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Mexico imports gasoline as thefts cause shortages

- Mexico is importing 75,000 extra barrels of gasoline per day in an "unprecedented" move to mitigate shortages in several states caused by illegal pipeline taps, authorities said.

Demonstrators regroup after Armenian police break up protest

Yerevan - Hundreds of demonstrators gathered on a central square in the Armenian capital on Monday pledging to carry on protests over energy price hikes after police cleared a key artery they had blocked for weeks.

Solar Impulse sets record but faces 'difficult' hours

Los Angeles - A solar-powered plane on the riskiest leg of a round-the-globe bid is closing in on Hawaii after a record-breaking flight which has tested its exhausted pilot to the limit in "difficult" conditions.

As nations dither, cities pick up climate slack

Lyon - Their national governments hamstrung by domestic politics, stretched budgets and diplomatic inertia, many cities and provinces have taken a leading role -- driven by necessity -- in efforts to arrest galloping global warming.

Obama and Rousseff focus on climate, play down spy row

Washington - US President Barack Obama and Brazil's Dilma Rousseff traded compliments and vowed to work together on renewable energy Tuesday, bidding to put a bitter spying row behind them.

Solar Impulse reaches quarter way point in Japan-U.S. flight

Toukyo - A solar-powered aircraft on a round-the-world flight was high above the Pacific Ocean Tuesday, over a quarter of the way to Hawaii after leaving Japan, the mission website showed.

Drilling, not quake, caused Indonesia mud volcano: paper

Paris - Geologists reignited the debate Monday about whether to blame nature or humans for the devastating eruption nine years ago of an Indonesian mud volcano still oozing its all-consuming sludge today.

Solar Impulse past 'point of no return' from Japan to Hawaii

Toukyo - A revolutionary solar-powered aircraft was past "the point of no return" and flying over the Pacific Ocean bound for Hawaii Monday, on the most ambitious leg of its quest to circumnavigate the globe.

Solar Impulse could be stuck in Japan for a year: Pilot

Ginebra - A solar-powered plane attempting to fly around the world must cross the Pacific within a few weeks or it could remain stuck in Japan for a year, its pilot said in an interview published Thursday.

Solar Impulse 2 Japan take-off postponed

Nagoya - A solar-powered plane on a mission to fly around the world was back in its mobile hangar Wednesday, after take-off from Japan was postponed at the 11th hour because of bad weather over the Pacific Ocean.

Solar Impulse set to take off early Wednesday: team

Toukyo - A solar plane that has been trapped in Japan for three weeks is set to take off for Hawaii early Wednesday, on the most challenging leg of an attempt to circumnavigate the world without using fuel.

Artifical platinum is the basis for cars of the future

Platinum is a rare and expensive metal, and one classed above gold. The metal has a more important use than jewelry; it is proving to be the most efficient catalyst for the power industry.

Aid agency alarm over IS fuel blockade in Syria

Birut - An international medical aid agency on Sunday voiced alarm over a fuel blockade imposed by the Islamic State group in northern Syria that it says is badly hindering relief efforts.

Solar Impulse can wait in Japan for two months: Pilot

Toukyo - The pilot of a solar-powered plane trapped in Japan by the country's rainy season said Thursday he is prepared to wait two more months for a weather window, but may eventually have to give up for the year.

Solar Impulse facing 'moment of truth' in Japan

Toukyo - An ambitious attempt to circumnavigate the globe in a solar-powered plane is facing a "moment of truth" after two weeks of bad weather that have left it stuck in Japan, its pilot said Tuesday.

Putin meets Erdogan for closed-door talks

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday met Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan for talks expected to touch on energy issues and the Syria crisis.

Technical problem shuts down Slovenian nuclear plant

Ljubljana - Slovenia's only nuclear plant Krsko said Thursday it has initiated a preventive shutdown over technical problems in the system for monitoring the temperature.

Solar Impulse to be stuck for a week in Japan for repairs

Toukyo - Solar Impulse 2 will be stuck in Japan for at least a week, its pilot has said, after sustaining damage to its delicate wing while on the ground.

Coating power-plants with graphene raises efficiency

All types of power plants produce steam and the steam powers a turbine, and this creates electricity. The process is inefficient in that steam is often lost. By using graphene technologists think they can make power plants more efficient.

Protests, mega-deal as Merkel welcomes Egypt's Sisi

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday welcomed Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, whose controversial Berlin visit was met by human rights protests but crowned by a multi-billion-euro energy deal.

Solar Impulse gets inside mobile hangar in Japan

Toukyo - Sunshine-powered Solar Impulse 2, which has made an impromptu stop in Japan on its way around the world, was under cover in its mobile hangar Wednesday as the team waited out the weather before heading to Hawaii.

Solar Impulse to get under cover in Japan

Nagoya - Sunshine powered Solar Impulse 2 was expected to get under cover overnight on Tuesday, finally allowing support staff to let go of the super lightweight plane almost 24 hours after it arrived in Japan.

Solar Impulse touches down on unscheduled Japan stop

Nagoya - The record-breaking Solar Impulse 2 landed safely in Nagoya, Japan on Monday night, an AFP correspondent at the scene reported, on an unscheduled stop caused by bad weather over the Pacific.

Solar Impulse takes off for six-day, six-night Pacific flight

Nanjing - The revolutionary Solar Impulse 2 aircraft took off early Sunday for a six-day, six-night flight over the Pacific Ocean, the most ambitious leg of its quest to circumnavigate the globe powered only by the sun.

'No right to fail' on climate change, warns France's Fabius

Berlin - France's foreign minister warned Monday that the international community had no option but to combat climate change as there is "no alternative planet".

'Paddle in Seattle' protesters condemn Artic drilling

Washington - Environmental activists in Seattle paddled out to sea to protest a Shell oil rig moored off the coast of the US city that is headed for Arctic drilling, local media reported.

Malaysian dam project opposed by tribes gets green light: Report

Kuala Lumpur - Construction of a Malaysian dam that will flood a rainforested area half the size of Singapore and displace 20,000 tribespeople was given the green light Saturday by the state government, local media reported.

Exploding batteries caught in spectacular 3D video

London - Scientists have captured a detailed three dimensional series of images, together with a spectacular video, of overheated lithium-ion batteries failing and exploding. The aim is to highlight safety concerns should batteries overheat.

Gazprom net profits drop sevenfold in 2014 on ruble, Ukraine

Moscow - Russia's gas giant Gazprom on Wednesday reported its net profits in 2014 plunged sevenfold over the previous year, weighed down by economic sanctions and the devaluation of the ruble.

Rival rallies in Germany over fate of coal-fired power plants

Frankfurt - Thousands turned out in Germany Saturday for rival rallies for and against the closure of coal-fired power plants, as debate on the issue rages.
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