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All the world a stage: Rising U.S. oil clout on show in Houston

A glance at the attendee list at one of the world's largest energy industry events in Houston this week left little question about the growing influence of the United States over global oil politics. Absent: leading Saudi and Russian officials, and most OPEC nations. As the United States weans itself off foreign oil imports - thanks to booming domestic production - the complex web of politics and business interests that have shaped decades of Washington's energy diplomacy in the Middle East an...
Tags: Science, Washington, Opec, United States, Middle East, Houston


Exclusive: Exxon eyes Israel gas bid in major Middle East shift

Exxon Mobil Corp is considering exploring for oil and gas in Israel, said a person with direct knowledge of the matter, in what would make Exxon the first oil major to operate in the country still technically at war with Gulf Arab states. A number of large gas discoveries offshore Israel and in nearby eastern Mediterranean waters in the last decade have made Israel a potentially lucrative prospect for big energy firms. Until those discoveries, Israel was believed to be sitting on scant oil and...
Tags: Science, Israel, Middle East, Exxon, Mediterranean, Exxon Mobil Corp, Gulf Arab


Scientists Breed Salt-Loving Crops, But World Is Slow to Bite

At an experimental farm within sight of the world’s tallest skyscraper, researchers at the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture are trying to help farmers in the Middle East and beyond earn a living from unlikely plants known as halophytes. Concerns about climate change, population growth, and the degradation of fertile farmlands add urgency to the work of ICBA, which runs on a shoestring budget of $15 million a year. The United Nations estimates that food production must increase 60...
Tags: Science, Middle East, United Nations, International Center for Biosaline Agriculture


Dubai Scientists Grow Super Crops That Thrive in Salty Deserts

At an experimental farm within sight of the world’s tallest skyscraper, researchers at the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture are trying to help farmers in the Middle East and beyond earn a living from unlikely plants known as halophytes. Concerns about climate change, population growth, and the degradation of fertile farmlands add urgency to the work of ICBA, which runs on a shoestring budget of $15 million a year. The United Nations estimates that food production must increase 60...
Tags: Science, Middle East, United Nations, Dubai, International Center for Biosaline Agriculture


Not Just for Hipsters, Quinoa Emerges as a Climate Change Savior

At an experimental farm within sight of the world’s tallest skyscraper, researchers at the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture are trying to help farmers in the Middle East and beyond earn a living from unlikely plants known as halophytes. Concerns about climate change, population growth, and the degradation of fertile farmlands add urgency to the work of ICBA, which runs on a shoestring budget of $15 million a year. The United Nations estimates that food production must increase 60...
Tags: Science, Middle East, United Nations, Hipsters Quinoa Emerges, International Center for Biosaline Agriculture


Saudi agrees $10 billion China refinery deal as crown prince visits

The Saudi delegation, including top executives from Aramco, arrived on Thursday on an Asia tour that has already seen the kingdom pledge investment of $20 billion in Pakistan and seek to make additional investments in India's refining industry. The crown prince will meet President Xi Jinping, who has made stepping up China's presence in the Middle East a key foreign policy objective, despite its traditional low-key role there. Aramco agreed to form a joint venture with Chinese defense conglome...
Tags: Asia, Science, China, India, Xi Jinping, Pakistan, Middle East, Aramco, Norinco, Panjin


Oil prices fall as U.S. crude output hits record 12 million bpd

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Oil prices fell on Friday after the United States reported its crude output hit a record 12 million barrels per day (bpd), undermining efforts by Middle East-dominated producer club OPEC to withhold supply and tighten global markets.
Tags: Science, Singapore, Opec, United States, Middle East, Reuters Oil


Oil dips as U.S. crude output hits record 12 million barrels per day

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Oil prices fell on Friday after the United States reported its crude output hit a record 12 million barrels per day (bpd), undermining efforts by Middle East dominated producer club OPEC to withhold supply and tighten global markets.
Tags: Science, Singapore, Opec, United States, Middle East, Reuters Oil


Oil prices dip as U.S. crude output hits record 12 million barrels per day

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Oil prices fell on Friday after the United States reported its crude output hit a record 12 million barrels per day (bpd), undermining efforts by Middle East dominated producer club OPEC to withhold supply and tighten global markets.
Tags: Science, Singapore, Opec, United States, Middle East, Reuters Oil


Xiaomi's Mi 9 Is a Solid Mid-Range Phone You Probably Won't Be Able to Buy

Since becoming one of China’s most popular smartphone brands, Xiaomi has slowly been gaining steam globally, claiming the top spot in India while also expanding into the Middle East and Europe. And while you can buy a smattering of Xiaomi products like the Mi Box in the U.S., Xiaomi phones are still a no go, which is…Read more...
Tags: Android, Europe, Science, China, India, Smartphones, Middle East, Xiaomi, Hands On, MWC, Mwc 2019, Xiaomi Mi 9, Xiaomi Mi 9 Hands On, Mi Ui


Xiaomi's Mi 9 Is a Mid-Range Tease From Overseas

Since becoming one of China’s most popular smartphone brands, Xiaomi has slowly been gaining steam globally, claiming the top spot in India while also expanding into the Middle East and Europe. And while you can buy a smattering of Xiaomi products like the Mi Box in the U.S., Xiaomi phones are still a no go, which is…Read more...
Tags: Android, Europe, Science, China, India, Smartphones, Middle East, Xiaomi, Hands On, MWC, Mwc 2019, Xiaomi Mi 9, Xiaomi Mi 9 Hands On, Mi Ui


Rouhani says Iran ready to improve ties with Gulf states

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday that Tehran wanted to establish close ties with all countries in the Middle East, where Iran has been involved in proxy wars with Saudi Arabia for decades. "Iran is ready to work with regional states to preserve security in the Middle East ... Our enemies, America and Israel, want to create division among Iranians," Rouhani said in a public speech in southern Iran, broadcast live on state TV.
Tags: Science, Saudi Arabia, Israel, America, Iran, Middle East, Hassan Rouhani, Tehran, Gulf, Rouhani, Middle East Our


Netanyahu meets Omani foreign minister , hints other Arab states warming to Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Oman's foreign minister on the sidelines of a U.S.-sponsored Middle East conference in Warsaw on Wednesday and hinted that other Arab countries represented there were engaging with Israel. "Many are following this (Omani) lead, and may I say, including at this conference," a video released by Netanyahu's office showed him telling Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, whose Gulf state hosted the Israeli leader in October. Oman does not formally recognize I...
Tags: Science, Israel, Middle East, Oman, Benjamin Netanyahu, Warsaw, Gulf, Netanyahu, Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah


EU brings industry together to tackle dollar dominance in energy trade

The group, which involves executives from European oil firms such as OMV and Eni and gas and power firms such as Fluxys and Engie, will meet behind closed doors in Brussels under the auspices of the European Commission on Thursday. Participants are invited to dig into "constraints on (market-initiated) alternatives to the use of U.S. dollar through wider use of the euro, in spite of the benefits of such a change", the Commission said in materials prepared for the meeting. Other major commoditi...
Tags: Science, Washington, China, Russia, Eu, Opec, Middle East, Commission, European Commission, Brussels, Eni, Engie, OMV


Sanctions, OPEC cuts push Asia's heavy crude oil prices above Brent

Middle East oil benchmarks Dubai and DME Oman have nudged above prices for Brent crude, an unusual move as U.S. sanctions on Venezuela and Iran along with output cuts by OPEC tighten supply of medium to heavy oil, traders and analysts said. Heavier grades, mainly produced in the Middle East, Canada and Latin America, typically have a high sulphur content and are usually cheaper than Brent, the benchmark for lighter oil in the Atlantic Basin.
Tags: Asia, Science, Opec, Iran, Middle East, Dubai, Oman, Brent, Venezuela, Latin America, Middle East Canada


Pompeo trip marks U.S. re-engagement with long-overlooked central Europe

On a tour that includes a conference on the Middle East where Washington hopes to build a coalition against Iran, Pompeo begins on Monday in Budapest, the Hungarian capital that last saw a secretary of state in 2011 when Hillary Clinton visited. On Tuesday he will be in Bratislava, Slovakia, for the first such high-level visit in 20 years. "This is overdue and needed," a senior U.S. administration official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Tags: Europe, Science, Washington, Budapest, Hillary Clinton, Middle East, Bratislava Slovakia, Pompeo, Iran Pompeo


NOAA says 2018 was 4th warmest year on record, in an undeniable global warming trend

2018 was the fourth warmest year ever recorded on planet Earth, NOAA reported today. “Earth’s long-term warming trend continued in 2018 as persistent warmth across large swaths of land and ocean resulted in the globe’s fourth hottest year in NOAA’s 139-year climate record,” NOAA said. 2018 ranks just behind 2016 (the absolute warmest), 2015 (second warmest) and 2017 (third warmest). “In separate analyses of global temperatures, scientists from NASA, the United Kingdom Met Office and the Worl...
Tags: Weather, Post, Science, News, Climate Change, Russia, Environment, Global Warming, US news, Nasa, United States, New York Times, Middle East, Noaa, Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean


Medieval Map Points to World's Richest Man, Maybe Ever

Who is the richest person to ever have lived? Put down that Forbes Magazine -- it's not Jeff Bezos. The real answer is in the pages of a Medieval manuscript, The Catalan Atlas. Centered on a page of trade routes sits a West African king holding a golden coin: Mansa Musa, the wealthiest person probably ever to walk the globe. A reproduction of the Atlas is on display in a new exhibit, which opened Jan. 26 at the Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. The exhib...
Tags: Europe, Science, Washington, Nigeria, Africa, Syria, Atlantic, Egypt, Middle East, West Africa, Mali, Jeff Bezos, Forbes magazine, Mediterranean, Majorca, Ontario


Super Blood Wolf Moon of 2019 Thrills Skywatchers with Stunning (and Red) Lunar Sight

NEW YORK --This past evening, a show-stopping celestial event -- the only total lunar eclipse of 2019 -- crossed the sky and likely captivated millions of skywatchers across the Americas and beyond, from above the Rocky Mountains to down beyond the Andes Mountains. At 10:33 p.m. EST (03:33 UTC) a visible shadow began to creep across the moon's face. As many people across the U.S. East Coast braved the chilly weather brought on by Winter Storm Yoshi to view the moon pass through the darkest ...
Tags: New York, Science, Boston, Nasa, Earth, United States, Alaska, New Jersey, Middle East, Argentina, South America, East Coast, Caribbean, Rocky Mountains, Andes Mountains, Brooklyn New York


Jordan, France, Iran follow Pompeo to Baghdad, Le Drian announces loan

King Abdullah's visit, his first since 2008, follows a week after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stopped off in both countries at the start of a Middle East tour meant to mobilize Arab countries against Iran and reassure them over the planned U.S. troop withdrawal from Syria. The Jordanian king was greeted by President Barham Salih on a red carpet at Baghdad airport before heading to meet Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi. Salih welcomed the visit as strengthening "joint interests and secur...
Tags: Science, Iran, Syria, Middle East, Baghdad, State, Abdullah, Pompeo, Mike Pompeo, Barham Salih, Jordan France Iran, Adel Abdul Mahdi Salih


Urging Gulf states to heal rift, U.S.'s Pompeo lands in Riyadh

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and non-Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member Egypt cut diplomatic, transport and trade ties with Qatar in June 2017, accusing it of supporting terrorism and their regional foe Shi'ite Muslim Iran - something Doha denies. The United States, an ally of the six-nation Sunni Muslim GCC, sees the rift as a threat to efforts to contain Iran and has pushed for a united Gulf front. "When we have a common challenge, disputes between countries with shared...
Tags: Science, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Iran, United States, Egypt, Middle East, Doha, Gulf, Riyadh, Shi, Gulf Cooperation Council GCC, United Arab Emirates Bahrain, Pompeo, Sunni Muslim GCC


Pompeo says Venezuela's Maduro government is 'illegitimate'

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo described Venezuela's government under President Nicolas Maduro as illegitimate on Saturday and said the United States would work with like-minded countries in Latin America to restore democracy there. "The Maduro regime is illegitimate and the United States will work diligently to restore a real democracy to that country," Pompeo told reporters in Abu Dhabi, where he is on a tour of Middle East countries.
Tags: Science, United States, Middle East, Venezuela, Abu Dhabi, Nicolás Maduro, Latin America, State, Maduro, Pompeo, Mike Pompeo


Iran's Zarif calls Iran-focused summit in Poland a 'desperate circus'

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif criticized Poland on Friday for jointly hosting a global summit with the United States focused on the Middle East, particularly Iran, calling it a "desperate anti-Iran circus". Earlier on Friday Washington announced that the summit would be held in Warsaw from Feb. 13 to Feb. 14, and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the meeting would focus on stability and security in the Middle East, including on the "important element of making sure that I...
Tags: Science, Washington, Iran, United States, Middle East, Poland, Warsaw, State, Mohammad Javad Zarif, Zarif, Mike Pompeo


U.S. to host Iran-focused global meeting in Poland February 13-14

The United States plans to jointly host a global conference focused on the Middle East, particularly Iran, next month in Poland, the U.S. State Department said on Friday. Trump last year withdrew the United States from the 2015 Iran nuclear accord and moved to reimpose sanctions on Tehran.
Tags: Science, Iran, United States, Middle East, Poland, Trump, U S State Department


U.S. to host Iran-focused global summit in Poland Feb. 13-14

The United States plans to jointly host a global summit focused on the Middle East, particularly Iran, next month in Poland, the U.S. State Department said on Friday. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Fox News in an interview to air on Friday that the meeting would "focus on Middle East stability and peace and freedom and security here in this region, and that includes an important element of making sure that Iran is not a destabilizing influence." Pompeo said the meeting would "bring t...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Science, Africa, Iran, United States, Middle East, Poland, Fox News, State Department, State, U S State Department, Western Hemisphere, Pompeo, Mike Pompeo


Saudi Arabia Will Now Notify Women by Text If They've Been Divorced

Women in Saudi Arabia—who have long been subjected to a litany of misogynistic restrictions on their behavior, including totalitarian male guardianship laws—will soon receive text messages to inform them of changes to their marital status as part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s “reforms” of the country’s…Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Sexism, Saudi Arabia, Sms, Middle East, Texting, Mohammed bin Salman


Code-Name 'Corona': Earliest Spy-Satellite Images Reveal Secrets of Ancient Middle East

When the United States launched its first secret "spy satellites," in the 1960s, the onboard cameras captured never-before-seen views of Earth's surface. Scientists are using the satellites' decades-old photos of the Middle East to reconstruct archaeological sites that disappeared many years ago, erased by urbanization, agricultural expansion and industrial growth, researchers reported in December at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). And a free online application that...
Tags: Science, United States, Middle East, University of Arkansas, American Geophysical Union AGU, Jackson Cothren


ExxonMobil shelves Canada LNG export project

U.S. oil major Exxon Mobil Corp has withdrawn its WCC liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal in Canada from the environmental assessment process, it said on Thursday, signaling that the project has been shelved. The decision to pare its LNG project portfolio follows the go-ahead of a giant Royal Dutch Shell-led project in British Columbia, and Exxon's focus on LNG projects in Asia, the Middle East and the United States. Exxon's West Coast Canada (WCC) LNG export project, located in northe...
Tags: Asia, Science, ExxonMobil, Canada, United States, Middle East, Royal Dutch Shell, British Columbia, Exxon, Exxon Mobil Corp, West coast canada


Hidden cradle of early plant evolution discovered in the Middle East

Several new plant fossils from present-day Jordan push back the ages of important seed plant lineages, suggesting these lineages survived the mass extinction event at the end of the Permian.
Tags: Science, Middle East, Jordan


Facebook boss Nicola Mendelsohn reveals her cancer is in remission

Facebook's Europe head Lady Nicola Mendelsohn has confirmed her blood cancer has entered remission, ten months after going public with her diagnosis. Lady Mendelsohn, 47, who has a form of follicular lymphoma, said on Sunday she was in remission and had recently undergone her final day of treatment after six months of chemotherapy and immunotherapy. She had previously described her cancer as a "life sentence" in a blog on Facebook for World Cancer Day in February. Follicular lymphoma, which...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Science, Africa, Middle East, Mendelsohn, Nicola Mendelsohn, Follicular Lymphoma, Lady Nicola Mendelsohn, Lady Mendelsohn



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