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Nigeria: 30 killed in pre-election violence in oil state

WARRI, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria’s governing party says at least 30 of its members have died as oil-rich Rivers state prepares for a rerun of legislative elections previously annulled amid fraud and killings. Rivers state is a stronghold of the opposition Democrats who deny responsibility and, according to state government spokesman Austin Tam George, blame the spate of killings over ...

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ESAI: Libyan production will not recover

Libyan oil, desert

Intelligence Briefing Libya is the latest front in the West’s campaign against the self‐proclaimed Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL). The recent U.S. air strikes, press reports of the French aircraft carrier moving to waters off of Libya, and the quickly rumored and just as quickly knocked‐down discussion of Italian troops going to Libya has only highlighted the ...

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BY THE NUMBERS: The Fukushima nuclear disaster, 5 years on

The Fukushima nuclear disaster, 5 years on

TOKYO (AP) — Five years after a powerful earthquake and tsunami sent the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Japan into multiple meltdowns, cleaning up the mess both onsite and in surrounding towns remains a work in progress. Here’s a look, by the numbers, at the widespread effects of radiation from the March 11, 2011, disaster: ___ 164,865: Fukushima residents ...

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Brazil’s Marcelo Odebrecht sentenced to more than 19 years

Marcelo Odebrecht, CEO of Odebrecht. (Image: Worldsteel via Flickr)

SAO PAULO (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday sentenced the former president of the country’s largest construction company to more than 19 years in prison for involvement in the massive corruption scheme at Brazil’s state-run oil company Petrobras. Judge Sergio Moro, who is heading the Petrobras investigation, sentenced Marcelo Odebrecht to 19 years and four months imprisonment on charges ...

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Norway’s oil fund posts lowest return in 4 years

Offloading outside of Ølensvåg in Norway. (Image: Maersk Drilling via Flickr)

STAVANGER, Norway (AP) — Norway’s massive sovereign wealth fund posted a 2.7 percent return on investments in 2015, the lowest return since 2011. The Norwegian central bank, which manages the fund, said Wednesday that last year “was a volatile year, with negative interest rates, currency turmoil, falling oil prices and weaker growth expectations for emerging markets.” The fund’s market value ...

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Court orders Japan reactor to shut down, keeps 2nd offline

Takahama Nuclear power station in Takahama, Japan. (Image: IAEA Imagebank via Flickr)

TOKYO (AP) — A court issued an unprecedented order Wednesday for a nuclear reactor near Kyoto to stop operating and ordered a second one to stay offline. The Otsu District Court, which issued the injunction, said the emergency response plans and equipment designs at the two reactors have not been sufficiently upgraded after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. The order ...

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US: UN should provide detailed reports on Iran nuke program

US: UN should provide detailed reports on Iran nuke program

VIENNA (AP) — The United States on Wednesday urged the U.N. atomic agency to continue providing details on Iran’s compliance with a deal crimping its nuclear work amid Western concerns that the agency’s newest report is too light on specifics. Until now, such concerns have mostly been voiced privately. U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby said Tuesday he is “confident ...

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Testing to determine if spill tainted ND drinking water

Testing to determine if spill tainted ND drinking water

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Regulators are monitoring tests to determine if an oil field spill near Williston has tainted drinking water sources in the area, the North Dakota Department of Health said Tuesday. Denver-based Zavanna LLC told regulators a faulty valve caused a spill of more than 114,000 gallons of oily saltwater at a well site about 4 miles northeast ...

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UK gas and electricity supplier Npower to cut 2,400 jobs

electricity

LONDON (AP) — British gas and electricity supplier Npower says it is cutting 2,400 jobs, a fifth of its workforce, after losing hundreds of thousands of customers and reporting poor financial results. The company, which is owned by German group RWE, said Tuesday that the cuts to its 11,500-strong workforce would hit both directly employed and contract staff. Npower has ...

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