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Ukraine asks Russia for lower gas prices for winter season
MOSCOW, Dhu-AlQa'dah 13, 1436, Aug 28, 2015, SPA -- Emboldened by a deal with international creditors to write down part of its debt, Ukraine on Friday asked Russia for lower gas prices for the winter season, Ap reported.
Gas disputes between Russia and Ukraine have led to cut-offs of supply in the past, and one standoff in 2009 caused serious disruptions in gas flowing from Russia via Ukraine to the European Union.
Russia and Ukraine last year struck an emergency deal on prices through the winter. That deal has expired, however, and the sides have to hold new talks if Ukraine is to receive more Russian gas.
Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said on Friday he is convinced that Kiev and Moscow should go back to the last winter deal, which saw Ukraine pre-pay for gas but receive a sizeable discount.

--SPA
14:59 LOCAL TIME 11:59 GMT


Libya recovers 82 bodies after migrant boat sinks - official
TRIPOLI, Dhu-AlQa'dah 13, 1436, Aug 28, 2015, SPA -- Libya has recovered 82 bodies washed ashore after a boat packed with migrants sank near the western town of Zuwara, Reuters quoted a Red Crescent official as saying on Friday.

"About 100 people are still missing," said Ibrahim al-Attoushi, the Red Crescent official, adding that about 198 migrants had been rescued.

The boat sank on Thursday after leaving Zuwara, a major launch pad for smugglers shipping migrants from sub-Saharan Africa or Syria to Italy.

--SPA
14:50 LOCAL TIME 11:50 GMT


Iraqi premier orders more access to fortified Green Zone for citizens
Baghdad, Dhu-AlQa'dah 13, 1436, Aug 28, 2015, SPA -- In a statement released by his office on Friday, the Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has ordered security forces to give more access to Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone
to Iriaqi citizens, dpa reported.

The Green Zone is home to the embassies of the United States and many
European countries. It is an area carved out of central Baghdad by US
forces after their invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Al-Abadi also ordered security officials to open up streets in the
capital and other cities that have been closed off by "VIPs" and
political parties.

--SPA
14:29 LOCAL TIME 11:29 GMT


Greek economic growth in second quarter revised up
ATHENS, Dhu-AlQa'dah 13, 1436, August 28, 2015, SPA -- Greece's statistics agency said the country's economy grew slightly faster than earlier forecast in the second quarter of the year, AP reported.
The statistics agency said Friday the economy grew 0.9 percent compared to the first three months of the year, faster than 0.8 percent the previously estimated.
It said that, according to seasonally adjusted data, the economy grew by 1.6 percent compared with the same quarter last year. That is slightly higher than the initial estimate of 1.4 percent.
The revision was due to new data not available earlier.
The growth figures are good news for financially troubled Greece, which recently reached a deal on its third international bailout and is heading to early elections next month.

--SPA
13:50 LOCAL TIME 10:50 GMT


Ebola survivor who lost 21 relatives gives birth to baby boy
KENEMA, Sierra Leone, Dhu-AlQa'dah 13, 1436, Aug 28, 2015, SPA -- Ebola did not take Victoria Yillia's life and it could not prevent the birth of her son, AP reported.
And yet it loomed, even on this, her happiest day.
She delivered her child just a few minutes' walk from the ward where just last year she had hovered between life and death, and nurses and medical staff still wore full protective suits and masks for fear of any lingering infection. Doctors gave her formula and told her not to nurse her baby until they ran tests to be sure there were no traces of the virus in her breast milk.
Her husband Anthony beamed in the maternity ward as they talked about names for the boy nestled in a blanket with a yellow knit cap. But Victoria burst into tears: Her mother was not here to help her, to show her what to do with her first child. Nor was her grandmother, or her three older sisters.
The couple and their new baby are all that remain: Twenty-one members of her family died of Ebola when the virus ripped through this corner of Sierra Leone.

--SPA
13:40 LOCAL TIME 10:40 GMT


Swiss economy sees slight growth in second quarter, avoids recession
Frankfurt, Dhu-AlQa'dah 13, 1436, Aug 28, 2015, SPA -- The Swiss economy escaped recession by registering
surprise second-quarter growth of 0.2 per cent despite the surge in
the value of the franc at the beginning of the year, dpa cited official figures
as showing Friday.

The 0.2-per-cent growth from April to June reported by the State
Secretariat for Economic Affairs contrasts with a fall in gross
domestic product (GDP) of 0.2 per cent in the first quarter, which
had raised fears the Swiss economy was headed for a recession.

A recession occurs when a country's GDP falls for two consecutive
quarters.

The GDP results were better than the 0.1-per-cent drop in GDP that
economists had predicted.

Growth was underpinned by private household and government spending.

The franc rose as much as 20 per cent after the Swiss Central Bank
removed the peg to the euro on January 15.

--SPA
13:27 LOCAL TIME 10:27 GMT


Three Indian suspected wildlife traffickers arrested in Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur, Dhu-AlQa'dah 13, 1436, Aug 28, 2015, SPA -- Three Indian suspected wildlife traffickers were
seized in Malaysia along with several animal parts including tiger
skins, dpa cited an official as saying Friday.

The two men and a woman were arrested in two raids in central Kuala
Lumpur on Wednesday after a week-long surveillance, according to
wildlife department enforcement director Abdul Kadir Abu Hasim.

Wildlife officers recovered 1,241 animal parts including tiger skins,
elephant hairs, tiger claws, tiger teeth and tiger paws, he said.

He said the suspects appeared to have been plying their illegal trade
for about a year, before his officers received a tipoff.

"The suspects entered the country as tourists," he said.

--SPA
13:15 LOCAL TIME 10:15 GMT


Austrian police believe Bulgarian-Hungarian ring behind truck deaths
EISENSTADT, Austria, Dhu-AlQa'dah 13, 1436, Aug 28, 2015, SPA -- Austrian police suspect that a Bulgarian-Hungarian trafficking ring was behind the deaths of 71 migrants found in a truck on an Austrian highway, Hans Peter Doskozil, police chief for the province of Burgenland, told a news conference quoted by Reuters.

--SPA
13:01 LOCAL TIME 10:01 GMT


Police: 71 dead in abandoned lorry thought to be Syrian
Berlin, Dhu-AlQa'dah 13, 1436, Aug 28, 2015, SPA -- Seventy-one immigrants were found dead in a lorry left
at the side of a highway in Austria, dpa quoted police as saying.

The police added that the 59 men, eight women and four children were likely Syrian refugees.

--SPA
12:53 LOCAL TIME 09:53 GMT


Tropical storm warnings in Dominican Republic, Bahamas
MIAMI, Dhu-AlQa'dah 13, 1436, Aug 28, 2015, SPA -- New tropical storm warnings have been issued for parts of the Dominican Republic and the Bahamas as Tropical Storm Erika approaches, AP reported.
The deadly storm, which has been lashing Puerto Rico with heavy rains, has maximum sustained winds early Friday near 50 mph (85 kph).
The storm is centered about 155 miles (250 kilometers) east-southeast of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and is moving west-northwest near 17 mph (28 kph).
Meanwhile in the Pacific, Jimena has strengthened to a hurricane with maximum sustained winds near 80 mph (130 kph). The hurricane is centered about 1,045 miles (1,680 kilometers) southwest of the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California peninsula and is moving west near 14 mph (22 kph). The hurricane doesn't currently pose a threat to any land.

--SPA
12:43 LOCAL TIME 09:43 GMT


 
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Washington, Dhu-AlQa'dah 13, 1436, Aug 28, 2015, SPA -- US President Barack Obama has been briefed on the government’s preparation for the expected arrival of Tropical Storm Erika, the White House said Friday. Spokesman Josh Earnest said Obama urges residents who may be affected by the...
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Havana, Dhu-AlQa'dah 13, 1436, Aug 28, 2015, SPA -- At least seven people died when tropical storm Erika hit the Caribbean island of Dominica, media reports said Friday, as the weather system moved west and north towards the United States. According to dpa, the US National Hurricane Center...
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ANKARA, Dhu-AlQa'dah 13, 1436, Aug 28, 2015, SPA -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has approved an interim government that will lead Turkey into a new election in November, paving the way for two legislators from a pro-Kurdish party to take up ministerial posts for the first time...
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Islamabad/Srinagar, Dhu-AlQa'dah 13, 1436, Aug 28, 2015, SPA -- At least 12 civilians were killed overnight Friday as Indian and Pakistani troops exchanged fire at several points across their tense border, defence officials in both countries said. According to dpa, eight Pakistani villagers...
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Aden, Dul Qa'adah 13, August 28, 2015, SPA -- 10th Saudi relief plane arrived today at Aden International Airport under supervision of King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aid carrying 10 tons of medical solutions. Spokesperson of King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian...
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