An oil tanker started loading crude at Libya’s eastern port of Hariga as the region exports oil for the first time since July after civil unrest decimated the North African country’s production and shipments.
Armed militias have blocked exports from several oil terminals in Libya, once North Africa’s biggest producer, since July. The structure of Brent crude futures, used to price at least half the world’s supplies, is also in their hands.
The U.S. told Iran that the ambassador it’s chosen for the United Nations is “not viable” because he was part of a group that took over the American embassy in Tehran in 1979, President Barack Obama’s spokesman said.
Libyan rebels seeking self-rule for the east of the country are standing by a demand that they get a share of crude export revenue before they hand over Es Sider and Ras Lanuf, the two oil ports still under their control, according to a mediator in talks with the government.