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Europe wants the energy, but not the fracking

Sean Cockerham | McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON – Fracking for oil and natural gas remains slow to take hold in Europe in spite of deepening fears over the continent’s energy dependence on Russia. Europe is under increasing pressure internally and from the United States to cut energy imports from Russia, which supplies the continent with some 30 percent of its natural ...

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Ukraine: 295 on Malaysia plane shot down over east

Peter Leonard | The Associated Press HRABOVE, Ukraine (AP) — A Malaysia Airlines passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down over eastern Ukraine on Thursday, Ukrainian officials said, and both the government and the pro-Russia separatists fighting in the region denied any responsibility for downing the aircraft. As plumes of black smoke rose up near a rebel-held village of ...

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Stocks dip around the world on new Russia sanctions


Ryan Vlastelica | Reuters NEW YORK  – Stock markets around the world weakened on Thursday as tighter Western sanctions against Russia raised the specter of greater geopolitical tensions ahead, while weak U.S. data gave investors further pause. Despite those concerns, major indexes were off their lows of the session, and safe-haven assets like gold and U.S. bonds were only modestly ...

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Putin signs nuclear energy deal with Argentina

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a nuclear energy cooperation deal with Argentina on Saturday on a trip to bolster trade ties and strengthen Russia’s influence in Latin America. Putin’s energy minister, Alexander Novak, told reporters in the Argentine capital that the Russian state atomic energy corporation, Rosatom, had made an offer to tender for the construction ...

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4 foreign ministers confirmed at Iran nuke talks

VIENNA (AP) — Three European powers and the U.S. have confirmed that their foreign ministers will join Iran nuclear talks this weekend in an effort to advance the stalled negotiations. But the Itar-Tass news agency reported Friday that their Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, isn’t coming. That could lessen chances of success, because Moscow often acts as a bridge between Washington ...

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EU’s united front on Russia falling amid gas needs


VIENNA (AP) — A clutch of countries is breaking ranks with the EU’s efforts to put economic and diplomatic pressure on Russia over Ukraine and building a pipeline meant to carry huge amounts of Russian gas to their doorstep. Their defiance of a European Union stop work order is more significant than just another missed chance for Europe to call ...

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EU to ponder adding to Ukraine sanctions list


John-Thor Dahlburg | Associated Press BRUSSELS — European Union ambassadors will meet Wednesday to consider increasing the number of people hit with EU asset freezes and travel bans for their actions against Ukraine’s government, an EU source and a Brussels diplomat said. The ambassadors on Monday “agreed in principle to proceed with additional targeted restrictive measures,” an EU source with ...

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