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Before the Syrian uprising began in March 2011, the oil sector was a pillar of Syria’s economy, with oil exports - mostly to Europe - bringing in $7 million to $8 million per day. This income was key to maintaining the $17 billion in foreign reserves that the government had at the start of the uprising.
Speaking to reporters in Damascus on Wednesday, Mr. Allaw said sanctions had cost Syria’s oil sector about $4 billion.
Government ups oversight of nuclear shutdown
BERLIN — The German government will more closely oversee the country’s move from nuclear power to renewable energy, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday - a mammoth 10-year project for Europe’s biggest economy that has been going slowly so far.
Mrs. Merkel said she will meet with all of Germany’s 16 state governors twice a year to take stock of the transformation’s progress and shortcomings, stressing that everything must be done to avoid blackouts and ensure affordable energy.
Critics, including Germany’s main industry lobby group, have faulted the government for a lack of coordination and demanded better, permanent oversight for one of Mrs. Merkel’s most challenging projects.
In a major policy shift, Mrs. Merkel announced that the government is drafting laws that would pay utilities not just for the electricity their gas- or coal-fired power plants produce but simply for having them available in times when renewable energy sources aren’t sufficient.
Wanted: Bigfoot hair for European study
LONDON — European researchers say new techniques to analyze DNA could help crack the mystery of whether Bigfoot exists.
In a project announced this week, Oxford University and Lausanne Museum of Zoology scientists appealed to museums, scientists and yeti aficionados to share samples thought to be from the mythical apelike creature.
Researchers plan to focus on hair to determine the species it originated from.
Bryan Sykes of Oxford said the group already had received samples to test, including blood, hair, and items supposedly chewed by Bigfoot.
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