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United Nations, Jumada I 15, 1436, March 6, 2015, SPA --The U.N. Security Council on Friday condemned the use of chlorine as a weapon in Syria and threatened to take action if such a weapon is used...

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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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United Nations, Jumada I 15, 1436, March 6, 2015, SPA --The U.N. Security Council on Friday condemned the use of chlorine as a weapon in Syria and threatened to take action if such a weapon is used again in the civil war, but it did not assign blame for previous chlorine attacks. The 15-country...
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Washington, Jumada I 15, 1436, March 6, 2015, SPA -- U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden spoke Thursday with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk about the situation in eastern Ukraine and the passage of key economic and governance reform legislation in Kiev, the White House said. Biden...
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Washington, Jumada I 15, 1436, March 6, 2015, SPA -- U.S. employers continued strong hiring in February by adding nearly 300,000 jobs, while the unemployment rate fell to its lowest level since 2008, the government reported Friday. The Labor Department said payrolls rose 295,000 last month...
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Washington, Jumada I 15, 1436, March 6, 2015, SPA -- NASA's Dawn spacecraft became the first craft to orbit a dwarf planet Friday as it reached Ceres after a nearly eight-year, 5-billion-kilometre journey, the space agency said according to dpa. Dawn has already visited the giant asteroid...
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