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UK Backs BP Over 'Excessive' US Ban on Contract Deals -- Report

The U.K. government is backing BP PLC (BP) in the dispute over the oil company's future in the U.S., calling the ban that stops it from winning federal contracts "excessive," reports the Financial Times Wednesday. BP has been barred from U.S. government contracts since the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010 but the paper quotes the U.K. as saying in a filing to court that the ban "affects jobs and pensions of workers in the United Kingdom, the United States, and elsewhere." The U.K. has previously made behind the scenes intervention. The FT says the move threatens to escalate the issue from a dispute involving a private company to a transatlantic diplomatic row, although Downing Street officials said the intervention was made on purely business grounds. Full story: http://www.ft.com Write to London bureau at generaldesklondon@dowjones.com

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04/28/201603:15:00John Wood Group Secures $500 Million Services Contract
04/27/201603:03:00Huge Oil Spill From 2010 Still Shadows BP -- WSJ
04/27/201603:02:00Oil-Price Jump Lifts Energy Stocks -- WSJ
04/26/201620:06:00BP Results Still Hurt by Gulf of Mexico Spill -- 5th Update
04/26/201618:27:00BP Results Still Hurt by Gulf of Mexico Spill -- 4th Update
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04/26/201616:29:00Energy Up With Oil Futures -- Energy Roundup
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04/26/201615:10:00U.S. Oil Prices Settle at 2016 High
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04/26/201605:13:00BP Results Still Hurt by Gulf of Mexico Spill -- Update
04/26/201604:16:00Correction to BP Reports First-Quarter Pretax Loss Story
04/26/201604:10:00Global Stocks Steady Ahead of Central Bank Meetings
04/26/201603:20:00BP Earnings Beat Expectations
04/26/201603:02:00Aramco IPO: Big Payday, Big Risks -- WSJ

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