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Militants claim blast of another Nigeria oil pipeline

WARRI, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian militants say they have blown up another crude pipeline owned by Italian oil company Agip. The Niger Delta Avengers announced the early-morning blast in Bayelsa state in a tweet Friday. The latest blast comes a few days after the militants rejected the government’s offer of peace talks. Nigeria’s government had ordered the military to halt ...

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Indian PM visits Qatar to talk gas supply, workers’ rights

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi is paying his first official visit to gas-rich Qatar, where he met the Gulf country’s leaders on Sunday to discuss economic ties. Qatar is one of the world’s largest suppliers of liquefied natural gas. Qatari media says it supplies India with more than 85 percent of its gas needs. ...

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Global stocks slide amid concerns about world economy

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Global stocks fell on Thursday as investors worried about the health of the global economy given the Federal Reserve’s cautious stance about raising its interest rates. Financial markets were closed for holidays in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. KEEPING SCORE: In Europe, Britain’s FTSE 100 slid 0.9 percent at 6,248 and Germany’s DAX fell 1.2 percent ...

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Nigerian militants blow up Chevron oil well, reject dialogue

WARRI, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian oil militants said they blew up another Chevron oil well Wednesday in a rejection of the government’s offer of peace talks. The bombing comes a day after the government ordered the military to halt attacks in the oil-producing south and urged the militants to halt the bombings to allow a dialogue. But the Niger Delta ...

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Iran says US congressmen can’t visit amid nuclear deal row

Tehran, Iran, nuclear deal

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran said Tuesday it would not grant visas to three U.S. congressmen opposed to the nuclear deal, calling their request to monitor the accord a “publicity stunt.” The three Republican lawmakers — Reps. Frank LoBiondo of New Jersey, Mike Pompeo of Kansas and Lee Zeldin of New York — all voted against the deal and are ...

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Venezuelan oil company PDVSA gives Paraguay deadline to repay debt

ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — Venezuela’s state oil company PDVSA has given Paraguay a 10-day deadline to pay a $287 million debt for crudes sales dating back to 2009. Felipe Oddone, communications director for Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes, says his country would, for now, only be able to pay 50 percent of the debt. Oddone said Saturday that the president of ...

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Saudis to create more jobs, cut subsidies in reform plan

Saudi Arabia

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia on Tuesday unveiled the details of the first phase of an economic overhaul aimed at reducing reliance on oil exports and preparing for the millions of young people who will be seeking jobs and affordable housing in the coming years. The National Transformation Plan (NTP) was approved by the Saudi Cabinet late ...

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French labor standoff: rail company offers deal to unions

France, airport

PARIS (AP) — With trains canceled across France on the seventh day of a nationwide strike, the SNCF national rail service has offered unions a deal to try to persuade train drivers to go back to work. The main Paris airport and most of the country’s oil refineries were also hit by blockades or strikes Tuesday, part of an extensive ...

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Italian oil company Eni’s CEO meets with Libyan premier

MILAN (AP) — The CEO of Italian oil giant Eni has traveled to Tripoli for the first time since July 2014 to meet with the new head of Libya’s U.N.-backed government. Eni said in a statement that the meeting Saturday between CEO Claudio Descalzi and Libya’s new prime minister, Fayez Serraj, underlines Eni’s commitment to continuing operations in Libya and ...

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Power blackout as French workers strike over labor bill

PARIS (AP) — Striking workers created blackouts by cutting power to a big electricity line in western France and occupied train tracks at a Paris railway hub Thursday as unions at nuclear plants and the national rail service protested the proposed abolition of some French labor protections. Workers have sector-specific demands, but are also tapping into months of widespread anger ...

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