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Russian President Vladimir Putin (Associated Press/File)

Rise in oil prices signals Russia on the rebound

Ever since sanctions were imposed on Russia following the annexation of Crimea and the start of the conflict in eastern Ukraine, it has been the Kremlin’s strategy to wait out the West, based on a divide-and-conquer approach to the countries of Europe. We now may be seeing that strategy start to pay dividends.

Illustration on green energy and poverty by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

How the green energy bullies drive poverty

- The Washington Times

Although climate change ranks at or near the bottom of issues most important to the American people, the Obama administration continues to push it like its agenda on radical wealth redistribution depends on it. Because in many ways, it does.

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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."

Just months after Republicans helped grant President Obama fast-track negotiation powers to finish the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations, GOP leaders said they were disappointed with the final deal the president won in the 12-nation talks. Democrats, meanwhile, have been overwhelmingly opposed from the start. (Associated Press)

Keystone pipeline lawsuit threatens Obama's Asian trade deal

- The Washington Times

This week's Keystone pipeline lawsuit may deliver the death blow to a seemingly unrelated Asian trade deal, with environmentalists and labor unions saying a Canadian company shouldn't be allowed to use international trade agreements to force changes in U.S. energy and environmental policy.

TransCanada argues that President Obama "intruded on Congress's power to regulate interstate and international commerce" and blatantly disregarded the will of the legislative branch. Congress last year passed a bill approving Keystone, but the president vetoed it. (Associated Press)

TransCanada sues Obama administration over Keystone pipeline rejection

- The Washington Times

TransCanada on Wednesday accused President Obama in a federal lawsuit of exceeding his constitutional authority when rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline and, in a separate challenge, said the White House violated a historic trade agreement, igniting an election-year battle over a project that most considered dead -- at least until the next president takes office in one year.

Ras Lanuf is home to oil refineries and storage facilities in Libya. Islamic State militants on Monday set a storage tank ablaze as they pushed eastward into the "oil crescent." (Associated Press)

Islamic State's thirst for oil highlighted by attacks in Libya

- The Washington Times

The Islamic State's main branch in Libya launched attacks Monday near a key oil export terminal on the Mediterranean, the latest in a growing offensive that national security sources say underscores the terrorist group's desire to seize lucrative territory in the war-torn North African nation to fund its global ambitions.

An activist hold a poster during a demonstration near the Eiffel Tower, in Paris, Saturday, Dec.12, 2015 during the COP21, the United Nations Climate Change Conference. As organizers of the Paris climate talks presented what they hope is a final draft of the accord, protesters from environmental and human rights groups gather to call attention to populations threatened by rising seas and increasing droughts and floods. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Key points of the landmark Paris climate agreement

- Associated Press

U.N. climate talks reached a milestone Saturday when more than 190 countries adopted the first accord asking all countries to join the fight against global warming. Here are some of the key elements of the deal.

French President Francois Hollande, right, and French Foreign Minister and president of the COP21 Laurent Fabius react after the final conference at the COP21, the United Nations conference on climate change, in Le Bourget, north of Paris, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015. Governments have adopted a global agreement that for the first time asks all countries to reduce or rein in their greenhouse gas emissions. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Landmark deal: Nearly 200 nations adopt 1st global climate change pact

- Associated Press

Nearly 200 nations adopted the first global pact to fight climate change on Saturday, calling on the world to collectively cut and then eliminate greenhouse gas pollution but imposing no sanctions on countries that don't.

Amid disputes, critical Paris climate talks run over

- Associated Press

High-stakes climate talks outside Paris will not end Friday as planned but will continue at least one more day as diplomats try to overcome disagreements over how -- or even whether -- to share the costs of fighting climate change and shift to clean energy on a global scale.

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.