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September 26, 2017
Iraqi Kurdistan, autonomous and oil-rich

Arbil, Iraq (AFP) Sept 25, 2017
Iraq's Kurdish region, which is holding a referendum on statehood on Monday, has been autonomous since 1991 and has played a major role in the war against jihadists. - Oil rich, financially strapped - Situated in the rugged, mountainous north of Iraq, the oil-rich region is home to about five million people. It is mainly made up of Kurds, who are mostly Sunni Muslims, alongside Christian and Turkmen minorities. Officially comprising Arbil, Dohuk and Sulaimaniyah provinces, Iraqi Kurdista ... read more

Shale-rich Oklahoma holds special session to address budget gap
Washington (UPI) Sep 25, 2017
Lawmakers in shale-rich Oklahoma meet Monday in a special session to help address budget strains that the governor said are critical. ... more
Gazprom steals spotlight from Exxon Mobil
Washington (UPI) Sep 25, 2017
Russian energy company Gazprom was ranked by S&P Global Platts as the top financial performer of the year, ending the reign for Exxon Mobil. ... more
Filter may be a match for fracking water
Swansea UK (SPX) Sep 26, 2017
A new superhydrophilic filter has proven able to remove greater than 90 per cent of hydrocarbons, as well as all bacteria and particulates from contaminated water produced by hydraulic fracturing (f ... more
BP brings shale techniques to Oman to start gas production
Washington (UPI) Sep 25, 2017
British energy company BP said it brought lessons learned from hydraulic fracturing in the United States to start production at a natural gas field in Oman. ... more
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Tass: OPEC might extend production cut deal again
Washington (UPI) Sep 25, 2017
A source close to negotiations over an OPEC-led effort to balance the market with production cuts told Russian media Monday an extension was under review. ... more
Balanced sentiment drives oil prices higher
Washington (UPI) Sep 25, 2017
Sentiment that the global market for crude oil is returning to balance after years of supply-side strains pushed oil prices toward an eight-month high Monday. ... more
Gas operations at one of Israel's largest fields closed down
Washington (UPI) Sep 25, 2017
Gas should start flowing again by the end of the week following repairs to the infrastructure on one of Israel's largest offshore fields, partners said. ... more
Both sides claim win with fracking ruling
Washington (UPI) Sep 22, 2017
Both sides in the debate over hydraulic fracturing claimed victory with a federal appeals court in Denver ruling on federal powers. ... more
Nigeria ready to play OPEC ball, Russia says
Washington (UPI) Sep 22, 2017
Nigeria may be ready to give up its status as an OPEC member exempt from the effort to balance the market with production cuts, Russia's oil minister said. ... more
French company Total captures more assets in the Gulf of Mexico
Washington (UPI) Sep 22, 2017
French energy company Total said Friday it was able to "capture" more opportunities in the Gulf of Mexico through an agreement with Chevron. ... more

Texas sees pipelines, infrastructure as energy leverage

Norway's Statoil says it reached emissions goals early
Washington (UPI) Sep 22, 2017
After reaching its climate targets ahead of schedule, Norwegian energy company Statoil said it was raising the bar for cutting its emissions. ... more
Petrol prices pumped up in Pyongyang
Pyongyang (AFP) Sept 23, 2017
Petrol prices are being pumped higher in Pyongyang in the wake of United Nations sanctions restricting exports of oil products to nuclear-armed North Korea. ... more
Oil prices in mixed territory amid OPEC waiting game
Washington (UPI) Sep 22, 2017
Crude oil prices were in mixed territory early Friday as traders waited to see what would happen with a committee monitoring OPEC's market balancing act. ... more
Nigeria, Turkey to meet over illegal arms shipments
Lagos (AFP) Sept 22, 2017
A top Nigerian official was scheduled to meet the Turkish ambassador Friday after hundreds of rifles allegedly from Turkey made it to the west African country this week falsely labelled as plumbing materials. ... more

Green algae could hold clues for engineering faster-growing crops
Princeton NJ (SPX) Sep 25, 2017
Two new studies of green algae - the scourge of swimming pool owners and freshwater ponds - have revealed new insights into how these organisms siphon carbon dioxide from the air for use in photosynthesis, a key factor in their ability to grow so quickly. Understanding this process may someday help researchers improve the growth rate of crops such as wheat and rice. In the studies publishe ... more
Urbana IL (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Researchers discover unique property of critical methane-producing enzyme
University Park PA (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
New biomaterial could replace plastic laminates, greatly reduce pollution
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
Re-engineering biofuel-producing bacterial enzymes
Green Bank Network totals over $29 Billion for clean energy projects around the World
Albany NY (SPX) Sep 25, 2017
The Green Bank Network has closed transactions that are expected to mobilize more than US$29 billion in public and private capital for clean energy projects around the globe, putting them on pace to exceed their collective goal of US$40 billion by 2019. The announcement was made at the 5th annual Green Bank Congress, part of ClimateWeek NYC. Green Bank Network members are mobilizing as much as 1 ... more
Antigua and Barbuda (SPX) Sep 25, 2017
Antigua's well-built PV systems sustain impact of hurricane Irma
Golden CO (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
NREL investigates coatings needed for concentrating solar power
Chicago IL (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Scientists make atoms-thick Post-It notes for solar cells and circuits
French energy company to build wind power sector in India
Washington (UPI) Sep 20, 2017
French energy company ENGIE said it teamed up with an investment group to help develop a wind energy program in India, one of the world's fastest growing economies. The company formed a partnership with the Abraaj investment group to develop as much as 1 gigawatt of wind power in the Indian energy sector. "Energy demand is growing tremendously in India, and ENGIE is investing in ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
Finding better wind energy potential with the new European Wind Atlas
Washington (UPI) Sep 7, 2017
Last of the 67 turbines for a British wind farm installed
Washington (UPI) Sep 14, 2017
Kimberly-Clark next U.S. company to draw more on renewables
Against rising headwinds, UK pushes ahead with nuclear projects
London (AFP) Sept 20, 2017
Under pressure from Brexit and the declining costs of renewable energy, Britain's nuclear industry is increasingly relying on supportive government policy to plough on with high-profile - and controversial - projects. With four big projects due for completion by 2025, the country is at the forefront of a global industry left shaken by the 2011 disaster at the Fukushima nuclear site in Japa ... more
Saint Petersburg (AFP) Sept 22, 2017
Russia floats out powerful nuclear icebreaker
Princeton NJ (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
Russia's use and stockpiles of highly enriched uranium pose significant nuclear risks
Bloomington IN (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
Discovery could reduce nuclear waste by chemically reengineering molecules
Science denial not limited to political right
Chicago IL (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
In the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, many claims have been made that science denial, particularly as it relates to climate change, is primarily a problem of the political right. But what happens when scientific conclusions challenge liberals' attitudes on public policy issues, such as gun control, nuclear power or immigration? A new study from social psychologists at the Univer ... more
Ottawa (AFP) Sept 20, 2017
Canada Tory MP called out for referring to minister as 'climate Barbie'
Washington (AFP) Sept 17, 2017
US looks to work with Paris climate accord 'partners': Tillerson
San Diego CA (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
Climate risk classification created to account for potential 'existential' threats
In the future, roads could generate power from passing traffic
Washington DC (UPI) Sep 18, 2017
The quest for a greener economy demands unlikely sources of energy. How about traffic? Researchers at Lancaster University in England are working to develop materials that can be incorporated into asphalt and convert the rumbling vibrations of passing vehicles into usable electricity. The "piezolectric" ceramics developed by engineers could potentially generate more than 1 megawa ... more
Frankfurt Am Main (AFP) Sept 22, 2017
Carmakers face billions in European CO2 fines from 2021: study
Washington (AFP) Sept 20, 2017
Dockless bike-share hits US capital, following craze in China
Beijing (AFP) Sept 21, 2017
Baidu announces $1.5 bln fund for autonomous driving
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Iraq since the US-led invasion
Baghdad (AFP) Sept 25, 2017
US-led forces invaded Saddam Hussein's Iraq in 2003 after claims it was harbouring weapons of mass destruction. Here is a timeline of major events in the country since then: - 2003 fall and capture of Saddam - Sirens wail and explosions rock Baghdad around dawn on March 20, signalling the start of the invasion, as announced soon afterwards by US president George W. Bush in a televise ... more
Baghdad (AFP) Sept 25, 2017
Iraq hangs 42 prisoners on death row: ministry
Sharqat, Iraq (AFP) Sept 22, 2017
Iraq forces oust IS from northern town in drive on Hawija
Baghdad (AFP) Sept 23, 2017
Tribes, tradition stand in way of Iraq police
US labels N. Korea 'war' claim absurd, as Pyongyang boosts defences
New York (AFP) Sept 26, 2017
The United States dismissed as "absurd" North Korea's accusation that President Donald Trump has declared war against the regime, after Pyongyang said it was ready to defend itself by shooting down American bombers. Speaking to reporters outside his New York hotel, Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho responded to Trump tweeting at the weekend that North Korea's leadership "won't be around much longe ... more
Pyongyang (AFP) Sept 25, 2017
Chinese traders get down to business at Pyongyang trade show
Plesetsk (Sputnik) Sep 25, 2017
Russia Conducts Test Launch of RS-24 Yars ICBM
Tehran (AFP) Sept 25, 2017
Iran says Trump claims of North Korea links 'nonsense'
Universities battleground for latest row over Hong Kong freedoms
Hong Kong (AFP) Sept 23, 2017
Universities have become the latest battleground over freedoms in Hong Kong as a ban on signs on campuses advocating independence from China sparks fresh fears that the city's liberties are under threat. As term kicked off earlier this month, posters and banners calling for semi-autonomous Hong Kong to split from the mainland were plastered on walls and bulletin boards after a tense summer ... more
Beijing (AFP) Sept 25, 2017
China gives Tianjin ex-mayor 12 years for graft
Hong Kong (AFP) Sept 21, 2017
Patten on egg tarts and the future of Hong Kong
Datang, China (AFP) Sept 21, 2017
An ancient Chinese fishing community washes ashore
C. Africa asks UN to send more peacekeepers, ease arms embargo
United Nations, United States (AFP) Sept 22, 2017
The Central African Republic's president urged the United Nations on Friday to send more peacekeepers to his strife-torn country and ease an arms embargo in the way of equipping his weak army. Addressing the UN General Assembly, President Faustin-Archange Touadera said a recent upsurge in violence was linked to a battle for control of the country's natural resources, implicitly rejecting the ... more
Bamako (AFP) Sept 21, 2017
New ceasefire signed by armed groups
Lagos (AFP) Sept 23, 2017
Nigerian journalist detained over report on flood camp protest
On Board The Dixmude, Senegal (AFP) Sept 20, 2017
West Africa steps up battle against pirates and poachers
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Airbus wins $4-bln order from Cathay Pacific
Paris (AFP) Sept 13, 2017
Airbus said Wednesday it has finalised a more than $4 billion order with Cathay Pacific for 32 of its A321neo aircraft to revamp the Hong Kong-based carrier's regional affiliate. The single-aisle medium-haul jets will be operated by Cathay Dragon which flies from Hong Kong to a number of Asian destinations, Airbus said in a statement. A preliminary agreement had been signed in August. ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 7, 2017
MD Helicopter contracted for 150 Cayuse Warriors for Afghan air force
Washington (UPI) Sep 12, 2017
Harris Corp. developing F-35 missile release system
Washington (UPI) Sep 12, 2017
Navy chiefs see difficulties but improvement with aircraft readiness
Japan raising up to $11.6 bn in postal giant share sale
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 25, 2017
Japan said on Monday that it expects to raise more than $11.6 billion by selling off another chunk of the country's massive postal service. The government will sell 914 million Japan Post shares at 1,322 yen apiece, it said in a regulatory filing, with the offering set to raise as much as 1.3 trillion yen ($11.6 billion) if domestic and foreign investors snap up an extra allotment of stock. ... more
Washington Sept 22, 2017
US says NAFTA helps Chinese goods reach American market
Shenyang, China (AFP) Sept 24, 2017
China rust belt opens door wider to foreign investors
Beijing (AFP) Sept 25, 2017
US commerce secretary in Beijing ahead of Trump trip
Chinese ships sail near disputed islands with Japan
Beijing (AFP) Sept 25, 2017
Chinese coast guard vessels sailed near disputed islands claimed by Japan and China in the East China Sea on Monday, marking the second such incident in less than a week. The four ships entered the waters surrounding the island chain, controlled by Japan and known as Senkaku in Japanese and Diaoyu in China, at around 10:00 am (0100 GMT) and were moving in a southwest direction, according to ... more
Rio De Janeiro (AFP) Sept 24, 2017
General's 'intervention' comment raises eyebrows in Brazil
New Delhi (AFP) Sept 25, 2017
US defence chief in India to boost military ties
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 26, 2017
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Canada's Eldorado Gold to suspend investment in Greece
Athens (AFP) Sept 11, 2017
Canada's Eldorado Gold announced early Monday it would suspend investment in mining operations in Greece due to what it said were delays by the Greek government in issuing permits. Despite repeated attempts by the company and its Greek subsidiary to talk to the government, "delays continue in issuing routine permits and licences for the construction and development of the Skouries and Olympi ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 14, 2017
Brexit a step away from pollution commitments, U.N. envoy says
London (AFP) Sept 11, 2017
UN slams UK government over 'plague' of air pollution
Colombo (AFP) Sept 1, 2017
Sri Lanka bans plastic after garbage crisis
In Dominica, islanders stand strong despite chaos
Roseau, Dominica (AFP) Sept 23, 2017
It's been less than a week since Hurricane Maria largely destroyed the Caribbean island of Dominica - but despite cut-off supplies and extreme conditions, its inhabitants remain optimistic in the face of devastation. Maria killed 15 people when it tore through the "Nature Island" - population 72,000 - as a Category Five storm, leaving its once-luscious green mountains stripped to dirt. ... more
Mexico City (AFP) Sept 23, 2017
Frida, the four-legged heroine of Mexico's quake rescues
Mexico City (AFP) Sept 23, 2017
Psychologists help Mexico deal with double trauma of quake
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 25, 2017
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