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Engineer accused of illegally helping China build reactors

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Chinese-born U.S. nuclear engineer has been accused of recruiting a team of U.S.-based experts to help a state-controlled Chinese nuclear energy company build reactors there. Szuhsiung Ho, also known as Allen Ho, had dual citizenship in China, where he was employed with the China General Nuclear Power Company, and the U.S., where he was owner ...

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Another study says global warming may be worse than experts think

WASHINGTON (AP) — Most computer simulations of climate change are underestimating by at least one degree how warm the world will get this century, a new study suggests. It all comes down to clouds and how much heat they are trapping. According to the study published Thursday in the journal Science, computer model simulations say there is more ice and ...

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Cuckoo clocks? Venezuela shifting time hoping to save energy

Cuckoo clocks? Venezuela shifting time hoping to save energy

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s government is changing the clock again as part of its efforts to stave off an electricity crisis. The move comes nine years after former President Hugo Chavez created Venezuela’s own, unique time zone in a stroke of anti-imperialist independence. President Nicolas Maduro said Thursday that the new change will take effect May 1. He didn’t ...

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Romania discusses Black Sea drilling with Russia’s Lukoil

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania’s energy minister has discussed a Russian-U.S.-Romanian drilling project in the Black Sea where more than 30 billion cubic meters (1,060 billion cubic feet) of natural gas have been discovered. The office of Energy Minister Victor Grigorescu said Thursday that he met this week with Vladimir Nekrasov, a senior official with Russia’s Lukoil, to discuss the ...

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Iran and Italy sign several deals during visit by PM Renzi

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s official IRNA news agency says Iran and Italy have signed seven agreements during a visit by Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi to Tehran. The Tuesday report says the agreements include a natural gas project by the Italian electricity and gas company Enel. Other deals include a car component agreement with Danieli, an agreement with the ...

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Weak oil prices prompt Fitch to cut Saudi Arabia’s rating

LONDON (AP) — Saudi Arabia suffered another credit ratings downgrade on Tuesday after Fitch lowered its view on the oil-rich kingdom in light of the fall in energy prices. In a note, Fitch said it was reducing its rating on Saudi Arabia by one notch to AA- from AA and warned that another downgrade was more likely than an upward ...

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Kuwait oil workers union threatens strike over benefits cut

KUWAIT CITY (AP) — A union in Kuwait says employees in six oil and petrochemical companies will go on strike next Sunday over their salaries and benefits unless the country’s Oil Ministry agrees to their demands. That’s according to a statement Monday signed by the head of Kuwait Oil and Petrochemical Workers Union, Saif al-Qahtani. The statement said that all ...

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Mexico thieves build tunnel, camouflaged truck to steal oil

Mexico thieves build tunnel, camouflaged trucks to steal oil

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Authorities in central Mexico say thieves built a camouflaged truck to transport fuel stolen from government pipelines. Police found a tunnel built by pipeline thieves in the same state of Guanajuato last week. The discoveries show the sophistication of thieves who drill taps into state-owned pipelines thousands of times every year to steal gasoline and diesel. ...

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World Bank hikes aid to poor nations fighting global warming

WASHINGTON (AP) — The World Bank is boosting spending on climate change by 50 percent to help poorer countries battle global warming and power 150 million homes with renewable energy. The bank released a 59-page climate action plan Thursday designed to help less developed nations meet global warming goals that countries set last December in Paris. The international financial organization ...

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Vietnam demands that China move oil rig

Vietnam demands that China move oil rig

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam demanded Friday that China remove an oil exploration rig from an area of the South China Sea where their border is still being demarcated, and said Beijing’s unilateral actions were complicating regional tensions. The oil rig was at the center of a standoff between the countries in 2014 when China parked it near the Paracel ...

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