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NAIROBI, Safar 6, 1436, Nov 28, 2014, SPA -- Kenya's high court on Friday ordered a halt to the long-delayed development of a mega-port on the country's northern coast for at least two weeks...

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erman Parliament backs Merkel's balanced budget plans
Berlin, Safar 6, 1436, Nov 28, 2014, SPA -- Chancellor Angel Merkel secured overwhelming
parliamentary support on Friday for her plans to introduce Germany's
first balanced budget in 46 years in 2015, dpa reported.

The lower house of parliament, the Bundestag, backed her
conservative-led coalition moves for balanced budgets - the so-called
black zero - from next year by 474 votes to 113. One lawmaker
abstained.


"All of us and even those who follow us will be measured by this,"
Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said, describing it as "a
commitment to the future."

But Merkel's drive for Germany's first balanced budget since 1969 has
come under fire from opposition members, who have called on Berlin to
do more to spur economic growth both in Germany and the embattled
eurozone.
-- SPA
18:25 LOCAL TIME 15:25 GMT


Three dead after flooding and storms in southern France
Paris, Safar 6, 1436, Nov 28, 2014, SPA -- Three people died after severe storms and flooding hit southern France, the country's interior ministry said Friday.
According to dpa, divers found a 68-year-old woman on Thursday evening near the south-eastern La Londe-les-Maures township in the Maravenne creek, which had rapidly flooded after heavy rainfall.
Another body was found on Friday, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said, and a third person died in Hyeres, west of Toulon on the Mediterranean coast.
Two people were still missing.

--SPA
15:07 LOCAL TIME 12:07 GMT


German retail sales rebound in October on solid job market
Berlin, Safar 6, 1436, Nov 28, 2014, SPA -- German retail sales rebounded in October, rising at their fastest pace in about three years thanks to a solid labour market and higher wages, data released Friday showed.
According to dpa, retail sales in Europe's biggest economy jumped by a more-than-forecast 1.9 per cent in October from September, when they slumped by 2.6 per cent, the Federal Statistics Office (Destatis) said.
The strong pickup underlines the key role that private consumption is playing in driving German economic growth.
Analysts surveyed by dpa-AFX had forecast a 1.5-per-cent rise.
October retail sales were 1.7-per-cent higher than in the same month last year.

--SPA
14:38 LOCAL TIME 11:38 GMT


Explosion inside Afghan mosque injures worshippers
Kabul, Safar 6, 1436, Nov 28, 2014, SPA -- An explosion inside a mosque in eastern Afghanistan injured dozens of people during Friday prayers, a local official said.
"Initial reports say that between 25 to 28 worshippers including the mullah have been injured," said Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, a spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province.
According to dpa, he said it was not immediately clear what caused the blast in the mosque in the district of Khogiyani.
Provincial police spokesman Hazrat Hossain Mashreqiwal said that it was a bomb rather than a suicide attack.

--SPA
14:37 LOCAL TIME 11:37 GMT


French parliament debates recognition of Palestinian state
Paris, Safar 6, 1436, Nov 28, 2014, SPA -- The French National Assembly is on Friday debating a draft resolution on whether to recognize a Palestinian state alongside Israel.
According to dpa, lawmakers who signed the resolution said they "call on the French government to recognize the state of Palestine in order to reach a definitive resolution to the conflict."
Hopes are low that Israel and the Palestinians can reach a peace deal. US-backed peace talks failed to make any progress and tensions rose after a summer war in the Gaza Strip and violence in Jerusalem over access to a shared holy site.

--SPA
14:36 LOCAL TIME 11:36 GMT


Eurozone inflation slows to near zero in November
Berlin, Safar 6, 1436, Nov 28, 2014, SPA -- Annual inflation in the eurozone edged down closer to zero in November, increasing pressure on the European Central Bank to boost the struggling economy and head off the threat of deflation.
According to dpa, consumer prices slowed to 0.3 per cent this month from 0.4 per cent in October as falling oil prices and weak demand in the eurozone undercut inflationary pressures.
The decline was in line with analyst forecasts.
The drop in November pushed prices further away from the ECB's target of an annual inflation rate just below 2 per cent.

--SPA
14:36 LOCAL TIME 11:36 GMT


October unemployment in the eurozone unchanged at 11.5 per cent
Berlin, Safar 6, 1436, Nov 28, 2014, SPA -- Unemployment in the 18-member eurozone held steady at 11.5 per cent for the third month in a row in October as the region's weak growth rate failed to boost hiring, data released Friday showed.
According to dpa, the number of those out of work in the currency bloc stood at 18.395 million in October after another 60,000 people lost their jobs during the month, the European Union Statistics Office Eurostat said.
Greece and Spain once again had the highest unemployment rates in Europe despite a pickup in economic growth in both nations led to a slight fall in jobless queues.
Unemployment in Spain stood at 24 per cent in October (down from 24.1 per cent in September) and 25.9 per cent in Greece in August, the latest available figures. Greece's jobless rate came in at 26.1 per cent in July.
The lowest jobless rates were in Germany (4.9 per cent) and Austria (5.1 per cent), the data showed.
Youth unemployment in the eurozone also fell again in October to 23.5 per cent after 141,000 people under the age of 25 found work. The youth unemployment rate stood at 24 per cent in the same month last year.

--SPA
14:28 LOCAL TIME 11:28 GMT


Landslide kills six in southwest China
KUNMING, Safar 6, 1436, Nov 28, 2014, SPA -- Six people were killed in a landslide in southwest China's Yunnan Province on Thursday, local authorities said.
According tp Xinhua, police authorities in the city of Baoshan received a report at 4:30 p.m. saying six people in the city's Longyang district were killed after being buried in a landslide, the district's publicity department said in a statement late Thursday.
An investigation into the cause of the accident is under way.

--SPA
14:12 LOCAL TIME 11:12 GMT


UK's Cameron to curb benefits for immigrants
LONDON, Safar 6, 1436, Nov 28, 2014, SPA -- UK Prime Minister David Cameron says migrants from Europe will have to leave Britain if they don't get a job within six months, and must work for four years before receiving some benefits' moves he hopes will defuse criticism over his immigration policies.
According to AP, immigration has become an increasingly bitter issue in Britain. The right-wing U.K. Independence Party has been gaining support with calls to curb migration and leave the EU, which allows citizens of its 28 countries to live and work across the bloc.
Cameron has promised to wrest more control from the EU.
He said Friday that freedom of movement within Europe is not "an unqualified right."
"If an EU jobseeker has not found work within six months, they will be required to leave," he said.

--SPA
14:09 LOCAL TIME 11:09 GMT


Malaysia Airlines losses deepen in third quarter
Kuala Lumpur, Safar 6, 1436, Nov 28, 2014, SPA -- Malaysia Airlines (MAS) posted a loss of 576.1 million ringgit (169.46 million dollars) in the third quarter, dragged down by the impact of the twin tragedies that hit the national carrier earlier this year, the airline said Friday.
According to dpa, the July to September loss was higher than the 375.4-million-ringgit loss it suffered in the same period last year.
"The double impact of MH370 and MH17 incidents and the continued intensified competition resulted in lower seat factor (proportion of
available seats being filled) by 11.5 percentage points to 73 per cent," it said in the report.
"Despite a 2-per-cent capacity increase, the group's operating revenue decreased by 12 per cent to 3.325 million ringgit as compared to the same quarter last year," it added.


--SPA
14:07 LOCAL TIME 11:07 GMT


 
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NAIROBI, Safar 6, 1436, Nov 28, 2014, SPA -- Kenya's high court on Friday ordered a halt to the long-delayed development of a mega-port on the country's northern coast for at least two weeks to allow a lawsuit lodged by local landowners over compensation to move forward, Reuters reported....
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NEW YORK, Safar 6, 1436, Nov 28, 2014, SPA -- U.S. stocks are ending mostly lower as falling crude prices weigh on the market in a holiday-shortened session, AP reported. The Standard & Poor's 500 index eased five points to close at 2,067 Friday. The Dow Jones industrial average...
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Moscow, Safar 6, 1436, Nov 28, 2014, SPA -- Russia will seek to triple trade with Turkey to 100 billion dollars annually to offset Western sanctions, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview with Turkish media Friday, dpa reported. Putin is to...
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London, Safar 6, 1436, Nov 28, 2014, SPA -- A device that can diagnose an Ebola infection six times faster than current kits is about to be trailled in the West African state of Guinea, pharmaceuticals giant Wellcome said Friday, dpa reported. The 15-minute analysis...
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FERGUSON, Safar 6, 1436, Nov 28, 2014, SPA -- Protesters in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson on Friday planned to clean up a drugstore damaged in this week's racially charged rioting but a line of police and National Guard troops blocked the entrance, Reuters reported. The Walgreen...
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