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Suspect arrested in death of ex-coal chief executive

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An Ohio man fatally shot a former coal company executive at a cemetery where the businessman’s wife is buried and has been arrested on a first-degree murder warrant, a sheriff said Tuesday. A second man has also been charged as an accessory. Authorities said Anthony R. Arriaga of Delphos, Ohio, shot Bennett K. Hatfield on Monday ...

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Militants shut down Chevron’s Escravos, onshore in Nigeria

WARRI, Nigeria (AP) — Militants bombed a pipeline feeding electricity to Chevron’s Escravos terminal Thursday, shutting down the U.S.-based oil major’s onshore operations in Nigeria, the attackers and residents said. It was the third assault on a Chevron Nigeria facility this month. It’s the latest in a string of attacks claimed by the Niger Delta Avengers that has brought Nigerian ...

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Clashes, oil blockades over France’s economic future

PARIS (AP) — Volley after volley of tear gas poisoned the Paris air Thursday, as authorities struggled against nationwide strikes and a groundswell of public anger at a high-stakes government attempt to change the way France views work. Oil refineries shuttered. Nuclear were plants on hold. Dock workers hurled firecrackers. Union activists cranked up the tensions to try to force ...

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Hercules Offshore strikes deal with lenders

NEW YORK (AP) — Oilfield services company Hercules Offshore has worked out an agreement with lenders before it seeks Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, the second time will have done so in less than year. This time, however, the company is selling assets to pay off investors. Hercules transferred the right to acquire the rig, formerly named Hercules Highlander, to a ...

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Putin visits Greece for energy, investment talks

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin made his first trip to a European Union country this year Friday with a visit to Greece that will include a stop at a secluded Christian Orthodox monastic sanctuary in the country’s north. Under heavy security, Putin arrived for a two-day visit expected to focus on energy cooperation and Russian investments during ...

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At UN climate talks some worry about Brexit, Trump impacts

BONN, Germany (AP) — Climate negotiators ended their first talks after last year’s landmark Paris Agreement on Thursday with some delegates expressing concern about the potential impact of upcoming votes in the U.S. and Britain. Britons will decide next month whether to remain in the European Union while Americans will elect a new president in November. The 28-member EU has ...

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Nigeria: Local leaders back militants hitting oil production

WARRI, Nigeria (AP) — Community leaders and activists in Nigeria’s oil-producing Niger Delta voiced support for a new group of violent militants, saying their demands for a greater share of oil wealth match the aspirations of local people. At a stakeholders’ meeting held Thursday in the southern town of Warri, community leaders accused the Nigerian government of a heavy-handed military ...

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