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  • CALGARY, Alberta, May 26- Statoil ASA, MEG Energy Corp and Cenovus Energy Inc evacuated hundreds of workers from three oil sands projects in northeastern Alberta on Tuesday as wildfires raged through the key crude-producing region. The Alberta government said there are 70 forest fires now burning in the province, with 20 considered out of control.

  • VANCOUVER/ TORONTO May 26- Barrick Gold Corp's first step to long-promised partnerships with China, as well as progress in reaching an ambitious debt-cutting goal, are turning skeptical investors warmer toward the world's biggest gold miner. Barrick said on Tuesday it would sell a stake in its Porgera mine in Papua New Guinea mine to China's Zijin Mining Group,...

  • CALGARY, Alberta, May 26- Statoil ASA and MEG Energy Inc evacuated non-essential staff from oil sands projects in northeastern Alberta on Tuesday as wildfires raged through the key crude-producing region. The Alberta government said there are 66 forest fires now burning in the province, with 19 considered out of control. Statoil evacuated around 110...

  • CALGARY, Alberta, May 26- MEG Energy Inc said on Tuesday it was suspending operations at its 80,000 barrel per day Christina Lake oil sands project and evacuated non-essential staff as wildfires rage through northeastern Alberta. At least 233,000 barrels per day of oil sands production, nine percent of Alberta's total oil sands output, has been suspended in...

  • May 26- Cement companies Holcim and Lafarge said on Tuesday that they have reached a binding agreement under which Irish cement maker CRH Plc will buy some of their assets for 6.5 billion euro. The deal, which will transform the Irish company into the world's third-biggest building materials supplier, was announced in February and includes assets in Europe,...

  • TORONTO, May 26- Barrick Gold Corp said on Tuesday it has forged a strategic tie-up with Zijin Mining Group Co and agreed to sell the Chinese miner a stake in a mine in Papua New Guinea as a first step toward further collaboration. Thornton, who took over the reins at Barrick from Peter Munk in 2014, spent years working in China after stepping down from a senior role at...

  • LONDON, May 24- For Rivka Micklewaite and fellow students, securing a pledge this week from Oxford University to avoid direct investments in companies producing coal or tar sands is just the beginning. The second-year engineering student from Balliol College is not alone. Norway's $900 billion sovereign wealth fund and the Church of England are among recent...

  • May 26- Canadian miner Barrick Gold Corp said it would sell 50 percent stake in its unit that manages the Porgera gold mine in Papua New Guinea to China's Zijin Mining Group Co Ltd for $298 million in cash. The deal, a part of Barrick's plan to reduce net debt by at least $3 billion by the end of the year, comes a day after the world's largest bullion producer sold its...

  • May 26- Canadian miner Barrick Gold Corp said it would sell 50 percent stake in its unit that manages the Porgera gold mine in Papua New Guinea to China's Zijin Mining Group Co Ltd for $298 million in cash. The unit, Barrick Niugini, owns 95 percent in the Porgera mine and the Papua New Guinea owns the rest. After the sale, Zijin and Barrick will jointly control Barrick...

  • *Dollar rally weighing on oil could run further- Morgan Stanley. *OPEC meets next week; Iran sees no output change. The dollar could rally further, Morgan Stanley said, adding to a growing list of headwinds crude faces that include rising OPEC supply.

  • *U.S. producers to ramp up output with WTI at $60- Goldman Sachs. *Rising dollar, falling oil start of new trend- Morgan Stanley. "We believe that should West Texas Intermediate prices remain near $60 a barrel, U.S. producers will ramp up activity, given improved returns, with costs down by at least 20 percent," Goldman Sachs said.

  • China’s bid to lock in cheap iron ore Tuesday, 26 May 2015 | 2:22 AM ET

    With iron ore still at multi-year lows, a reported interest by China’s biggest steelmaker for Fortescue Metals makes business sense, analysts say.

  • Australia's gold miners drive M&A revival Monday, 25 May 2015 | 10:08 PM ET

    SYDNEY, May 26- Gold miners are spearheading a wave of merger and acquisition activity in Australia, riding a rebound in local gold prices to pounce on projects promising quick growth. We've seen more M&A in Australia in 2015 than in the past five years, " Ian Murray, chairman of Perth- based Gold Road Resources Ltd told Reuters, referring broadly to the level of...

  • SINGAPORE, May 26- Gold was stuck in a tight trading range above $1,200 an ounce on Tuesday, as the dollar firmed near a one-month peak against a basket of major currencies on prospects of higher U.S. interest rates this year. *Spot gold was steady at $1,206 an ounce by 0037 GMT. *The greenback was also boosted by weakness in the euro, which was pressured on worries Greece...

  • CALGARY, Alberta, May 25- A wildfire raging in northeastern Alberta has shut down around 233,000 barrels per day of production at three oil sands projects and is expected to remain out of control for "some while yet," a provincial government spokesman said on Monday. Over the weekend, Cenovus Energy Inc and Canadian Natural Resources Ltd evacuated staff and halted...

  • LONDON, May 24- For Rivka Micklewaite and fellow students, securing a pledge this week from Oxford University to avoid direct investments in companies producing coal or tar sands is just the beginning. The second-year engineering student from Balliol College is not alone. Norway's $900 billion sovereign wealth fund and the Church of England are among recent...

  • KIEV, May 24- Ukraine steelmaker Metinvest said on Sunday it has halted production at its Avdiyivka facility in eastern Ukraine, one of Europe's biggest coke plants, after heavy shelling caused major damage. Avdiyivka produces 40 percent of Ukraine's coke and any production outages will threaten output at the country's steel plants, including two of the...

  • HONOLULU— Demonstrators spent Saturday planting coconut trees and waving signs in rallies across the Hawaiian Islands as part of an international day of protests against agriculture business Monsanto. The protesters complained about the impacts that companies like Monsanto have on the community when they spray fields with chemical pesticides.

  • Peru suspends civil liberties in region after 4th death Saturday, 23 May 2015 | 12:53 AM ET

    LIMA, Peru— Peru's government said it was suspending civil liberties in a southern coastal valley after a fourth death in violent anti-mining protests against a Mexican-owned copper mining project. One protester was killed and four injured Friday in clashes, which have escalated since farmers mounted resistance two months ago to the $1.4 million project...

  • CHARLESTON, W.Va.— Appalachian coal mining suffered a double blow Friday, as Murray Energy announced plans to lay off more than 1,800 miners, most from West Virginia, and Alpha Natural Resources told another 439 Mountain State miners they could be out of work. On Friday, St. Clairsville, Ohio- based Murray Energy said it told 1,417 workers at five West Virginia mines...

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