sign of worsening trade relations between the two countries, Reuters reported.

Ukraine signed a free-trade pact with the European Union in June and Russia, which has previously wielded import bans as punishment for countries attempting to move out of Moscow's orbit, said it was likely to respond with trade barriers.

The ban, which comes into affect on July 28, is a result of phytosanitary violations and the falsification of quality controls, said VPSS spokesman Alexei Alekseenko.

Dairy products account for only a small fraction of Ukraine's sales to Russia, but all Ukrainian exporters will be anxiously eyeing the Kremlin's trade stance because Russia accounts for nearly a quarter of Ukrainian external trade, contributing about 8 percent of gross domestic product.
--SPA
12:58 LOCAL TIME 09:58 GMT


Ramadan Scout project to serve visitors to Prophet's Mosque concluded
Madinah, Ramadan 28, 1435, July 25, 2014, SPA -- Ramadan Scout Project of Messengers of Peace to serve visitors to the Prophet's Mosque concluded its works in Madinah yesterday evening.
The closing ceremony was attended by Vice-President of Saudi Arabian Boys Scout Association Professor Abdullah bin Suleiman Al-Fahad who congratulated the leaders and scouts of Messengers of Peace participating in the project on the success of their volunteering missions during their services to the visitors of the Prophet's Mosque in the holy month of Ramadan.
--SPA
12:54 LOCAL TIME 09:54 GMT


At least three die in boat sinking in Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur, Ramadan 28, 1435, July 25, 2014, SPA -- At least three people were killed when a boat
ferrying undocumented Indonesians sank off southern Malaysia, a local
maritime official said Friday, according to dpa.

The bodies of the victims were recovered a few hours after the boat
went down Thursday off Tanjung Ketapang town in the state of Johor,
according to Iskandar Ishak, a district maritime commander.

Thirteen other people were rescued in the accident, including the
boat's skipper, Iskandar said.

The accident was the fourth involving boats carrying undocumented
Indonesian workers since June. At least 27 people were killed in the
three previous sinkings.

In the latest accident, the boat was believed to be carrying a total
of 28 people when it capsized after it was battered by large waves.
--SPA
12:38 LOCAL TIME 09:38 GMT


Five killed in clash between Philippine troops and militants
Manila, Ramadan 28, 1435, July 25, 2014, SPA -- Three militants and two government
militiamen were killed in a clash in the southern Philippines, the
military said Friday, according to dpa.

One of those killed was a junior commander of militants, said Captain Maria Rowena
Muyuela, a regional military spokeswoman.

Eight people were also wounded in the fighting on Thursday in the
town of Unkaya Pukan in Basilan province, 900 kilometres south of
Manila.
--SPA
12:35 LOCAL TIME 09:35 GMT


Gunmen shoot dead 15 civilians in western Afghanistan
Kabul, Ramadan 28, 1435, July 25, 2014, SPA -- Fifteen civilians travelling in a bus in western
Afghanistan were killed by "anti-government gunmen," a provincial
official said Friday.

They were stopped by the gunmen late Thursday on the way to Laal
district, said Abdul Hai Khatibi, spokesman for the Ghor provincial
governor.

"The gunmen dragged the passengers out of the bus and shot them in
the heads and chests," Khatibi told dpa, adding that one man managed
to escape in the dark.

"The dead are 11 men, three women and one child."
--SPA
12:31 LOCAL TIME 09:31 GMT


German business confidence falls for third consecutive month
Berlin, Ramadan 28, 1435, July 25, 2014, SPA -- German business confidence fell sharply in July,
declining for the third consecutive month amid growing concerns about
the impact on Europe's biggest economy of the deepening crises in
Ukraine and the Middle East, a survey released Friday showed, according to dpa.

The Munich-based Ifo economic institute said its closely watched
indicator dropped more than forecast to 108 points this month from
109.7 points in June. Analysts had expected a decline to 109.4.

The survey's components measuring the business leaders' assessment of
the current economic conditions in Germany and their expectations for
six months down the track also came in lower than forecast.
--SPA
12:29 LOCAL TIME 09:29 GMT


Jordan military shoots down drone near Syrian border
Amman, Ramadan 28, 1435, July 25, 2014, SPA -- The Jordanian military on Friday shot down an unmanned
drone near its border with Syria, in what was the first aerial
incursion into the kingdom, dpa reported.

The drone was downed near the village of Thigrat al-Jab, 3 kilometres
south of the Jordanian-Syrian border, Jordanian sources said.

Security forces cordoned off a 5-kilometre radius around the site,
witnesses said.

According to military officials, the drone had been circling northern
Jordan for more than an hour and entered the airspace above Zaatari,
the country's largest Syrian refugee camp, before it was struck down
from a nearby military base.

The origin of the drone was not immediately established. But military
sources said the aircraft "entered Jordan from Syria."
--SPA
12:27 LOCAL TIME 09:27 GMT


French president says Air Algerie black box found
Paris, Ramadan 28, 1435, July 25, 2014, SPA -- French President Francois Hollande says one black box
has been found from the wreckage of the Air Algerie plane that
crashed in Mali, dpa reported.

"A black box has been recovered and it is being taken towards [the
city of] Gao," the president says.
--SPA
12:23 LOCAL TIME 09:23 GMT


Saudi Press 3 Riyadh
Okaz newspaper noted that the justifications invoked by the Israelis on the search for three kidnapped settlers to invade Gaza were revealed when press reports published about their death in the month of June, pointing out that Israel has exploited the event in order to hit the Palestinian national consensus between Hamas and Fatah on the basis of plans prepared in advance, adding that the event was the justification for the operation and striking the Palestinian reconciliation.
Under the title "Al-Assad and Daash, two faces for one oppression", Al-Watan newspaper said that the method of killing by knives is not limited to Daash and those who follow its Takfiri (describing people as disbelievers) approach, but its extends to its similar people in brutality, and there is no similar regime thirsty for bloodshed except the Syrian regime.
--SPA
12:21 LOCAL TIME 09:21 GMT


 
 Royal Decrees  The Cabinet
LONDON, Ramadan 28, 1435, July 25, 2014, SPA -- An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 struck on the coast of Alaska on Friday, the United States Geological Survey reported, according to Reuters. The USGS said the quake's epicentre was 55 kilometres west-northwest of...
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Riyadh, Ramadan 28, 1435, Jul 25, 2014, SPA -- Arab Investment Company has achieved net profits of 55,9 million U.S. dollars in 2013, up 36%, compared to $ 41,1 million in 2012, while total shareholders' equity increased to 1025 million U.S. dollars in 2013, compared to about 948 million...
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Riyadh, Ramadan 28, 1435, July 25, 2014, SPA -- The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has directed to provide SR 100 million for the Palestinian Ministry of Health. The Acting Minister of Health Engineer Adel bin Mohammed Faqih said that the royal directive...
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TOKYO, Ramadan 28, 1435, Jul 25, 2014, SPA -- Japan's inflation rate eased slightly in June as a sales tax hike stunted demand, AP cited the government as reporting Friday. The core consumer price index, which does not include prices for fresh foods, rose 3.3 percent in June, down from...
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London, Ramadan 28, 1435, Jul 25, 2014, SPA -- The British economy has recovered the ground it lost in the 2008-09 financial crisis after it expanded 0.8 per cent quarter-on-quarter in the second quarter, dpa cited data released Friday as showing. The preliminary...
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