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									                                                                                                                                                                                                                       ARAB TIMES, THURSDAY, AUGUST 2, 2012
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                                   World News Roundup


  Grain region suffers

 ‘Dry spell’ will
 hit Black Sea
 MOSCOW, Aug 1, (RTRS): Hot
 and dry weather will continue to
 dominate the Black Sea regions in
 August, increasing pressure on
 weak grains crop prospects in
 Russia and Ukraine, while rains
 in Kazakhstan are expected to aid
 its crop, forecasters said on
    Weather in the Black Sea pro-
 ducing countries, which normally
 supply a quarter of world wheat
 export volumes, has already hurt
 grain crops in Russia, Ukraine
                     this year and
                     has lent sup-
                     port to global
                     wheat prices,
                     which soared
                     this summer.
                     prices have
                     jumped about
                     50      percent
                     since     mid-
 June amid a severe drought in the
 US Midwest, dry conditions in
 Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan,
 excessively wet weather in
 Europe and a below average start
 to the Indian monsoon season.
    The USDA is expected to cut
 wheat crop estimates for Black
 Sea exporters as bad weather
 takes a toll, while it continues a
 trend of lowering figures for US
 corn and soy production,
 Barclays bank said on Tuesday.
    Temperatures will be higher
 than usual in Russia during
 August, putting pressure on
 crops, Russia’s state forecaster          Local residents watch as sailors aboard the Chinese navy destroyer Qingdao prepare to arrive in port Sevastopol on July 31. Missile destroyer Qingdao arrived in Ukraine for an unofficial friendly visit. (AFP)
 said on Tuesday.
    Most of the wheat has been
 harvested in the key southern
 exporting regions but spring
 wheat is still maturing to the
 north, and the outlook for corn is
 under threat from renewed hot                                                                                                                                                                                                    state-run companies, the EU mission said
 weather in the breadbasket
 regions just north of the Black                                                                                                       US voices concern                                                                             The EU rule of law mission in Kosovo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  (EULEX) said former anti-corruption
 Sea coast.                                                                                                                                                                                                                       prosecutor Nazmi Mustafi and three other
    All key grain regions including                                                                                                                                                                                               staff from his office have been indicted
 Russia’s South, Urals, Siberia and
 Volga, will see temperatures
 above normal levels, a map pub-
 lished      by       the      State
                                                                                            Opposition figures charged                                                                                                            “for corruption-related offences”.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Mustafi, who was also a head of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  anti-corruption task force, was arrested in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  April in a probe into allegations that he
 Hydrometeorology           Agency                                                          WASHINGTON, Aug 1, (AFP): The                They were arrested in March after         temporary detention centre after mid-          had taken bribes to drop corruption
                                                                                            United States on Tuesday voiced deep      performing an anti-Putin song in             night, are left without dinner and can                                charges against sev-
 showed.                                                                                    concerns about charges brought by         Russia’s main Orthodox cathedral and         only get a few hours of sleep,”                                       eral individuals.
    A shortage of rains is likely in                                                        Moscow against a vocal critic of          face up to seven years in jail if con-       Polozov told the Interfax news                                           Corruption
 Russia’s southern, Volga regions                                                           Russian President Vladimir Putin as       victed. They have been in detention          agency.                                                               charges were also
 and in the Urals, while Siberia                                                            well as an all-girl punk band.            since their arrest.                             Alyokhina told the court on                                        filed against a for-
 and a part of Kazakhstan will see                                                             “We are very concerned by these                                                     Monday evening that “my head is                                       mer president of a
                                                                                                                                                 Also:                                                                                                   Pristina municipal
 an average level of precipitation.                                                         charges not only regarding Mr                                                          spinning,” as the hearing went on to
                                                                                                                                      MOSCOW: One of the members of an                                                                                   court and four of its
              Drought                                                                       Navalny but also the punk rock            all-girl punk band who performed an          almost 10 pm.                                                         former judges as
    Russia, hit by severe drought                                                           band,” State Department spokesman         anti-Vladimir Putin song in a land-             The three women — who face up                                      well as three ex-dis-
 first in the southern breadbasket        This handout picture released on                  Patrick Ventrell said.                    mark Moscow church required med-             to seven years in jail if found guilty of                             trict court judges,
 regions and then in Siberia and          Aug 1, by the Bulgarian Interior                     Washington had “serious concerns       ical attention on Wednesday during           hooliganism — testified on Monday                                     EULEX said.
 Urals, could see a grains harvest        Ministry shows an image produced                  about politically motivated prosecu-                                                   that they had wanted to change Russia                                    Earlier this month
                                          by forensic experts of the suicide                                                          their high-profile trial.                                                                         Bukoshi
 of 75-80 million tonnes this year,                                                         tions of the Russian opposition,” he         Court officials and lawyers said the      with their action but could have made                                 Kosovo former
                                          bomber who killed six people in an                told reporters.                                                                        an “ethical” mistake by offending              deputy prime minister Bujar Bukoshi and
 down from last year’s 94 million         attack on Israelis at the airport in                                                        third day of witness testimony was
                                                                                                          Charges                     interrupted and medics called in when        worshippers. The controversial case            10 other officials were charged with cor-
 tonnes, top government officials               Burgas on July 18. (AFP)                                                                                                           has won them supporters among                  ruption over allegations that they took
 said on Tuesday.                                                                              Russia on Tuesday charged popular      one of the young women collapsed
                                                                                            protest leader Alexei Navalny with        after the group complained of a lack         major Western stars including pop              bribes to award major health contracts.
    Its 2012/13 exportable surplus                                                                                                                                                 icon Sting and writer and comedian             (AFP)
 of wheat is seen in a range of 11                                                          embezzlement, reviving a case that        of food and sleep during the trial.
                                                                                            could land him behind bars for 10            “Maria Alyokhina suffered a               Stephen Fry and was condemned on                           ❑         ❑        ❑
 million tonnes to 15 million                                                                                                                                                      Tuesday by the US State Department.
 tonnes depending on the final                                                              years.                                    severe drop in blood sugar levels this                                                      Csatary denies crimes: Top Nazi
                                                                                               The Investigative Committee said       morning. This is linked to the fact that               ❑        ❑        ❑                  war crimes suspect Laszlo Csatary,
 2012 crop, a government source                                                                                                                                                                                                   accused of overseeing thousands of
 told Reuters on Wednesday.                                                                 Navalny would also be barred from         she is a vegan,” defence attorney            MOSCOW:          Russian     President
                                                                                            leaving Moscow during the probe into      Nikolai Polozov told journalists after       Vladimir Putin held out the prospect           Jewish deportations during World War II,
    Uncertainty over whether                                                                                                                                                                                                      denied all allegations against him at a
                                                                                            his role as an unofficial advisor in a    three ambulances arrived at the court.       Tuesday of a visit by the Dalai Lama
 Russia will impose export con-                                                             timber deal struck by regional offi-         “All three ambulances were called                                                        hearing Tuesday, his lawyer said.
 straints, as it did after a disastrous                                                                                                                                            despite ally China’s pressure on other
                                                                                            cials in 2009 that triggered the          for her. They gave her the necessary                                                           “Csatary denied all allegations against
                                                                                                                                                                                   governments to shun the exiled spiri-
 drought in 2010, have been                                                                 charges.                                  injections.”                                 tual leader of Tibet.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  him,” Gabor Horvath told journalists after
 another factor supporting grain                                                                                                                                                                                                  the 97-year-old appeared at a three-hour
                                                                                               Navalny, a lawyer who became a            As the women were taken into                Putin said he understood that a visit        closed-door hearing at the prosecutor’s
 prices in recent sessions.                                                                 cult figure in Russia’s growing           court in handcuffs for the hearings to       by the Nobel Peace Prize laureate has
    Ukraine, which faced a record             Basescu                  Ponta                                                                                                                                                      office in Budapest.
                                                                                            Internet community with his investi-      resume, Alyokhina told journalists           been strongly favoured by residents               The Nazi-hunting Simon Wiesenthal
 drought during the 2011 winter                                                             gations into state corruption,            that she felt “all right.”                   of Russia’s predominantly Buddhist             Center says Csatary was a senior
 grain sowing, is likely to face                                                            described the charges as “absolutely         The defence lawyers have repeat-          region of Kalmykia on the Caspian
 searing temperatures of up to 42                 Europe                                    absurd and very strange.”                 edly complained to the judge that the        Sea.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hungarian police officer in charge of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Kosice ghetto, in what is now Slovakia,
 degrees          Celsius        (107.6                                                        The charges came a day after three     women are being woken up at 5:00               “Of course we understand the peo-            and that he helped organise the deporta-
 Fahrenheit) in parts of the country                                                        members of punk group Pussy Riot,         am at their detention centre to attend       ple of Kalmykia who are awaiting the           tion to Ukraine and the Nazi death camp
 in early August, which will hit its      Image of bomber face constructed:                 who are all in their 20s, appeared in     the closely watched hearings and are         Dalai Lama’s arrival,” Putin told a            Auschwitz of some 15,700 Jews between
                                          Bulgarian experts have constructed an             court accused of hooliganism moti-        not fed for periods of more than 12          group of young supporters in com-              1941 and 1944. (AFP)
 maize production, a state weather        image of the face of a suicide bomber
 forecaster said on Wednesday.            who killed five Israeli tourists and a            vated by religious hatred of Orthodox     hours.                                       ments broadcast from a political train-                    ❑         ❑       ❑
    “At the very best, the maize          Bulgarian bus driver on the Black Sea             believers.                                   “They are brought back to their           ing camp in central Russia.                    Belarus generals fired: Belarus fired
 harvest (this year) will be 20 mil-      coast two weeks ago, the interior minister                                                                                                                                              two senior generals Tuesday after a small
 lion tonnes,” said Tetyana               said on Wednesday.                                                                                                                                                                      plane illegally crossed into the country
 Adamenko, head of the state                 The computer-generated image shows a       impeachment.                                 ident after Basescu was suspended last         judges. (AFP)                                 and dropped hundreds of protest-sign-
 weather forecasting centre’s agri-       man aged around 30, with swept-back             Some members of the ruling centre-left     month.                                                   ❑           ❑        ❑              wielding teddy bears, officials said.
 culture department, indicating a         black hair and dark eyes.                     coalition USL have refused to accept            Prime Minister Victor Ponta, who                                                             President Alexander Lukashenko dis-
 revision downwards from the                 The bomber blew up the bus in a car        Basescu’s return to office.                  has said he is unhappy with the referen-       Kosovo justice charged: An EU                 missed the country’s top border control
                                          park at Burgas airport, a popular gateway       “Basically, President Basescu has been     dum result, called on all political parties    prosecutor has charged Kosovo’s former        official and the top air force commander
 centre’s previous 21 million             for tourists visiting Bulgaria’s Black Sea    impeached. He should resign,” said Crin      to “abstain from all form of public or         prosecutor and 13 other judicial officials    after the July 4 incident, in which a
 tonne estimate.                          coast, also killing himself and wounding      Antonescu, who took over as interim pres-    direct pressure on the Court or on its         with corruption during the privatisation of   biplane flew over the border from
               Critical                   more than 30 people.                                                                                                                                                                    Lithuania to airdrop the stuffed toys.
    Adamenko told Reuters that               “The police did not release any earlier                                                                                                                                                 The bears were attached to little para-
                                          photos of the bomber, who was decapitat-                                                                                                                                                chutes and held signs calling for freedom
 virtually the whole country would
                                          ed in the explosion, as they would have                                                                                                                Entry denied                     of speech and human rights. (AFP)
 see increasingly high tempera-
 tures up to Aug 11, though the sit-
                                          shocked the public,” Interior Minister                                                                                                                                                               ❑        ❑        ❑
 uation was particularly critical in
                                          Tsvetan Tsvetanov told reporters.
                                             “The badly damaged face of the
                                                                                                                                                                                       Soviet symbol ban                          Georgia parliament vote set:
 southern maize-growing areas             bomber was reconstructed thanks to mod-                                                                                                      VILNIUS, Aug 1, (RTRS): A                  Georgia’s President Mikheil Saakashvili
 where temperatures of up to 42           ern technology, supplied to Bulgaria by                                                                                                      Belarusian man driving a                   on Wednesday set his ex-Soviet country’s
 degrees were expected by Aug 6.          partner services,” Tsvetanov said, adding                                                                                                    Porsche sports car emblazoned              fiercely contested parliamentary polls for
    “There is a lot of maize in these     the man, who has not been identified, had                                                                                                    with the red and yellow flag of            October 1 and vowed to uphold their dem-
                                          spent some 20 days in the Balkan country                                                                                                     the Soviet Union was denied                ocratic standards.
 regions. The effect will be that the                                                                                                                                                                                                “The president is confident that the
 plants will prematurely dry out          before the attack. (RTRS)                                                                                                                    entry into Lithuania on Tuesday
                                                       ❑         ❑       ❑                                                                                                             on the grounds that the public             October elections will be yet another
 and the grain will not develop                                                                                                                                                        display of such symbols in the             proof of Georgian democracy’s maturity
 properly. Simply put - it will lead      Romania crisis drags: Romania’s                                                                                                              Baltic country is illegal.                 and viability, and that important steps will
 to a lower harvest,” she said.           biggest newspaper appealed the country’s                                                                                                        Under the rule of the former            be made to further strengthen the
    Agricultural Minister Mykiola         leaders to end their “political warfare” as                                                                                                  Soviet Union for almost half a             Georgian state,” his website said in a
 Prysyazhnyuk said on Tuesday             the ruling coalition made a new bid to                                                                                                       century, Vilnius banned the pub-           statement. (AFP)
 that the ministry stood by its           influence the results of a referendum to                                                                                                     lic display of Soviet symbols in                       ❑         ❑       ❑
                                          impeach the president.                                                                                                                       2008, sparking protests from for-
 overall grain harvest forecast for          Official results published Wednesday                                                                                                                                                 2 Serb soldiers killed: Officials
 the year of 45 million tonnes,                                                                                                                                                        mer colonial master Russia.                say two Serbian soldiers have been
                                          confirmed that President Traian Basescu                                                                                                         The bonnet of the offending
 which also includes wheat, barley        has escaped the motion to remove him                                                                                                         Porsche 966 – driven by a 26-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  killed in the explosion of an old NATO
 and other crops.                         from office as turnout at Sunday’s referen-                                                                                                                                             cluster bomb on Serbia’s border with
                                                                                                                                                                                       year-old man – had a giant                 Kosovo.
    But Adamenko said: “Analysts          dum fell below the 50 percent minimum                                                                                                        Soviet flag painted on it com-
 this year are agreed that the over-      threshold.                                                                                                                                                                                 The defense ministry says the officers
                                                                                                                                                                                       plete with a yellow hammer and             died Wednesday while clearing a mine
 all harvest could be around 43 mil-         Some 46.24 percent of 18.3 million                                                                                                        sickle symbol and star, Rokas
                                          registered voters cast their ballots. Those   In this photo taken July 31, Russian President Vladimir Putin (second from                                                                field near their barracks on Mount
 lion tonnes. I also believe that it                                                                                                                                                   Pukinskas, a spokesman told                Kopaonik in southern Serbia that was left
 will be about 43 million tonnes”.        who did, however, voted overwhelmingly        left), looks at a crock while meeting with pro-Kremlin youth activists at a camp               Reuters.
                                          — 86.52 percent — for Basescu’s                             at a bank of Seliger Lake in Tver region, Russia. (AP)                                                                      over from the 1999 war in Kosovo. (AP)

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