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Lights out: Cities worldwide mark the 10th annual Earth Hour

The Trevi fountain is seen with its lights switched off, on the occasion of the 10th annual Earth Hour, in Rome, Saturday, March 19, 2016. In several Italian cities officials switched off lights normally illuminating major monuments in a global movement dedicated to protecting the planet and highlighting the effects of climate change. (Giorgio Onorati/ANSA via AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — Cities around the world turned out the lights Saturday evening to mark the 10th annual Earth Hour, a global movement dedicated to protecting the planet and highlighting the effects of climate change. As night came on, the lights went out in cities from South Korea to the United States in what the World Wildlife Fund describes ...

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Iraq exports first natural gas shipment in its history

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq on Sunday exported the first shipment of natural gas in its history, a key development for the OPEC member struggling to feed a cash-strapped economy amid an expensive fight against the Islamic State group. The move revives a long-sought ambition by Iraq to be a gas exporter, thanks to a joint venture with Anglo-Dutch Royal Dutch ...

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DHS using unpopular raids to curb border crossings

In this photo taken March 2, 2016, Dilsia Acosta holds her grandson Joshua in Durham, N.C. The Obama administration is openly stepping up efforts to find and deport immigrants who were part of the 2014 surge of illegal crossings by unaccompanied children and families. One of those unaccompanied children-turned-adults targeted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement is 19-year-old Wildin David Guillen Acosta. His mother, Dilsia Acosta, said her son came to the U.S. in June 2014 at the peak of a wave of immigrant children. His father, Hector Guillen, came to the United States illegally in 2005 and his mother followed in 2013. Wildin Acosta was arrested in January after a judge ruled that he should be deported. (AP Photo/Allen G. Breed)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is openly stepping up efforts to find and deport immigrants who were part of the 2014 surge of illegal crossings by unaccompanied children and families. The politically fraught endeavor is a follow-through on a nearly 2-year-old warning that those immigrants who don’t win permission to stay in the United States would be sent packing. ...

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Obama, Trudeau target methane emissions in new agreement

President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau committed on Thursday to curbing methane emissions by reducing methane emissions from the oil and gas sectors. (Image: Bryce Bradford via Flickr)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau committed on Thursday to curbing methane emissions by reducing methane emissions from the oil and gas sectors by at least 40 percent over the next decade from 2012 levels. It’s a goal the Obama administration had cited previously, and it rolled out regulations in August that were focused ...

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US-based Gulf Oil LP to enter Mexico gas station market

MEXICO CITY (AP) — U.S.-based Gulf Oil LP said Friday it is entering Mexico’s gasoline retail market, becoming the first foreign company to do so under an energy overhaul that loosened more than seven decades of government monopoly in the sector. The company will open its first four gas stations in Mexico in June and July and aims to operate ...

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ESAI: Libyan production will not recover

Libyan oil, desert

Intelligence Briefing Libya is the latest front in the West’s campaign against the self‐proclaimed Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL). The recent U.S. air strikes, press reports of the French aircraft carrier moving to waters off of Libya, and the quickly rumored and just as quickly knocked‐down discussion of Italian troops going to Libya has only highlighted the ...

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Saudi oil minister says market should handle low prices

Saudi Arabia's Minister of Petroleum & Mineral Resources Ali Al-Naimi speaks at the annual IHS CERAWeek global energy conference Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

HOUSTON (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s oil minister says production cuts to boost oil prices won’t work, and that instead the market should be allowed to work even if that forces some operators out of business. Ali Al-Naimi said Tuesday that cutting production would mean low-cost producers like Saudi Arabia would be subsidizing higher-cost ones — an apparent reference to U.S. ...

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Iran exports first oil shipment to Europe since nuclear deal

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran says it has exported its first crude oil shipment to Europe since it reached a landmark nuclear deal with world powers, the official IRNA news agency reported Sunday. IRNA quoted Deputy Oil Minister Rokneddin Javadi as saying the shipment was the first in five years and marked “a new chapter” in Iran’s oil industry. He did ...

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2 killed, 8 injured in fire on Mexico offshore oil platform

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s state oil company says a fire that erupted on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico killed two workers and injured eight. Petroleos Mexico says via Twitter that the fire on the Abkatun A platform off the coast of the southern state of Campeche was brought under control Sunday morning and the installation was ...

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UN chief wants clean energy investments doubled by 2020

UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. secretary-general on Wednesday challenged investors around the world to at least double their investments in clean energy by 2020, saying that “we must begin the shift away from fossil fuels immediately.” Ban Ki-moon told an investor summit on climate risk that increasing investment in clean energy is critical in following up on the landmark agreement ...

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