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Peru Indian leader on trial for highway massacre

By Franklin Briceno | Associated Press The leader of Peru’s main indigenous group and 52 others went on trial Wednesday in the killing of a dozen police officers after security forces fired on protesters opposed to plans to open the Amazon to widespread logging and oil drilling. In all, 22 police officers and 10 civilians were killed in the 2009 ...

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Central European nations working on gas strategy

The Associated Press BRATISLAVA, Slovakia — Central European leaders have agreed to come up with a plan to cooperate over gas supplies in case Russia cuts off deliveries through Ukraine. The plan was announced as Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that his country could stop sending gas next month because of Ukraine’s high gas debts. Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk ...

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Canadian firm gets funding for Dutch windmill farm

AMSTERDAM (AP) — A Canadian firm says it has raised 2.8 billion euros ($3.8 billion) to build a major new windmill farm 85 kilometers off the Dutch coast near Germany. Northland Power of Toronto said Thursday the 600 megawatt “Gemini” project should be completed in 2017. That’s enough electricity to supply roughly 750,000 Dutch households, if operating at full capacity. ...

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Mexico Senate passes political reform, easing legislative logjam

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MEXICO CITY May 14 (Reuters) – Mexico’s Senate voted to approve a political reform on Wednesday, helping clear the way for other pending measures, including eagerly-anticipated energy laws to implement a sector overhaul passed late last year. The reform, which would allow lawmakers to serve consecutive terms in office and sets new rules for coalition governments, was approved by a ...

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Canada revamps pipeline safety rules ahead of new projects

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By Julie Gordon VANCOUVER, May 14 (Reuters) – Canada unveiled new rules on Wednesday to enhance pipeline safety and spill response, ahead of the development of new projects proposed to carry crude from Alberta’s oil sands to coastal ports for export. The new legislation will give Canada’s energy regulator, the National Energy Board (NEB), more power to enforce compliance on safety ...

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Congo WWF employees receive death threats

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John Bestoloffe , Shale Plays Media The World Wildlife Foundation reported on Monday that two of its employees had received threats on their lives for their vocal opposition to oil exploration in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Virunga National Park. Unidentified callers told the WWF “we want his head” in reference to a staff member working in Goma, DRC who ...

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Egypt seeks alternative to Tamar gas

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By AMIRAM BARKAT for the Globes, Tel Aviv, Israel Paralleling plans to import natural gas from the Tamar field, Egypt is moving ahead on a plan that might reduce the need for Israeli gas. “Interfax Natural Gas Daily” reports that that Egypt is in talks with Norway’s Hoegh LNG AS (OMX: HLNG) to lease the company’s latest floating storage regasification ...

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Strike call in Turkey as mine blast death toll rises, scores still trapped

Turkey’s biggest union geared for a massive strike amid mounting anger over the country’s worst mining accident, as the toll from the disaster rose to 282, with scores still trapped underground. ISTANBUL, May 14 (Reuters) – “Those who keep up with privatisation… policies, who threaten workers’ lives to reduce costs… are the culprits of the Soma massacre and they must be ...

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White House says no issue with Biden’s son, Ukraine gas company

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By ROBERTA RAMPTON (Reuters) – The White House on Tuesday brushed aside questions about whether the involvement of Vice President Joe Biden’s son in a Ukrainian natural gas company raised ethical issues at a time when the administration is promoting energy diversity in the country. R. Hunter Biden, a lawyer and a partner in an investment firm, was recently named to the board ...

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Vietnamese riot in industrial zones in anti-China protest

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HANOI, May 14 (Reuters) – Rioting broke out at industrial zones in southern Vietnam during protests by thousands of workers angered by Chinese oil drilling in a contested area of the South China Sea, officials said on Wednesday. Workers smashed gates in the rioting on Tuesday and entered industrial parks housing factories in Binh Duong and Dong Nai provinces, which are central ...

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