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  • MEXICO CITY, Dec 15- Mexico aims to lift oil and gas production by almost 50 percent in the next six years, and in January will award infrastructure and drilling contracts to develop 20 fields, state oil firm Petroleos Mexicanos said on Saturday. "It's a new Pemex rescue," Lopez Obrador said alongside Romero in the port of Ciudad del Carmen in the southern Gulf of...

  • Dec 15- Motiva Enterprises has preliminarily been chosen by the government of Curacao to operate the 335,000- barrel-per-day Isla refinery, replacing Venezuela's state-run PDVSA, local media said on Saturday. The government of the Caribbean island is seeking a company willing to handle it in the long run and probably also to finish the lease term next year.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 15- President Donald Trump on Saturday hailed a court decision against Obamacare as "a great ruling for our country," while a U.S. government official said the decision by a Texas judge would have no immediate impact on health coverage. District Judge Reed O'Connor in Fort Worth, Texas, on Friday said that Obamacare, known formally as the 2010...

  • MEXICO CITY, Dec 15- Mexico aims to lift oil and gas production by almost 50 percent in the next six years, and in January will agree on infrastructure and drilling contracts to develop 20 fields, the head of state oil firm Petroleos Mexicanos said on Saturday. "Soon, Petroleos Mexicanos will again be a source of national pride," Romero said alongside Lopez Obrador in...

  • Dec 15- Motiva Enterprises has preliminarily been chosen by the government of Curacao to operate the 335,000- barrel-per-day Isla refinery, replacing Venezuela's state-run PDVSA, local media said on Saturday. The government of the Caribbean island is seeking a company willing to handle it in the long run and probably also to finish the lease term next year.

  • DUBAI, Dec 15- Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh praised OPEC on Saturday for what he said was the producer group's ability to reach agreement despite intense internal political differences. "OPEC... has shown the capacity in which members can hold talks and reach important results regarding their common interests despite having the most intense political...

  • Dec 15- Motiva Enterprises has preliminarily been chosen by the government of Curacao to operate the 335,000- barrel-per-day Isla refinery, replacing Venezuela's state-run PDVSA, local media said on Saturday. The government of the Caribbean island is seeking a company willing to handle it in the long run and probably also to finish the lease term next year.

  • Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who has aggressively sought to roll back Obama-era environmental protections, will be leaving his post at the end of the year, President Donald Trump tweeted on Saturday, the latest high-profile departure from his administration. Zinke has run the Interior Department, which oversees Americas vast public lands, since early 2017.

  • MEXICO CITY, Dec 15- The new Mexican government's oil plan aims to raise crude output to 2.624 million barrels per day by the end of 2024, Octavio Romero, Chief Executive Officer of state oil firm Petroleos Mexicanos, said on Saturday.

  • RIYADH, Dec 15- Western tourists, a rarity in Saudi Arabia, visited this weekend under a new visa system, as one of the world's most inaccessible countries tries to open up its society and diversify its economy away from oil. Thousands of fans flocked to Riyadh's historic Diriyah district for Formula E, a motor sports tournament using electric vehicles, and...

  • BEIJING, Dec 15- China's Wanda group has signed a deal to build a sprawling complex for patriotic tourists to visit a site where the ruling Communist Party's traces its revolutionary roots in northwestern Shaanxi province. At a ceremony in Beijing on Thursday, China Wanda Group and the Yanan city government agreed to start work on a 12 billion yuan "red tourism"...

  • BOGOTA, Dec 15- A Colombian tribunal ordered the government on Friday to suspend the awarding of mining licenses until it establishes protected areas, while the mines and energy ministry said it would appeal against the decision. The ruling by a tribunal in Cundinamarca province is the latest headache for miners in Colombia, where a series of referendums to ban...

  • PISA, Italy, Dec 15- The spread of illiberal ideology is threatening the euro but it is an illusion that leaving it would offer an easier path, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said on Saturday. "The fascination with illiberal prescriptions and regimes is spreading; we are seeing little steps back in history," Draghi said in Pisa, Italy.

  • KATOWICE, Poland, Dec 15- Climate change talks billed as the most important U.N. conference since the 2015 Paris global warming deal are in their last week in Katowice, capital of Poland's coal mining district. Below is a look at the mood round the event, in a sprawl of temporary passageways and rooms next to the Spodek, a flying-saucer-shaped venue on the site of the...

  • LONDON, Dec 15- Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said on Saturday that the British parliament could back Prime Minister Theresa May's deal if lawmakers received assurances from the European Union, but warned that a no deal Brexit was still on the table. May pulled a vote on her deal this week after acknowledging it would be heavily defeated over concerns about the...

  • BREXIT: UK FOREIGN MINISTER HUNT SAYS CANNOT TAKE' NO DEAL' OFF THE TABLE.

  • BREXIT: UK FOREIGN MINISTER HUNT SAYS EU CANNOT BE SURE THAT IF THEY ARE NOT HELPFUL, WE WOULD NOT END UP WITH NO DEAL BREXIT.

  • BREXIT: UK FOREIGN MINISTER HUNT SAYS WE CAN GET DEAL THROUGH PARLIAMENT IF GET ASSURANCES BACKSTOP IS NOT PERMANENT.

  • BREXIT: UK FOREIGN MINISTER HUNT SAYS IN THE END EU WILL WANT TO HELP AS NOT IN THEIR INTEREST TO CREATE FURTHER POLITICAL CRISIS.

  • BREXIT: UK'S HUNT SAYS PARLIAMENT WILL NOT ACCEPT UK BEING TRAPPED IN IRISH BACKSTOP.