France

Black identity in the spotlight at Paris’s musée d’Orsay

France 24 | Apr 15, 2019 at 11:30 AM
  • In 1865, when Édouard Manet’s “Olympia” went on show in Paris, it sparked a scandal in France.
  • Benoist’s painting, which was originally titled “Portrait of a negress”, before being recently renamed “Portrait of a black woman” by the Louvre museum, is called “Portrait of Madeleine”.
  • The exhibit features all the name changes of the paintings, enabling visitors to track the name and history of each painting.

United States

Oil prices fall on mixed supply signals, concern over Russian output hike

CNBC | Apr 15, 2019 at 11:13 AM
  • Oil prices fell on Monday as investors weighed mixed signals on global supply and signs that Russia may exit coordinated production cuts by nearly two dozen nations.
  • Brent crude oil futures were down 61 cents, or nearly 1%, at $70.94 a barrel around 8:35 a.m.
  • U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude futures fell 61 cents, or 1%, $63.28 per barrel.

United Kingdom

Why South Korea Just Ramped Up Iranian Oil Imports

OilPrice.com | Apr 15, 2019 at 11:00 AM
  • South Korea’s imports of Iranian crude last month reached 1.2 million tons, or 8.8 million barrels which was a 23-percent increase on February and a fivefold increase in January, when Korean refiners resumed their purchases of Iranian crude.
  • Now, however, South Korea and Japan are being extra careful: both countries suspended their purchases of Iranian crude ahead of the return of sanctions last November and then waited for two months before they resumed their buying of Iranian oil even though they were granted a sanction waiver.
  • South Korea was allowed under the sanction waiver to continue importing 200,000 bpd until May.

United Kingdom

Energean soars as Israeli energy minister hails major gas discovery

City A.M. | Apr 15, 2019 at 10:48 AM
  • Israel’s energy minister has hailed his country’s future as a regional gas hub as London-listed Energean made a major oil discovery in the Mediterranean.
  • With estimates running from 1 Tcf to 1.5 Tcf, production could outstrip previous forecasts of around 1.3 Tfc.
  • Energean’s shares were trading up at 861p at around midday.

United Kingdom

North American Helium makes new appointment

Gas World | Apr 15, 2019 at 10:37 AM
  • As President and Chief Operating Officer, McDougall will provide leadership to North American Helium’s expanding operations, including an increase in drilling activity in 2019 as well as construction of the company’s first production facility.

United Kingdom

Nurse kidnapped five years ago by Isis may still be alive, Red Cross reveals

The Independent | Apr 15, 2019 at 9:34 AM
  • For months, employees of the International Committee of the Red Cross have made weekly visits to a detention camp in northern Syria bearing a photograph of a petite woman in her early 60s.
  • Months later, in phone calls, emails and text messages, the terrorist group negotiated with the Red Cross, initially demanding a ransom of less than 1 million euros (under £950,000) and calling for the release of detained Isis fighters.
  • Then, in what Mr Daccord called “a breakthrough”, several people who had escaped to detention camps in Iraq in late 2017 told Red Cross workers they had been treated by Ms Akavi in Syria.

India

China Blasts Pompeo’s ‘False Accusations’ for Meddling in Venezuela

Bloomberg Quint | Apr 15, 2019 at 9:28 AM
  • China said U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo “recklessly slanders and deliberately provokes” after he blamed Beijing and Moscow for spreading disorder in Latin America.
  • Political turmoil engulfed the country in recent weeks after the U.S.-backed opposition leader Juan Guaido’s bid to unseat Maduro.
  • Guaido urged China to “add its voice” to those who recognize him as Venezuela’s leader in an op-ed for Bloomberg Opinion on Monday.