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Gulf economic slowdown sees foreign workers trapped by debts

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The economic slowdown gripping countries across the Persian Gulf can be seen in layoffs, slowed construction projects and government cutbacks. For the millions of foreign workers drawn by brighter job prospects, it can have a far-darker side if they find themselves deep in debt. Gulf countries like Qatar largely don’t have bankruptcy laws, leaving laid-off workers ...

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Top Bakken news stories – May 14-27

It’s been an odd couple weeks for the Bakken. This highlight reel features an eclectic mix of justice, oil and saltwater spills, theft of oilfield explosives and the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference. Scroll down to see what you missed! 7. 105K gallons of saltwater-oil mixture spills in North Dakota MARMARTH, N.D. (AP) — A tank overflow has caused a spill of ...

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New cloud formation discovery may lessen warming forecast

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new discovery about how clouds form may scale back some of the more dire predictions about temperature increases caused by man-made global warming. That’s because it implies that a key assumption for making such predictions is a bit off. “What this will do is slightly reduce and sharpen the projections for temperature during the 21st century,” ...

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Spain gets EU consent to spend $2.4BN on shutting coal mines

MADRID (AP) — Spain has won approval from European authorities to spend 2.13 billion euros ($2.4 billion) on the closure of 26 coal mines by 2018. The government expenditure includes covering production losses as the uncompetitive mines wind down, providing financial support to laid-off workers through severance payments and social security benefits, and financing safety and other works after the ...

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UN agency reports Iranian has complied with nuclear deal

VIENNA (AP) — Iran has corrected one violation of its landmark nuclear deal with six world powers and is honoring all other major obligations, the U.N. atomic energy agency reported Friday. The U.N’s International Atomic Energy Agency is responsible for monitoring the agreement Iran signed last year with the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany that reduces and ...

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