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EU clears French rescue of troubled nuclear firm Areva

Brussels - EU anti-trust regulators on Tuesday cleared the French government's massive restructuring of troubled state-owned nuclear reactor builder Areva.

East Timor and Australia to tear up sea border treaty

Sydney - A contentious maritime border treaty between East Timor and Australia which cuts through lucrative oil and gas fields in the Timor Sea is to be torn up, the two sides said Monday.

Protests, Trump threats: A rocky New Year for Mexico

Mexico - Mexico is already having a year to forget.Mexicans woke up from their New Year celebrations on January 1 with the highest increase in gasoline prices in years that sparked daily protests and looting that left at least three people dead.

U.S. set to become a net energy exporter

By 2026 the U.S. is expected to become a net exporter of energy. By then the U.S. economy will be producing 20 percent more energy than today, with demand only having risen by five percent.

Death toll in Mexico protests rises to three

Mexico - The death toll in protests against a gasoline price increase in Mexico rose to three on Friday as two men died of gunshot wounds after a clash with police.

Police clash with Mexico gas protesters, gunfire erupts

Mexico - Gunfire erupted as protesters clashed with police in Mexico during another day of looting and demonstrations against a gasoline price increase that has infuriated the population.

Looting erupts amid Mexico gas price protests

Mexico - Looting broke out at dozens of stores in Mexico on the sidelines of protests against a steep gasoline price increase as authorities detained more than 200 people.

More protests in Mexico over gasoline price hike

Mexico - Mexicans angry over a steep hike in gasoline prices blocked roads around the country, but the government refused to budge on the energy reform behind the increase.

Ukraine slashes gas use as subsidies phased out

Kiev - Ukraine on Monday reported a one-third drop in its use of natural gas and general energy savings that will be cheered by its financial backers from the International Monetary Fund.

Mexicans march to protest rise in gasoline prices

Mexico - Hundreds of irate Mexicans marched in Mexico City to protest a steep rise in gasoline prices.

Turkmenistan halts gas flow to Iran in arrears row

Tehran - Turkmenistan halted gas supplies to Iran Sunday amid tensions between the two countries over arrears, the Iranian National Gas Company was quoted by oil ministry news agency Shana as saying.

Mexicans plan protests over New Year fuel price hike

Mexico - Mexicans are bracing to kickstart the New Year on a sour note, with protests planned against the government's huge hike in gasoline prices.

Gazprom says Russia supplied nearly one-third of EU gas

Moscow - Russia supplied nearly a third of Europe's gas needs in 2016, a record amount despite tensions with the European Union and a desire by the bloc to reduce its dependence on Russian supplies.

Choking smog clears from northern China

Bejing - Smoggy skies turned clear in parts of China Thursday after nearly a full week of severe pollution which saw scores of flights cancelled and forced the closure of schools in some areas.

Huge solar plant beams power, hope to rural Uganda

Soroti - When power goes out in the rural town of Soroti in eastern Uganda, store manager Hussein Samsudin can only hope it won't go on so long it spoils his fresh goods.

Scientists drill into volcano to obtain energy

In an impressive technological feat, scientists and engineers have succeeded in drilling a borehole into a volcano in Iceland with the aim of using the intense heat as an energy source.

Trump taps ex-Texas governor Perry as energy secretary

Washington - President-elect Donald Trump tapped former Texas governor Rick Perry, who once famously said he would abolish the Energy Department, to serve as its secretary Wednesday.

Trump to name ex-Texas governor Rick Perry as energy secretary: US media

Washington - Rick Perry, the former governor of oil-rich Texas who once vowed to eradicate the Energy Department if elected president, is Donald Trump's pick for energy secretary, US media reported.

World's largest cold energy storage plant commissioned

Manchester - The world's largest cold energy storage facility has been commissioned. The plant will be located at a site near Manchester, England.

Nigeria, Morocco mull gas pipeline mega-project

Lagos - Nigeria and Morocco are in talks over a huge project to extend a West African gas pipeline to stretch up towards Europe, officials say.

Asian markets slip as investors take step back

Hong Kong - Asian stocks turned negative Friday and oil prices retreated along with the dollar as investors took a step back from a recent rally, while caution set in ahead of a crunch referendum in Italy at the weekend.

EU on track to meet 2020 target for renewable energy: report

Copenhagen - EU countries are on track to meet their 2020 targets for renewable energy and emissions cuts but could fall short of ambitious longer-term goals, the European Environment Agency (EEA) said Thursday.

Russia confirms ready to cut oil output by 300,000 barrels per day

Moscow - Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak, responding to a decision by OPEC Wednesday to reduce crude output to lift prices, said Russia was ready to cut its own oil production by 300,000 barrels a day next year.

Putin, Iran's Rouhani back OPEC bid to stabilise oil prices

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani on Monday expressed support for OPEC's plans to limit the cartel's output ahead of a crucial meeting this week.

Nanotechnology boosts solar power heating

Solar power, along with tidal power and wind power, represents the leading alternative energy technology. Scientists are seeking to improve efficiency and nanotechnology offers an answer.

New battery tech could last a week after a few seconds charging

Researchers have demonstrated a proof of concept version of a new battery technology that could make charging your phone once a week a reality. The system uses supercapacitors that can fully charge in a second to take batteries to the next level.

Iraq has to up oil output because of 'budget hole': FM

Budapest - Iraq has to up its crude output because dwindling oil prices and the fight against Islamic State have left "a huge hole" in the economy, Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari said Tuesday, as the OPEC cartel scrambles to agree a production cut deal.

New means of making cheap and effective solar cells

Physicists have found a method to manufacture low-cost and effective solar cells using the material perovskite. The method could provide the foundation for developing next-generation solar power.

Turkey appoints PM advisor as ambassador to Israel: Erdogan

Istanbul - Turkey has appointed a foreign policy advisor to the prime minister as ambassador to Israel, sealing the normalisation of diplomatic relations after a six-year partial rupture, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday.

Russian economy minister sacked, held over '$2mn-bribe' charges

Moscow - Russian Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev was sacked Tuesday and put under house arrest on suspicion of pocketing a two-million-dollar bribe in a deal involving state-controlled oil giant Rosneft.
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