What’s next for Egypt?

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Experts warn the ouster of President Morsi could impact the balance of power in the Middle East, US regional influence and the price of oil.

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How the US oil, gas boom could shake up global order

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A dramatic shift is occurring in how energy is produced and consumed around the world, with potentially far-reaching changes.

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'It's real': Energy boom dawns in America

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In a four-part series, NBC News and CNBC examine America’s sudden energy renaissance, including how “fracking” and other innovations promise to transform the nation’s economic and political future.

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Oil rig explodes in Gulf of Mexico; 2 missing, others hospitalized

Two workers were missing and 11 were airlifted to hospitals Friday after an oil rig caught fire and exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, the U.S. Coast Guard said. Earlier reports from local officials said two workers had died, but the U.S. Coast Guard could not confirm that.

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BREAKING: US Coast Guard tells NBC News four injured in oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico

Four people were rushed to a hospital Friday after an oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico some 17 miles southeast of Grand Isle, La., the U.S. Coast Guard told NBC News.

BP to pay $4.5 billion, plead guilty to criminal charges in Gulf of Mexico oil spill

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BP will pay approximately $4.5 billion and plead guilty to criminal charges as part of a settlement with the U.S. government over the deadly Deepwater Horizon rig explosion and massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, the London-based oil giant said Thursday.

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Oil-soaked penguins rescued in South Africa

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Approximately 55 African penguins that were found covered in oil were being cleaned by staff from the South African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds on Wednesday. The penguins, which were found on Robben Island near Cape Town, South Africa, will be released into the wild after cleaning. The oil leaked from the Turkish stricken bulk carrier Seli One, according to the Associated Press.

Moscow police nab Greenpeace polar bear protesters

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The Associated Press reports — Put your paws in the air.

Moscow police have arrested 10 environmental activists, including four dressed in polar bear costumes, who were protesting outside the main office of Gazprom, the Russian oil and natural gas giant.

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Enormous ball of fire as refinery burns for third day

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Fuel storage tanks are seen on fire at Amuay oil refinery in Punto Fijo in the Peninsula of Paraguana in Venezuela on Aug. 27. A fire burned for a third day in two fuel storage tanks at Venezuela’s biggest refinery on Monday, putting in doubt plans to quickly restart the facility following an explosion that killed nearly 50 people.

USS Porter collides with oil tanker in Strait of Hormuz

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The collision nevertheless left a gaping hole in the starboard side of USS Porter, a guided-missile destroyer suffered, but no one was injured on either vessel, the U.S. Navy said in a statement. The collision with the Panamanian-flagged bulk oil tanker M/V Otowasan occurred at approximately 1 a.m. local time. 

The cause of the incident is under investigation, the Navy said, adding that there were no reports of spills or leakages from either the USS Porter or the Otowasan. 

Reported by NBC News wire services

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