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Unplanned outages, such as the one at Libya's Sharara oil field earlier this month, along with political tension in the Middle East, particularly following the US airstrike on Syria, have contributed to some recent volatility. Oil prices are on pace for their biggest daily percentage decline since early March, and US crude oil production is expected to rise in both 2017 and 2018.
  • India and Nepal To Deepen Bilateral Relationship

    India and Nepal To Deepen Bilateral Relationship

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    The Minister for Foreign Affairs returned home on Wednesday after the formal programmes and high-level meetings scheduled for the President on the first two days of her visit in New Delhi concluded on Tuesdaynight. The two sides noted that India-Nepal ties derive their strength from their shared history, common ethos of culture, and long intense and close people-to-people contact supported by the open borders, MEA said in a statement.
  • VP Pence meets Indonesian president on Asia tour

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    Japan is the second stop on a four-country trip that is taking Pence to South Korea, Indonesia and Australia. Pence was joined by American softball star Monica Abbott and Japanese player Akinori Iwamura. North Korea has conducted a series of ballistic missile launches in recent months in defiance of United Nations sanctions and concerns have been growing that the reclusive state could soon conduct a sixth nuclear test.
  • Korean crisis: Trump 'sends in three aircraft carriers'

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    An image from the U.S. military dated on Saturday show the carrier on a "scheduled deployment" at the Sunda Strait in Indonesia, several hundred kilometres south of Singapore. Screaming headlines in Far East news reports - and in the USA - on the whereabouts of the Vinson proved to be premature. The navy on 8 April said it was directing a naval strike group headed by the USS Carl Vinson super carrier to "sail north", as a "prudent measure" to deter North Korea.
  • Israel says Assad's forces still have several tonnes of chemical weapons

    Israel says Assad's forces still have several tonnes of chemical weapons

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    Senior military officials at the Pentagon say the Syrian airbase was targeted because of its involvement in the chemical attack involving sarin gas, which killed over 70 civilians including women and children in northern Syria on April 4. The official said that the alleged chemical attack was a setup, citing what she described as western specialists as saying that there was no aerial bombardment on the targeted area in the Khan Sheikhoun town.
  • Theresa May's call for early election 'cheap opportunism'

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    Mrs May used her speech to praise MPs after 522 voted in the Commons for the early election, with just 13 against. She didn't vote for Brexit, but has vowed to carry it out. While Ms May wants a personal mandate from a United Kingdom majority for the Tories, Ms Sturgeon said a victory north of the border for the SNP strengthens her case for a second referendum, for which the Prime Minister has refused permission.
  • Trump Draws the Line: It's 'Hollywood vs. Georgia' in June Runoff Election

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    The Kansas and Georgia races also serve notice that GOP candidates may struggle to handle Trump, who alienates many independents and even some Republicans. His strong showing in the conservative district, driven by eye-popping fundraising numbers from out-of-state donors, underscored Democrats' eagerness to get a win against Trump as they strive to take back House control in 2018.
  • French regulator says up to 4100 children victims of epilepsy drug

    French regulator says up to 4100 children victims of epilepsy drug

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    Valproate, which has been manufactured in France by Sanofi for epilepsy under the brand Depakine, and Depakote and Depamide for bipolar disorder, is also believed to cause slow neurological development. "The number of victims is potentially huge", said Apesac president Marine Martin, who says two of her children - a girl and a boy - suffered physical defects brought on by valproate.
  • 'Mother of all Marches' claims two lives in Venezuelan protests, in pictures

    'Mother of all Marches' claims two lives in Venezuelan protests, in pictures

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    Wednesday's duelling marches drew parallels to the clashes between pro and anti-government protesters in 2002 that triggered a brief coup against late President Hugo Chavez. Since then, people have been protesting for the removal of the Supreme Court Justices, the reinstatement of gubernatorial and local elections, the release of the political prisoners and ultimately, Maduro's resignation.
  • Rex Tillerson Accuses Tehran Of 'Alarming Provocations'

    Rex Tillerson Accuses Tehran Of 'Alarming Provocations'

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    Tillerson's remarks come as the Trump administration is reviewing US policy toward Iran. Iran and major powers led by the USA made a deal in 2015 to curb Tehran's nuclear ambitions in exchange for easing economic sanctions. It was the first such notification under U.S. President Donald Trump. The next test of Trump's attitude toward the nuclear deal will be in May when he must decide whether to extend sanctions waivers for Iran first signed by President Barack Obama.
  • North Korea threatens 'super-mighty' strike on U.S.

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    Whilst on a tour of Asian allies, US Vice President Mike Pence repeatedly made the point that the "era of strategic patience" with North Korea is over. For its part, China says the system's powerful radar is a threat to its security. That's right, Kim Jong-un is taking no prisoners and has warned Americans "Don't mess with us" on North Korean state media.