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BENGHAZI, Libya/LONDON ( ) – The major Libyan oil ports of Ras Lanuf and Es Sider were closed and evacuated on Thursday after armed brigades opposed to the powerful eastern commander Khalifa Haftar stormed them, causing a production loss of 240,000 barrels per day (bpd).
At least one storage tank at Ras Lanuf terminal was set alight following the early morning attack, an engineer told . Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) declared force majeure on loadings from both terminals.
The clashes between forces loyal to Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) and rival armed groups continued throughout the day south of Ras Lanuf, where the LNA was targeting its opponents with air strikes, local sources said.
Military sources said the LNA had withdrawn from both ports.
The LNA took control of Es Sider and Ras Lanuf along with other oil ports in Libya’s oil crescent in 2016, allowing them to reopen after a long blockade and significantly lifting Libya’s oil production.
More than half the storage tanks at both terminals were badly damaged in previous fighting and have yet to be repaired, though there have been regular loadings from Es Sider.
Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) said it had evacuated all staff from the two terminals “as a precautionary measure.” The immediate production loss was around 240,000 bpd and the entry of a tanker due at Es Sider on Thursday was postponed, it said.
NOC Chairman Mustafa Sanalla said the output loss was expected to rise to 400,000 bpd if the shutdown continued, calling it a “national disaster” for oil-dependent Libya.
A military source said the three-pronged attack was launched by the Benghazi Defence Brigades (BDB), a group that has previously tried to take the oil crescent and advance on Benghazi, which has been fully controlled by Haftar since late last year.
The NOC blamed Ibrahim Jathran, who headed an armed group that blockaded oil crescent termina,上海419论坛Georgina,ls for three years before being forced out by the LNA, and who appeared in a video posted on social media on Thursday announcing the start of a campaign.
“We announce the preparation of our ground forces and supporting forces in the oil region, and our objective is to overturn the injustice for our people over the past two years,” he said, standing in a camouflage jacket in an unidentified desert area.
“The past two years have been catastrophic for people in the oil crescent because of the presence of the system of injustice which is the other face of terrorism and extremism.”
The NOC says Jathran’s previous blockades cost Libya tens of billions of dollars in lost revenue. He is sought by judicial authori,爱上海Jacquie,ties in Tripoli for the blockades and attempts to export oil independently.
Repeated previous attempts by the LNA’s opponents to retake the oil crescent have failed, and it is unclear how much military and local, tribal support Jathran or BDB forces currently have.
However, the LNA, which is the dominant force in eastern Libya and rejects an internationally recognized government in the capital, Tripoli, stirred some resentment with arrests when it moved into the oil crescent in 2016, and has recently been stretched thin.
Since last month it has been waging a campaign to take control of Derna, the last city in t,上海419论坛Nell,he east to elude its control.
France, which hosted an international summit last month to set a roadmap for elections in Libya, said it “co,上海贵族宝贝论坛[随机符],ndemned with the utmost firmness the offensive conducted today by extremist elements in the oil crescent”.
Thursday’s clashes were not affecting any oilfields, the military source said. The LNA had at least five men killed and around six wounded, he said.
A local resident said he had heard the sound of heavy clashes and air strikes at dawn and had seen a large fire at the Ras Lanuf tank farm.
Crude exports from Ras Lanuf stood at 110,000 bpd in May, while exports from Es Sider were around 300,000 bpd, according to oil analytics company Vortexa.
The Minerva Lisa oil tanker, which was due to arrive at Es Sider to load a crude cargo on Thursday, was advised to stay outside the port, a source familiar with the matter said.
The tanker, chartered by trader Petraco, was seen turning away from the port on Thursday morning without loading, according to ship tracking.
(GRAPHIC: Libya’s Es Sider and Ras Lanuf Ports: reut.rs/2y9L7FM)
A second tanker, the Seascout, is expected to arrive at the port on June 18.
Libya’s oil production recovered last year to just over 1 million bpd and has been mostly stable, though it remains vulnerable to shutdowns and blockades at oil facilities.
National output is still well under the more than 1.6 million bpd Libya was producing before a 2011 uprising led to political fragmentation and armed conflict.
Powell, who is beginning his biannual congressional testimony on Wednesday, pointed at economic crosscurrents, including “uncertainties around trade tensions and concerns about the strength of the global economy [that] continue to weigh on the US economic outlook.” He also noted inflation continued to run below the Fed’s target.
Investors read that as a sure sign that the Fed plans on cutting its interest rates at its next meeting later this month.
Stock futures had been in the red Wednesday morning but turned higher after the remarks were published ahead of the opening bell.
The S&P 500 (DVS) bounced 0.7% higher. The Nasdaq (COMP)was up 1%. The Dow (INDU) was up 0.7%, or 188 points, marking its first higher open in four days. The Dow logged its third consecutive close in the red on Tuesday.
Both the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq hit intra-day record highs just a few minutes into the trading day.
Market expectations of a near-term interest rate cut had dominated for weeks until last Friday’s jobs report. The better-than-expected data suggested that the economy might not need the boost that a rate cut would provide.
On Tuesday, Philadelphia Fed President Patrick Harker said he didn’t see any need for interest rate changes. He said he would consider a rate cut if the economy weakened substantially, according to The Wall Street Journal.But Powell’s remarks on Wednesday seemed to send a clear signal to the market. Expectations for a rate cut, measured by the CME’s FedWatch tool, returned to 100%, with ,爱上海419Nell,84% expected a 25 basis point cut. It had slipped to 96% earlier Wednesday, after sitting at 100% for week.
Lower interest rate make it cheaper for companies to borrow money and are thus supportive for the stock market.
Powell’s testimony will be followed by the minutes of the Fed’s June meeting, which will be released at 2 pm ET. On Thursday Powell will appear before the Senate Banking Committee.
Yields on US government debt, which is in part driven by interest rate expectations, dropp,上海419论坛Lake,ed initially on Powell’s remarks but bounced back. The 10-year US Treasury yield is little changed at 2.0647%.
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1. Fourth of July celebration
Despite worries from Democrats and other critics, President Trump pretty much stuck to the script and delivered a unifying message yesterday during his Fourth of July celebration on the National Mall. The President’s 20 minutes of remarks were a tribute to America’s early history and the military. He also looked to the future, saying the US flag would soon be planted on Mars. It rained during the event, but that did little to dampen the spirits of the thousands who assembled along the mall to hear Trump and to cheer at the various flyovers of military aircraft. CNN’s Stephen Collinson said this speech “lacked the dark imagery of many of his campaign speeches and struck a more optimistic tone.”
Looks like the standoff between Sudan’s military leaders and its burgeoning pro-democracy movement might be coming to an end. Today a power-sharing agreement between the military and the opposition was announced. The two entities agreed to form a rotating, joint sovereign council that will govern Sudan for at least the next three years. Residents took to the streets of the capital of Khartoum to celebrate the arrangement, which was brokered by the African Union. Talks between the two groups had collapsed on June 3 after a military crackdown on a sit-in killed more than 100 protesters.
The Fourth of July fireworks started early out West, as a 6.4-magnitude earthquake shook residents from Southern California to Las Vegas. The quake was centered near a town in the Mojave Desert and was the strongest earthquake to hit the region in almost 20 years. So far it’s caused at least 159 aftershocks. One seismologist said there is a 50% chance of another large quake hitting the area next week. There were no reports of deaths or major injuries, but lots of widespread damage. The quake forced the temporary shutdown of rides at Disneyland and rocked gamblers at Las Vegas casinos. One thing the earthquake didn’t do was trigger Los Angeles’ quake detection app to send out an early warning. City officials are making tweaks to the app.
4. Chris Cline
Chris Cline, a coal billionaire and philanthropist from West Virginia, was killed in a helicopter crash near the Bahamas yesterday. There aren’t a lot of other details out about this crash yet, but Cline was on board the helicopter with several other people, including his daughter. There was no immediate word on the fate of the others on board. Cline came from a family of coal miners and later founded the Cline Group, an energy development company. West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice praised Cline’s generosity and called him a West Virginia “superstar.”
5. Climate crisis
Humans are doing everything from reducing emissions to not eating meat to not having kids in an effort to combat climate change. But this could be the most effective move of all: Reforestation. Restoring the world’s lost forests could remove two thirds of the planet-warming carbon that’s in the atmosphere because of human activity, a new study says. Humans have added about 300 billion tons of extra carbon to the atmosphere. Restoring lost forests could capture about 205 billion tons of that carbon. (Remember, trees are natural carbon removers, and store it above and below ground.) The researchers say there’s enough suitable land on the planet where trees could be planted to increase the world’s forests by about a third.
Mad, mad world
If you like Mad Magazine, you’ll need to get a subscription or pick it up at a comic book store, because after next month you can’t get it on newsstands.
About 45,000 barrels of Jim Beam have been burning for days at a Kentucky warehouse. A situation so sad it’s enough to make a man (or woman) drink.
Jinan, China, has had enough — enough — of middle-aged men rolling up their T-shirts above their bellies to cool down.
No, Halle Berry wasn’t cast as the “The Little Mermaid.” The iconic Disney princess will be played by R&B singer Halle Baileyin the live-action remake.
Jobs, jobs, jobs
The June jobs report comes out later this morning. Willthere be a bounce back from last month’s disappointing report?
This 15-year-old tennis phenom defeated Venus Williams in a stunning upset at Wimbledon.
A. Naomi Osaka
B. Cori Gauff
C. Yulia Putintseva
D. Simona Halep
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“Let’s put a gate up to keep the cat in that room.” Yeah, right. (Click to view)