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Khaleej Times Online: Lebanese, Indian hostages freed in Nigeria

(Reuters)

LAGOS – Two hostages, one Lebanese and the other Indian, were released on Sunday after they were abducted two days ago in Nigeria’s oil producing delta region, local authorities said.

The two construction workers, employed by Nigerian firm Setraco, were taken at gunpoint from their workplace near the city of Warri on Friday.

‘All the waterways were blocked so they had no way to move further into the creeks, so they were released,’ said Brigadier General Alfred Ilogho, who heads a military task force in the area. read more

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The Times: Military man puts discipline back into Shell’s ranks

The Dutchman has increased central command while boosting the status of scientists

Monday March 26, 2007
Carl Mortished

There is something of the good soldier about Jeroen van der Veer. In the chaos of Shell’s reserves crisis, he was hoisted on to the stage after the hasty removal of Sir Philip Watts, the chairman, and Walter van de Vijver, the head of exploration. Nothing in the century-long history of Shell had prepared the company, its staff and the outside world for the sacking of its two most senior officers and the revelation that, at the heart of its core business, there was a massive deception: not all the barrels of oil were proven. read more

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presstv.ir: Shell, Repsol start operations at Persian LNG

Iran has announced that Shell and Repsol have started operations for the development of a major project for production of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in South Pars energy zone.

Shell and Repsol have signed a contract with Iran to develop Persian LNG at South Pars Phases 13 and 14.

Managing Director of Pars Oil and Gas Company, Akbar Torkan, said the companies have started the engineering operations for Persian LNG and there have been no delays.

Torkan added that Shell and Repsol have awarded the contract for the project’s onshore engineering operations to France’s Technip. read more

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Sunday Telegraph: Investors in Russia ‘face new rules’

By Sylvia Pfeifer,
Last Updated: 12:15am GMT 25/03/2007

Western investors in Russia’s energy sector need to be aware that the rules of engagement have changed, the president of Europe’s top development bank has warned.

Jean Lemierre, the president of the London-based European Bank for Reconstruction & Development, said in an interview that potential investors needed to be consider that “the Russian government has made very clear that the pattern of investments in these strategic sectors has changed”. read more

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The Independent: Investor fears at Barclays bid for Dutch rival

By Danny Fortson and Tim Webb
Published: 25 March 2007

Major investors in Barclays have publicly questioned the logic of the planned £80bn takeover of ABN Amro. If John Varley, the chief executive of Barclays, succeeds in taking over the bank’s Dutch rival, the deal would be the largest ever in the financial services industry.

It would create one of the world’s largest consumer and investment banking groups, with operations in Europe, the Americas and the Middle East.

But investors have expressed grave doubts about whether the tie-up would lead to a devaluation of their holdings or even if such a tie-up makes business sense. read more

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The Observer: We should judge Gordon by the company he keeps

Jasper Gerard
Sunday March 25, 2007

Much muttering about the ‘Jewish money man’ from north London whose donations propelled a war-hungry champion of the transatlantic alliance into Downing Street.

How grateful we should be for his generosity in the face of the establishment’s ugly anti-semitism: I refer not to Lord Levy, but to Robert Waley Cohen. As chairman of Shell, he handed a fortune to Churchill in 1936 to fund his unofficial tilt at the premiership; without it, we might have been denied a leader to defeat Hitler. read more

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