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Cdn oil and gas look good to Europe amid Ukraine troubles: Polish ambassador

OTTAWA — The Polish ambassador to Canada says the Russian invasion of Crimea is making Alberta’s oil and gas more attractive in European capitals.

Envoy Marcin Bosacki says Poland supports the idea of shipping Canadian oil and gas to Poland. READ

Keystone may be stalled, but the protests aren’t

WASHINGTON — Horses walking through the streets of the U.S. capital. Teepee tents and a settler wagon adorning the National Mall. Self-described “Cowboys and Indians” in traditional clothing, promising to fight together against a common foe. READ

Canada’s middle class surpasses that in U.S.

OTTAWA — There is a middle class crisis, but it’s happening south of the border, not in Canada, according to a New York Times report on incomes around the world. READ

TransCanada says customers remain fully committed to Keystone XL, despite delay

TransCanada Corp. says its customers are still “100 per cent” behind its proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline, despite dimming prospects that shovels will be hitting the ground any time soon. READ

U.S. pipeline workers blast Obama administration for delaying Keystone XL

American pipeline workers are blasting a decision to delay the Keystone XL process, saying the move by the Obama administration has erased a few thousand high-paying jobs this summer. READ

Research casts doubt on benefits of biofuels

WASHINGTON — Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, a study shows, challenging the Obama administration’s conclusions that they are a much cleaner oil alternative and will help combat climate change. READ

No Keystone XL pipeline this year, following new delay

The Keystone XL pipeline project appears paralyzed for another year, with the U.S. administration announcing another delay in a process already beset by political and legal challenges. READ

Railways ordered to ensure fertilizer shipments in U.S.

BNSF Railway Co. will add trains in the Dakotas, Minnesota and Montana solely for transporting fertilizer for spring crop planting, the railroad has told a federal oversight board. READ

Michaels confirms security breach

Michaels Stores Inc. said Thursday that about 2.6 million cards, or about 7 per cent of all debit and credit cards used at its namesake stores, may have been affected in a security breach. READ

Secret Service: Identifying Target hackers could take years, arrests longer

WASHINGTON — Secret Service investigators say they are close to gaining a full understanding of the methods hackers used to breach Target’s computer systems last December. READ

2 former Anglo Irish executives guilty of frau

DUBLIN, Ireland — Two former executives of Anglo Irish Bank were found guilty Thursday of committing fraud in a loans-for-shares scandal — the first convictions to stem from a banking crisis that brought Ireland to the brink of national bankruptcy. READ

Senate Democrats pressure Obama

WASHINGTON — Eleven Senate Democrats, including six who face contested re-election races this year, urged President Barack Obama on Thursday to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline by the end of May. READ

Passwords, other data exposed to potential theft

SAN FRANCISCO — An alarming lapse in Internet security has exposed millions of passwords, credit card numbers and other sensitive bits of information to potential theft by computer hackers who may have been secretly exploiting the problem before its discovery. READ

Growth forecast but still plenty to worry about for Canada

OTTAWA — The International Monetary Fund has again upgraded its projection for Canada’s economy, but the latest outlook from the international financial organization shows it is far from sold on the country’s underlying fundamentals. READ

Tension growing on U.S. rangeland

RENO, Nev. — Tensions bubbled over on the range in a turf battle that has been simmering for decades over one of the icons of the American West and scant forage on arid, high desert lands from Nevada to Wyoming. READ

NATO cuts ties with Russia

NATO’s decision to end civilian and military co-operation with Russia on Tuesday is just one step in a long journey to end the Ukraine crisis, says Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird. READ

U.S. consumer confidence rebounds in signal of stronger growth ahead

U.S. consumer confidence has rebounded to the highest reading in six years, providing a further sign that the economy’s prospects should brighten with warmer weather. READ

German town which once drew neo-Nazi marches now welcomes jobless foreigners

A small town in Germany that once was a pilgrimage site for neo-Nazis is now welcoming jobless foreigners with open arms. READ

European finance minister buoy Greece, talk ceding budget sovereignty

Eurozone ministers threw a lifeline to Greece on Tuesday as they scrambled to prevent financial chaos from spreading further and driving Europe’s common euro currency into a catastrophic breakup. READ

Chinese manufacturing shrank the most since March 2009 in November: HSBC report

Concerns about a hard landing for the Chinese economy grew Wednesday after the latest read on the country’s manufacturing sector for November found it shrank to its lowest level since March 2009. READ

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