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No OPEC output cut this month, Kuwait oil minister says

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OPEC members Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have resisted calls to cut output while Libya, Venezuela and Ecuador have asked for action to prevent even lower prices.
Amit Lang, director general of Israel's  Ministry of Economy, visited Houston seeking investment in  Israel's energy sector.
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Now energy-rich, Israel seeks oil and gas partners

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Amit Lang, director general of Israel’s Ministry of Economy, was in Houston recently seeking investment in the country’s nascent energy industry, and says it can offer high-tech water treatment and cyber-security technology in return.
The United Kalavryta, shown in the Gulf in late July, about 60 miles off Galveston's coast. (Courtesy: U.S. Coast Guard)

Iraqi ambassador says negotiations continue with Kurdistan over oil

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Iraq’s ambassador to the United States said Friday that he “sees positive signs” in the recently launched negotiations between Iraq and Kurdistan regarding oil revenue-sharing agreements, among other points of dispute.
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OPEC’s weak links feeling pain

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While the Saudi Arabia is as flush with cash as ever, the finances of some fellow OPEC members are deteriorating quickly.
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Libya’s biggest oilfield to resume output soon, official says

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Sharara was shut as a precaution after gunmen stormed the on-site production compound.
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OPEC in ‘price war’ as Iraq says members fight for market

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Crude prices have collapsed more than 20 percent from their June peak, meeting a common definition of a bear market.
Saudi Arabian Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Ali Ibrahim al-Naimi. (MLADEN  ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Don’t assume Saudi crude drop was move to bolster prices

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Brent crude jumped yesterday after a person familiar with the country’s oil policies said the amount it supplied to markets fell in September by 328,000 barrels a day.
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Islamic State fuels terrorist operations with oil production

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Oil production has provided the extremist Sunni group with a significant source of revenue, even though the Islamic State produces only a fraction of the oil capacity from the territory it controls and likely sells its oil at a deeply discounted price on the black market.
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Falling oil prices shake up global economies

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Dropping oil prices are having complex effects on economies around the globe that are only starting to be felt.
Israeli soldiers kneel during a drill near the Israel and Gaza border, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Israeli airstrikes pummeled a wide range of targets in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday as the U.N. chief and the U.S. secretary of state began an intensive effort to end more than two weeks of fighting that has killed hundreds of Palestinians and dozens of Israelis. (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic)

Israel sees gas as key to transforming Mideast relations

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After this summer’s war in Gaza battered Israel’s international reputation, the country’s leaders say they have a new foreign policy tool to build relations with its neighbors: natural gas.