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BP Again Accused of Safety Violations in Alaska

State oil industry regulators have proposed a $117,500 civil fine against BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. for possibly violating rules on monitoring and preventing dangerous pressure buildup in Prudhoe Bay wells. >> Read the Full Article

China Welcomes Russian Approval of Kyoto Protocol

China welcomed on Thursday Russia's ratification of the Kyoto climate change protocol and urged countries that have not done so to follow suit. >> Read the Full Article

Refinery and Chemical Workers Are Not Ready for an Attack, Says Survey

Workers at U.S. refineries, chemical plants, and paper mills that might be attractive terrorist targets are not adequately trained to prevent or respond to attacks, according a survey released this week. >> Read the Full Article

Polish Ex-spy Chief Says Russia Flexes Oil Muscle

Russia is seeking to re-establish its grip on ex-communist countries in central Europe through its near monopoly on oil and gas, a former Polish chief spy says. >> Read the Full Article

Drought Threatens the Lives of Some 4 Million People in Southeastern Ethiopia

Four years of successive rain failures in southeastern Ethiopia have set off a drought that is threatening the lives of 4 million people, the United Nations warned Thursday. >> Read the Full Article

Indian State to Export Farmers to East Africa

A southern Indian state plans to send hundreds of farmers to east Africa to cultivate farmland in countries such as Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda, officials said on Thursday. >> Read the Full Article

Africa Power Firms Join to Light Up Dark Continent

The latest scheme to spread electric light in Africa may sound familiar, but this time African leaders say they have the will, and financial backing, to succeed. >> Read the Full Article

Chile Uses Anti-Terror Law Against Indians, Says Report

Chile's center-left government is using a draconian anti-terror law inherited from former dictator Augusto Pinochet to repress Indian protesters battling for land rights, rights groups said this week. >> Read the Full Article

Politics and Gas Fuel Battle over New Mexico Forest

A Texas energy company may get rights to drill in a pristine swathe of a New Mexico national forest after a White House task force intervened on its behalf, a move that has become a hot issue in the battleground state of New Mexico before next week's presidential election. >> Read the Full Article

Sri Lanka Wants to Become a Whale Watchers' Paradise

Sri Lanka's government plans to develop an eastern port city as a center for tourists hoping to spot whales migrating along its coastline, an official said Thursday. >> Read the Full Article