Despite the Ukraine government receiving over $10 billion US dollars in loans from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Kiev refuses to make any payments to Russian natural gas exporter, Gazprom, to pay off its debts.
The BBC News reports that, "Ukraine has not paid off any of its debt to Gazprom despite a deadline for the nation to start reducing its debt by midnight (Moscow time) on Monday. A Gazprom spokesperson told Reuters: "There have been zero payments from Ukraine."
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have signed a major free trade deal way ahead of schedule, while President Barack Obama's efforts to sign a Trade Treaty with Japan have stalled.
According to Reuters, "Japan and Australia clinched a basic trade deal on Monday to cut import tariffs, as U.S. and Japanese officials stepped up efforts to reach a parallel agreement that would re-energise stalled talks on a broader regional pact."
Big-time investors are pouring money into oil & gas companies to boost technology upgrades for drilling and exploration equipment.
The Houston Chronicle reports that, "Private equity firms Energy Ventures and Epi-V have announced a deal to funnel $41.5 million (25 million British pounds) into Norwegian oil field equipment provider DWC."
The United Nations Climate Change Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres is waging war on Texas oil and gas executives. And when she's not working at her desk, she howls and prays to the moon. No kidding, she's an ardent worshipper of a jaguar goddess called, Ixchel, who allegedly transforms into a moon goddess at night.
Mrs. Figueres has called for her fellow UN officials to join her cult, claiming the goddess Ixchel is the protectress of UN Climate Change initiatives. She led a jaguar prayer service in Cancun, Mexico on May 29, 2010.
America's top-rated Twerking pop star may soon be sanctioned by President Barack Obama. She is scheduled to perform at a concert in Finland, but her handlers also do business in Russia.
The Moscow Times reports that, "The upcoming concerts of American pop stars in Finland may violate U.S. sanctions imposed on members of President Vladimir Putin's inner circle for their role in Russia's annexation of the Crimean peninsula last month, a news report said Thursday."
The United Nations has teamed up with President Barack Obama to wage a 'War on Texas.' The UN climate Change Initiative is demanding that Texas oil & gas drillers convert their oil and gas wells into solar cells.
According to Reuters, "The U.N.'s climate chief called on the oil and gas industry on Thursday to make a drastic shift to a clean, low-carbon future or risk having to leave three-quarters of fossil fuel reserves in the ground."
Apparently, US President Barack Obama and former US Secretary of State Hillary are competing in a contest over who can tell the boldest misstatement. Obama won his bid to the White House by saying, "If you like your health plan, you can keep it," and look how that turned out? Now, Hillary is telling American voters that she opposses "excesive partisanship." Yes, she really said that without giggling.
The Houston Chronicle repoorts that, " said Thursday night that excessive partisanship flowing through the nation's political system is causing the U.S. to march "backwards instead of forward" and pointed to fall elections as a sign of how the country might tackle problems."
Houstonians are crying on their yoga mats upon hearing the news that TV talk show host Conan O'Brien made a few jokes about their beloved Bayou City, when he visited Dallas last week.
According to the Houston Chronicle, "Everyone with a Houston address and an Internet connection is up in arms over what talk show host Conan O’Brien had to say about the Bayou City while performing in Dallas this week."
The Wall Street bank JPMorgan has shut down its financial transactions in Russia.
The Moscow Times reports that, "JPMorgan has incurred the wrath of the Foreign Ministry after blocking a payment from a Russian Embassy, in what may be only the first such episode as foreign banks struggle to adapt to their new position in the foreign policy cross-fire triggered by the crisis in Crimea."