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U.S. confirms its Iran envoy met Saudi energy minister in Vienna

FILE PHOTO: Brian Hook, U.S. Special Representative for Iran, speaks about potential Iranian threats during a news conference in Washington, U.S., November 29, 2018. REUTERS/Al Drago/File Photo VIENNA (Reuters) – The U.S. government confirmed that Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih met with U.S. special representative for Iran Brian Hook in Vienna on Wednesday, contradicting a Saudi denial that the talks ...

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Mexico’s Lopez Obrador throws down gauntlet to oil majors

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s new President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Wednesday he will not cancel contracts issued to foreign and national oil companies by his predecessors but challenged them to pump oil quickly or no further oil fields will be offered. Mexico’s new President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador holds a news conference at National Palace in Mexico ...

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Ex-Hong Kong official found guilty of U.S. corruption charges

(Reuters) – A former Hong Kong government official was found guilty on Wednesday of U.S. charges that he took part in a scheme to bribe officials in Chad and Uganda in exchange for contracts for a Chinese energy company, according to a spokesman for federal prosecutors. Chi Ping Patrick Ho, 69, was convicted of seven of the eight counts against ...

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May’s Brexit deal under fire as legal advice stiffens opposition

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal came under fire from allies and opponents alike on Wednesday after the government was forced to publish legal advice showing the United Kingdom could be locked indefinitely in the European Union’s orbit. After a string of humiliating parliamentary defeats for May the day before cast new doubt over her ability to ...

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Northern Ireland’s DUP will support government in confidence motion if Brexit deal voted down – statement

FILE PHOTO: Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Arlene Foster, and Deputy Leader Nigel Dodds, react on stage, at the DUP annual party conference in Belfast, Northern Ireland November 24, 2018. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne LONDON (Reuters) – The Northern Irish party propping up Prime Minister Theresa May’s government will vote against any attempt to topple her if she is defeated in a ...

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Germany, France to add Spain to fighter program: sources

BERLIN/MADRID (Reuters) – Germany and France will welcome Spain as a full partner in their program to develop a next-generation air combat system, and expect to sign an agreement finalizing the move at the Paris Air Show in June, German government sources said on Wednesday. Paris and Berlin initially planned to offer Spain only observer status on the program, but ...

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France delays food price rise for farmers after protests

PARIS (Reuters) – France, reeling from violent protests over the cost of living, said on Wednesday it will delay a planned rise in minimum food prices, incurring the wrath of the main farmers group which urged street action next week. A powerful constituency in French politics, farmers have long complained of being hit by a price war between retailers, which ...

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Georgian mining town offers little alternative to grim and deadly job

TBILISI (Reuters) – When the roof of a coal mine collapsed in the Georgian town of Tkibuli in July, killing four miners and injuring six, the small town was plunged into grief. Not for the first time. Miners work at the Mindeli mine of Saknakhshiri coal mining company in Tkibuli, Georgia, May 20, 2010. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili/File photo In fact, just ...

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