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Oil Holds Steady as Traders Monitor Pipeline Outage

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Oil prices hovered below a two-and-a-half-year high, with Brent underpinned by the continuing pipeline outage in the North Sea.

China Takes Another Green Step Forward

China is adopting a new green index in a bid to pressure local governments to reduce pollution and create more-sustainable economic development-though a high pace of growth is likely to remain the Chinese leadership's priority.

Regulators Propose Rollbacks to Offshore Drilling Safety Measures

Federal regulators are proposing to roll back safety measures put in place after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which could affect real-time monitoring of offshore installations and third-party inspector certification.

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Russian Nuclear Plant Stokes Europe's Fears of a Power Play

Russia's plan to build a nuclear power plant in Moscow-friendly Belarus is fueling fears in the Baltics that the facility is at least partly intended as a weapon to induce panic and destabilize the region.

Oil Majors Interested in Mexican Deep-Water Oil Auction

Twenty-nine companies including a bevy of majors are seeking to pre-qualify for bidding in Mexico's second auction of deep-water oil blocks in the Gulf of Mexico, scheduled for the end of January.

Georgia Officials Approve Funding for Troubled Nuclear Plant

Georgia officials voted Thursday to continue building two half-finished nuclear reactors even though construction is more than $10 billion over budget and five years late.

Brazil's Petrobras Keeps 5-Year Investment Plan Steady

Brazilian state-run oil company Petróleo Brasileiro said it plans to maintain its annual investment budget over the next five years at $74.5 billion, thanks to a recovery in oil prices and an ambitious production outlook.

Euronav to Buy Gener8 to Create Oil-Tanker Giant

Euronav said it is buying rival Gener8 Maritime, in an all-share deal expected to create one of the world's biggest oil tankers and kick off a round of consolidation in the sector.

Tables Turned: Saudi Arabia Hunts for Oil Assets in the U.S.

Saudi Arabia is hunting for an energy deal in American shale country, as economic upheaval pushes it to seek its first international oil-and-gas production investments.

U.S. Oil Inventories Fall as Refinery Activity Quickens

U.S. inventories of crude oil fell by 6.5 million barrels, more than twice what was expected, for the week ended Dec. 15 as refinery activity sped up, according to EIA data.

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December 26, 2017 11:15 ET (16:15 GMT)