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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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US rig count rises 6 last week to 414, 2nd week of gains

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose by six last week to 414, the second consecutive week the count has increased after a slide that lasted months and pushed the count to record-low levels amid collapsed energy prices. A year ago, 859 rigs were active. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes ...

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Mexico to offer farm-out on deep water field in Gulf

Mexico, Pemex

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s state-owned oil company announced Friday it will offer a farm-out arrangement to private firms to join in the exploration of a deep-water field in the Gulf of Mexico. It would be the first time that Petroleos Mexicanos has formed an association with a private firm for deep-water drilling. Pemex Director Jose Antonio Gonzalez called it ...

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Germany’s Merkel meets Chinese premier amid trade worries

BEIJING (AP) — China recognizes European concerns about overcapacity in its steel sector, but believes that is a symptom of the falloff in global demand, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said Monday. Speaking to visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Li appeared eager to counter criticisms that a glut of Chinese steel exports is overwhelming producers in overseas markets including Germany, Britain ...

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Costa Rica puts finishing touches on hydroelectric power dam

SIQUIRRES DE LIMON, Costa Rica (AP) — Costa Rica is putting the finishing touches on the largest hydroelectric power project in Central America, as the last generators come on line. The Reventazon dam is expected to produce 305.5 megawatts of electricity, enough to power about 525,000 homes. The government electricity board says the project is 99 percent completed, with two ...

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Work on Dakota Access begins in Iowa, protesters vow nonviolent acts

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Work has begun in Iowa on an oil pipeline despite repeated attempts by landowners and environmental groups to stop it, a spokeswoman for the Texas company building the pipeline said Thursday. The Iowa Utilities Board signed a final order Wednesday allowing construction on the $3.8 billion, 1,150-mile pipeline that spans four states, and work began ...

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Militants claim blast of another Nigeria oil pipeline

Nigeria pipeline attack

WARRI, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian militants say they have blown up another crude pipeline owned by Italian oil company Agip. The Niger Delta Avengers announced the early-morning blast in Bayelsa state in a tweet Friday. The latest blast comes a few days after the militants rejected the government’s offer of peace talks. Nigeria’s government had ordered the military to halt ...

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