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Swiss Police walk outside the congress center on the eve of the opening of the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos, Switzerland, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016. (Jean-Christophe Bott/Keystone via AP)

Anxiety in the air as Davos World Economic Forum kicks off

- Associated Press

A prevailing sense of anxiety was in the air in the Swiss ski resort of Davos as the World Economic Forum kicked off Wednesday with delegates fretting about the turbulence in financial markets, slowdown in China and plunging oil prices.

Chinese President Xi Jinping is making overtures to Middle Eastern powers regarding expanded trade. (Associated Press)

China moves to supplant U.S. as key foreign power in Middle East

- The Washington Times

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Saudi Arabia Tuesday for the first stop on a closely watched tour that will include visits to Egypt and Iran, as Beijing pushes to widen its access to Middle East oil and potentially supplant Washington as the most influential foreign power operating in the tumultuous region.

Cory Chanze, shieldman for the Ohio County Coal Company, surveys the longwall operation inside the Ohio County mine in Dallas, West Virginia. Miners are sticking to their preference for such underground work despite the Obama White House attempting to transition them into other lines of work. (Jared Wickerham/Special to the Washington Times)

Obama halts coal production on public land

- The Washington Times

The Obama administration announced a moratorium on new coal development on public land Friday while it studies the impact of the U.S. leasing program on climate change, prompting fresh criticism that President Obama is ramping up his “war on coal.”

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Hillary Clinton's campaign didn't respond to requests for comment about George Kaiser and the fundraiser, but her website lists it as a two-hour affair. Guests are requested to give the $2,700 maximum donation in exchange for a "photo with Hillary." (Associated Press)

Hillary Clinton's billionaire fundraiser host got sweet deal in Solyndra collapse

- The Washington Times

Hillary Clinton's claim that she is not beholden to her wealthy donors will come under renewed scrutiny Friday when the Democratic front-runner raises fresh cash for her presidential bid at the home of George Kaiser, a billionaire whose firm was the biggest investor in the troubled Solyndra stimulus project -- and who managed to walk away with a lucrative profit at the expense of taxpayers.

Superintendent Jackie Ratliff, a coal miner of 25 years, holds coal running through a processing plant Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, in Welch, W.Va. (AP Photo/David Goldman) ** FILE **

Appalachia grasps for hope as coal loses its grip

- Associated Press

The seams of coal in some of Eddie Asbury's mines in McDowell County are so thin workers can barely squeeze down them. They enter on carts nearly flat on their backs, the roof of the mine coursing by just a few inches in front of their faces. They don't stand up all day.

Pope Francis speaks at the United Nations regional office in Nairobi, Kenya, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015. Pope Francis warned Thursday that it would be "catastrophic" for world leaders to let special interest groups get in the way of a global agreement to curb fossil fuel emissions as he brought his environmental message to the heart of Africa on the eve of make-or-break climate change talks in Paris. (AP Photo/Sayyid Azim)

Pope Francis says 'catastrophic' if interests derail climate talks

- The Washington Times

Pope Francis warned Thursday that it would be "catastrophic" for world leaders to let special interest groups get in the way of a global agreement to curb fossil fuel emissions as he brought his environmental message to the heart of Africa on the eve of make-or-break climate change talks in Paris.

An globelike tent hosting an exhibition on climate is set up in the courtyard of the French Environment Ministry. President Obama will head to a historic climate change summit in Paris next week. (Associated Press)

Obama power limited at Paris climate change summit COP 21

- The Washington Times

President Obama will head to a historic climate change summit in Paris next week with a fragile U.S. commitment to cut greenhouse gas emissions, and analysts say the president is limited in terms of concrete promises and instead will act as little more than a "cheerleader" in the fight against global warming.

For Murray Energy Corp. CEO Robert Murray, who fancies himself as one of President Obama's greatest enemies, the looming court case represents the best chance to stop what he and his employees routinely refer to as the "war on coal," a series of policies this administration has issued to crack down on energy that scientists say produces greenhouse gases. (Associated Press)

Lawsuit to stop 'war on coal' could derail Obama environmental agenda

- The Washington Times

Late in the afternoon of Nov. 12, Robert Murray got the news he had been waiting for -- a judge said his company's lawsuit to stop the Obama administration's central climate change policy would move forward, and ordered Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy to sit for a deposition in the case.