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Ukraine says rebels must disarm before talks

Peter Leonard | Associated Press KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The Ukrainian government will restart cease-fire negotiations with pro-Russian insurgents in the country’s east only once the rebels lay down their weapons, the defense minister said Tuesday Valery Heletey’s statement, posted on the Defense Ministry website, comes amid growing confidence among government forces after they drove the insurgent militia from their ...

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Germany plans to put a risky hiatus on fracturing

Zachary Toliver | Shale Plays Media At a time when a large portion of the world is attempting to cash in on the energy revolution made available through hydraulic fracturing, Germany may soon take a completely opposite route. According to a recent Wall Street Journal report, Germany plans to enact a seven-year ban on shale gas drilling due to fear ...

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3 bridges blown up in Ukraine to block rebel city


Yuras Karmanau | Associated Press NOVOBAKHMUTIVKA, Ukraine — Three bridges on key roads leading into the Ukrainian city of Donetsk were blown up Monday — an apparent attempt to slow down any possible assault by government forces on the rebel-held stronghold. Separatist fighters driven out of Slovyansk and other eastern towns by the Ukrainian army over the weekend had regrouped ...

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Permian Basin oil and gas activity hits higher gear

By Mella McEwen | Midland Reporter-Telegram (Midland, Texas) Permian Basin oil and gas activity shifted into a higher gear as 2014 reaches its midpoint, fueled by rising crude prices. Karr Ingham, the Amarillo economist who prepares the Texas Permian Basin Petroleum Index, reported that the May index jumped from April to May and is 9.8 percent above May 2013 levels. He ...

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Midland economy gets boost from rising crude prices

 Mella McEwen | Midland Reporter-Telegram (Midland, Texas) Rising crude prices, lifted to about $105 a barrel by tensions between Ukraine and Russia and unrest in Iraq, gave an added boost to the Midland-Odessa economy in May. “The impact has been showing up the last couple of months” with a sizable increase in the Midland-Odessa Regional Economic Index, said Karr Ingham, ...

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Ukraine: 4 troops die as attacks on rebels rise

David McHugh | Associated Press KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Four Ukrainian troops were killed as forces carried out over 100 attacks on rebel positions and forced pro-Russia separatists out of three eastern villages, a military official said Wednesday. The foreign ministers from Germany, France, Ukraine and Russia were to meet later Wednesday in Berlin to keep searching for a way ...

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Cease-fire over, Ukraine renews attacks on rebels

Balint Szlanko | Associated Press KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine renewed its attacks against armed pro-Russia separatists Tuesday after the president called off a unilateral cease-fire, carrying out air and artillery strikes against rebel positions in eastern Ukraine. Defense Ministry spokesman Oleksiy Dmytrashkovsky said forces “opened artillery fire, carried out air strikes at the strategic points of the terrorists and ...

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Ham radio operators always prepared to help behind the scenes

Garrison Wells | The Colorado Springs Gazette When these guys make long-distance calls from Colorado, it’s the hinterlands. Russia. Iceland. Sweden. The Philippines. Not the normal calling radius of most Americans. But there are no boundaries for Ham radio operators. On Saturday, about a dozen local Hams, as they call themselves, were perched on the plains four miles south of ...

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Cyprus seen potential new gas conduit for Europe


NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus’ president says other European Union countries recognize the Mediterranean island nation’s potential to become a new conduit for natural gas to the continent. Nicos Anastasiades said after an EU summit in Brussels on Friday that Cyprus can play a key role in the bloc’s plans to diversify its energy sources and lessen its heavy reliance ...

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Russian envoy sees prospect of terrorist state

Edith M. Lederer | The Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia’s U.N. ambassador says there is a real prospect of a terrorist state springing up from Syria’s second-largest city Aleppo to Iraq’s capital Baghdad. Vitaly Churkin on Thursday pointed to the rapid advance of al-Qaida-inspired terrorists from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant who are active in ...

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