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Poland asks US to import apples banned by Russia WARSAW: Poland has asked the United States to open its market quickly to Polish apples banned by Russia in a sanctions war over the crisis in Ukraine. Poland's ambassador to Washington, Ryszard Schnepf, said he had met Michael Scuse, a senior official in the US Department of Agriculture, about the steps needed to open up the US market, the Polish press agency PAP reported."We are interested in a quick decision because the situation is extraordinary," Schnepf was quoted as saying. "He told us to begin the procedure. We have a new meeting planned for August 18 with the heads of the agency that allows for the entry of agriculture products to the United States," he said."There is a greater understanding on account of the fact that the United States has also been hit by Russian sanctions," he added.The United States severely restricts imports of fresh fruit and vegetables from the ...

British Airways suspends flights over Iraq LONDON: British Airways (BA) suspended flights over Iraq on Friday as the US launched air strikes against Islamic militants fighting in the north of the country.A spokesman for Britain's flagship carrier said it was "temporarily suspending our flights over Iraq".But BA said services that use the route, mainly to Doha and Dubai, would not be cancelled or disrupted because alternative routes would be found.Willie Walsh, chief executive of BA parent group International Airlines Group, last ...
Russia okays $150mn to subsidise World Cup venues MOSCOW: The Russian government approved Friday rules on subsidising construction of infrastructure for the 2018 football World Cup for a total of over 5.5 billion rubles ($151 million, 113 million euros).Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree setting out how regions hosting the matches can tap the funds under the government's programme to support the World Cup.While Russia successfully transformed the Black Sea resort of Sochi into a glittering sports venue to host February's Winter ...
UK welcomes US strikes in Iraq but rules out own action LONDON: British Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday expressed his deep concern about the situation in Iraq and welcomed US President Barack Obama's decision to authorise air strikes against extremists.But a spokesman for Cameron's Downing Street office said Britain, which joined the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, was not planning its own military intervention."I am extremely concerned by the appalling situation in Iraq and the desperate situation facing hundreds of thousands of Iraqis," Cameron ...
Clashes kill 15 Ukrainian servicemen in 24 hours: military KIEV: Fierce fighting in eastern Ukraine has killed 15 Ukrainian servicemen and injured 79 more over the past 24 hours, a Ukrainian military spokesman said Friday.The dead included seven soldiers and eight border guards killed in a fierce battle for control of the porous border with Russia in the southeast of the war-torn Lugansk region, National Security and Defense Council spokesman Andriy Lysenko said.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
4.8-magnitude quake jolts Crete ATHENS: A 4.8-magnitude undersea earthquake jolted the Greek island of Crete on Friday, the national earthquake observatory said, without any injuries reported.The tremor struck in the sea off the south coast port of Tymbaki, some 366 kilometres (227 miles) south of Athens, according to the observatory.So far there have been no reports of injuries or damage in the area, a major tourist destination.Thousands of people were left homeless in January by a quake on the ...
Britain packs more members into overcrowded Lords LONDON: Britain's political leaders appointed 22 new members to the House of Lords on Friday, adding to the overcrowding in the unelected second chamber that one peer says has created "appalling" working conditions.With 774 existing members, the Lords is already bigger than the 650-seat elected House of Commons and is one of the largest parliamentary chambers in the world, thought to be second only to China's National People's Congress.Betty Boothroyd, a former Speaker of the ...

 



 
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