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2008-09-05 21:00:19

MOSCOW. Sept 5 (Interfax) - The Russian Energy Ministry has retained its 1% forecast for growth in oil production in 2008%, Deputy Energy Minister Stanislav Svetlitsky told journalists on Friday. "We're mildly optimistic [about oil production]," he said. Major fields like Talakan and Verkhny Chon should go on steam before the end of this year and these could produce 550,000-600,000 tonnes. In addition, participants in the Sakhalin-1 project have revised their forecasts and have raised...

2008-08-20 00:00:30

Total world crude steel production was 696-million tonnes in the first half of 2008, a 5.7 per cent increase over the same period in 2007. In the UK the June production figure was 1.2-million tonnes, a 6.2 per cent fall on the figure for the same month last year. UK production for the first six months of the year remained the same as last year, at 7.4-million tonnes. In the first six months of 2008, China produced 263.2-million tonnes of crude steel, an increase of 9.6 per cent compared...

2008-07-20 15:00:27

July 20, 2008according to anba: Brazilian imports of thermoplastic resins grew 60.7% in the first half this year, in comparison with the same months of 2007, having totalled 521,700 tonnes, according to data disclosed by the Brazilian Chemical Industry Association (Abiquim). The purchases helped sustain the expansion in consumption of the products in the Brazilian domestic market. From January to June this year, Brazil consumed 2.4 million tonnes of thermoplastic resins. The volume was 13.5%...

2008-02-22 18:00:41

MOSCOW. Feb 22 (Interfax) - Global Investment Energy, an affiliate of former RussNeft owner Mikhail Gutseriyev, has acquired a stake in two companies with licenses to develop two oil blocks in Azerbaijan from Canada's Nations Energy Co. Ltd., a source familiar with the terms of the deal told Interfax. In particular, Global Investment Energy acquired 85% of Karasu Operating Company (KAOC), which is developing the Mishovdag- Kelameddin block, and 80% of Kura Valley Operating Company (KURA),...

2006-08-31 20:50:27

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan held a huge earthquake disaster drill in Tokyo on Friday with a U.S. navy ship transporting evacuees and helicopters carrying relief supplies. The exercises, held every year on the anniversary of the Great Kanto earthquake which killed more than 140,000 people on September 1, 1923, are a reminder that the island nation, where earthquakes occur frequently, must be vigilant. An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.7 struck southern Japan shortly before...

2006-08-31 20:35:00

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan held a huge earthquake disaster drill in Tokyo on Friday with a U.S. navy ship transporting evacuees and helicopters carrying relief supplies. The exercises, held every year on the anniversary of the Great Kanto earthquake which killed more than 140,000 people on September 1, 1923, are a reminder that the island nation, where earthquakes occur frequently, must be vigilant. An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.7 struck southern Japan shortly before the drills...

2005-10-29 12:39:13

By Paul Eckert, Asia Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will remove 7,000 Marines from Okinawa in a major overhaul of American troops and bases in Japan under a U.S. global plan to make its military more flexible, top officials said on Saturday. The base realignment unveiled by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and his Japanese counterpart, Yoshinori Ohno, also boosts bilateral military cooperation in areas ranging from disaster relief to ballistic missile defense...

2005-07-19 04:12:02

By Teruaki Ueno TOKYO (Reuters) - A Tokyo court on Tuesday rejected demands by Chinese plaintiffs for compensation from Japan for germ warfare conducted in China, the latest twist in tension between the Asian neighbors over their World War II history. Upholding a previous ruling, however, the Tokyo High Court backed a lower court's landmark 2002 declaration that Japan had carried out biological warfare, something the Japanese government has never officially acknowledged. In the lawsuit,...

2005-07-18 22:01:17

TOKYO (Reuters) - The Tokyo High Court was set to rule on Tuesday on a lawsuit by Chinese plaintiffs demanding that Japan's government pay compensation and apologize for the activities of the Imperial Japanese Army's biological warfare units including the infamous Unit 731. In a landmark ruling in 2002, the Tokyo District Court said Japan had conducted biological warfare in China before and during World War II, something that the Japanese government has never officially acknowledged. But...

2005-06-28 02:23:33

By Linda Sieg SAIPAN (Reuters) - Japanese Emperor Akihito, on apilgrimage to the U.S. territory of Saipan where a decisiveWorld War II battle was fought, abruptly changed his officialschedule on Tuesday to visit a memorial to Koreans who died inthe war. Akihito's journey, his first trip outside Japan to payrespects to war dead, coincides with a deterioration in Japan'sties with China and South Korea, still tormented by the wartimepast 60 years later. Korean residents of Saipan had asked...