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Washington, April 29, SPA -- Using farmland to produce biofuels like ethanol may be partly to blame for soaring food prices, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Monday.

“There has been apparently some effect, unintended consequence, from the alternative fuels effort,” Rice told a meeting of the Peace Corps in Washington when asked for the U.S. government’s view on the spike in world food prices.

“Although we believe that while biofuels continue to be an extremely important piece of the alternative energy picture, obviously we want to make sure that it is not having an adverse effect,” Rice said. “We think that it is not a large part of the problem, but it in fact may be a part of the problem, the ethanol debate.”

Rice said other factors causing high food process include problems of distributing food in conflict areas and export caps imposed by some countries that are trying to meet rising demand from its citizens.
Biofuels have been promoted as a way to limit and reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, responsible for global warming, but since they are grown on land that otherwise would be used for food production, they increasingly have been blamed for soaring food prices.

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Hanoi City, Shawwal 5, 1435, Aug 1, 2014, SPA -- Japan will give Vietnam six in-use patrol ships worth 500 million yen (4.9 million dollars) as part of an aid donation, in order to boost maritime security, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said during a visit to Hanoi Friday,...
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KIEV, Ukraine, Shawwal 5, 1435, Aug 1, 2014, SPA -- Ukrainian authorities say at least 10 government troops have been killed in an ambush by pro-Russian separatist rebels in an area near the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, according to AP. Defense officials said in a statement Friday...
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Tokyo, Shawwal 5, 1435, Aug 1, 2014, SPA -- Japanese electronics manufacturer Sharp Corp on Friday posted a net loss of 1.79 billion yen (17.4 million dollars) in the April-to-June quarter due mainly to its withdrawal of solar cell business in Europe, the company said,...
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New York, Shawwal 5, 1435, Aug 1, 2014, SPA -- Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations and Chairman of the Group of the OIC to the UN Ambassador Abdullah bin Yahya Almoalimi last night held a reception to mark the occasion of Eid al-Fitr at the headquarters...
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On the same issue, the Israeli aggression on Gaza, Almadinah newspaper condemned what is going on in Gaza now as a horrific massacre, clear genocide and full-fledged, documented crime. In turn, Alwatan newspaper regretted the international community's inaction toward the...
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