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This blog post ran from 7 November to 5 December 2016.
It continues here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/12/13/the-ongoing-saga-76-news-updates-tidbits-trivia/. It is a continuation of: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/10/01/the-ongoing-saga-74-news-updates-tidbits-trivia/ Order of posting is inverted with more recent updates are on top, after image-intro commentary.
Nuclear Power Nuclear War Everyday JFK quote
Just As Above Ground Nuclear Testing was Stopped, So Too Must Leaking of Radionuclides from the Nuclear Fuel Chain Be Stopped. Even from a statistical point of view they keep discovering that nuclear is more deadly than initially thought. Based on a recent government funded study of nuclear workers, risk is around 15 times worse than even BEIR VII thought, maybe even higher: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/12/19/another-look-at-the-recent-low-dose-radiation-exposure-study-inworks/

Clustered DNA damage, which is impossible, or almost impossible, to properly repair, is considered a signature of ionizing radiation: “clustered DNA damage sites, which may be considered as a signature of ionising radiation, underlie the deleterious biological consequences of ionising radiation…ionising radiation creates significant levels of clustered DNA damage, including complex double-strand breaks (DSB)” See: “Biological Consequences of Radiation-induced DNA Damage: Relevance to Radiotherapy“, by M.E. Lomax et. al. Clinical Oncology 25 (2013) 578-585
The formation of clustered damage distinguishes ionising radiation-induced damage from normal endogenous damage“. https://cordis.europa.eu/pub/fp5-euratom/docs/non_dsb_lesions_projrep_en.pdf

Monday, 5 December 2016

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Girls turn poo to clean power in Cameroon biogas push
Posted:Mon, 05 Dec 2016 02:17:26 -0500
BUEA, Cameroon, Dec 5 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – An initiative by youth organisations in Cameroon to turn human waste into biogas is reducing pollution and providing cheap, renewable energy to the growing populations of the university towns of Buea and Bamenda.

US Army Corps of Engineers denies easement for Dakota Access Pipeline -Sioux
Posted:Sun, 04 Dec 2016 16:38:56 -0500
NEW YORK, Dec 4 (Reuters) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has denied an easement for the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline, according to a statement from the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, which has…

Nigeria and Morocco sign gas pipeline deal to link Africa to Europe
Posted:Sat, 03 Dec 2016 16:56:13 -0500
ABUJA, Dec 3 (Reuters) – Nigeria and Morocco have signed a joint venture to construct a gas pipeline that will connect the two nations as well as some other African countries to Europe, Nigeria’s minister of foreign affairs said on Saturday.

UPDATE 1-More Philippine mine suspensions ahead under crackdown, says minister
Posted:Fri, 02 Dec 2016 01:59:43 -0500
* May announce ruling on 20 mines facing suspension next week

India prioritising shift to become natural gas-based economy – Modi
Posted:Mon, 05 Dec 2016 00:05:11 -0500
NEW DELHI, Dec 5 (Reuters) – India is giving priority to moving towards a natural gas-based economy and efforts must be made to raise local production of the fuel while also creating infrastructure to import it, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told an energy conference on Monday.

UPDATE 1-China aims to double ethanol output to 4 mln tonnes by 2020 – agency
Posted:Mon, 05 Dec 2016 00:15:16 -0500
BEIJING, Dec 5 (Reuters) – China is aiming to produce 4 million tonnes of ethanol by 2020, doubling output from the current level, even as it keeps tight control over the use of food grains to make the biofuel, a government plan showed on Monday.

UPDATE 1-Mizuho, SMBC in talks to provide 800 mln euros in loans to Gazprom -sources
Posted:Mon, 05 Dec 2016 03:03:00 -0500
* JPMorgan Chase likely to participate in the deal -sources (Adds background)

UPDATE 1-U.S. veterans, tribe elders join forces in pipeline protest
Posted:Sat, 03 Dec 2016 16:33:12 -0500
CANNON BALL, N.D., Dec 3 (Reuters) – U.S. military veterans spoke with tribal leaders on Saturday about their shared interest in blocking a multibillion-dollar pipeline project near a Native American reservation, with as many as 3,500 veterans joining protests at the site.

Morton County sheriff defends tactics against pipeline protesters
Posted:Sun, 04 Dec 2016 11:59:00 -0500
CANNON BALL, N.D., Dec 4 (Reuters) – The sheriff of the North Dakota county where thousands of people are protesting a controversial pipeline project defended police tactics after they used water hoses and rubber bullets in a late November confrontation.

With Dakota denial, outlook for U.S. pipelines turns murky
Posted:Mon, 05 Dec 2016 01:00:01 -0500
HOUSTON, Dec 5 (Reuters) – The U.S. Army’s denial of an easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline, after permitting and legal obligations were followed, sets an uncertain precedent for new projects despite President-elect Donald Trump’s promise to support energy infrastructure.

Business not yet doing enough to stop commodities destroying forests
Posted:Mon, 05 Dec 2016 00:01:01 -0500
BARCELONA, Dec 5 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Global companies that produce and use commodities such as palm oil and soy are moving too slowly to cut deforestation, suggesting international goals to protect forests will not be met, groups that monitor business efforts said on Monday.

Accused Romanian-born arms trafficker gets 10 years in U.S. prison
Posted:Fri, 02 Dec 2016 17:13:02 -0500
NEW YORK (Reuters) – A Romanian-born man was sentenced on Friday to 10 years in prison after he was convicted on U.S. charges that he conspired with two former European officials to sell $17 million worth of weapons to undercover informants posing as Colombian rebels.

UPDATE 3-Brazil’s Odebrecht signs $2 bln leniency deal in graft case -sources
Posted:Thu, 01 Dec 2016 18:45:35 -0500
BRASILIA, Dec 1 (Reuters) – Engineering firm Odebrecht SA signed a roughly 6.7 billion real ($1.94 billion) leniency deal on Thursday with prosecutors in Brazil’s biggest graft case while nearly 80 employees of the company signed plea bargains, sources said.

Peru aims to quickly auction off $34 bln of projects
Posted:Thu, 01 Dec 2016 16:47:20 -0500
PARACAS, Lima, Dec 1 (Reuters) – Peru will aim to quickly auction off $34 billion in proposed projects from highways to new mines to revive slumping investments and bring sorely needed development to rural areas, the new head of state bidding agency Proinversion told Reuters on Thursday.

UPDATE 3-Glencore to pay $1 billion dividend in 2017
Posted:Thu, 01 Dec 2016 11:41:23 -0500
* New dividend policy for 2018 could add up to $1 billion more (Updates after analyst call, detail on coal hedge) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/FFYQbxQagsY/glencore-outlook-idUSL8N1DW112

India’s Dec gold imports to halve as cash crunch squeezes demand
Posted:Thu, 01 Dec 2016 06:06:08 -0500
MUMBAI, Dec 1 (Reuters) – India’s overseas purchases of gold could halve this month after jumping to the highest level in 11 months in November because retail demand has faltered due to the government’s move to scrap high-value currency notes, industry officials told Reuters.

California seeks long-term water savings as drought lingers
Posted:Wed, 30 Nov 2016 20:38:15 -0500
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) – California water regulators on Wednesday recommended tighter oversight of agricultural irrigation and a permanent ban on over-watering urban lawns, a first step toward developing a long-term conservation plan amid ongoing drought.

Death toll rises to seven in Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains fires
Posted:Wed, 30 Nov 2016 22:09:50 -0500
(Reuters) – The death toll from wildfires blazing in and around the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee rose to seven on Wednesday even as drenching rains helped firefighters suppress flames that have left whole neighborhoods in ruins.

U.S. veterans to form human shield at Dakota pipeline protest
Posted:Wed, 30 Nov 2016 18:29:23 -0500
CANNON BALL, N.D. (Reuters) – More than 2,000 U.S. military veterans plan to form a human shield to protect protesters of a pipeline project near a Native American reservation in North Dakota, organizers said, just ahead of a federal deadline for activists to leave the camp they have been occupying.

Death toll at KGHM Polish copper mine rises to four
Posted:Wed, 30 Nov 2016 06:51:41 -0500
WARSAW, Nov 30 (Reuters) – The death toll from an earth tremor at the Rudna copper mine in southwestern Poland has risen to four, the mine’s director Pawel Markowski said on Wednesday.

Indonesia’s parliament reappoints scandal-hit speaker
Posted:Wed, 30 Nov 2016 06:51:06 -0500
JAKARTA, Nov 30 (Reuters) – Indonesia’s parliament on Wednesday reappointed Setya Novanto as its speaker, reinstating him despite a scandal last year when he was accused of trying to extort $1.8 billion of shares from the local unit of U.S. mining giant Freeport McMoran Inc.

North Dakota governor orders pipeline protesters expelled
Posted:Tue, 29 Nov 2016 08:53:36 -0500
CANNON BALL, N.D. (Reuters) – North Dakota’s governor ordered the expulsion of thousands of Native American and environmental activists camped on federal property near an oil pipeline project they are trying to halt, citing hazards posed by harsh weather as a blizzard bore down on the area.

North Dakota officials hope to quell pipeline protests with fines
Posted:Tue, 29 Nov 2016 23:03:27 -0500
CANNON BALL, N.D. (Reuters) – North Dakota officials on Tuesday moved to block supplies from reaching oil pipeline protesters at a camp near the construction site, threatening to use hefty fines to keep demonstrators from receiving food, building materials and even portable bathrooms.

Japan-bound United Airlines flight returns to San Francisco with faulty engine
Posted:Mon, 28 Nov 2016 22:12:23 -0500
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A United Airlines flight bound for Japan experienced an engine malfunction after takeoff on Monday and returned to San Francisco International Airport, where it landed safely, airline and federal aviation officials said.

Wildfires force evacuations in Tennessee resort towns
Posted:Tue, 29 Nov 2016 05:23:15 -0500
(Reuters) – Wildfires threatened homes and businesses in two small Tennessee resort towns north of the Great Smoky Mountains, forcing residents and visitors to flee on Monday, officials said.

Agnelli heir Elkann arrested in New York over false reporting of incident
Posted:Tue, 29 Nov 2016 04:24:41 -0500
NEWYORK/MILAN (Reuters) – Lapo Elkann, grandson of late Fiat patriarch Gianni Agnelli, was arrested and charged in New York with falsely reporting an incident, police said on Tuesday after media reported that he was suspected of faking his own kidnapping. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/eDl1PD2kYAA/uk-usa-elkann-idUSKBN13O0TZ

North Dakota governor orders pipeline protesters expelled
Posted:Tue, 29 Nov 2016 08:53:36 -0500
CANNON BALL, N.D. (Reuters) – North Dakota’s governor ordered the expulsion of thousands of Native American and environmental activists camped on federal property near an oil pipeline project they are trying to halt, citing hazards posed by harsh weather as a blizzard bore down on the area.

U.S. workers rally in first ‘Fight for $15’ protest since Trump win
Posted:Tue, 29 Nov 2016 08:03:46 -0500
LOS ANGELES/CHICAGO (Reuters) – Workers from fast-food chains and nearly 20 airports joined nationwide protests for higher pay, union rights and immigration reform on Tuesday in their first major action since businessman Donald Trump won the U.S. presidential election.

North Dakota governor orders pipeline protesters expelled
Posted:Tue, 29 Nov 2016 08:53:36 -0500
CANNON BALL, N.D. (Reuters) – North Dakota’s governor ordered the expulsion of thousands of Native American and environmental activists camped on federal property near an oil pipeline project they are trying to halt, citing hazards posed by harsh weather as a blizzard bore down on the area.

Fukushima nuclear decommission, compensation costs to almost double: media
Posted:Sun, 27 Nov 2016 20:30:39 -0500
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s trade ministry has almost doubled the estimated cost of compensation for the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster and decommissioning of the damaged Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear plant to more than 20 trillion yen ($177.51 billion), the Nikkei business daily reported on Sunday.

Monday, 28 November 2016

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Note that this past weekend an obituary was finally posted online for Monica Kirstin Petersen’s Funeral-Visitation in Michigan. It is unclear if the funeral took place this past weekend or is the coming weekend. The only information learned from the obituary was that she was (or is) 32 years old and that her second name was (or is) Kirstin. This makes it even more unlikely, though possible, that she would not have known of the close ties between her university program and the US State Department, and above all it appears unlikely that she would not know that Union was an elite prep school. As we have pointed out, the high tuition elite Union School in Port-au-Prince Haiti is, at least in part, US government funded. Thus, her death could be faked to allow her to become an undercover spy, or there are plenty of things that she might have objected to in the Union School environment itself which could get her killed. Haitian elites are well-known for their use of death-squads and hit-men. It is possible that she was undercover at Union for the US State Department; found something, and was whisked away to safety with a fake death or killed either one. As they said in her memorial, we will probably never know.

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Fukushima nuclear decommission, compensation costs to almost double: media
Posted:Sun, 27 Nov 2016 20:30:39 -0500
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s trade ministry has almost doubled the estimated cost of compensation for the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster and decommissioning of the damaged Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear plant to more than 20 trillion yen ($177.51 billion), the Nikkei business daily reported on Sunday.

RPT-UPDATE 1-Swiss reject quick exit from atomic power
Posted:Sun, 27 Nov 2016 11:51:02 -0500
* Greens, others fear for safety of aging Swiss nuclear fleet

UPDATE 2-EDF sites searched by French competition authorities
Posted:Fri, 25 Nov 2016 11:06:26 -0500
PARIS, Nov 25 (Reuters) – French electricity utility EDF’s headquarters and other sites have been searched by the competition authorities looking into a possible abuse of a dominant position in the energy market, the state-controlled utility said on Friday.

French competition authorities search EDF sites, seize documents
Posted:Fri, 25 Nov 2016 08:16:15 -0500
PARIS, Nov 25 (Reuters) – French competition authorities have searched the headquarters and other premises of state-controlled utility EDF as part of an investigation into a possible abuse of a dominant position in the energy market, EDF said on Friday.

Sanders to Trump: use defense contracts as leverage for Carrier jobs
Posted:Sat, 26 Nov 2016 17:52:54 -0500
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Nov 26 (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders turned up the pressure on President-elect Donald Trump on Saturday about his pledge to try to stop an Indiana air conditioner manufacturer from moving 1,400 jobs to Mexico.

Costly leukemia pill wins UK green light after price cut
LONDON, Nov 25 (Reuters) – A costly blood cancer pill sold in Europe by Johnson & Johnson will be made routinely available to certain patients in Britain with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia, after the…

UPDATE 1-Consortium led by French group Total wins Ivory Coast LNG deal
Posted:Fri, 25 Nov 2016 04:21:05 -0500
* Total to have 34 pct of new Cote d’Ivoire-GNL company (Adds update with Total’s statement, details)

Rio Tinto says Simandou payments scandal ‘very challenging’
Posted:Wed, 23 Nov 2016 18:38:30 -0500
SYDNEY (Reuters) – Rio Tinto Chief Executive Jean-Sébastien Jacques said on Thursday that issues raised by the disclosure of payments in Guinea in 2011 were “very challenging”, in his first public…

UPDATE 1-Rio Tinto sees potential demand boost, less red tape in Trump presidency
Posted:Thu, 24 Nov 2016 22:59:10 -0500
* Skirts questions on Guinea Simandou investigation (Adds executive comment on Trump, response on Simandou)

Asia Gold-China premiums hit near 3-year high on possible import restrictions
Posted:Fri, 25 Nov 2016 05:31:00 -0500
BENGALURU/MUMBAI, Nov 25 (Reuters) – Gold premiums in top consumer China jumped to the highest in nearly three years this week on worries over a supply shortage that traders said were due to Beijing’s efforts to restrict import licenses.

Indian cash crunch hits gold demand during peak wedding season
Posted:Fri, 25 Nov 2016 05:56:39 -0500
* Cash crunch hits gold jewellery sales in peak wedding season

Coal price surge sets miners against activists by English seaside
Posted:Sun, 27 Nov 2016 03:30:01 -0500
DRURIDGE BAY, England, Nov 27 (Reuters) – In northeastern England, a battle is raging between grass roots campaigners and a company intent on digging a new open cast mine as world coal prices soar.

Hundreds of thousands gather in South Korea for fifth week of protests against Park
Posted:Sat, 26 Nov 2016 04:59:58 -0500
SEOUL (Reuters) – Hundreds of thousands rallied in central Seoul on Saturday for a fifth week of protests against President Park Geun-hye, in the largest ongoing series of demonstrations in the country since the 1987 movement to democratize South Korea.

China vows to ‘plug holes’ in work safety after deadly power plant accident: Xinhua
Posted:Sat, 26 Nov 2016 00:15:46 -0500
SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China has vowed to “plug the holes” in its laws and safety standards to improve working conditions after a power plant accident in the east of the country killed 74 people earlier this week, state media reported on Saturday.

PRESS DIGEST- British Business – Nov 28
Posted:Sun, 27 Nov 2016 19:49:34 -0500
Nov 28 (Reuters) – The following are the top stories on the business pages of British newspapers. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

Fearing tighter U.S. visa regime, Indian IT firms rush to hire, acquire
Posted:Sun, 27 Nov 2016 19:00:02 -0500
BENGALURU, Nov 28 (Reuters) – Anticipating a more protectionist U.S. technology visa programme under a Donald Trump administration, India’s $150 billion IT services sector will speed up acquisitions in the United States and recruit more heavily from college campuses there.

Iran may seek naval bases in Yemen or Syria: chief of staff
Posted:Sun, 27 Nov 2016 12:13:26 -0500
DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran may seek to set up naval bases in Yemen or Syria in the future, the chief of staff of the Iranian armed forces said in remarks published on Sunday.

“Haiti police clash with demonstrators ahead of election results
Posted:Tue, 22 Nov 2016 21:30:23 -0500
PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – Haitian police fired tear gas at demonstrators backing presidential candidate Maryse Narcisse on Tuesday, in the second day of tension as the Caribbean nation awaited results from elections at the weekend.

Monday, 21 November 2016
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South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has been under consideration for Trump’s Secretary of State
The 1965 US immigration law, in conjunction with unfairly written affirmative action policies, seems to have been intentionally designed to undermine affirmative action for African Americans. The 1965 law has been exacerbated by more recent immigration policies such as H1B, in conjunction with affirmative action policies which allowed many or most of the immigrants to claim minority or disadvantaged status. Even Goya Foods of New Jersey, whose original owners were born in Spain, has apparently claimed minority status! Their children or grandchildren now own it. On the other hand, Italians apparently aren’t counted as minorities. How can Spaniards be minorities and Italians not? Holtec, maker of nuclear waste cans, claims to be a minority business because owner Kris Singh is from India. South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley whose family is from India would count as a two for one “minority” because she is an “Asian” woman, even though Asians are an estimated 60% of world population (with India and China having an estimated 37% of world population). Affirmative Action policies were supposed to be to help African Americans whose ancestors suffered under slavery and Jim Crow laws, not new immigrants.
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In Central America there are seven Australian Stock Exchange-listed companies with 41 projects and sub-projects for a range of minerals, almost all of which are at the exploration stage.  Orica (explosives) is active in several Central American countries, including Panama. The mining sector is of growing importance in countries such as Panama and Nicaragua, opening up opportunities for Australian suppliers of mining equipment, technologies and services as well as investors.http://dfat.gov.au/geo/latin-america-caribbean/pages/central-america-region-brief.aspx

The US is actually doing something right: Trying to enforce Anti-Trust laws by keeping EnergySolutions from buying Waste Control Specialists.

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UPDATE 2-U.S. sues to stop EnergySolutions from buying smaller rival
Posted:Wed, 16 Nov 2016 21:42:05 -0500
WASHINGTON, Nov 16 (Reuters) – The Justice Department filed a lawsuit on Wednesday aimed at stopping EnergySolutions from buying rival Waste Control Specialists, the agency said in a statement.

Police in North Dakota report standoff with oil pipeline protesters
Posted:Sun, 20 Nov 2016 23:17:55 -0500
(Reuters) – Hundreds of protesters opposed to a North Dakota oil pipeline project they say threatens water resources and sacred tribal lands confronted police on Sunday at a bridge where a previous clash had occurred, the local sheriff’s department said.

Texas police officer slain during traffic stop; manhunt underway
Posted:Sun, 20 Nov 2016 18:54:07 -0500
SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) – A manhunt was underway in Texas on Sunday for a gunman who shot and killed a San Antonio police detective sitting in a squad car during a routine traffic stop outside the city’s police headquarters, authorities said.

St. Louis police officer shot in face, critically wounded in ambush
Posted:Sun, 20 Nov 2016 23:42:15 -0500
ST. LOUIS (Reuters) – A St. Louis police officer was shot twice in the face and critically wounded on Sunday in an ambush while sitting in his patrol car, city police said.

REFILE-UPDATE 2-Developer says Dakota Access pipeline will not be rerouted – AP
Posted:Fri, 18 Nov 2016 17:47:58 -0500
WASHINGTON, Nov 18 (Reuters) – Energy Transfer Partners LP Chief Executive Officer Kelcy Warren said the company will not consider rerouting its Dakota Access oil pipeline despite concerns voiced by U.S. native groups, according to an Associated Press interview published on Friday.

UPDATE 2-Brazil judge to hear criminal charges for Samarco dam disaster
Posted:Fri, 18 Nov 2016 15:25:52 -0500
BRASILIA, Nov 18 (Reuters) – A federal judge in Brazil has agreed to hear a criminal case against four companies and 22 employees for a burst tailings dam at the Samarco mine that killed 19 people last November, according to a court document seen by Reuters on Friday.

Freeport Indonesia appoints former air force official as new chief
Posted:Sat, 19 Nov 2016 23:38:44 -0500
JAKARTA, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Indonesia’s biggest copper miner PT Freeport Indonesia has appointed former Indonesian air force chief of staff Chappy Hakim as its new chief executive, company spokesman said on Sunday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/aPJ0DWYo5Mo/indonesia-freeport-mcmoran-ceo-idUSL4N1DL040

Cargo ship evacuated off England’s storm-hit southern coast
Posted:Sun, 20 Nov 2016 11:45:40 -0500
LONDON (Reuters) – Emergency services rescued 11 people from the Saga Sky cargo ship on Sunday after it collided with a barge carrying rocks and started to take on water as Storm Angus battered England’s southern coast. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/uG4KqP06Y60/us-britain-weather-ship-idUSKBN13F0GD

African rats to turn sensitive noses against poaching
Posted:Fri, 18 Nov 2016 05:18:05 -0500
NAIROBI (Reuters) – Africa’s giant rats have been trained to sniff out landmines and detect tuberculosis in humans, and soon they could turn their superior noses to protecting other animals by finding illegal wildlife trophies being smuggled out of African ports.

Smog may be easing, but in parts of China water quality worsens
Posted:Fri, 18 Nov 2016 06:13:58 -0500
SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) – China is making progress in battling the damaging smog that can shroud its big cities, but in many areas – from parts of the giant Yangtze river to the coalfields of Inner Mongolia – its water pollution is getting worse.

First blizzard of U.S. season moves into upper Midwest
Posted:Fri, 18 Nov 2016 21:48:34 -0500
(Reuters) – The season’s first major winter storm in the continental United States swept the northern Plains with heavy snow and high winds on Friday, creating blizzard conditions in parts of South Dakota and Minnesota. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/hPVdZVKVSEc/us-usa-weather-blizzard-idUSKBN13D2LE

Brookfield Asset proposes to take 50-60 pct stake in TerraForm Power
Posted:Fri, 18 Nov 2016 09:26:58 -0500
Nov 18 (Reuters) – Brookfield Asset Management Inc proposed on Friday to take a 50-60 percent stake in bankrupt solar company SunEdison Inc unit TerraForm Power Inc , a week after it expressed interest in buying the unit. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/rZPw1pFNsQ8/brookfield-asset-terraform-power-idUSL4N1DJ3ZC

UPDATE 2-Peru considers rescinding Odebrecht’s pipeline contract -source
Posted:Fri, 18 Nov 2016 19:12:42 -0500
LIMA, Nov 18 (Reuters) – Peru is considering rescinding Odebrecht SA’s $5 billion natural gas pipeline contract after the Brazilian company’s attempt to sell its majority stake in the project got snagged on corruption concerns, a government source said Friday.

UPDATE 3-U.S. panel urges ban on China state firms buying U.S. companies
Posted:Thu, 17 Nov 2016 03:23:10 -0500
WASHINGTON/HONG KONG, Nov 16 (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers should take action to ban China’s state-owned firms from acquiring U.S. companies, a congressional panel charged with monitoring security and trade links between Washington and Beijing said on Wednesday http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/oousTW3ylqk/usa-china-idUSL1N1DH0YG

EU bids to beat the budget blues
Posted:Wed, 16 Nov 2016 10:51:00 -0500
Ministers brace for an intense round of EU budget negotiations ahead of a Thursday deadline, with Italy complaining not enough spending is planned for handling migration, security threats and youth unemployment. In the meantime, Italy has been named as one of six countries in breach of EU rules on their own budgets. David Pollard reports.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USVideoBusiness/~3/SDduSVi6T04/eu-bids-to-beat-the-budget-blues

Dow, S&P 500 drop as U.S. bank rally wanes, tech boosts Nasdaq
Posted:Wed, 16 Nov 2016 17:18:00 -0500
The S&P 500 closed lower and the Dow ended a seven-day rally on Wednesday, as financial stocks fell, but gains in technology stocks helped Nasdaq end the day higher. Bobbi Rebell reports http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USVideoBusiness/~3/HZsfm3rxe9c/dow-sp-500-drop-as-us-bank-rally-wanes-t

PRESS DIGEST – Wall Street Journal – Nov 17
Posted:Thu, 17 Nov 2016 01:39:35 -0500
Nov 17 (Reuters) – The following are the top stories in the Wall Street Journal. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy

UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Nov 17
Posted:Thu, 17 Nov 2016 01:41:14 -0500
Nov 17 (Reuters) – Britain’s FTSE 100 index is seen opening 19 to 21 points higher, or up as much as 0.3 percent on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers. * The UK blue chip index ended down 0.6 percent on Wednesday after gaining in the previous two sessions, with companies such as jet engine maker Rolls-Royce and the country’s biggest housebuilder Barratt slipping. * ANGLO AMERICAN: Global miner Anglo American said on Wednesday it was suspending all operations at its Los Br

President Trump threatens Australia refugee deal
 Posted:Tue, 15 Nov 2016 04:31:00 -0500
Australia thought it was onto a good thing when it signed a deal with Washington to swap refugees – many of them Muslim – in exchange for taking in asylum seekers from Central America. But as Reuters’ Jane Wardell reports, that was before they were blindsided by a Donald Trump election win which now threatens the entire agreement” http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USVideoWorldNews/~3/A773yvRwUjA/president-trump-threatens-australia-refu

India’s gold traders on edge as Modi fights ‘black money’
Posted:Wed, 16 Nov 2016 04:48:33 -0500
NEW DELHI/BENGALURU, Nov 16 (Reuters) – Some Indian gold traders are placing bulk, short-term import orders on fears that Prime Minister Narendra Modi might soon add curbs on overseas purchases of the metal to his withdrawal of high-denomination banknotes in his fight against ‘black money’, traders and jewellers said.

For global copper miners, era of going it alone may be over
Posted:Wed, 16 Nov 2016 04:09:52 -0500
SHANGHAI, Nov 16 (Reuters) – For global copper miners looking to develop the next big deposit, the era of going it alone may be over. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/6po-cPom0eU/china-cesco-copper-mining-idUSL1N1DH09L

Monday, 14 November 2016

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Indian PM heads to Japan to seal nuclear deal
November 10, 2016 – 13:42 AMT

Transcript: Donald Trump Expounds on His Foreign Policy Views – The New York Times (March 27, 2016) “TRUMP: … I personally think it’s the biggest problem the world has, nuclear capability. I think it’s the single biggest problem. When people talk global warming, I say the global warming that we have to be careful of is the nuclear global warming. Single biggest problem that the world has. Power of weaponry today is beyond anything ever thought of, or even, you know, it’s unthinkable, the power. You look at Hiroshima and you can multiply that times many, many times, is what you have today. And to me, it’s the single biggest, it’s the single biggest problem.” https://web-beta.archive.org/web/20160421082652/http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/27/us/politics/donald-trump-transcript.html

France’s Nuclear Industry is Catastrophic

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UPDATE 3-France could face winter power cuts, hit by nuclear dependence
Posted:Tue, 08 Nov 2016 13:03:23 -0500
* Similar design of reactors creates risk of generic flaws (Adds detail on French nuclear dependence)

Trump’s climate plan ‘catastrophic’: France’s Royal
Posted:Fri, 11 Nov 2016 14:34:04 -0500
MARRAKESH, Morocco (Reuters) – Donald Trump’s plan to drop out of world cooperation on slowing climate change would be “absolutely catastrophic” and weaken the United States, France’s environment minister said on Friday.

REFILE-UPDATE 3-Prosecutors to question South Korean president over political scandal
Posted:Sun, 13 Nov 2016 04:23:19 -0500
* Park to be first sitting president questioned by prosecutors

UPDATE 1-Audi software can distort emissions in tests, VW says
Posted:Sun, 13 Nov 2016 13:15:06 -0500
* EPA, VW and Audi decline comment (Releads on VW statement)

Buffett breaks silence on Wells Fargo bogus account scandal
Posted:Fri, 11 Nov 2016 16:12:33 -0500
Nov 11 (Reuters) – Wells Fargo & Co made a “terrible mistake” by keeping in place sales goals that “corrupted people”, billionaire investor Warren Buffett told CNN in an interview, in his first public comment on the bogus account scandal at the bank.

Santacruz Silver Mining says one dead in accident at Mexico mine
Posted:Fri, 11 Nov 2016 17:09:37 -0500
Nov 11 (Reuters) – Santacruz Silver Mining Ltd said one person died in an accident at its Rosario Mine in Mexico on Wednesday.

Berkshire sets record as Trump boosts prospects, Buffett’s wealth
Posted:Fri, 11 Nov 2016 17:14:53 -0500
Nov 11 (Reuters) – Berkshire Hathaway Inc shares posted one of their best weeks in years, soaring 9.5 percent and touching a record high, even though Chairman Warren Buffett’s choice for the White House, Hillary Clinton, was defeated by Donald Trump.

China says concerned about EU protectionism on steel imports
Posted:Sat, 12 Nov 2016 05:30:20 -0500
BEIJING, Nov 12 (Reuters) – China is greatly concerned about the European Union’s protectionist measures against Chinese steel products, the commerce ministry said on Saturday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/y2B37SxooGI/china-eu-steel-idUSL4N1DD06M

UPDATE 1-Ex-Congo rebel leader missing, gunfire erupts in border town
Posted:Sat, 12 Nov 2016 11:57:20 -0500
ABIDJAN, Nov 12 (Reuters) – Congo has stepped up army patrols in its volatile east after the former military chief of a once-powerful rebel group vanished from a camp for demobilised fighters in neighbouring Uganda and gunfire erupted outside an important border town http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/s7lQqxMGzMk/congo-rebels-idUSL8N1DD0C9

Ousted Tata chairman tried for balanced corporate governance – statement
Posted:Sun, 13 Nov 2016 08:59:42 -0500
MUMBAI, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Ousted chairman of the Tata group, Cyrus Mistry said he had tried to form a corporate governance framework at Tata Sons that balanced group values without impinging on the independence of operating companies

Trump’s climate plan ‘catastrophic’: France’s Royal
Posted:Fri, 11 Nov 2016 14:34:04 -0500
MARRAKESH, Morocco (Reuters) – Donald Trump’s plan to drop out of world cooperation on slowing climate change would be “absolutely catastrophic” and weaken the United States, France’s environment minister said on Friday.

Protesters briefly block work yard at North Dakota pipeline
Posted:Sat, 12 Nov 2016 15:58:03 -0500
Nov 12 (Reuters) – Protesters against the Dakota Access oil pipeline briefly blocked two entrances to a pipeline work yard in a rural North Dakota town early on Saturday morning, causing workers to leave the area, police said.

Air strikes pound Mosul in campaign to retake Iraqi city
Posted:Sat, 12 Nov 2016 13:59:00 -0500
Air strikes launched from helicopters target Mosul as part of Iraq’s military efforts in the campaign to retake the city from Islamic State. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Magnitude 7.4 earthquake strikes near Christchurch, New Zealand – USGS
Posted:Sun, 13 Nov 2016 06:14:20 -0500
(Reuters) – An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.4 stuck 91 km (57 miles) north-northeast of the city of Christchurch, New Zealand at 1102 GMT on Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. (Reporting by London Editing Desk)

WIDER IMAGE-Eastern Serbia’s bungalow cemeteries
Posted:Fri, 11 Nov 2016 06:00:01 -0500
SMOLJINAC, Serbia, Nov 11 (Reuters) – From a distance, the cemetery in the eastern Serbian village of Smoljinac looks like a residential neighbourhood eerily placed among graves.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/LxM3Waa9E9k/serbia-graves-idUSL8N1D92QY

UPDATE 4-Innogy profit fall spells more trouble for RWE
Posted:Fri, 11 Nov 2016 07:48:12 -0500
* Interest rate expectations also weigh (Adds CFO comment, pressure from interest rate expectations)

Going it alone is not an option for U.S. or Europe, says NATO head
Posted:Sun, 13 Nov 2016 07:17:53 -0500
LONDON, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Going it alone on defence and security is not an option for either the United States or Europe, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said in an article published on Sunday.

Trump sees Japan’s Abe as ally in push back against China: adviser
Posted:Fri, 11 Nov 2016 14:47:31 -0500
TOKYO (Reuters) – U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s meeting next week with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may mark the start of talks to garner Japan’s support for a push back against China’s growing influence in Asia, a security adviser to Trump said.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/yXLHToJNEN4/us-usa-election-japan-idUSKBN1360IU

Trump ignorant of Europe, poses risk to relations: EU’s Juncker
Posted:Fri, 11 Nov 2016 17:22:12 -0500
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Donald Trump’s election as U.S. president poses risks for the relationship between the European Union and the United States, EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Friday

Iraqi forces preparing advance on south Mosul
Posted:Thu, 10 Nov 2016 14:47:03 -0500
SOUTH OF MOSUL/BAGHDAD, Iraq (Reuters) – Iraqi security forces are preparing to advance toward Mosul airport on the city’s southern edge to increase pressure on Islamic State militants fighting troops who breached their eastern defenses, officers said on Thursday.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/ji2IwmsNWr0/us-mideast-crisis-iraq-idUSKBN1351JS

UPDATE 3-France could face winter power cuts, hit by nuclear dependence
Posted:Tue, 08 Nov 2016 13:03:23 -0500
* Similar design of reactors creates risk of generic flaws (Adds detail on French nuclear dependence)

UPDATE 1-EDF 9-month revenue down 4.7 pct, confirms 2018 outlook
Posted:Tue, 08 Nov 2016 13:36:19 -0500
PARIS, Nov 8 (Reuters) – French utility EDF said on Tuesday its revenue in the first nine months of 2016 fell 4.7 percent to 51.97 billion euros ($57 billion) but it still targets positive cash flow in 2018 after dividends, smart meter investments and asset disposals http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/dHN94VEyZBo/edf-results-idUSL8N1D96VY

U.S. voters look to game election system by ‘trading’ ballots
Posted:Tue, 08 Nov 2016 06:16:41 -0500
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Sophy Warner wanted to vote for third-party U.S. presidential candidate Jill Stein. But she worried that her ballot, cast in the swing state of Ohio, might help Republican Donald Trump capture the White House.

New York police charge woman with murder in subway train death
Posted:Tue, 08 Nov 2016 13:32:19 -0500
NEW YORK (Reuters) – A New York woman has been charged with murder after an unsuspecting female commuter was shoved off a subway platform in front of an oncoming train that killed her instantly, city police said on Tuesday.

Exclusive: FedEx grounds one plane over GE engine part concern
 Posted:Mon, 07 Nov 2016 23:23:48 -0500
(Reuters) – FedEx Corp is grounding one of its planes temporarily that has an engine General Electric Co flagged after a passenger jet erupted in flames last month, a spokesman for the cargo airline told Reuters on Monday.

Hate speech seeps into U.S. mainstream amid bitter campaign

Posted:Mon, 07 Nov 2016 22:46:11 -0500
KOKOMO, Indiana (Reuters) – The lettering is crude, scrawled in black spray paint on the sidewalk in front of Karen Peters’ neatly kept home in the quiet, working class neighborhood where she’s lived most of her life. But the contempt is clear.

French regulator targets power price speculation with new ARENH rules
Posted:Tue, 08 Nov 2016 02:31:42 -0500
PARIS, Nov 8 (Reuters) – French energy markets regulator CRE proposed on Tuesday tighter rules under which alternative energy providers buy power from nuclear power station managed by state-controlled utility EDF.

Iranian miner seeks up to $4 bln for copper, steel projects
Posted:Tue, 08 Nov 2016 02:33:35 -0500
MELBOURNE, Nov 8 (Reuters) – A private Iranian company is seeking joint venture partners to help develop copper, steel and other projects in the country, managing director Ebrahim Sadeghi of Mahan Company for Mines and Industries Development (MACMID) said on Tuesday.

UPDATE 1-Henkel beats Q3 expectations on strong emerging markets
Posted:Tue, 08 Nov 2016 02:32:27 -0500
* Shares indicated 1.6 percent higher (Adds share price indication, details)

UPDATE 1-Japan’s JX says will miss output target at Chile copper mine
Posted:Tue, 08 Nov 2016 02:14:34 -0500
* Aiming for 97,000 T of copper concentrate output in current FY

India’s 2016 gold demand seen at 650 T 750 T Vs 858.1 T year ago-WGC
Posted:Tue, 08 Nov 2016 00:00:01 -0500
MUMBAI, Nov 8 (Reuters) – India’s gold demand could fall as much as 24 percent in 2016 to the lowest level in seven years due to higher prices and increased smuggling as the government seeks to bring transparency to bullion purchases, the World Gold Council (WGC) said.

UPDATE 1-China October iron ore imports lowest since Feb -customs
Posted:Mon, 07 Nov 2016 21:56:26 -0500
BEIJING, Nov 8 (Reuters) – China imported 80.8 million tonnes of iron ore in October, the lowest since February and down 13 percent from the previous month, official data from China’s customs showed, as steel mills curtailed output amid tightening profits and soaring costs.

REFILE-UPDATE 1-U.S. probe finds dumping of steel plate from nine exporters
Posted:Mon, 07 Nov 2016 21:08:17 -0500
WASHINGTON, Nov 7 (Reuters) – The U.S. Commerce Department said on Monday it had made a preliminary finding of dumping of certain imports of carbon and alloy steel cut-to-length (CTL) plate from Austria, Belgium, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan.

RPT-COLUMN-Base metals come out of LME week with a bullish roar: Andy Home
Posted:Mon, 07 Nov 2016 20:00:01 -0500
LONDON, Nov 7 (Reuters) – Cautiously optimistic. That was the consensus takeaway of the mood at LME Week, the annual shindig of the industrial metals markets.

UPDATE 1-Blast kills child, injures 32 Indian peacekeepers in east Congo – U.N.
Posted:Tue, 08 Nov 2016 02:58:11 -0500
KINSHASA, Nov 8 (Reuters) – An explosion killed a child and injured 32 Indian peacekeepers in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo city of Goma on Tuesday, the U.N. mission there said.

German construction association lifts growth forecast for 2016
Posted:Tue, 08 Nov 2016 03:00:04 -0500
BERLIN, Nov 8 (Reuters) – Germany’s ZDB construction association on Tuesday raised its sales forecast for 2016 due to a building boom in real estate and higher state spending on infrastructure, suggesting the sector will propel growth in Europe’s biggest economy this year.

UPDATE 2-Canada to spend $1.1 bln to boost oil spill response
Posted:Mon, 07 Nov 2016 19:58:14 -0500
VANCOUVER, Nov 7 (Reuters) – Canada’s Liberal government on Monday vowed to toughen its response to oil spills at sea, a move that some critics say will increase local tanker traffic and hurt the environment.

France could face limited, short power cuts this winter-grid operator
Posted:Tue, 08 Nov 2016 03:28:07 -0500
PARIS, Nov 8 (Reuters) – French grid operator RTE said on Tuesday it may have to take exceptional measures including short power cuts in certain areas and voluntary cuts by industrial users in order to continue providing electricity to French homes in during winter. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/WOz9Lh74ya8/france-power-winteroutlook-idUSL8N1D900S

Total and Iran sign a preliminary gas deal – state media
Posted:Tue, 08 Nov 2016 03:51:14 -0500
BEIRUT, Nov 8 (Reuters) – France’s Total and China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) signed a gas contract on Tuesday with National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) for the second phase of the South Pars gas field, Iran’s SHANA news agency said.

UPDATE 1-Denmark’s DONG Energy to get out of oil and gas business
Posted:Tue, 08 Nov 2016 04:09:40 -0500
* Maintains full-year profit forecast (Writes through with industry context)

Five decades and 200 films later, Jackie Chan ‘finally’ wins Oscar
Posted:Sun, 13 Nov 2016 04:32:22 -0500
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – When Jackie Chan saw an Oscar at Sylvester Stallone’s house 23 years ago, he said that was the moment he decided he wanted one.

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UPDATE 1-EDF chief says waiting for watchdog’s approval to run more reactors Posted:Fri, 04 Nov 2016 08:52:57 -0400 PARIS, Nov 4 (Reuters) – French utility EDF is doing its best to have more nuclear reactors up and running but was waiting for the green light from the nuclear safety regulator to restart some of them, its chief executive said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/p2Tiy0QLrcU/energy-summit-edf-nuclearpower-idUSL8N1D53EZ

Vast Moroccan solar power plant is hard act for Africa to follow
Posted:Sat, 05 Nov 2016 10:24:08 -0400
OUARZAZATE, Morocco, Nov 5 (Reuters) – On the edge of the Sahara desert, Morocco is building one of the world’s biggest solar power plants in a project largely funded by the European Union http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/YXTnoVJdQYo/climatechange-accord-solar-idUSL8N1D608W

Investors smell profit in marijuana ballot measures
Posted:Fri, 04 Nov 2016 01:11:39 -0400
SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK (Reuters) – With marijuana legalization measures on the ballot in nine states Tuesday, investment opportunities are attracting money from Wall Street, Silicon Valley and publicly traded companies.

Magnitude 5.3 quake strikes near Cushing, Oklahoma: USGS
Posted:Sun, 06 Nov 2016 21:10:26 -0500
(Reuters) – A magnitude 5.3 quake struck near Cushing, Oklahoma, on Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/Y4BesCN7stQ/us-oklahoma-quake-idUSKBN13205C

U.S. safety board opens probe into Colonial Pipeline accident
Posted:Fri, 04 Nov 2016 17:34:58 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said on Friday it had opened an investigation into the Colonial Pipeline Co accident in Helena, Alabama, which killed one worker and seriously injured four others.

GE alerts airlines about engine part after American Airlines fire
Posted:Sat, 05 Nov 2016 18:14:31 -0400
(Reuters) – General Electric Co is seeking to remove an engine part from service after an American Airlines jet erupted in flames last week, it told air carriers in a letter seen by Reuters on Saturday.

Canada to implement northern B.C. oil tanker ban this year -CBC
Posted:Fri, 04 Nov 2016 21:30:45 -0400
TORONTO, Nov 4 (Reuters) – Canada’s Liberal government will this year deliver on its pledge for a moratorium on oil tanker traffic along the northern coast of British Columbia, CBC News reported on Friday.

Canada oil spill program hit by cheap crude, lacks applicants
Posted:Sun, 06 Nov 2016 07:00:01 -0500
Nov 6 (Reuters) – The two-year oil price crash has hurt a Canadian government program that funds research on oil spill cleanups, resulting in fewer applicants than expected, a senior federal official said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/64z9w2D9txE/canada-oil-spills-idUSL1N1D51IF

U.S. in tariff probe of Chinese steel sent through Vietnam: WSJ
Posted:Sun, 06 Nov 2016 21:02:14 -0500
(Reuters) – The U.S. Commerce Department is expected to launch a formal investigation on Monday into whether Chinese companies shipped steel through Vietnam to avoid import tariffs, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday, citing a person familiar with the matter.

UPDATE 1-Duke Energy quarterly profit beats estimates
Posted:Fri, 04 Nov 2016 07:36:53 -0400
Nov 4 (Reuters) – Duke Energy Corp, the largest U.S. power company by generation capacity, reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit on Friday, as warmer summer temperatures in the Southeastern and Midwest United States pushed up electricity sales. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/YZXq-T5ZARg/duke-energy-results-idUSL4N1D53RO

UK PM May says no meeting planned with Tata bosses during India trip
Posted:Sun, 06 Nov 2016 19:01:01 -0500
NEW DELHI, Nov 7 (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Theresa May won’t meet any executives from Tata Steel Ltd during her two-day trip to India but talks about the future of its British steel operations are still going on, she said.

China firms eye ‘Made in Vietnam’ windfall – if Obama’s TPP survives
Posted:Sun, 06 Nov 2016 18:00:01 -0500
HO CHI MINH CITY, Nov 7 (Reuters) – From textiles and shoes to paper and furniture, Chinese manufacturers are pouring investments into neighbouring Vietnam, hoping to ride on the coattails of the Southeast Asian country’s pending trade blitz.

Illegal mining, weak government help Taliban expand in Afghan north
Posted:Sun, 06 Nov 2016 18:00:01 -0500
* Focus on fighting in south enables Taliban to gain in north

UPDATE 3-Nicaragua vote set to cement Ortega rule, despite autocracy fears
Posted:Sun, 06 Nov 2016 17:29:38 -0500
MANAGUA, Nov 6 (Reuters) – Former Marxist guerrilla leader Daniel Ortega is expected to easily clinch a third consecutive term as president of Nicaragua on Sunday, buoyed by steady economic growth that has trumped fears he is trying to install autocratic family rule.

UPDATE 1-Germany calls for free trade accord, welcomes China steel talks offer
Posted:Sat, 05 Nov 2016 12:52:53 -0400
BERLIN, Nov 5 (Reuters) – German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel called for a resumption of long-stalled efforts to negotiate a global free trade accord on Saturday, warning that a proliferation of bilateral trade deals could lead to varying standards and rules. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/fCReo0a3xPc/trade-wto-germany-idUSL8N1D60FO

Autonomous cars to drive chip sector consolidation says NXP
Posted:Sat, 05 Nov 2016 11:05:28 -0400
MUNICH, Nov 5 (Reuters) – NXP Semiconductor, the world’s largest chip supplier to the automotive industry, expects efforts to make self-driving cars will lead to more consolidation in its sector, the company’s automotive head told Reuters.

India’s Tata Motors defends strategy for $1500 Nano car
Posted:Sat, 05 Nov 2016 03:06:24 -0400
MUMBAI, Nov 5 (Reuters) – Tata Motors, part of India’s Tata group, defended its strategy for producing the $1,500 Nano but shied away from commenting on the loss-making car’s future, after the conglomerate’s ousted chairman said there were emotional reasons for not shutting down production.

U.S. fracking sand firms boost prices in sign of shale recovery
Posted:Fri, 04 Nov 2016 15:30:45 -0400
NEW YORK, Nov 4 (Reuters) – U.S. producers of sand used to extract oil from shale are raising prices due to stronger demand, a sign higher oil prices are improving the outlook for the domestic fracking industry.

UPDATE 2-Ratan Tata installs new management team at Tata Sons
Posted:Fri, 04 Nov 2016 14:36:10 -0400
MUMBAI, Nov 4 (Reuters) – Tata Sons has put in place a new management team for the $100 billion steel-to-software group, days after its board ousted Chairman Cyrus Mistry and disbanded his advisory council, triggering a public spat between him and Ratan Tata. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/SnyL9wFhswQ/tata-sons-management-idUSL4N1D53BN

UPDATE 1-Moody’s downgrades Potash Corp as fertilizer slump lingers
Posted:Fri, 04 Nov 2016 14:26:25 -0400
WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Nov 4 (Reuters) – Moody’s Investor Service on Friday downgraded the credit rating of Potash Corp of Saskatchewan , citing concerns of a longer-than-expected fertilizer slump, ahead of the company’s planned merger with rival Agrium Inc.

FBI clears Clinton in latest email review two days before election
Posted:Sun, 06 Nov 2016 20:09:57 -0500
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The FBI said on Sunday it stood by its earlier finding that no criminal charges were warranted against Democrat Hillary Clinton for using a private email server for government work, lifting a cloud over her presidential campaign two days before the U.S. election. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/crZDTTEJ2_Q/us-usa-election-idUSKBN1310WY

Georgia senators will consider Clinton high court nominees: report
Posted:Sun, 06 Nov 2016 14:23:57 -0500
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Georgia’s two Republican senators broke with members of their party, saying they would consider Supreme Court nominees put forward by Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton if she wins the presidency, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported on Sunday.

Haitian president defends aid effort as anger mounts
Posted:Fri, 04 Nov 2016 20:30:01 -0400
PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – Haiti’s interim President Jocelerme Privert defended a government-coordinated storm relief effort on Friday, saying aid had reached some 2 million victims of Hurricane Matthew, amid anger about uneven distribution of food and other materials.

RPT-Nicaragua’s good times help Ortega shrug off ‘autocrat’ jibes
Posted:Fri, 04 Nov 2016 09:01:01 -0400 LA LIBERTAD, Nicaragua, Nov 4 (Reuters) – Ten years ago, less than a third of voters in President Daniel Ortega’s mining hometown backed him, but his support has since surged here and nationally, setting him up to win a third consecutive term this week despite criticism he is autocratic. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/q9dGA_QmWXU/nicaragua-election-idUSL1N1D426O

Suicide at Japan’s top ad agency puts overtime on the reform agenda
Posted:Fri, 04 Nov 2016 02:10:55 -0400
TOKYO (Reuters) – In April last year, Matsuri Takahashi, a promising graduate of Japan’s top university, landed a job at Dentsu, one of the country’s most prestigious advertising agencies, renowned for its hard-driving work culture. Nine months later, she jumped to her death, leaving behind a trail of public grievances on social media about her relentless working hours and boss’s verbal abuse.

Wells Fargo sales scandal extends to brokerage unit: U.S. senators
Posted:Thu, 03 Nov 2016 20:00:12 -0400
(Reuters) – Wells Fargo & Co fired hundreds of brokerage employees for improper sales practices, three U.S. senators said on Thursday, widening the scope of a scandal which the fourth-largest U.S. bank has so far characterized as a retail banking problem. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/YfVmbxeSkAU/us-wells-fargo-accounts-brokerage-idUSKBN12Y2XV

Takata mulls bankruptcy for U.S. unit, filing will take time: source
Posted:Fri, 04 Nov 2016 03:02:01 -0400
WASHINGTON/TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s Takata Corp is considering a bankruptcy filing for its U.S. unit as the air bag maker looks for a sponsor to help pay for liabilities related to its faulty inflators, a person briefed on the matter told Reuters.

Obama says U.S. mulling alternate routes for North Dakota pipeline
Posted:Thu, 03 Nov 2016 11:18:03 -0400
(This version of the Nov. 2 story corrects the destination of the pipeline in paragraph 10 to Illinois from Gulf Coast refineries)

Obama says U.S. mulling alternate routes for N. Dakota pipeline
Posted:Thu, 03 Nov 2016 11:10:15 -0400

Total’s Pouyanne says solar industry facing “a new winter”
Posted:Thu, 03 Nov 2016 13:00:56 -0400
PARIS, Nov 3 (Reuters) – The global renewable solar industry is facing a new crisis due to over-capacity and low demand, Patrick Pouyanne, Chief Executive of French oil and gas giant Total said on Thursday

Small earthquake rocks northern Oklahoma
Posted:Wed, 02 Nov 2016 01:45:12 -0400
(Reuters) – A small earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.5 rattled parts of northern Oklahoma on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

California relaxes conservation rules as rain eases drought
Posted:Tue, 01 Nov 2016 18:50:50 -0400
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) – California on Tuesday moved to ease water conservation rules for farmers in the northern and central parts of the state, a sign that a wet fall may portend an easing of the state’s five-year drought.

State of emergency declared for Alabama after Colonial pipeline incident
Posted:Tue, 01 Nov 2016 15:25:44 -0400
(Reuters) – Alabama Governor Robert Bentley on Tuesday declared a state of emergency for the state due to an explosion and fire involving Colonial Pipeline Co [COLPI.UL] in Shelby County on Monday.

Early Los Angeles-area quakes linked with oil production
Posted:Tue, 01 Nov 2016 17:49:24 -0400
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Several damaging Los Angeles-area earthquakes of the 1920s and 1930s, including the deadliest ever in Southern California, may have been induced by oil production during the region’s drilling boom of that era, U.S. government scientists reported on Tuesday.

Holy icons, dazed dog saved from rubble in quake-hit Italy
Posted:Tue, 01 Nov 2016 15:31:43 -0400
ROME (Reuters) – Firefighters pulled a dog alive from the rubble of Italy’s strongest earthquake in decades and salvaged religious statues and paintings from churches that crumbled in Sunday’s tremor.

As water dries up, West Bank village thirsts for a less precarious supply
Posted:Tue, 01 Nov 2016 06:34:51 -0400
AL JAB’A, West Bank (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A mountainous Palestinian community in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, Al Jab’a differs in many ways from surrounding Israeli settlements but it shares one worry with its neighbors – a shortage of water.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/ZXfgVekSYeg/us-water-climatechange-palestinians-idUSKBN12W3OL

MEDIA-Putin invites Lukoil to bid for Rosneft stake – Vedomosti
Posted:Wed, 02 Nov 2016 01:54:37 -0400
* Russian President Vladimir Putin has offered Lukoil the chance to take part in the privatisation of top oil producer Rosneft, Vedomosti reports, citing unnamed sources.

UPDATE 2-Tesla says SolarCity would add $1 billion to 2017 revenue
Posted:Tue, 01 Nov 2016 19:00:25 -0400
SAN FRANCISCO/LOS ANGELES, Nov 1 (Reuters) – Tesla Motors Inc said on Tuesday its $2.6 billion merger with SolarCity Corp would add over $500 million in cash to the electric carmaker’s balance sheet over the next three years, while contributing over $1 billion to revenue in 2017.

Pipeline blaze rose hundreds of feet in air -firefighter
Posted:Tue, 01 Nov 2016 23:47:28 -0400
HELENA, Alabama, Nov 1 (Reuters) – The column of fire burning from the punctured Colonial Pipeline on Monday afternoon reached 150 feet (45 metres) above the 75-foot tall trees in dense forest 12 miles (19 km) south of Helena, Alabama, the deputy chief of the town’s fire department said on Tuesday.

As first cold snap of winter grips China, utilities face coal crunch
Posted:Wed, 02 Nov 2016 02:26:35 -0400
* Mining caps, low hydro levels force utilities to import coal

China firm seeks state financing for $5.5 bln Caribbean oil project
Posted:Wed, 02 Nov 2016 00:33:40 -0400
BEIJING, Nov 2 (Reuters) – Commodity trader Guangdong Zhenrong Energy Co. Ltd is in talks to secure funding for a $5.5 billion plan to upgrade a Caribbean oil refinery and build a natural gas terminal, giving China a foothold in a strategic oil hub.

Indonesia, Vietnam look to blaze trail for solar in Southeast Asia
Posted:Tue, 01 Nov 2016 23:07:28 -0400
* Nations around world under pressure to slash carbon emissions

UPDATE 5-Colonial may open key U.S. gasoline line by Saturday after fatal blast
Posted:Tue, 01 Nov 2016 18:55:35 -0400
* Colonial supplies 3 mln bpd of fuel to the East Coast (Adds regulatory waivers in North Carolina and Georgia in paragraph 14)

UPDATE 1-TransCanada sells U.S. Northeast Power unit to fund Columbia deal
Posted:Tue, 01 Nov 2016 17:44:06 -0400
CALGARY, Alberta, Nov 1 (Reuters) – TransCanada Corp , Canada’s No. 2 pipeline operator, said on Tuesday it will sell its U.S. Northeast Power business and do a bought deal common share offering to help fund its acquisition of the Columbia Pipeline Group earlier this year.

COLUMN-Commentary: How Putin is losing his grip on pipeline politics
Posted:Tue, 01 Nov 2016 17:00:56 -0400
Nov 1 (Reuters) – As President Vladimir Putin seeks to reinforce Russia’s position as a global power through nuclear saber-rattling and military campaigns in Ukraine and Syria, the next U.S. administration will need to both contain and cooperate with him. If played right, that may get easier in the years to come. The reason: The transformation of the world’s natural gas markets is weakening Moscow’s economic toolkit. And that will make Putin’s pipeline politics – his use of natural resources for

Drought-hit Mozambique signs first major solar power deal
Posted:Tue, 01 Nov 2016 13:47:49 -0400
NAIROBI, Nov 1 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – D rought-stricken Mozambique will start building its first large scale solar plant in early 2017, after Scatec Solar, which owns several such plants in Africa, signed an $80 million deal to sell electricity to the state-owned energy company for 25 years.

UPDATE 1-Europe rushes to meet U.S. fuel demand, spiking freight costs
Posted:Tue, 01 Nov 2016 12:11:12 -0400
LONDON, Nov 1 (Reuters) – European oil traders rushed on Tuesday to book vessels to carry gasoline to consumers on the U.S. East Coast left stranded without their main domestic supply source, more than quadrupling shipping costs, traders and ship brokers told Reuters.

U.S. prosecutors regroup for second trial in Oregon occupation
Posted:Fri, 28 Oct 2016 17:51:44 -0400
PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) – U.S. prosecutors on Friday regrouped to strategize for their next trial of armed militants who occupied a wildlife center in Oregon the day after seven others at a related trial were surprisingly acquitted of all charges.