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Chile police tear gas education protesters

SANTIAGO — Police fired tear gas and water cannons on at least 100,000 demonstrators in the Chilean capital Thursday, and arrested 13 during the biggest protest in two months demanding educational reforms. Angry protesters hurtled sticks, rocks and metal objects like pies as police responded from armored vehicles in the…

Police clash with protesters in Cairo

CAIRO, Egypt — Egyptian security forces have fired tear gas on protesters in central Cairo after violent clashes that left several injured, an AFP photographer said. Tahrir Square, the epicentre of protests that toppled president Hosni Mubarak, was sealed off and authorities cut off electricity in the area. Police continued…

Study: Lab-grown meat could help save the world

Artificial, lab-grown meat requires about 96 percent less greenhouse gas emissions than raising cattle, a recently published study shows. If produced on a large scale, scientists say it could ease deforestation and pressure on food and water supplies, ensure more people are eating well and abate the concerns of animal…

U.S. considers charging Syria with war crimes

By Jim Mannion WASHINGTON — The United States is studying whether war crimes charges can be brought against Syria to pressure its regime to end a bloody crackdown on dissent, a senior administration official said Friday. The official said other measures, including sanctions targeting the country’s oil and gas sector,…

New York state sues feds over fracking study

New York state has filed a lawsuit alleging that regulators did not fully conduct an environmental impact study on the Delaware River Basin before authorizing energy companies to begin drilling for gas using a technique called hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” Fracking involves injecting a mixture of water and chemicals deep…

German nuclear shutdown sets global example: Merkel

BERLIN (AFP) – Chancellor Angela Merkel said Germany could serve as a global trailblazer with its decision Monday to phase out nuclear power by 2022 in favour of renewable energy sources. Merkel said the “fundamental” rethink of energy policy in the world’s number four economy, which was prompted by the…

Chesapeake Energy handed record fine for fracking in PA

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Pennsylvania regulators levied a record fine for contaminating drinking water against major natural gas producer Chesapeake Energy, a move that threatens to intensify a fierce debate over drilling for natural gas in the state. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection fined Chesapeake $900,000 for contaminating water supplies inBradford County, a busy drilling…

Senate Democrats call for probe into suspected gas price fixing scam

Democratic leaders in the Senate have sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission requesting a probe into gas price fixing. “Recent reports have indicated that U.S. refiners are cutting back on U.S. gasoline stockpiles in order to artificially keep prices high and inflate their bottom line,” part of the…

Obama vows to expand oil production

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama, under pressure over high gasoline prices, Saturday committed to annual oil and gas lease sales in Alaska’s National Petroleum Reserve and to speeding up production in other areas. In his weekly radio and Internet address, the US leader admitted that one of the biggest burdens…

Study finds methane in water near hydro-fracking

WASHINGTON — Methane leaks are contaminating drinking water near shale gas drilling sites in the northeastern United States, scientists said Tuesday, placing a further question mark over this fast-growing energy source. Scientists tested water samples taken from 68 private wells in five counties in Pennsylvania and New York to explore…

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