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A woman covers her mouth against the smoke in a street damaged by an explosion at a Sinopec oil pipeline in Qingdao, Shandong province, China. The explosion killed 35 people and caused a blaze that took several hours to bring under control, halting operations at a major oil port.
A boy walks past military police standing guard outside the seafront Windsor Barra hotel before the start of an auction of one of the world’s biggest offshore oil finds on Monday, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Protesters are demonstrating outside the hotel against the participation of foreign oil companies in the sale of the country’s Libra offshore oilfield, which holds between 8bn and 12bn barrels of oil.
A protester from Ecuador holds up an oil-covered hand outside a court in New York ahead of Chevron Corp’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organisations (RICO) trial on Tuesday. Chevron is attempting to convince a US judge that a group of Ecuadorean villagers and their US lawyer used bribery to win an $18bn judgment against Chevron from a court in Ecuador, in the latest chapter in a long-running fight over pollution in the Amazon jungle. The oil company is asking the federal court to prevent the villagers and their Harvard-educated lawyer, Steven Donziger, from using US courts to enforce the Ecuadorean judgment. Read more