April 2014
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UPDATE 1-Algeria’s Bouteflika wins re-election with 81.5 pct -official results

* Opposition boycotts election seen as fraud (Updates with results)

UPDATE 2-U.S. court upholds cement plant emissions standards

WASHINGTON, April 18 (Reuters) - In a loss for environmental groups, a U.S. appeals court on Friday upheld new air pollution emissions standards for cement plants that the industry supports.

French utility says not responsible for China water contamination

BEIJING, April 18 (Reuters) - A French utility blamed by China for failing to maintain water quality standards said on Friday it is not responsible for polluting tap water with a cancer-causing chemical.

UPDATE 1-India’s Reliance Q4 sales rise, refining margin narrows

* Net profit 56.3 bln rupees, refining margin falls to $9.30

U.S. appeals court largely upholds cement plant emissions rule

WASHINGTON, April 18 (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Friday largely upheld new emissions standards aimed at curbing pollution from the nation's cement plants.

Russia agrees to increase oil flows to Belarus in 2014 by 10 pct

MOSCOW, April 18 (Reuters) - Russia has agreed to ship 23 million tonnes of crude oil to Belarus this year, more than in 2013, a spokeswoman for Russia's Energy Ministry said on Friday, in a sign of thawing relations between the two countries.

Russia ships first oil from disputed offshore Arctic platform

* Putin says project to boost Russia's global energy share

South Sudan deploys army to guard UN base after attack kills dozens

NAIROBI, April 18 (Reuters) - South Sudan sent troops to secure a United Nations base after armed civilians fired on displaced tribespeople sheltering there, in an attack that killed at least 48, the president's spokesman said on Friday.

Algeria’s Bouteflika set for re-election, foes cry fraud

ALGIERS, April 18 (Reuters) - Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika appeared set to win re-election for another five years on Friday after a vote opponents dismissed as a stage-managed fraud to keep the ailing leader in power.

UPDATE 1-PetroChina hikes shale gas spending to more than $1.6 bln -sources

* PetroChina to triple spending from $500 mln past few years

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