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Oil companies lining up to bid on exploration rights for mammoth Brazilian field

At least 11 oil firms paid more than $900,000 each to join an auction next month for rights to explore Brazil’s huge deepwater Libra field, authorities said Thursday. The National Petroleum Agency did not identify the companies involved but Britain’s BP and BG Group, as well as American firm ExxonMobil…

Gunmen kill woman politician who belonged to Pakistan’s Awami National Pary –known for its anti-Taliban views

Gunmen shot dead a secular female politician from Pakistan’s troubled northwest after breaking into her home at night, police said on Saturday. Najma Hanif, 35, was a senior member of the Awami National Pary (ANP) which is known for its outspoken views against the Taliban and backed military operations against…