US has to buy Russian natural gas as consumer prices soar
Jan10

US has to buy Russian natural gas as consumer prices soar

Russia will deliver liquefied natural gas (LNG) to the US, Kommersant daily reports. The reason for the deal is the sharp rise in gas prices on the east coast of the US. An LNG tanker belonging to French energy company Engie is now shipping from the British port of Isle of Grain to an American terminal, Everett, located near Boston. The gas being shipped is from Russia’s Yamal LNG plant, according to the newspaper. The tanker is due...

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China on the verge of bursting bitcoin bubble
Jan10

China on the verge of bursting bitcoin bubble

China’s regulatory clampdown on cryptocurrencies is sparking a mass exodus of bitcoin miners from the country, which has the potential to radically alter both global bitcoin and energy markets. According to a document leaked online, China’s internet-finance regulator has recommended that local governments squeeze bitcoin miners out of the country through electricity pricing, taxation, property law and environmental regulations. Until...

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N. Korea bombs only aimed at US, not at southern brethren, China & Russia – chief negotiator
Jan10

N. Korea bombs only aimed at US, not at southern brethren, China & Russia – chief negotiator

North Korea’s bombs and missiles are only aimed at the US, Pyongyang’s chief negotiator says. He said there was no reason to raise the issue of nuclear weapons during talks with the South. “All our weapons including atomic bombs, hydrogen bombs and ballistic missiles are only aimed at the United States, not our brethren, nor China and Russia,” the chairman of the North’s Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland, Ri...

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US Navy destroyer arrives in Black Sea on ‘familiar mission’
Jan10

US Navy destroyer arrives in Black Sea on ‘familiar mission’

American guided-missile destroyer USS Carney has docked in the Ukrainian port of Odessa. It has sailed to the Black Sea as part of a mission to reassure allies in the face of what Washington calls a “Russian threat.” “Returning to the Black Sea and Odessa is a familiar mission,” said Peter Halvorsen, USS Carney commanding officer, according the US 6th Fleet website. The Arleigh Burke-class destroyer last visited the area in June to...

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US approves $133mn interceptor missile sale to Japan amid breakthrough intra-Korean talks
Jan10

US approves $133mn interceptor missile sale to Japan amid breakthrough intra-Korean talks

The White House has greenlighted the sale of four interceptor missiles that Tokyo wants to buy from Washington to “fundamentally” improve its defenses. The missiles can be deployed on land-based Aegis launchers. The US State Department announced on Tuesday it had given preliminary approval for Japan to purchase four SM-3 Block 2A missiles manufactured by Raytheon Co and BAE Systems, related hardware equipment, and technological,...

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