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Turkey repairs pipeline connecting to Iraqi Kurdistan

Turkey repairs oil pipeline connecting to Iraqi Kurdistan

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s energy ministry says it has begun repairs to a pipeline transporting crude oil from northern Iraq to the Mediterranean coast. The ministry said Saturday the delivery of crude oil via the Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline came to a halt Feb. 17 after it was attacked by militants from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK. The PKK launched another ...

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Putin, Erdogan meet, discuss gas pipeline

MOSCOW — The presidents of Russia and Turkey have met and discussed a proposal for a pipeline that would carry natural gas from Russia to Turkey. Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan met Saturday in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, on the sidelines of the European games, Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Russian news agencies. Peskov gave no specifics of ...

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Russia urges EU to support gas pipeline crossing Turkey

BELGRADE, Serbia — Russia’s foreign minister has urged the European Union to support the idea of a Moscow-backed pipeline that would bring natural gas across the Black Sea to Turkey and the rest of Europe. Sergei Lavrov said Friday the pipeline — which could include Greece, Macedonia, Serbia and Hungary — would bring “energy stability” to Europe. Greece’s left-wing government ...

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Turkey crackdown on oil smugglers feeding IS group

HACIPASA, Turkey (AP) — Sevda, a 22-year-old waitress in a brown apron, recounts how she made a small fortune running smuggled diesel from a village on Turkey’s wild and dangerous border with Syria. But the days when she could earn 20 times her salary waiting tables came to an abrupt end several months ago when police arrested her and slapped ...

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Iraqi Kurdistan has shipped 8 million oil barrels


Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media Iraqi Kurdistan announced today that it has shipped 8 million barrels of oil overseas since May despite Baghdad’s attempts to halt the sales. Today’s shipment of 250,000 barrels, the eleventh from the nearby Ceyhan port in Turkey, cemented the milestone, Reuters reports. The Kurdistan Regional Government says it is now employing a number of ...

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High gas levels apparently ignored at Turkish mine


By Berza Simsek and Suzan Fraser | Associated Press SOMA, Turkey (AP) — Sensors noted high levels of toxic gas inside a coal mine days before the disaster that killed 301 workers in Turkey but company officials took no action, Turkish news reports said Monday. Prosecutors, meanwhile, formally arrested two more people for the devastating mine fire in the western ...

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Turkish miner who survived says company to blame

APTOPIX Turkey Mining Disaster

By Desmond Butler for the Associated Press SAVASTEPE, Turkey (AP) — Miner Erdal Bicak believes he knows why so many of his colleagues died in Turkey’s worst mining disaster: company negligence. And he knows one other thing — he’s never going back down any mine again. Bicak, 24, had just ended his shift Tuesday and was making his way to ...

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