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Putin calls on Europe to help Ukraine pay gas debts  

Milan - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday called on Europe to help Kiev cover its gas debts with Russia following talks with his Ukrainian counterpart, Petro Poroshenko.

Government-backed smart meters put GB homeowners in control

Starting next year, the UK Government’s smart meter programme will be rolling out smart gas and electricity meters to all GB homes and small businesses before 2020.

Europe gas supply faces 'major transit risks': Putin

Belgrade - Europe faces "major transit risks" to gas supplies coming from Russia this winter unless Ukraine resolves a gas dispute with Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned on Thursday.

Moscow court confirms house arrest of billionaire Yevtushenkov

Moscow - A Moscow court on Thursday ordered billionaire Vladimir Yevtushenkov to remain under house arrest, throwing out his appeal as he is investigated in a money-laundering probe.

Russian billionaire Yevtushenkov denies freed from house arrest

Moscow - Russian billionaire Vladimir Yevtushenkov on Friday denied reports he had been unexpectedly freed from house arrest after being detained this week in a money-laundering probe.

Russian tycoon's arrest sparks fears of 'second Yukos'

Moscow - The arrest of a top billionaire sent shockwaves through Russia's business and political circles on Wednesday and prompted fears of a state-orchestrated asset grab similar to the prosecution of ex-tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

New EU energy and climate head sells oil shares

Strasbourg - The EU's incoming energy and climate commissioner said on Tuesday he is selling his shares in oil firms to avoid any conflict of interest ahead of a grilling by the European Parliament.

Ukraine warns of painful winter due to Russian gas cut

Kiev - Ukraine warned on Friday that it will have to adopt deeply unpopular energy savings measures this winter should Russia fail to lift its suspension of natural gas sales to the West-leaning ex-Soviet neighbour.

Venezuela seals border with Colombia to fight smuggling

San Crist - Venezuela closed its border with Colombia to crack down on smuggling of cut-rate gasoline and other products and stanch huge losses for the Caracas government.

Energy and power or drinking water: Choices to be made by 2040

Man cannot live without water for more than but a few days. Every single function in our body depends on this life-sustaining fluid. But with increasing demands for electricity, recent studies are warning of a severe water shortage in the next 30 years.

Sponge developed by scientists can turn light into steam energy

Cambridge - Mechanical engineering department head Gang Chen worked with a team to produce a spongy structure which can convert sunlight into steam. Readers who understand how useful steam energy is can understand why this is important.

Coal stocks run dangerously low at India power stations

New Delhi - Nearly half of India's coal-fired power stations only have enough stocks to last a week, as the country struggles to meet growing seasonal demand for electricity, the power minister said Thursday.

Kerry says Iran nuclear negotiations 'really tough'

Vienna - US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday acknowledged that his negotiations with Iranian officials on a nuclear deal were "really tough.

Temporary blackout hits Venezuela, including parts of capital

Caracas - A power outage hit a wide area of eastern Caracas and several cities in the interior of Venezuela for at least two hours Friday.The outage started at 3:00 pm (1900 GMT) and service began being restored about two hours later.

No. California wind farm won't be prosecuted for eagle deaths

Fairfield - A Northern California wind farm cannot be prosecuted for killing protected wildlife if its turbines kill no more than five eagles annually, the US Fish & Wildlife Service said Thursday.

Blast hits key Ukraine gas pipeline

Kiev - A blast hit a major Ukrainian pipeline on Tuesday, but did not appear to affect the transport of Russian gas to European clients, Ukrainian officials said.

Fukushima struggling to build ice wall to plug radioactive leak

Tokyo - The operator of Japan's battered Fukushima nuclear power plant said Tuesday it was having trouble with the early stages of an ice wall being built under broken reactors to contain radioactive water.

Court cuts Croatia ex-PM's jail sentence for corruption

Zagreb - Croatia's supreme court has upheld the conviction of former prime minister Ivo Sanader for corruption but has cut his jail sentence, a judicial spokesman said Friday.

Deal to resolve Russia, Ukraine gas feud to take 'days': EU

Brussels - EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger, the broker for crunch gas talks between Ukraine and Russia, said Tuesday that an overall agreement to avert a gas supply cut-off could take days to be reached.

Turkey 'driven by greed' in Kurd oil row: Iraq deputy PM

Baghdad - Ankara has been "driven by greed" in an escalating row over oil pumped from Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region and shipped overseas via Turkey, Baghdad's top energy official told AFP Sunday.

Solar Power: The saffron revolution

India’s new prime minister, Narendra Modi, says every home in the nation will be running at least one light bulb by 2019.

Efficient way of making raw ingredient for biofuel Special

Biochemists have begun building a one-hectare pilot unit for the production of microalgae in Portugal. The aim is to produce microalgae biomass for biodiesel production in a sustainable manner.

Brazil president pledges thorough Petrobras probe

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's president on Monday promised authorities would carry out a thorough and complete probe of alleged money laundering at state oil giant Petrobras.

Romanian villagers take on Chevron over shale gas

Pungesti - US energy major Chevron, shielded by barbed wire, under police protection and under fire from egg throwers, is in trouble in Romania with villagers angry at its drive to drill for shale gas.

UN climate goal feasible but energy reform vital

Berlin - The world has a likely chance of meeting the UN's warming limit of two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) if it cuts annual greenhouse gas emissions 40-70 percent by 2050, especially from energy, a top expert panel said Sunday.

Petrobras yields documents in money-laundering probe

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's Petrobras has turned over documents requested in an investigation into a $4.5 million money-laundering operation, the latest in a series of problems to plague the state oil giant.

IMF, World Bank push for price on carbon

Washington - The IMF and World Bank on Friday urged finance ministers to impose a price on carbon, warning that time was running out for the planet to avoid worst-case climate change.

Putin pledges to fulfil Europe gas obligations

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin on Friday said Moscow would fulfil its obligations to send natural gas to Europe but also said the United States had no business interfering in Russia's talks with Europe over Kiev's debt.

Crude oil prices extend losses

London - Oil prices extended losses Friday on poorly-received economic data out of China this week that has raised concerns over potential weaker crude demand from the world's biggest consumer of energy.

Ukraine leader promises more power to regions

Donetsk - Ukraine's embattled premier on Friday vowed to give more powers to the country's regions in an effort to stamp out a separatist insurgency as a new gas war with Russia threatened European supplies.
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