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  • LONDON— A council has granted the first fracking license to be issued in England for five years, but environmental groups are vowing to fight on against the use of the technology. Groups including Friends of the Earth said in a joint declaration Tuesday they will continue to fight to protect "our beautiful countryside" from fracking. Licenses had been stalled...

  • TEHRAN, May 24- Hopes that Iran would quickly reintegrate with world markets after its nuclear deal, bringing investment and opportunities to a young population, are turning to frustration. An opaque business environment in Iran and political uncertainty in the United States are to blame. Tehran's hotels are buzzing with businessmen keen for a slice of a big...

  • Anti fracking placards are placed against a hedge as protestors wait in the grounds of the County Hall building on May 23, 2016 in Northallerton, England.

    Officials in northern England approved a shale gas fracking application from Third Energy on Monday.

  • Senior U.S. District Court Judge Charles Breyer said the parties have made substantial progress in reaching a deal for nearly half a million polluting Volkswagens in the U.S. Car owners and the Justice Department sued. VW, the U.S. Department of Justice and attorneys for Volkswagen owners have until June 21 to file a final settlement with the court.

  • HOUSTON, May 24- Exxon Mobil Corp and Chevron Corp will face their toughest-ever push by shareholders concerned about a warming world at annual meetings on Wednesday, as the Paris accord to tackle climate change ratchets up investor pressure on two of the world's largest oil companies. The New York attorney general is investigating Exxon and it has complained...

  • May 23- New Mexico sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, an agency contractor and two mining companies on Monday over the 2015 breach of an abandoned Colorado gold mine that spilled some 3 million gallons of toxic wastewater into three states. New Mexico, Colorado and Utah were affected. Colorado and New Mexico both declared state of emergencies over...

  • ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— New Mexico became the first state to sue the federal government and the owners of two mines over the release of 3 million gallons of wastewater from a southern Colorado mine, seeking tens of millions of dollars Monday for environmental and economic damage caused by the spill. The facts speak for themselves, and EPA for whatever reason is...

  • LIMA, May 23- Peruvian President Ollanta Humala has declared a 60- day emergency in a remote part of the Amazon to curb high levels of mercury poisoning from rampant illegal gold mining, the country's environment minister said on Monday. A growing number of studies show that residents of the Madre de Dios region near Peru's southeastern border with Brazil have...

  • WASHINGTON— The White House and top House Democrats said Monday they will support a bipartisan bill to overhaul regulation of asbestos and other dangerous chemicals, clearing the way for the bill's passage in Congress and signature by President Barack Obama. The proposal will require the Environmental Protection Agency to evaluate new and existing...

  • Those solicitations could be conducted jointly with other New England states or with "state-designated entities." Charlie Baker filed his own version of the bill last summer and has repeatedly called it one of his most important priorities of the legislative session that ends on July 31. He's said the measure is a critical step in reducing greenhouse gas...

  • May 23- Fujian Grand Chip Investment Fund LP said on Monday it had agreed to buy Aixtron in a deal valuing the German semiconductor equipment maker at 670 million euros, adding to a string of Chinese takeovers of German technology companies. Chinese home appliance maker Midea Group made an offer on May 18 to buy Kuka, valuing the German factory robot manufacturer...

  • Scotland is set to strengthen its credentials as a world leader in wind energy after a £2.6 billion offshore wind farm got the okay on Monday.

  • MILAN, May 23- Shares in Fiat Chrysler fell more than 5 percent on Monday after Germany's Bild newspaper reported that the carmaker could be prohibited from selling cars in Germany if evidence of disregard of emissions rules was found. Germany began testing vehicles of several carmakers in the wake of the diesel emissions scandal that engulfed Volkswagen,...

  • *Britain among European leaders, other countries watch closely. LONDON, May 23- Britain is turning to a new way of making sure it doesn't run out of power, one that could turn the energy market on its head: rather than paying utilities to produce more electricity, it is paying firms that guarantee to cut industrial demand. Aggregators, like Flexitricity, Kiwi Power or...

  • Following a stunning decline, oil prices have clawed back near the $50 level this year. Globally, OPEC is in disarray and major producers can't agree on steps to boost prices. Daniel Yergin is the vice chairman of research firm IHS Inc. He has written two books on energy, including the Pulitzer-winning opus "The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money and Power," which is...

  • WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama's mission in Vietnam and Japan is to build stronger economic and security ties with Asian-Pacific allies anxious about the rise of an increasingly muscular China. That forward-looking message will be delivered even as he confronts the legacies of two wars long past— Vietnam and World War II— that still are fraught with...

  • WARSAW, Poland— It is the last remaining relic of an ancient forest that stretched for millennia across the lowlands of Europe and Russia, a shadowy, mossy woodland where bison and lynx roam beneath towering oak trees up to 600 years old. Conservationists believe the fate of the Bialowieza Forest, which straddles Poland and Belarus, is more threatened that at any...

  • LOS ANGELES— The one-year anniversary of an oil spill on the California coast was no celebration for the company responsible for the corroded pipe that sprung a leak and dumped more than 120,000 gallons of crude. The occasion was marked by action from state prosecutors and federal regulators, who concluded investigations of Plains All American Pipeline and...

  • NEW YORK, May 20- Lawyers for former J. Walter Thompson chief executive Gustavo Martinez on Friday struck back against a high-ranking colleague who accused him of sexist and racist behavior, saying her high-profile lawsuit failed to show a hostile work environment at the advertising agency. In papers filed with the U.S. District Court in Manhattan, lawyers for...

  • WASHINGTON, May 20- General Motors Co said on Friday it will give debit cards or extended warranties to 146,000 North American owners of new sport utility vehicles to compensate them because the automaker overstated the vehicles' fuel efficiency. The program covers about 135,000 U.S. owners and 11,000 in Canada, GM said. GM said most of the debit cards would be...