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AP Interview: IMF says low oil prices still hurting Mideast

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Oil-producing Mideast countries are coping with low global oil prices though more government reforms are needed, the International Monetary Fund’s chief for the Mideast said as the organization issued a new report Wednesday showing weak economic growth in the region. Masood Ahmed also told The Associated Press that Iran’s economy beat expectations by growing ...

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British government OKs fracking at 1 site despite opposition

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LONDON (AP) — The British government has approved fracking at a site in northern England despite opposition from the local county council. The landmark decision by Communities Secretary Sajid Javid Thursday means the shale company Cuadrilla will be able to proceed with plans to develop a site in Fylde, 230 miles (370 kilometers) northwest of London. The government stopped short ...

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Iran oil industry fires, blasts raise suspicions of hacking

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A series of fires at Iranian petrochemical plants and facilities have raised suspicions about hacking potentially playing a role, with authorities saying that “viruses had contaminated” equipment at several of the affected complexes. Iran officially insists the six known blazes over the span of three months weren’t the result of a cyberattack. However, the ...

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Vattenfall gets EU green light to sell German coal assets

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BERLIN (AP) — Energy company Vattenfall AB says it has received approval from the European Commission to sell its loss-making coal assets in Germany. The Swedish state-owned company said Thursday that it expects the transfer to Czech energy company EPH and private equity group PPF Investments to be completed in the coming weeks. The assets include four active mines and ...

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Helicopter crash off Angola kills 4, Chevron says

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JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Chevron says four people were killed when a helicopter crashed on the way to an oil facility off the coast of Angola. A statement by the oil company says the helicopter left Cabinda province on Monday afternoon with five passengers and a pilot. Four of the five passengers were contractors, and the fifth was an employee of ...

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Shell Nigeria refuses to confirm oil militants’ attack

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WARRI, Nigeria (AP) — Shell Nigeria refused Monday to confirm a report by the Niger Delta Avengers militant group that it has bombed the company’s Bonny oil pipeline and again crippled its exports. Friday night’s bombing breaks a month-long ceasefire between militant groups and the government and comes days after repairs from an earlier attack had allowed Shell’s exports to ...

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