energy

U.N. Watchdog Says Iran is Endangering Support for Nuclear Deal

By Francois Murphy VIENNA, Nov 17 – The U.N. nuclear watchdog said on Thursday that Iran was endangering support for a landmark deal with major powers by twice overstepping a “soft” limit on sensitive material. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said in a report last week that Iran had slightly exceeded the 130-tonne limit

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Middle East’s Smart Cities

Solar energy is creating the Middle East’s very own smart cities BY Vicente López-Ibor Mayor The formation of the first cities more than 9,000 years ago, stands as civilization’s greatest milestone. Yet, it was technological innovation—the invention of the wheel—that made agriculture, farming and by extension, civilization itself, possible. That same spirit of technological innovation

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Poo-Powered Pumps Help Pakistan Farmers Grow Richer, Greener

By Saleem Shaikh and Sughra Tunio FATEH JHANG, Pakistan, May 16 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – For farmer Mujahid Abbasi, switching the power source for his irrigation pump from diesel to biogas has brought economic and health gains. The 43-year-old from Fateh Jhang village, some 26 miles (42 km) from Pakistan‘s capital city Islamabad, has benefited

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Managing Saudi’s New Energy Mega-Ministry May Bring Challenges

By Angus McDowall , Rania El Gamal and Reem Shamseddine RIYADH, May 9 – Managing Saudi Arabia’s new energy mega-ministry, set to oversee over half the economy and designed to cut through a tangled bureaucracy to make government more coherent and efficient, will be a formidable challenge. The new Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Ministry, under

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Saudi Shake-Up Rolls On With Big Reshuffle of Economic Posts

By Angus McDowall and Katie Paul RIYADH, May 7  – Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Saturday replaced his veteran oil minister and restructured some big ministries in a major reshuffle apparently intended to support a wide-ranging economic reform programme unveiled last week. The most eye-catching move was the creation of a new Energy, Industry and Natural Resources

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What The Middle East Must Do to Achieve Its Solar Ambitions

BY Vicente Lopez-Ibor Mayor With the region now increasingly open to the prospect of solar energy, Arab Gulf nations must overcome a number of practical challenges before realizing such a transition. Kuwait and Oman aim to produce 10 percent of their energy from renewables by 2020. Saudi Arabia plans to invest $109 billion on solar

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Asian Imports of Iran Oil Fall to Lowest Level in Two Years

By Aaron Sheldrick TOKYO, Nov 30 (Reuters) – Asian imports of Iranian oil fell to the lowest level in two years in October, as Iran’s biggest crude buyers held off from increasing purchases following a landmark agreement on Tehran’s disputed nuclear programme in July. Imports by Iran’s four biggest buyers – China, India, Japan and

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Khamenei endorses Iran nuclear deal

Reuters/Correspondent 10/22/2015 ANKARA– Iran should not give up principal elements of its atomic program until accusations of past military dimensions have been stabilized, said Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The statement comes after approving the state’s nuclear deal with world powers on Wednesday, Oct. 22. Khameni ordered the July 14 agreement to be implemented

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