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US signs order for first West Coast gas-export terminal

Jul. 6, 2020 8:10 PM EDT

The Trump administration on Monday formally authorized exports from a proposed Oregon natural-gas terminal, the first on the U.S. West Coast. Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette signed the order for the proposed Jordan Cove liquid natural gas terminal in Coos Bay, Oregon. Monday’s approval for the project,...

In this April 29, 2020 photo, Venezuelan shipping magnate Wilmer Ruperti smokes a cigarette during an interview in Caracas, Venezuela. As a result of U.S. sanctions on Venezuela, a high-stakes legal fight in U.S. federal court is pitting Ruperti against Greek shipping magnate Evangelos Marinakis, in connection with oil tanker Alkimos carrying high octane gasoline estimated to be worth millions. (AP Photo/Scott Smith)

Venezuela sanctions set off fight for 'plundered' oil cargo

Jul. 3, 2020 5:33 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — For two months, the Malta-flagged oil tanker Alkimos has been quietly floating off the Gulf Coast of Texas, undisturbed by the high-stakes legal fight playing out in a federal courtroom as a result of American sanctions on Venezuela. The commercial dispute, which hasn’t been previously...

Vehicles wait in line to fill up with fuel at a gas station in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Starting June, Venezuelans pay international market fuel prices, with limited access to subsidized gasoline each month, marking a historic break in the country's practice of having the world's cheapest fuel. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

US tries to seize Iranian gas heading toward Venezuela

Jul. 2, 2020 8:26 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — U.S. federal prosecutors are seeking to seize four tankers sailing toward Venezuela with gasoline supplied by Iran, the latest attempt to disrupt ever-closer trade ties between the two heavily sanctioned anti-American allies. The civil-forfeiture complaint filed late Wednesday in the District...

Court: Permit for oil refinery planned near national park OK

Jun. 30, 2020 8:04 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Supreme Court has sided with state regulators in a challenge to an air quality permit for a proposed oil refinery near Theodore Roosevelt National Park in the western part of the state. In a unanimous opinion, the high court upheld a lower court ruling that affirmed...

People embrace on he street as they wait for the all-clear to return to their apartment after an earthquake in Mexico City, Tuesday, June 23, 2020. The earthquake struck near the Huatulco resort in the Oaxaca state on Tuesday morning, swayed buildings in Mexico City and sent thousands fleeing into the streets. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

Mexico quake toll rises to 7; hundreds of homes damaged

Jun. 24, 2020 6:53 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The magnitude 7.4 earthquake that rocked the southern Mexico resort of Huatulco killed at least seven people, damaged hundreds of homes and four archaeological sites and temporarily cut power to more than 2.4 million people, authorities said Wednesday. The quake that struck at 10:29 a.m....

A Venezuelan oil worker holding a small Iranian flag attends a ceremony for the arrival of Iranian oil tanker Fortune at the El Palito refinery near Puerto Cabello, Venezuela, Monday, May 25, 2020. The first of five tankers loaded with gasoline sent from Iran is expected to temporarily ease Venezuela's fuel crunch while defying Trump administration sanctions targeting the two U.S. foes. (AP Photo/Ernesto Vargas)

Iran sends shipment of food to Venezuela in latest delivery

Jun. 21, 2020 3:17 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Iranian officials said one of their cargo ships was expected to dock in Venezuela on Sunday with food to launch the first Iranian supermarket in the South American nation. The Golsan's delivery marks “another success in friendly and fraternal relations between two...

The El Palito refinery belches out smoke near Puerto Cabello in Venezuela, Monday, May 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Ernesto Vargas)

Iranian ship en route to Venezuela signals ongoing alliance

Jun. 19, 2020 5:12 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — An Iranian cargo ship is expected to dock in Venezuela soon, an arrival that comes shortly after the Middle Eastern nation sent five tankers loaded with gasoline to relieve its fuel-starved South American ally, an analyst said Friday. The Golsan's journey signals a blossoming...

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador waves to supporters in Lazaro Cardenas, Quintana Roo state, Mexico, Monday, June 1, 2020. Amid a pandemic and the remnants of a tropical storm, President Lopez Obrador kicked off Mexico's return to a

Mexico president would sell gas to Venezuela if asked

Jun. 15, 2020 1:32 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Monday he would be willing to sell gasoline to Venezuela for humanitarian reasons despite United States sanctions against the South American nation. “Venezuela has not made a request of us, but if it were a humanitarian...

In this Monday June 8, 2020 photo a nozzle valve is attached to the dispenser of a hydrogen filling station in Dresden Germany.  The German government is to agree its national hydrogen strategy for the coming decades, part of a plan to reduce the country's dependence on fossil fuels. (Sebastian Kahnert/dpa via AP)

German government agrees on national hydrogen strategy

Jun. 10, 2020 8:14 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German government agreed Wednesday on a long-term strategy for increasing production and use of hydrogen as part of a plan to cut the country’s greenhouse gas emissions. While hydrogen is currently produced almost exclusively from fossil fuels, the government wants to encourage its...

A woman walks past a closed souvenir shop in central capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Wednesday, June 3, 2020. Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou said the third phase of the country's gradual rollback of restrictions will be completed by June 24 instead of July 14. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

Cyprus study shows big pollutant drop during lockdown

Jun. 4, 2020 12:56 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Researchers in Cyprus offered more evidence on Thursday that a two-month lockdown benefited the Mediterranean island nation’s environment. Preliminary results showed significantly reduced levels of carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides along a normally busy street and in a...