A worker prepares to fill a car at a gas station close to Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Reuters photographers from Mali to Mexico have shot a series of pictures of fuel stations. Whether it is plastic bottles by the roadside in Malaysia or a futuristic forecourt in Los Angeles, fuel stations help define our world. Oil prices steadied above $48 a barrel on Tuesday, recovering from earlier losses as the dollar weakened against the euro. Oil prices have dropped nearly 60 percent since peaking in June 2014 on ample global supplies from the U.S. shale oil boom and a decision by OPEC to keep its production quotas unchanged.
A labourer takes a break at a coal dump site outside Mazar-i-Sharif in Afghanistan
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University of Utah image of a map of the northern sky showing the ‘hot spot’ where scientists say they are detecting an unusual concentration of high energy cosmic rays
A protester demonstrates against rising energy prices outside the headquarters of energy provider Npower in London’s financial district. Hundreds of people from protest groups including UK Uncut and Fuel Poverty Action demonstrated against the rising energy prices.
A sunrise is visible above a field with wind turbines near Mallnow, Germany, on Thursday
A worker carries coal in a basket to a wholesale market in Mumbai, India. The country, the world’s third-largest coal consumer, imported 43 per cent more fuel than a year ago due to increased demand from power stations and steelmakers, according to shipping data, and is set to eclipse China as the top importer of power station coal by 2014
A man sleeps next to a closed stall at Galle Face green in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Friday.
Amazon Indians occupy the main construction site of the Belo Monte hydroelectric dam in Vitória do Xingu, near Altamira in Pará state, Brazil. Indians from various tribes returned to force the suspension of the dam, projected to become the world’s third largest in energy production, for the second time in a month, opposing it for its impact on the environment and their livelihoods.
Lightning of a thunder storm illuminates the sky over a wind energy park near Jacobsdorf, eastern Germany.