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.
Tesoro’s Los Angeles oil refinery is seen through a fence in Los Angeles, California on Friday. Oil prices have dropped below $90 per barrel, a level last seen in June 2012, putting a strong spotlight on OPEC producing countries
Afghan firefighters try to extinguish a burning Nato oil tanker following an attack by alleged militants in Sarharood district of Nangarhar, Afghanistan
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.
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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.
Greenpeace demonstrators climb the Shard building, in central London, on Thursday. Greenpeace said on it’s website that the six women attempting to climb the Shard, the tallest building in western Europe, were protesting against drilling for oil in the Arctic
Survival International demonstrators wear gas masks as they protest outside the Peruvian embassy in London. Protests also took place in San Francisco, Berlin, Madrid and Paris, calling for an end to the expansion of the Camisea gas project in Peru’s Amazon rainforest.