Gulf of Mexico

Nexen deal sees US hobble CNOOC in Gulf fields

Li Fanrong of CNOOC and Nexen's Kevin Reinhart. Photo: Reuters

CNOOC's purchase of Nexen includes about 200 deep-water leases in the Gulf. The company surrendered operating control of them to quell US national security concerns.

Sunday, 3 March, 2013, 5:17am

Billions of dollars at stake as BP oil spill trial starts

The Deepwater Horizon blast in 2010 killed 11 workers. Photo: EPA

The British energy giant has already resolved thousands of lawsuits linked to the deadly disaster out of court, including a record US$4.5 billion plea deal with the US government in which BP pleaded guilty to criminal charges and a US$7.8 billion settlement with people and businesses affected by the spill.

26 Feb 2013 - 10:06am

Briefs, February 13, 2013

French lawmakers vote for gay marriage bill

13 Feb 2013 - 7:53am

Briefs, November 19, 2012

Greek students at a peaceful march in Athens. Photo: Reuters

Egypt's Coptics enthrone new pope

19 Nov 2012 - 3:39am

Something new: a way with murder

The cast of <i>Murder in Havana</i>.

Picture the scene, if you can: you're in a restaurant in Havana, Cuba, in the late-1950s, dining with a colourful bunch including a Texan oil tycoon, a spicy diva and a corrupt general. Suddenly the sound of gunfire pierces the air and you realise the oil baron has been shot. Everyone present - including the audience - has a reason for wanting him dead. So, whodunit?

31 Aug 2012 - 6:03pm

Deals signed to help Castro's Cuba

China agreed to support Cuba's health system and economic development yesterday as the two countries signed eight deals designed to boost co-operation.

The signing of the deals was witnessed by President Hu Jintao and his Cuban counterpart, Raul Castro, after talks in Beijing.

6 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

What's On

April 12

'The changing construction market in China - challenges for British companies five years after China's WTO accession' is a breakfast briefing organised by the British Chamber of Commerce. It will discuss the legal aspects of foreign firms trying to do construction and engineering in China, and the difficulties and restrictions imposed on them.

7 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Trouble in paradise

There is certainly something comforting about going on holiday with an unusually accident-prone friend. Far from delighting in the endless misfortunes they experience, you merely find yourself relishing the good fortune of escaping the same fate.

25 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Patient Cubans still waiting for the good times to roll

More than baseball, tobacco, rum or rumba, Cubans these days are increasingly preoccupied with la cola - the national pastime of waiting and queuing.

29 Nov 2004 - 12:00am

Net results

WHERE TO START: Cuba is bereft of cyber cafes and there is also a major shortage of printed tourist information outside the main resorts, so research your trip thoroughly before you pack your bags.

30 Jul 2002 - 12:00am


Getting there

18 Jun 2002 - 12:00am

Living in the past

The Cold War ended more than a decade ago, but its frigid winds still lash relations between the United States and Cuba - and one has to wonder why. How, in the 21st Century with the so-called dangers of communism deemed long ago not to be a threat, can such an anachronism persist?

18 Dec 2001 - 12:00am

Unbeaten Japan blast out of shadows to topple Olympic champions

The last time Japan had this winning feeling, the United States was celebrating its bicentennial year, Robin Williams was Mork and Sylvester Stallone starred in the original Rocky motion picture.

5 Aug 2001 - 12:00am