Paul Basinski, the geologist who helped discover the Eagle Ford basin in Texas, is part of a fledgling effort on Alaska’s North Slope to emulate the shale boom that reinvigorated production in the rest of the U.S. Source: Bloomberg
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US and South Korean troops have begun annual military drills amid heated warnings by the North that the exercises will worsen tensions in the region. China and Russia last week urged the US to suspend the drills in exchange for North Korea suspending its missile and nuclear tests. Source: Al Jazeera
Top Turkish and Russian economy officials are set to discuss key economic, political, technical and trade issues at an international fair in the Aegean city of İzmir, which will start on Aug. 18 and last until Aug. 27. Source: Daily News
There are signs of UE recovery,with Eurostat reporting 2.2% euro-area growth over the second quarter of 2017, up from last year’s 0.6%. Central/Eastern Europe was growing fastest: Romania (5.7%), Latvia (4.8%), Czech Republic (4.5%) and Poland (4.4%). The weakest growth was in Belgium (1.4%), Italy (1.5%), Finland and UK (1,7). Source: Euobserver