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Deal reached to end crippling Nigeria fuel crisis

Abuja - Agreement was reached to end a crippling fuel crisis in Nigeria that had left the country at a virtual standstill just days before a new government is installed.

Criminal charges possible in California coast oil spill

Goleta - State and county officials in California say they're considering criminal charges stemming from Tuesday's 20,000-gallon oil spill from a pipeline near Refugio State Beach off the Santa Barbara coast.

Iraqi forces clear path to key refinery

Washington - Iraqi troops fighting Islamic State group forces have cleared a ground route into the country's largest oil refinery, the US military said Friday.

Governor declares emergency as California cleans oil spill

Los Angeles - The governor of California declared an emergency as crews scrambled to contain an oil slick and clean up popular beaches after a pipeline rupture dumped thousands of gallons of oil into the ocean.

'Paddle in Seattle' protesters condemn Artic drilling

Washington - Environmental activists in Seattle paddled out to sea to protest a Shell oil rig moored off the coast of the US city that is headed for Arctic drilling, local media reported.

Two dead in new Mexico oil rig accident

- At least two workers died and 10 were injured Tuesday when an oil maintenance platform tilted over the sea off Mexico's east coast, forcing the evacuation of 101 employees.

Brazil ruling party treasurer hit with new charges

Bras - Prosecutors charged the former treasurer of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's party Monday with 24 new counts of money laundering in a corruption scandal involving state oil giant Petrobras and high-ranking politicians.

Deepwater Horizon continues to cause environmental problems

Oozing oil on once cherished marshland continues to be a problem on the U.S. coast as the effects of Deepwater Horizon continue to affect the environment and marine life.

Oil from Russian trawler wreck reaches Canaries' beaches

Madrid - Oil from the wreck of a Russian trawler that sank off the Canary Islands last week has washed up on the beaches of the picturesque tourist islands, Spain said.

Chill in the air as Arctic nations meet

Iqaluit - Arctic nations warned Friday of the dangers facing the environment and the peoples of the remote region, as it now also becomes a new flashpoint in global tensions with Russia.

Argentina defends legal action over Falklands oil

London - Argentina on Friday defended its decision to take legal action against companies exploring for oil off the Falkland Islands, the latest twist in a tense sovereignty dispute with Britain.

Oil spill leaves 100,000 Mexicans without water

Villahermosa - Some 100,000 people remained without drinking water in southern Mexico on Wednesday after rivers were contaminated by an oil spill triggered when thieves tapped a pipeline.

Brazil ruling party treasurer arrested in Petrobras probe

Rio De Janeiro - The treasurer of Brazil's ruling Workers' party (PT), Joao Vaccari, was arrested Wednesday for allegedly taking bribes and laundering money from state oil giant Petrobras, the latest blow to President Dilma Rousseff.

Greenpeace activists leave Arctic-bound oil rig

Los Angeles - Six Greenpeace activists who scaled an Arctic-bound Shell oil drilling rig in the middle of the Pacific Ocean abseiled down on Saturday, with the oil giant securing a restraining order against the environmental group.

Protester releases rodents at Brazil graft hearing

Bras - A hearing into a massive graft scandal at Brazil's state oil firm Petrobras was interrupted Thursday when a protester unleashed several rodents including mice, hamsters and gerbils on proceedings, sparking chaos at Congress.

Shell takes legal action over Greenpeace protest on rig

Los Angeles - Oil giant Shell filed a legal complaint against Greenpeace protestors who have boarded an Arctic-bound oil rig in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, a spokeswoman said.

U.S. geologist thanks Chinese jailers for making him 'stronger'

Washington - A U.S. geologist who spent more than seven years in a Chinese prison thanked his jailers for making him and his family stronger, in a statement quoting US civil rights champion Martin Luther King and Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky.

U.S. geologist jailed in China released, deported: Rights group

Bejing - A US geologist convicted on state secrets charges and imprisoned in China has been released and returned to the United States, a human rights group said.Xue Feng, who had been serving an eight-year sentence in Beijing No.

Mexico probes deadly oil rig blast and fire

- Mexican authorities launched an investigation Thursday into what caused an explosion and fire on an oil platform operated by state firm Pemex that killed four workers and injured several others.

Four killed in fiery blast at Mexico oil rig

- Eight firefighting vessels with water cannon battled a blaze on a Mexican offshore oil platform for hours, an inferno that killed four workers and forced 300 to be evacuated.

Death toll in Mexico oil rig blast rises to four: official

- The death toll in an explosion and fire at a Mexican oil rig rose to four on Wednesday, state energy firm Pemex said.

Amnesty warns on 'seriously alarming' Nigeria oil spills

Lagos - Amnesty International on Thursday said two major oil companies operating in Nigeria, Shell and ENI, reported a combined 553 oil spills in 2014, a "seriously alarming" figure that qualifies as a "national emergency.

Brazil authorizes investigation of lawmakers in Petrobras scandal

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's Supreme Court authorized the investigation of dozens of politicians, including the presidents of the senate and of the chamber of deputies over the multibillion-dollar graft case roiling state oil giant Petrobras.

Court upholds judge's removal from Eike Batista trial

Rio De Janeiro - A Brazilian appeals court confirmed Tuesday the removal of a judge from an insider dealing case against Eike Batista, setting the stage for a likely retrial.

Death toll from Brazil rig explosion rises to five

Oslo - The death toll from a blast which ripped through a Petrobras oil rig off Brazil has risen to five, with another four people still missing, the rig's owner said Thursday.

Three dead in Petrobras rig blast off Brazil

Rio De Janeiro - An explosion ripped through a Petrobras rig off Brazil Wednesday, killing three people, injuring 10 and leaving six others missing in a new blow to the embattled state oil giant.

Can Brazil president survive growing Petrobras scandal?

Bras - Mounting allegations that her party received hundreds of millions of dollars in a kickbacks scandal engulfing oil giant Petrobras have sent Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's poll ratings tumbling and could fatally undermine her.

UN Security Council aims to dry up IS group financing

New York - The UN Security Council plans to adopt a resolution next week aimed at halting funding to Islamic State militants from oil, antique trafficking and ransoms, diplomats said.

Police seize Brazil tycoon Batista's cash, cars

Rio De Janeiro - Police on Friday seized a piano, the equivalent of $45,700 in cash, six cars and other possessions from the home of Brazilian tycoon Eike Batista, once Brazil's richest man, who is on trial for insider trading.

Obama clash looms after Senate passes Keystone

Washington - The US Senate on Thursday approved a bill authorizing construction of the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to the United States, a Republican priority that faces a presidential veto.
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