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A Syncrude Canada Ltd oil refinery in Fort McMurray, Alberta. Oil prices are on track for their biggest monthly gain in a year. Photograph: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg.

Brent crude oil slipped below $115 a barrel today as fears over supply disruptions in the Middle East eased after Britain said it will not join any mi(...)

US president Barack Obama said a ‘tailored, limited’ strike could be enough to send a strong message to Syria that the use of chemical weapons cannot be tolerated. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Brent crude dropped toward $115 a barrel today as the possibility of a delay in a US-led military strike on Syria helped calm worries on Middle East o(...)

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore looks on as Britain’s foreign minister William Hague greets his German counterpart Guido Westerwelle at an emergency meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels on August 21st. Photograph: Virginia Mayo/AP

There was a time when August was a quiet month in Brussels, a period when European decision-makers returned to their respective member states and majo(...)

Arab League and United Nations special envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi  after a TV interview at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva yesterday. Photograph: Denis Balibouse/Reuters

The leaders of the Arab world have blamed the Syrian government for a chemical weapons attack that killed hundreds of people last week, but declined (...)

A building Libyan officials described as a civil engineering office after it was bombed by Nato in Tripoli in August  2011. Photograph: Paul Hackett/Reuters

With western support for military intervention in Syria growing, what options are open to states such as Britain, France and the US as they try to leg(...)

Black columns of smoke rise from heavy shelling in the Jobar neighborhood, east of Damascus, on Sunday last. Photograph: Hassan Ammar

Shops in Damascus are open, and traffic chokes the main thoroughfares. But, after more than two years of civil war, the mood is growing restive as Syr(...)

Black columns of smoke rise from heavy shelling in the Jobar neighborhood, east of Damascus, Syria yesterday. Photograph: Hassan Ammar/AP

The increasingly bellicose statements on Syria coming from London and Washington will sharpen the focus of today’s meeting of top US, British, French (...)

Oil’s support from geopolitical tensions in the Middle East and Africa has eased.

Brent crude held above $109 a barrel today as upbeat data from China kindled hopes for better demand from the world’s second largest oil consumer, but(...)

Norway’s Statoil sold stakes in North Sea oil fields to Austria’s OMV yesterday, in a €2 billion deal, giving the former cash to develop new projects (...)

Oil prices rose today as concerns over unrest in Egypt pushed the price per barrel towards $111.

Brent crude prices climbed towards $111 per barrel today, extending gains from the previous session on a drop in US oil inventories and worries over s(...)

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