Powerful earthquake strikes Japan

Allen ConeKUMAMOTO, Japan, April 14 (UPI) — A powerful 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck southern Japan’s Kumamoto prefecture on Kyushu Island, the first high-intensity quake in the country in five years.

Saipem lands European gas pipeline contract

Daniel J. GraeberBAAR, Switzerland, April 14 (UPI) — German engineering company Saipem was awarded a contract to design and build the offshore section of a gas pipeline for Europe, project leaders said.

Cash needed to keep Kurdish oil flowing

Daniel J. GraeberLONDON, April 14 (UPI) — Northern Iraqi oil player Gulf Keystone Petroleum said Thursday it was looking for a cash infusion in order to keep its production levels steady.