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Saudi King Salman on  Tuesday, March 10, 2015. (AP Photo/SPA)

Saudi King cements power around next generation in reshuffle

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The monarch elevated Muhammad Bin Nayef to crown prince after Prince Muqrin, the king’s brother, asked to step down, the royal court said on Wednesday.
Patrick Pouyanné, CEO of French oil company Total, speaks at the IHS Energy CERAWeek in Houston. (Billy Smith II / Houston Chronicle)

Europe’s biggest oil refiner joins those predicting end of boom

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The surge in European refining margins, which jumped by the most in 4 years last quarter, cannot be sustained because the region still has surplus processing capacity.
John Hess, CEO of the Hess Corp. (AP file photo/Mark Lennihan)

Hess reports first-quarter loss on lower crude prices

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The loss came even as the company pumped more oil and natural gas to make up for prices that fell by more than half from last year, the company said.
Harold Hamm and ex-wife Sue Ann Arnall at the the TIME 100 Gala on April 24, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage for TIME)

Continental CEO’s ex-wife left with $1 billion divorce award

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Sue Ann Arnall, Hamm’s wife for 26 years, forfeited her right to appeal by cashing a check for the judgment in January, the Oklahoma Supreme Court said Tuesday.
OAO Lukoil's Leonid Fedun pauses during an interview at the company's headquarters in Moscow, Russia, on Wednesday, June 25, 2014. (Alexander Zemlianichenko Jr./Bloomberg)

Russia’s second largest oil company maintained its 1Q dividend, despite crashing crude prices

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The Moscow-based producer has cut spending for this year in response to the decline in oil, trimming expenditures on older Siberian wells and some international projects.
(Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg)

Russia will meet with OPEC before the cartel’s next meeting in June

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Talks with the 12-nation group will take place on June 2-3, Energy Minister Alexander Novak said Tuesday in Moscow.
(AP Photo/Greg Baker)

PetroChina, Sinopec surge on industry merger speculation

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China National Petroleum Corp., the state-owned parent of PetroChina, hasn’t received any information from the government, nor has it spoken with Sinopec about a merger, Media Director Gong Kai said.
In this photo released by Saudi Press Agency, Deputy Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, front, receives Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, center, at the King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015. (AP Photo/SPA)

Saudi prince sees ‘excellent’ oil market as kingdom meets demand

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“We will supply any demand for Saudi oil, as we are interested in the stability of the market,” Prince Abdulaziz said.
(AP file photo/John Moore)

Saudi Arabia’s solution to global oil glut: Pump even more crude

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The world’s biggest oil exporter now has incentive to maximize output and undermine rival producers by using its reserve capacity.
(Daniel Acker/Bloomberg)

Oil at $65 seen freeing 500,000 barrels from shale fracklog

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Producers in oil and gas fields from Texas to Pennsylvania have 4,731 idled wells at their disposal.