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Hurricane Nate shuts in 92 pct of U S Gulf of Mexico oil output

HOUSTON, Oct 7 (Reuters) Hurricane Nate had shut in 92 percent of oil output and 77 percent of natural gas production in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico as of Saturday afternoon, according to the latest U.S. government estimate.
The storm, which is expected to make landfall late Saturday on the central U.S. Gulf Coast as a Category 2 storm on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, has halted offshore production amounting to 1.61 million barrels per day of oil and 2.48 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said on Saturday.
Nate was 105 miles (170 km) south of the mouth of the Mississippi River on Saturday afternoon and moving at a rapid 25 mph, the National Hurricane Center said. Its track through the central Gulf of Mexico has hurt energy production far more than Hurricane Harvey did about five weeks ago.
Harvey's track along the Texas coast and the heavy rains it brought shut refineries that provide nearly 25 percent of the U.S. capacity. At least one of those refineries has yet to return to full production.
The Gulf of Mexico is home to about 17 percent of daily U.S. crude output and 5 percent of natural gas output, according to the U.S. government estimates. Oil company workers have been evacuated from 301 platforms and 13 rigs as of Saturday, the BSEE said.
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British envoy to China during Tiananmen killings dies

21 Jul 2018 | 4:31 PM

London, July 21 (UNI) Sir Alan Donald, the British ambassador to China at the time of the Tiananmen Square crackdown in 1989 and who also played a critical role in the Hong Kong handover, has died at the age of 87, according to the media reports.

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China wants to replace US as superpower, says CIA official

21 Jul 2018 | 4:22 PM

New York, July 21 (UNI) The goal of China's influence operations around the world is to replace the United States as the world's leading superpower, the CIA's Michael Collins has said.

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NY Saibaba Temple unveils major events during centennial

21 Jul 2018 | 4:11 PM

New York, July 21 (UNI) The first house of worship for Shirdi Saibaba in America will hold a series of programmes to mark Guru Purnima and the Maha Samadhi centennial.

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Refugee health services on track, says UN agency

Refugee health services on track, says UN agency

21 Jul 2018 | 3:22 PM

United Nations, July 21 (UNI) Despite record numbers of people fleeing conflict and natural disasters globally, vital health services have been largely able to cope, the United Nations refugee agency has said; although communicable diseases, anaemia and stunting remain areas of concern.

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At least 31 climbers stand atop Mt K2 in single day

At least 31 climbers stand atop Mt K2 in single day

21 Jul 2018 | 3:04 PM

Kathmandu, July 21 (UNI) The world’s second highest mountain has witnessed a record crowd of climbers standing on its summit in a single day after at least 31 climbers successfully climbed Mt K2 (8,611 m) - located in Gilgit–Baltistan - Saturday morning.

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