Officials say the move aims to cushion the country against the looming energy crisis amid the conflict in Ukraine and help turn the country into a net energy exporter in the coming decades.
As Russia faces unprecedented sanctions, the oil and gas sector continues to provide the country with stable income. But few people know of the man who discovered the largest deposits of black gold in Siberia in 1961.
The discovery of a sponge fossil dating back 890 million years would, if confirmed, show the first animals evolved before a time when oxygen in the atmosphere and ocean reached a level scientists once thought was necessary for animal life.
Locals, archaeologists have teamed up to protect archaeological treasures in western Turkey, including the newly-discovered remains of a 2,500-year-old Aphrodite Temple.
In September last year, Istanbul was shaken by a magnitude 5.8 earthquake, triggering widespread panic. This is what experts think the future might hold for the city.
According to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre, the quake struck 518 kilometres west of Vancouver.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said about dozens of tourists were on or near White Island when it erupted in the afternoon.
Magnitude 7.1 quake strikes near the town of Ridgecrest with 11 times more force than an apparent foreshock that rattled the same area a day earlier.
Climate activists evade police to enter an open-cast mine run by energy giant RWE, two days after EU leaders failed to agree on a plan to make the bloc's economy carbon neutral by 2050.
Authorities have warned that the crater of Anak Krakatau, or child of Krakatau, remains fragile, raising fears of another collapse and tsunami, and have urged residents to stay away from the coast.
The latest death toll from the volcano-triggered disaster in Indonesia stands at 429, with 1,485 people injured and another 154 missing.
Around 40,000 people visit the columns which were formed by flowing lava nearly 80 million years ago.
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