Widening Sanctions On Russia Rattle Some In Western Oil Industry

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8-Day Asia Trip Critical To Obama's Regional Strategy

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Entering Talks In Geneva, U.S. Hopes For A Ukraine Breakthrough

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A Reporter Reflects On Rwanda: 'It's Like A Madness Took Over'

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Gas and oil extraction using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is at the heart of the recent U.S. oil and gas boom. Here, an oil field on the Monterey Shale formation in McKittrick, Calif. David McNew/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. Taps New Energy Sources, And Potential Geopolitical Clout

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German Chemical Giant BASF Benefits From Cheap U.S. Natural Gas

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The Russian gas giant Gazprom's Adler thermal power plant in Sochi, Russia. Europe gets about one-third of its natural gas from Russia. Yuri Kadobnov/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Can Europe Wean Itself Off Russian Gas?

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A Boom In Oil Is A Boon For U.S. Shipbuilding Industry

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The World Bank Gets An Overhaul — And Not Everyone's Happy

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NPR's Jackie Northam on the Maersk McKinney Moller, a new container megaship that can carry about double what many other big cargo ships can carry. It's 20 stories high and four football fields long. Jackie Northam/NPR hide caption

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Hitching A Ride On The World's Biggest Cargo Ship

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A container ship docked at Port Elizabeth in New Jersey. No one on the pier knows for sure what exactly the containers carry — anything from frozen chicken to computers. Jonathan Blakley/NPR hide caption

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After A Downturn, Global Shipping Bets Big On Everything

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Chinese Tech Giant Lenovo Extends Its Reach In U.S.

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Paul Gibson works on the Geo-Spring hybrid water heater at General Electric's Louisville, Ky., plant. For many years, GE outsourced manufacturing of the water heater to a company in China. But in 2009, it decided to bring production back to the U.S. Jackie Northam/NPR hide caption

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As Overseas Costs Rise, More U.S. Companies Are 'Reshoring'

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The Japanese drinks company Suntory plans to buy Beam Inc., which includes Jim Beam and Maker's Mark bourbon. They are shown next to Suntory's Yamazaki and Hakushu whiskies at Suntory headquarters in Tokyo on Tuesday. The deal makes Suntory one of the world's leading drinks companies in an industry where a handful of companies increasingly dominate the global market. Issei Kato/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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A view of the Panama Canal last Thursday. The canal is being widened to accommodate larger ships, but the builders and the canal operators are locked in a dispute about who will pay the higher-than-expected costs to finish the project. Alejandro Bolivar/EPA /Landov hide caption

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As Costs Soar, Who Will Pay For The Panama Canal's Expansion?

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