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TransCanada seeks $15B for rejection of Keystone pipeline

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The company that proposed the Keystone XL pipeline is seeking $15 billion in damages from the federal government after the Obama administration rejected the Canada-to-Texas project, a company spokesman said Monday. TransCanada Inc. filed a request for arbitration Friday under the North American Free Trade Agreement, arguing that the State Department’s actions led the company to ...

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Guyana: Exxon appraisal well finds large oil, gas deposits

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — Officials in the South American country of Guyana say Exxon Mobil has found large deposits of oil and gas in a recently drilled appraisal well. Energy Minister Raphael Trotman told The Associated Press on Monday that the company will drill another well in upcoming months. Officials have said Exxon Mobil previously drilled another well last year ...

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Oil militants call for referendum on breaking up Nigeria

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Oil militants who have slashed Nigeria’s petroleum production with attacks on pipelines called Sunday for a referendum on breaking up the Nigerian federation. The Niger Delta Avengers group posted a map on social media suggesting that the West African power house could divide into five countries. Analysts had predicted that the stunning result of the British ...

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Netanyahu: Deal with Turkey promotes ‘stability’ in Mideast

Turkey, Italy deal

ROME (AP) — Israel and Turkey on Monday announced a reconciliation deal to end a bitter six-year rift between the Mideast powers. In Rome, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the deal would help bring “stability” to the turbulent Middle East. His Turkish counterpart, Binali Yildirim, made a simultaneous announcement in Ankara. Relations between the once-close allies imploded six years ...

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Putin concerned about Mongolian dam threatening Lake Baikal

lake baikal

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s President Vladimir Putin voiced strong concern Thursday about Mongolia’s plans to build a hydroelectric plant on a river flowing into Lake Baikal, warning it could endanger the world’s deepest lake. Putin said that the prospective China-funded dam on the Selenga River would cause “certain risks” to the lake in southern Siberia. “We would like to study ...

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Obama immigration plan blocked by 4-4 tie at Supreme Court

Obama immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) — A tie vote by the Supreme Court is blocking President Barack Obama’s immigration plan that sought to shield millions living in the U.S. illegally from deportation. The justices’ one-sentence opinion on Thursday effectively kills the plan for the rest of Obama’s presidency. The outcome underscores that the direction of U.S. immigration policy will be determined in large ...

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Container shipping giant Maersk names new CEO

Maersk

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The world’s largest shipping company, A.P. Moller-Maersk group, has appointed an insider as its new chief executive, sending its shares up more than 9 percent amid hopes he might help turn the company around. The Danish conglomerate, which is also an oil company, said Thursday that Soeren Skou, CEO of the container-shipping division Maersk Line, will ...

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Energy company owner pleads guilty in Venezuela bribery case

HOUSTON (AP) — The owner of several U.S. energy companies pleaded guilty Thursday to bribery and tax charges in what federal authorities say was a scheme to secure millions of dollars in contracts from Venezuela’s state-owned energy company. U.S. District Judge Gray Miller set a Sept. 30 sentencing for Roberto Enrique Rincon Fernandez, of The Woodlands. He faces up to ...

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Nigeria: Police dispute new attack claim by oil militants

WARRI, Nigeria (AP) — Local police are disputing claims that Nigerian oil militants struck another pipeline in the Niger Delta, saying an explosion was instead caused by a gas leakage. Cordelia Nwawe, police spokesperson for Akwa Ibom state, said Friday that engineers were “working to rectify the leakage” from the pipeline owned by the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation. The Niger ...

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Kerry tours Arctic Circle to see climate change impact

John Kerry, Arctic

NY-ALESUND, Norway (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday visited Norway’s extreme north, viewing areas where climate change has melted ice and opened new sea lanes. Trailed by staff and journalists in small Zodiac-type inflatable boats, Kerry and Norway’s foreign minister motored in an Arctic scientific vessel from a research station in Ny-Alesund, the world’s northernmost civilian ...

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