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$1.4 Billion Settlement with US for 2010 Gulf Oil Spill

Posted January 3rd, 2013 at 5:45 pm (UTC-5)
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The owner of the oil rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 and caused the worst spill in U.S. history will pay more than $1 billion in fines. Under a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department, Transocean Deepwater acknowledged Thursday that it was criminally negligent when it failed to investigate evidence that […]

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Nigeria Military Frees Tanker Hijacked Off Coast

Posted September 5th, 2012 at 12:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Nigeria’s navy has freed an oil tanker and 23 crew members that were seized by pirates near Lagos. The navy said it recaptured the Singapore-flagged ship Abu Dhabi Star on Wednesday, less than a day after it was hijacked. Officials say the pirates fled the vessel and all crew members on board – 23 Indian […]

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Pirates Hijack Oil Tanker Off Nigeria Coast

Posted September 5th, 2012 at 9:55 am (UTC-5)
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Pirates have seized an oil tanker and its crew near the coast of Nigeria, the third hijacking in the Gulf of Guinea in two weeks. Nigerian naval officials say pirates seized the Singapore-flagged ship Abu Dhabi Star near the Lagos port. There are conflicting reports about whether the vessel was in Nigerian waters when pirates […]

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Pirated Tanker Found off Nigeria Coast, 24-Member Crew Reported Safe

Posted August 29th, 2012 at 11:35 am (UTC-5)
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An oil tanker hijacked in the Gulf of Guinea has been spotted off the coast of Nigeria and the 24 Russian crew members on board are believed to be safe. The vessel’s Greek-based operator, Golden Energy Management, said Wednesday that pirates still have control of the tanker. The hijackers seized the Greek-owned Energy Centurion off […]

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Indian Fisherman: No Warning Before US Attack in Gulf

Posted July 17th, 2012 at 11:40 am (UTC-5)
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An Indian fisherman who was aboard a boat shot at by the U.S. Navy in the Persian Gulf has told officials that his crew did not receive any warning before the attack. One Indian was killed and three others were wounded Monday when the U.S. Navy refueling ship fired on the fishing vessel. U.S. officials […]

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US Navy Fires on Boat Off Dubai, 1 Killed

Posted July 16th, 2012 at 4:30 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. military says a Navy ship fired on a small boat that was speeding toward it off the coast of the United Arab Emirates. UAE officials say one Indian national on board the boat was killed and three others were wounded. They say the boat was a fishing vessel. The U.S. Navy says the […]

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Syrian Situation Hits Lebanese Tourism

Posted May 19th, 2012 at 9:45 am (UTC-5)
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((Adding designation to state news organizations) Two Gulf Arab states are telling their citizens to leave Lebanon. Qatar and the United Arab Emirates on Saturday called for their citizens in Lebanon to return home and for any citizens thinking about visiting Lebanon not to go. Their state news agencies cited clashes between pro- and anti-Syrian […]

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Syrian Situation Hits Lebanese Tourism

Posted May 19th, 2012 at 9:30 am (UTC-5)
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Two Gulf Arab states are telling their citizens to leave Lebanon. Qatar and the United Arab Emirates on Saturday called for their citizens in Lebanon to return home and for any citizens thinking about visiting Lebanon not to go. State news agencies cited clashes between pro- and anti-Syrian groups in the northern Lebanese port city […]

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Report: US Plans Post-Iraq Buildup in Gulf

Posted October 30th, 2011 at 10:20 am (UTC-5)
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The New York Times reports the United States is negotiating with Kuwait to allow American combat troops to be based in the Persian Gulf area after completing the announced withdrawal from Iraq by the end of this year. The report says the talks are part of U.S. plans to boost its military presence in the […]

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BP Gets Go-Ahead to Drill Again in Gulf

Posted October 26th, 2011 at 3:05 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. regulators are giving British-based oil company BP permission to resume deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enhancement said Wednesday it has approved BP’s plans to drill in the so-called Kaskida field, about 396 kilometers south of Lafayette, Louisiana. The agency said, in a statement, that BP had […]

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