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Colombian court bans mining, oil projects in fragile moorlands 

By: Reuters Colombia's constitutional court has banned mining and oil projects in the country's ecologically delicate moorlands, sources told Reuters on Tuesday. The decision, which came late on Monday, overturns a previous ruling that said mining companies with older titles to moorland areas could continue... 

Venezuela on slow, unsteady path to private-sector rapprochement

By: Simon Rees With violent antigovernment demonstrations petering out and many of his leading opponents now muzzled, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro might be forgiven for thinking his administration is now on firmer ground. However, the underlying causes for the disturbances and dissatisfaction remain: the... 

Australia oil output at 40-year low

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Australian oil output has slumped to its lowest annual production in more than 40 years, energy economics group EnergyQuest reported this week. In its latest report card, EnergyQuest noted that the country’s oil output in 2013 dropped by 18.6% compared with the previous year, to 71.9-million... 


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