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Keystone pipeline bill advances in US Senate WASHINGTON: The US Congress on Monday edged closer to approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline, with several Senate Democrats bucking President Barack Obama to vote for the contentious project's construction.The legislation easily passed the House last week. It cleared its first major hurdle in the Republican-controlled Senate, advancing on a 63-32 vote, including 11 Democratic supporters.But the count fell short of the 67-vote threshold that the bill will need to reach to override a veto should Obama follow through on his threat to veto the measure.Monday's vote officially kicked off debate on the long-delayed project, which if constructed by builder TransCanada would transport crude from Alberta's oil sands south to refineries on the US Gulf Coast.Keystone supporters received a boost Friday when Nebraska's Supreme Court dismissed a suit challenging a proposed route of the pipeline, which had been one of the primary rationales for the Obama administration delaying its decision ...

Parents of missing Mexico students clash with troops IGUALA DE LA INDEPENDENCIA: Students and relatives of 43 missing aspiring teachers stormed a Mexican military base on Monday in the city where they vanished, prompting soldiers to repel them with tear gas.The protesters traveled to Iguala, in the southern state of Guerrero, to demand to search the barracks because they believe the missing young men may have been hidden there.When the soldiers refused to let them in, the group hijacked a soda company's truck ...
US reporter will not have to testify in CIA leak case NEW YORK: A New York Times journalist will not be asked to testify at a trial over CIA leaks set to begin this week, the newspaper reported Monday. James Risen, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, was subpoenaed in 2008 and again in 2011 ordering him to testify at the trial of former Central Intelligence Agency operations officer Jeffrey Sterling.Risen has refused to name the source for his account of a bungled CIA operation in Iran that ...
US refineries struck by fires may worsen crude woes, aid fuels NEW YORK: Two significant US refineries were recovering on Monday after damaging and disruptive fires over the weekend, incidents that may offer a temporary bottom to oil product markets while piling more pressure on crude prices. Oil traders will watch to see how quickly Philadelphia Energy Solutions' (PES) 355,000-barrel-per-day (bpd) refinery, the largest on the East Coast, and Husky Energy Inc's 155,000-bpd Lima, Ohio, plant will be fully up and running after both were hit ...
At least 19 dead in two overnight Peru crashes LIMA: At least 19 people were killed and more than 40 injured in two road accidents in Peru's Andes mountains, police said Saturday. In the southwestern region of Arequipa, a bus plunged into a ravine 100 meters (328 feet) deep, killing 10 passengers and wounding 30 more. The bus, operated by the Lomas del Sur company, crashed around dawn while traveling between the towns of Ocona and Camana.The other accident, late Friday in the southeastern ...
FBI recommends charges against ex-CIA chief Petraeus: NY Times WASHINGTON: The FBI and US Justice Department prosecutors have recommended bringing felony charges against retired General David Petraeus for allegedly providing classified information to his former mistress while he was director of the CIA, The New York Times reported Friday.The investigation stems from an affair Petraeus -- who was also commander of American forces in both Iraq and Afghanistan -- had with an Army Reserve officer who was writing his biography, the newspaper said, citing ...
US warns of global 'terror' threat after French attacks WASHINGTON: The United States on Friday warned Americans to beware of "terrorist actions and violence" all over the world, following the attacks on the Charlie Hebdo magazine and a Jewish supermarket in Paris."Recent terrorist attacks, whether by those affiliated with terrorist entities, copycats, or individual perpetrators, serve as a reminder that US citizens need to maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness," the State Department said.The advisory ...


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