Oil prices headed for their largest weekly rise in six weeks on Thursday, although an unexpectedly large increase in US inventories may temper some of the optimism among investors that global demand and supply could soon be in balance.
At least seven people were killed and hundreds wounded in scattered violence across Egypt during mass rallies for and against the army's overthrow of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi, who was placed under investigation for murder.
Bahrain human rights activists have announced that they will attend all marches and gatherings in the country until the month-end as independent observers.
The activists have urged the organisers of the rallies to ensure that the gathering
Hundreds of thousands of Egyptians took to the streets on Tuesday in scenes never before seen in this Arab nation's modern history, roaring in unison for President Hosni Mubarak and his new government to quit.
The army's pledge on