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WASHINGTON, Ramadan 15, 1436, Jul 2, 2015, SPA -- A top Republican Senator said Thursday that his chamber is unlikely to approve an American ambassador to Cuba, dishing out a quick rebuff to President...

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Condoleezza Rice Admits Biofuels May Raise Food Prices
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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WASHINGTON, Ramadan 15, 1436, Jul 2, 2015, SPA -- A top Republican Senator said Thursday that his chamber is unlikely to approve an American ambassador to Cuba, dishing out a quick rebuff to President Barack Obama and his drive to normalize relations with the U.S. neighbor and longtime Cold War...
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New York, Ramadan 16, 1436, Jul 3, 2015, SPA -- U.S. stocks closed down slightly on Thursday after the International Monetary Fund warned Greece ahead of its Sunday referendum that it faces a huge financial hole, and mixed jobs data dampened the U.S. economic outlook, Reuters reported. ...
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Washington, Ramadan 15, 1436, Jul 2, 2015, SPA -- Metropolitan police closed an investigation into apparently false reports of a shooting Thursday at the Washington Navy Yard that tied up traffic in the US capital, dpa reported. Amid heightened security awareness ahead of Saturday's...
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Buenos Aires, Ramadan 15, 1436, Jul 2, 2015, SPA -- Jorge Zelada, a former director at Petrobras, was arrested Thursday for allegedly misappropriating funds belonging to the company, becoming the fifth executive at the Brazilian energy giant to be held in a widening corruption...
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WASHINGTON, Ramadan 15, 1436, Jul 2, 2015, SPA -- Police issued an "all clear" on Thursday after a false alarm about gunshots fired at the U.S. Navy Yard in Washington, the site of a mass shooting that took 12 lives two years ago, Reuters reported. The report about shots and a possible...
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