MEXICO CITY, Dec 6 - Mexican senators on Friday were near agreement on offering private companies lucrative contracts providing them a share of oil production, but presentation of the draft constitutional reform was delayed to allow details to be hammered out.
RIO DE JANEIRO, Dec. 6 - A Brazilian state judge suspended a plan to unify the bankruptcy protection petitions of tycoon Eike Batista's oil producer and shipbuilder, saying the joint petition could hurt the interests of a creditor that opposed the plan.
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Dec 6 - ConocoPhillips, the largest independent oil and gas company, said on Friday that it expected to spend $16.7 billion next year, with more than half earmarked for shale projects in North America.
ATHENS, Dec 6 - Greek authorities promised on Friday to restore electricity to households cut off for failing to pay their bills, after at least three people died in accidents caused by braziers or candles.
NUSA DUA, Indonesia - Ministers appeared close to sealing the world's biggest trade reform for two decades early on Saturday after India, the most vocal holdout, endorsed a draft text presented by the head of the World Trade Organization.