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VW to pay near $10.2B to settle emissions claims

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DETROIT (AP) — Volkswagen will spend about $10.2 billion to settle an emissions cheating scandal in the U.S. that has turned into one of the largest cases of corporate deception in the nation’s history. Two people briefed on settlement talks said most of the money would go to compensate 482,000 owners of cars with 2-liter diesel engines that were programmed ...

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Putin concerned about Mongolian dam threatening Lake Baikal

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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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Container shipping giant Maersk names new CEO

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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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Puerto Rico oil company charged in $11M corruption case

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The owner of Puerto Rico’s biggest oil supplier was accused Monday of misappropriating $11 million in public funds from the largest U.S. public power utility amid a dire economic crisis. Jose Gonzalez Amador and his company, PetroWest, face 46 criminal charges. They are alleged to have charged the heavily indebted Puerto Rico Electric Power ...

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Utility head blamed for late mention of Fukushima ‘meltdown’

TOKYO (AP) — An outside investigation team appointed by the operator of Japan’s damaged Fukushima nuclear plant said Thursday that an instruction from then-company president to avoid mentioning “meltdown” delayed disclosure of the status of three reactors. Tokyo Electric Power Co. described the Fukushima reactors’ condition as less serious “core damage” for two months after the March 2011 earthquake and ...

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Nigeria: Police dispute new attack claim by oil militants

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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

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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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Police come under attack, fire tear gas in Paris protest

PARIS (AP) — Protesters in Paris threw projectiles at police officers, who responded with tear gas, amid demonstrations Tuesday by tens of thousands of people opposed to a contested labor reform. Seven unions and student organizations had called demonstrations against the proposed law to loosen labor rules, which is being debated in the Senate. Protesters set out from southeast Paris ...

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