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Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton ducks as an object is thrown on stage during an address to members of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries during their annual convention at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Thursday, April 10, 2014, in Las Vegas. Clinton, a possible presidential contender in 2016, ducked but did not appear to be hit by the object, and then joked about the incident. Security ushered out a woman who said she threw a shoe but didn't identify herself to reporters or explain the action. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Sun, Steve Marcus) LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL OUT

Clinton sidesteps Keystone, vexes environmentalists and coal advocates

- The Washington Times

Hillary Clinton’s refusal to even mention the Keystone XL pipeline — let alone take a public position on the project — during a high-profile speech Monday night underscores the mystery surrounding her energy platform, with both environmentalists and coal advocates believing the former secretary of state could be an ally of theirs if she seeks the White House in 2016.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Indian President Pranab Mukherjee meet in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. Facing a stumbling economy at home and increasingly biting Western sanctions, Russian President Vladimir Putin sought Thursday to strengthen once-close relationship with India through an ambitious plan to help New Delhi build at least 12 new nuclear reactors. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti Kremlin, Mikhail Klimentyev, Presidential Press Service)

Putin turns to India to clinch new deals

- Associated Press

Facing a stumbling economy at home and increasingly biting Western sanctions, Russian President Vladimir Putin sought Thursday to strengthen once-close relationship with India through an ambitious plan to help New Delhi build at least 12 new nuclear reactors.

Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, Yukiya Amano of Japan waits for the start of the IAEA board of governors meeting at the International Center in Vienna, Austria, Monday, June 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

U.N. rejects Iran's latest nuke probe offer

- Associated Press

The U.N. nuclear agency on Thursday turned down an offer by Iran to visit a site, saying access to it would not help advance its probe of suspicions Tehran worked on atomic arms.

Indian women participate in a march in "Defense of Mother Earth" in Lima, Peru, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014. Thousands marched in support of Mother Earth as they chanted slogans against illegal mining, and logging operations, as well as oil drilling. They asked that the exploitation of resources in their ancestral lands be stopped immediately. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)

An idea comes of age: Zero emissions

- Associated Press

Pulling a worn, yellowed copy of the 1992 U.N. climate change convention from her handbag, Farhana Yamin points to the paragraph that states its goal: To stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations at a level that would prevent dangerous warming.

A dancer walks before a performance at the Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014. Delegates from more than 190 countries are meeting in Lima, to work on drafts for a global climate deal that is supposed to be adopted next year in Paris. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

Lima climate talks set for record carbon footprint

- Associated Press

The current U.N. climate talks will be the first to neutralize all the greenhouse gas pollution they generate, offset by host country Peru's protection of forest at three different reserves, organizers say.

From left, Fahd Bin Mahmoud Al-Saeed, Omani Deputy Premier, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the Kuwaiti Emir, Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, Qatar's Emir,  Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani,  Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, Saudi Crown Prince Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and The GCC Secretary General, Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani pose for a photograph during a Gulf Cooperation Council summit in Doha, Qatar, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/GCC Media Center)

Kuwait emir says Gulf development hit by oil price

Associated Press

Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah says Gulf countries' national development programs are being affected by the slide in oil prices, which have hit the oil-producing and exporting countries' incomes.

Russian President Vladimir Putin opens a meeting of the Russian Geographical Society in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014.(AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)

Putin hopes to expand ties with India

- Associated Press

Russian President Vladimir Putin has voiced hope for expanding ties with India during his visit there and sought to assuage New Delhi's concern about Moscow's ties with Pakistan.

In this Sept. 19, 2014 file photo, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop addresses a meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Iraq at the United Nations headquarters. Australia will continue to directly pay for climate change adaptation in vulnerable South Pacific island nations through its aid budget rather than donate to a U.N. Green Climate Fund designed for the same purpose, Bishop said Friday, Dec. 5, ahead of climate talks in Peru. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)-FILE

Australia won't pay to climate fund

- Associated Press

Australia will continue to directly pay for climate change adaptation in vulnerable South Pacific island nations through its aid budget rather than donate to a U.N. Green Climate Fund designed for the same purpose, the foreign minister said Friday ahead of climate talks in Peru.

This Feb. 17, 2014 photo shows a drilling rig in Howard county, Texas as the sun sets. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration keeps a list of "the worst of the worst" employers in the nation and drilling companies with multiple fatalities should be on it, safety experts say. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, James Nielsen)

Analyst: Eagle Ford Shale yields billionth barrel

Associated Press

The Eagle Ford Shale oil and gas field in South Texas yielded its billionth barrel of crude oil, natural gas and condensate last month, a Houston-based energy consulting firm estimated Thursday.

An Indian man burns garbage by the side of a road in Mumbai, India, Friday, Dec. 5, 2014. India says it is taking bold steps against climate change with plans for a five-fold increase in renewable energy capacity. However, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said the country won't act to curb carbon emissions because it first must pursue economic growth to eradicate poverty. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

India plans 5-fold increase in clean energy

- Associated Press

India said Friday it was optimistic the world would reach an agreement to curb climate change, but said its actions would be focused on boosting its renewable power capacity five-fold rather than cutting carbon emissions.

The re-election bid of Sen. Mary Landrieu, Louisiana Democrat, is likely doomed after Senate Democrats filibustered the Keystone XL pipeline on Tuesday. Ms. Landrieu was already struggling to unify her party and eat into Republican support, and the pipeline, which she set up as a test of her leadership, backfired. (Associated Press)

Landrieu getting little help before Senate runoff

- Associated Press

In the final contest of this year's midterm elections, Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu is heading toward her Saturday runoff against Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy with essentially zero financial help from outside allies.

Iraq's Finance Minister Hoshyar Zebari speaks during an interview with the Associated Press in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Dec 3, 2014. Iraq's finance minister says plunging oil prices and soaring costs from the country's war against the Islamic State group is hurting the country's economy. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

AP Interview: Iraq official says war hurts economy

- Associated Press

Plunging oil prices and soaring costs from Iraq's war against the Islamic State group is hurting Iraq's economy and will prompt government spending cuts, including in defense, the country's finance minister said Wednesday.

People walk past a display with currency exchange rates at Kievskaya (Kiev's) railway station in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014. Poor and middle-class Russians are increasingly challenging government insistence that a 40 percent drop in the value of the ruble _ now worth a record low of 54 to the dollar _ will affect mainly the rich. Russia’s economy has been battered this year by uncertainty over the conflict in Ukraine, the falling price of oil, Western sanctions and retaliatory Russian import bans which have poor and middle-class Russians feeling the pinch. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Western sanctions, ruble crash hit Russians hard

- Associated Press

Oyster Bar built a thriving business serving mollusks to well-heeled Muscovites. Then came Western sanctions, and the restaurant was forced to rechristen itself this fall. Today, it serves up burgers and pizza under a new name: No Oyster Bar.

FILE- In this June 12, 2011 file photo, people walk along the Cordillera Real of the Andes mountains on the outskirts of La Paz, Bolivia. According to the Environmental Defense League, a Bolivian NGO, Bolivia's glaciers along the Cordillera Real, Chacaltaya, Tuni Condorini and Illimani are shrinking in size by more than one meter every year and estimate that the majority of the snow in this area could disappear by 2030. A scientific assessment by the U.N.’s expert panel on climate change warned that rising global temperatures could have an irreversible impact on people and ecosystems as glaciers melt, sea levels rise, heat waves intensify and oceans become warmer and more acidic. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

U.N. weather agency: 2014 on track for hottest year

- Associated Press

With temperature data showing 2014 currently tied for the hottest year on record, the U.N. weather agency on Wednesday rejected claims that global warming has paused.