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October 23, 2017
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Iraq PM arrives on Saudi visit



Riyadh (AFP) Oct 21, 2017
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi arrived in Riyadh Saturday in a visit aimed at upgrading strategic ties, amid warming relations between the Arab neighbours. The tour coincides with Saudi Energy Minister Khaled al-Faleh's high profile visit to Baghdad where he called for the strengthening of economic relations to boost oil prices. It also comes after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, his second visit to the region in recent months to launch a fresh bid ... read more

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Rising dollar, risk tolerance, drags oil prices lower
Washington (UPI) Oct 20, 2017
The rise in the value of the U.S. dollar and tolerance for the risk in the oil-rich Kurdish north of Iraq pushed oil prices lower in early Friday trading. ... more
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Kurdish oil operations proceeding as normal
Washington (UPI) Oct 20, 2017
A day after U.S. supermajor Chevron said it was standing down in the Kurdish north of Iraq, British company Gulf Keystone Petroleum said all was well. ... more
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Iraq hikes southern oil output to make up for Kirkuk losses
Baghdad (AFP) Oct 21, 2017
Iraq said it hiked southern oil production by 200,000 barrels per day on Saturday to compensate for a halt in pumping in Kirkuk province because of its conflict with the Kurds. ... more
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Iraqi workers return after oil fields retaken from Kurds
Bai Hassan, Iraq (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
Turfed out three years ago by Kurdish forces, Iraqi oil workers are donning their overalls and inspecting equipment as they look to get down to work at installations snatched back by Baghdad. ... more
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Iran reaches agreement on gas with Italian power company
Washington (UPI) Oct 20, 2017
Iranian oil and gas companies said they've signed agreements with an Italian power company to capture flared gas at one of the world's largest natural fields. ... more
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Cuban oil drilling ready for 2018
Washington (UPI) Oct 20, 2017
While looking for partners to join in, Australian energy company Melbana said it was positioned for an early start to an oil drilling program in Cuba next year. ... more
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Chevron suspends operations in Iraqi Kurdistan
New York (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
Chevron said Friday it "temporarily" suspended operations in Kurdistan in Iraq, an oil-rich region at the center of a conflict between Baghdad and Kurdish forces. ... more
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Azerbaijan would support further OPEC balancing actions
Washington (UPI) Oct 20, 2017
Azerbaijan is ready to get in line behind any extraordinary effort needed to stabilize the market if a plan develops, its energy minister said Friday. ... more
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Wheatstone LNG a drag on Woodside Petroleum
Washington (UPI) Oct 19, 2017
General gains in liquefied natural gas production from Australia's Woodside Petroleum weren't enough to lift expectations for total output, it said Thursday. ... more
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Higher U.S. exports draining storage levels
wWashington (UPI) Oct 19, 2017
An increase in crude oil exports, which reached an all-time high, helped lead to the decline in storage levels for the U.S. market, data analysis show. ... more


Oil prices retreat on Russian concerns about balance

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Maintenance period drags Norwegian oil production lower
Washington (UPI) Oct 19, 2017
Oil production from Norway last month was far lower than expected, but still above figures from last year, a government agency said Thursday. ... more
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Baghdad reminds oil companies that it's in charge
Washington (UPI) Oct 19, 2017
The Iraqi Oil Ministry said Thursday that it was advising oil companies that they should be making contracts and dealing only with the federal government. ... more
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Oil States International expects revenue hit from Harvey
Washington (UPI) Oct 19, 2017
Oil States International, an oilfield services company catering to deepwater production, said Thursday its revenues would be impacted by Hurricane Harvey. ... more
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Russian and other regional energy majors look East
Washington (UPI) Oct 17, 2017
Some of the largest Russian and regional energy companies will be in Abu Dhabi to figure out how to tap deeper into Asian economies, conference organizers said. ... more



Breaking down stubborn cellulose
Styria, Austria (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Biofuels obtained from biomass are becoming increasingly important. Apart from biomethane, however, they cannot be produced efficiently, cheaply and sustainably since the current technological complexity and costs are still too high. Partly to blame is cellulose, a polysaccharide and plant constituent which is not water soluble and thus difficult to process. Typically, biorefineries use a ... more
Leuven, Belgium (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Separating methane and CO2 will become more efficient
Chicago IL (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Converting carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide using water, electricity
Liverpool UK (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Breakthrough in direct activation of CO2 and CH4 into liquid fuels and chemicals
Scientists create most powerful micro-scale bio-solar cell yet
Binghamton NY (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
Researchers at Binghamton University, State University of New York have created a micro-scale biological solar cell that generates a higher power density for longer than any existing cell of its kind. A microfluidic lab-on-a-chip system that generates its own power is essential for stand-alone, independent, self-sustainable point-of-care diagnostic devices to work in limited-resource and r ... more
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
SCE monopoly abuse of power prompts the necessity of off-grid inventions
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
Think laterally to sidestep production problems
Cayce SC (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Clean Energy Collective Starts Construction on SCE and G Community Solar Facilities
Construction to begin on $160 million Industry Leading Hybrid Renewable Energy Project
Canberra, Australia (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Australia's international wind energy company Windlab Limited will begin construction of the innovative $160 million Kennedy Energy Park hybrid renewable energy project, after securing financing from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency. The project is owned by Kennedy Energy Park Holdings Pty Ltd, a joint venture between Windlab and Eurus Energy Holdin ... more
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
A kite that might fly
Washington (UPI) Oct 17, 2017
Scotland outreach to Canada yields wind energy investment
Edinburgh (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
First floating wind farm starts operation in Scotland
South Korea to push ahead with nuclear power plants
Seoul (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
South Korea on Friday decided to push ahead with the construction of two new nuclear reactors after months of heated debate over whether the country should start weaning itself off atomic energy. A state commission, based on a survey of 471 jurors selected across the country, recommended finishing construction of the Shin Kori-5 and Shin Kori-6 reactors near the southeastern city of Ulsan. ... more
Seoul, South Korea (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
AREVA NP awarded contract for safety upgrades in seven reactors
Daniken, Switzerland (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
AREVA NP installs a system allowing flexible electricity generation at Goesgen nuclear power plant
Metz, France (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
Greenpeace fireworks shine light on French nuclear safety concerns
US ocean observation critical to understanding climate change
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 23, 2017
The ocean plays a critical role in climate and weather, serving as a massive reservoir of heat and water that influences tropical storms, El Nin?o, and climate change. In addition, the ocean has absorbed 30 percent of the carbon dioxide associated with human activities, lessening the climate effects of fossil fuel combustion. Ocean observing systems are important as they provide informatio ... more
Philadelphia PA (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Geologic evidence is the forerunner of ominous prospects for a warming earth
Berlin (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
'Plan B': Seven ways to engineer the climate
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
British government unveils green spending plans
Lyft gets $1 bn from Google parent to rev up challenge to Uber
San Francisco (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
US ridesharing giant Lyft announced Thursday it has received a $1 billion investment led by the venture arm of Google parent Alphabet, to help ramp up its challenge to market leader Uber. Lyft said the new funding gives it a valuation of $11 billion as it steps up competition against Uber, reeling from a series of missteps and scandals which have forced out its founder and chief executive. ... more
Manila (AFP) Oct 17, 2017
President Duterte threatens iconic Philippine 'jeepney'
Laguna Beach, United States (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
Baidu to hit the road with self-driving bus
Oslo (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
Norway seeks 'Tesla tax' on electric cars
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Nearly 700,000 Iraqis from war-torn Mosul still displaced: NGO
Baghdad (AFP) Oct 15, 2017
Nearly 700,000 Iraqis from the former jihadist stronghold of Mosul and nearby areas are still displaced despite the city's recapture in July, the Norwegian Refugee Council said Sunday. "One year since the start of the battle to retake Mosul from the Islamic State group (IS), some 673,000 Iraqis from the city and its surroundings remain displaced and unable to go back to their destroyed neigh ... more
Hawija, Iraq (AFP) Oct 7, 2017
Cinders and desolation in Iraq's Hawija after IS
Moscow (AFP) Oct 10, 2017
Moscow says US 'pretending' to fight IS in Iraq
Paris (AFP) Oct 10, 2017
Shock Iraq torture photos raise ethical dilemmas
N. Korea cloud has silver lining for South's armsmakers
Seoul (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
The constant missile and nuclear threats from South Korea's belligerent northern neighbour have racked regional tensions sky-high, but they are a boon for the country's burgeoning defence industry. South Korea has been one of the world's largest importers of military equipment and technology for decades - mostly from the US - but in recent years its domestic sector has grown rapidly. A ... more
Tehran (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
Iran supreme leader dismisses Trump's 'rants and whoppers'
Seoul (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
N. Korea sends China Communist Party faint praise
Washington (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
CIA chief: North Korea close to nuke that could hit US
Fact or fiction? Doubts over China's 'rising nationalism'
Shanghai (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
The Shanghai site of the first Chinese Communist congress 96 years ago might be expected to draw admiring crowds as the party gathers in Beijing for its 19th such meeting. But despite a nationwide propaganda blitz for China's most important political gathering, only a few scattered elderly comprise the noon rush at what is now a small museum, and visitor Cai Tian thinks he knows why. "Th ... more
Beijing (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
Echoes of Mao: China Communist Party fawns over 'Xi thought'
Beijing (AFP) Oct 16, 2017
Chinese businesses herald Communist congress by closing shop
Beijing (AFP) Oct 22, 2017
Xi's eyes and ears in Beijing: Red-armband army of 'volunteers'
Niger raid highlights US forces' growing Africa role
Washington (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
The killing of four American special operations soldiers in Niger has highlighted the increasing role elite units are playing across Africa, which is rapidly becoming a major center of US military action. Their mission is to counter the advances of a slew of jihadist movements across the continent, including Al-Shabaab in Somalia, affiliates of the Islamic State group in the Sahel region and ... more
Geneva (AFP) Oct 21, 2017
UN anti-torture panel suspends Rwanda trip over 'obstructions'
Bangui, Central African Republic (AFP) Oct 22, 2017
C. Africa holds military intervention record
Washington (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
Pentagon opens Niger ambush probe as new details emerge
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State Dept. proposes $343B C-17 support contract with Kuwait
Washington (UPI) Oct 20, 2017
The State Department announced Friday it has approved a possible foreign military sale to the government of Kuwait for continuation of the C-17 logistics support services and equipment. The contract, which requires approval from Congress before being finalized, is said to be worth an estimated $342.6 million and would meet a request from Kuwait for three years - with an option for an a ... more
Edwards AFB CA (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Hear This: 30 Percent Less Noise
Washington (UPI) Oct 20, 2017
Multiple countries set to receive new eyes in the sky for Apache attack helicopters
Washington (UPI) Oct 20, 2017
U.S. taps Elbit for pilot HUD display units
China's economic growth slows in Q3 but on course to beat target
Beijing (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
China's economy slowed marginally in the third quarter but is well on course to beat the government's annual target, cementing President Xi Jinping's standing as he prepares to be handed a second term in power at a Communist Party conclave. The world's number two economy expanded 6.8 percent in July-September, but while the figures released on Thursday were slightly down from the 6.9 percent ... more
Paris (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
Cognac craze in US, China prompts Hennessy expansion
Beijing (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
China's Xi vows open economy, investors want action
Hong Kong (AFP) Oct 22, 2017
Cashing out: The end of Hong Kong's historic trading floor
Warning for China as US hails India 'partnership'
Washington (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
The United States vowed Wednesday to work with India in preference to China over the next century to promote a "free and open" Asia-Pacific region led by prosperous democracies. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson delivered his unexpectedly sharp message to Beijing on the same day President Xi Jinping opened the Communist Party congress. His upbeat speech was designed to set the stage for a ... more
Berlin (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
NATO ill-prepared for a Russian attack: report
New Delhi (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
India welcomes Tillerson call for deeper ties to counter China
Washington (UPI) Oct 18, 2017
Nominee for CIA inspector general grilled over retaliation claims
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Delhi braces for pollution 'airpocalypse' as smog looms
Sonipat, India (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
As Hindus across India celebrate Diwali this week, scientists fear a ban on firecrackers and other emergency anti-pollution measures deployed by authorities may not be enough to prevent a repeat of last year's "airpocalypse" in Delhi. Each year, as winter descends on the Indian capital, a perfect storm of seasonal crop stubble burning, dense cloud cover and smoke generated by millions of fir ... more
Paris (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
Pollution killed nine million people in 2015: report
New Delhi (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
Delhi chokes on toxic haze despite Diwali fireworks ban
Beijing (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
Smog defies China's Communist Party congress
ESA takes the reins of the Disasters Charter
Paris (ESA) Oct 17, 2017
When disaster strikes, a group of international space agencies pools its resources and expertise to support relief efforts on the ground. For the next six months, ESA will be leading the International Charter Space and Major Disasters as it brings information from satellites to the aid of the vulnerable. Every six months, a different member takes the role of Primus Inter Pares - or Charter ... more
San Juan (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
Mayor of Puerto Rican capital a fighter who took on Trump
Zurich (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
Insured losses from hurricanes, Mexico quakes $95 bln: Swiss Re estimate
Zurich (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
Zurich Insurance sees $700 mln in hurricane claims in Q3
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