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Mexico thieves build tunnel, camouflaged truck to steal oil

Mexico thieves build tunnel, camouflaged trucks to steal oil

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Authorities in central Mexico say thieves built a camouflaged truck to transport fuel stolen from government pipelines. Police found a tunnel built by pipeline thieves in the same state of Guanajuato last week. The discoveries show the sophistication of thieves who drill taps into state-owned pipelines thousands of times every year to steal gasoline and diesel. ...

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Japan regulators OK costly ice wall at Fukushima plant

Japan regulators OK costly ice wall at Fukushima plant

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese regulators on Wednesday approved the use of a giant refrigeration system to create an unprecedented underground frozen barrier around buildings at the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant in an attempt to contain leaking radioactive water. The Nuclear Regulation Authority said the structure, which was completed last month, can now be activated. The plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power ...

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49 vultures electrocuted by power lines in South Africa

49 vultures electrocuted by power lines in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African conservation group says 49 endangered vultures were electrocuted by power lines over the past weekend. The Endangered Wildlife Trust said Wednesday the cape griffons were found at several locations in the Eastern Cape province, near a vulture feeding center. The trust said vultures’ wide wingspans, heavy bodies and “gregarious natures” make them vulnerable to ...

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Brazil’s Petrobras reports $10.2 billion quarterly loss

Brazil's Petrobras reports $10.2 billion quarterly loss

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s state-run oil company, Petrobras, reported a record quarterly loss of $10.2 billion Monday due to a large reduction in the value of some assets amid lower oil prices. Petrobras has been at the center of a sprawling corruption scandal that has ensnared some of Brazil’s most powerful lawmakers and business executives. The embattled company ...

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Anger in China’s coal country as miners feel left behind

Anger in China's coal country as miners feel left behind

JUNDESHAN, China (AP) — Hanging from a highway overpass two hours’ drive from the Siberian border, a local government banner reads like a last-gasp exhortation to this exhausted coal community: “Improve our structure, change our methods, transform our city.” This area has transformed in dire ways as China has retreated from coal and heavy industry. Li Jiuxian, who hasn’t been ...

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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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US: Sophisticated attackers hacked Ukrainian power grid

AP Investigation: US power grid vulnerable to foreign hackers

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. investigation found that a December hack on the Ukrainian power grid was coordinated and highly sophisticated. The report released Thursday offers a detailed look at one of the first cyberattacks to succeed in taking down part of a national power grid. The well-planned strike, which blacked out more than 225,000 people, hit three regional electronic ...

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