Creeks and vegetations devastated as a result of spills from oil thieves in the Niger Delta on March 22, 2013. Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) has threatened to shut down production in April for nine days in the entire Nembe Creek Truck Line (NCTL) to remove a number of bunkering points on pipelines vandalised by oil thieves in the region. 'Whenever we observe a spill, or have a spill on our lines, we shut down production to depressurize and isolate the line, only then can we safely repare our lines because it is then safe to manipulate the line', said Jurgen Jonzen, SPDC corporate pipeline asset manager. Last year, 157 bunkering points were removed and 116 were leaking on the whole SPDC exploitation. Since 2009, SPDC has exprienced an upsurge in vandalisation of pipeline network by criminals causing severe environmental devastation of the region and forcing the company to lose 60 000 barrels daily this year. AFP PHOTO / PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
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Maryam Rajavi, president of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), attends the Tolerant & Democratic Islam vs Fanaticism & Extremism Dinner In Paris on July 3, 2015 in Paris, France.
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A worker is perched on a Petrobras oil platform floating in the Atlantic Ocean near Guanabara Bay on July 3, 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The state-owned oil company is embroiled in a massive corruption scandal and Federal Police arrested another former executive yesterday.
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People pay tribute at Adelaide Crows headquarters on July 4, 2015 in Adelaide, Australia. Adelaide Crows AFL coach Phil Walsh was found dead in his home Friday after allegedly being stabbed by his 26-year-old son.
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Sailors from Belgium depart after training in the polluted Guanabara Bay ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on July 3, 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The bay will host the sailing events for the games but suffers from sewage and industrial pollution.
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Three year old Louisa Hill runs across the stage as Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a grassroots organizing event in College Park at Dartmouth College July 3, 2015 in Hanover, New Hampshire. Clinton is spending two days over the fourth of July in the first in the nation primary state.
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Pope Francis arrives in St Peter's Square for a meeting with members of the Renewal of the Holy Spirit, who have come to Rome for their 38th annual Convocation on July 3, 2015 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pope Francis emphasized the ecumenical dimension of the charismatic movement, rooting it in our common Baptism.