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US officials: Iran enters Iraqi fight for key oil refinery

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The Iranian role was not mentioned in a new U.S. military statement asserting that Iraqi security forces, with U.S. help, had managed to establish a land route into the Beiji refinery compound.
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Saudi Arabia's Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Ali Ibrahim Naimi leaves the hall during the opening day of the 10th Arab energy Conference in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

Saudi oil supply outpaces rivals in grab for record China demand

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Record imports by China are contributing to a recovery in benchmark oil from a six-year low amid speculation the purchases will help shrink the global supply glut that drove crude’s collapse in 2014.
Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali
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Updated: Exxon lobbyist revises federal disclosure deport on Iran work

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Former U.S. Senator Don Nickles, who runs a Washington lobbying firm, revised a federal disclosure report about work for Exxon Mobil Corp. to say his company was enlisted to monitor legislative activity related to Iran, not to lobby.
A handout picture released by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) shows Saudi Arabia's new King Salman bin Abdul Aziz (C) praying along with Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah (2nd L), King Hamad bin Issa al-Khalifa of Bahrain (L) and other dignitaries and officials during the funeral of his half-brother late King Abdullah in Riyadh on January 23, 2015. The desert kingdom's elderly King Abdullah died early in the morning and was replaced by his half-brother Salman as the absolute ruler of the world's top oil exporter and the spiritual home of Islam. AFP PHOTO / HO / SPA == RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO/HO/SPA" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS ==-/AFP/Getty Images

Saudi oil exports reach nine-year high

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Saudi Arabia and Iraq boosted exports as the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries pumped above its official target for the 11th consecutive month in April.
A handout picture released by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) shows Saudi Arabia's new King Salman bin Abdul Aziz (C) praying along with Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah (2nd L), King Hamad bin Issa al-Khalifa of Bahrain (L) and other dignitaries and officials during the funeral of his half-brother late King Abdullah in Riyadh on January 23, 2015. The desert kingdom's elderly King Abdullah died early in the morning and was replaced by his half-brother Salman as the absolute ruler of the world's top oil exporter and the spiritual home of Islam. AFP PHOTO / HO / SPA == RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO/HO/SPA" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS ==-/AFP/Getty Images

Saudi Arabia maintained its oil output surge last month

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Prices collapsed by almost half last year as Saudi Arabia led OPEC in maintaining production rather than cede market share to booming U.S. supply. The group has become more unified about keeping its output target because prices are now rising, according to Kuwait’s oil minister.
(AP file photo/Hasan Jamali)

Chevron unit in Saudi Arabia to halt output at Wafra oil field

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The stoppage at Wafra may help reduce a worldwide glut that has pushed crude prices down by about 40 percent in the last 12 months. OPEC, which counts Kuwait and Saudi Arabia as members, chose in November to keep pumping crude oil to protect its share of the market rather than cutting output to boost prices. Brent crude, a global benchmark, was trading at $65.08 a barrel Tuesday at 8:42 a.m. in London.
(AP file photo/John Moore)

Saudi Aramco said to plan $80 billion in overseas spending

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Saudi Aramco is expanding in refining and petrochemicals and seeking to boost ties with Asia as part of its ambition to become both the world’s largest oil and chemicals producer by the end of the decade.
Saudi Arabia's King Salman attends a ceremony at the Diwan royal palace in Riyadh.  (AP Photo/Yoan Valat, Pool)

Saudi king declines to attend Obama’s Persian Gulf summit

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Saudi Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir issued a statement Sunday saying the king won’t visit “due to the timing of the summit, the scheduled humanitarian cease-fire in Yemen and the opening of the King Salman Center for Humanitarian Aid.”
Saudi King Salman on  Tuesday, March 10, 2015. (AP Photo/SPA)

Saudi Aramco creates supreme board as oil exporter reorganizes

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Saudi Arabia is pumping near-record amounts of crude, leading the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries in a policy of maintaining output to pressure suppliers outside the 12-nation group to help tackle an excess.
In this Jan. 24, 2015 file photo, Saudi Arabia's King Salman attends a ceremony at the Diwan royal palace in Riyadh. Salman on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, redrew the line of succession, appointing a counterterrorism czar as crown prince and placing his own defense minister son in line for the crown, in a dramatic reshuffle that reflects the kingdom?s mounting security concerns and newly assertive foreign policy. (AP Photo/Yoan Valat, Pool)

Salman abandons Saudi royal balancing act to impose rapid change

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In less than four months, the king has overhauled his cabinet, removed princes from government roles, merged ministries and realigned the succession.