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Pentagon chief pledges $108 billion to fix nuclear force

Korea, nuclear weapons, Pentagon

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. (AP) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Monday the Pentagon is committed to correcting decades of short-changing its nuclear force, including forging ahead with building a new generation of weapons at a cost of more than $100 billion. In his first nuclear-focused speech since taking over the Pentagon in February 2015, Carter implicitly rejected arguments ...

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Pemex says fire put out on tanker off Mexico’s Gulf coast

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A fire on a tanker carrying gasoline and diesel off Mexico’s Gulf coast was put out Sunday, a day after the blaze began, the country’s state oil company said. Firefighting boats had battled the blaze since Saturday aboard the Burgos, which is owned by the company, Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex. A Pemex statement Sunday night said ...

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Israeli consortium signs gas deal with Jordan

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JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s Delek Group, one of the developers of the country’s biggest natural gas reservoir, says it has signed a deal to sell gas to neighboring Jordan. The agreement announced Monday would provide 45 billion cubic meters (1.6 trillion cubic feet) of gas to Jordan over 15 years. Delek says revenues could amount to $10 billion. Delek Drilling ...

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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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AP Exclusive: Iraq oil fires could jeopardize Mosul mission

Iraq fires

WASHINGTON (AP) — A fire at one of Iraq’s major oil fields could hinder military and humanitarian efforts as operations to recapture the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul get underway. Black smoke continues to billow into the air from the Qayara oil field, damaged by IS militants last month as they fled the town, creating health risks for civilians and ...

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Most of Puerto Rico’s 3.5 million people without power

Puerto Rico, power outage, diesel

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Much of Puerto Rico was without electricity Thursday following a fire at a power plant that set off a series of outages across the island’s aging utility grid, leaving most of the island’s 3.5 million people without service. The vast majority of Puerto Ricans don’t have generators and they were forced to spend the ...

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UAE opens first jetty outside Gulf to load fuel onto tankers

UAE energy minister refuses to discuss tentative oil cap

FUJAIRAH, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates has opened its first jetty outside the Persian Gulf that is capable of loading oil onto some of the world’s biggest tanker ships. The launch of the new $650 million facility in the eastern city of Fujairah on Wednesday will make it easier for hulking tanker ships known as “very ...

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Swiss traders blame governments for dirty fuel in Africa

West Africa, dirty petrol, sulfur

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Swiss commodity traders accused of deliberately blending toxic fuel and dumping it in West Africa say African governments are to blame for low standards and failure to invest in refineries and newer vehicles to lower exhaust emissions that cause respiratory and other diseases. “What is very clear is that the role of improving fuel quality in ...

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Damage to Great Barrier Reef costs ship owner $30 million

Great Barrier Reef, Australia

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian government reached a 39.3 million Australian dollar ($29.6 million) settlement with the owners of a Chinese coal carrier to pay for environmental damage caused when the ship ran aground on the Great Barrier Reef six years ago, the environment minister said Monday. The government had sued Shenzhen Energy Transport for at least AU$120 million ...

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Oil prices hit by downward revision to global oil demand

global oil production

LONDON (AP) — Oil prices took a pounding Tuesday after a leading industry group said global oil demand growth is slowing by more than previously thought, largely because of a more pronounced economic slowdown during the third quarter of the year. In its September oil market report, the Paris-based International Energy Agency reduced its forecast for global demand growth to ...

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