Iran is intervening in Iraq to quell destabilizing internal unrest stirred up by Iranian-backed militias as Tehran seeks to preserve its deep influence in the country.
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Gasoline and diesel use surged this year as consumers resumed travel and business activity picked up, despite efforts to mitigate climate change.
Global coal demand is set for a 4.5% increase this year, pushing beyond 2019 levels.
Some companies, including steel producers and fertilizer manufacturers have had to suspend or reduce production in Europe and Asia as a result of spiking energy prices.