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Fuel tanker explosion kills 200 in Congo

More than 200 people were killed and 100 injured when a fuel tanker overturned and exploded in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo last night, a local governor said today.

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Lorry driver cleared over trapped car drama

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Pirates release tanker after ransom paid

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Russians free ship held by pirates

Russian forces freed a hijacked Russian oil tanker and rescued its 23 crew in a helicopter-backed operation yesterday that killed a Somali pirate.

Russian special forces arrest Somali pirates

The force commander for the EU Naval Force said that Russian special forces stormed a disabled oil tanker and arrested the Somali pirates aboard.

BP caps 1 of 3 leaks at Gulf well

The best short-term solution to bottling up a disastrous oil spill threatening sealife and livelihoods along the Gulf Coast should be arriving today in the form of a specially built giant concrete-and-steel box designed to siphon the oil away.

Steel dome to contain oil leak will be 'ready in days'

As BP raced to complete construction of a steel dome it intends to lower over oil leaks almost a mile below the surface of the sea in the Gulf of Mexico, the Governor of Florida warned that his state may sue the London-based company. "It is certainly in the realm of possibility," Charlie Crist said.

Buncefield bosses were overworked and badly trained

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Workers at Buncefield were under pressure to fill tanks at the oil depot to their maximum in the months before an "almighty" explosion ripped through the site, a court heard today.

Dutch marines storm cargo ship seized by Somali pirates

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Hopes raised for hostage couple held by Somali pirates

Relatives of the British couple held hostage by Somali pirates welcomed reports today that they could soon be released.

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