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Crude oil imports in November fell 12.2 percent from a year earlier to 115.42 million barrels for the second straight monthly contraction, the energy agency said Friday.

Imports from the Middle East accounted for 86.9 percent of the total, up 2.6 percentage points from a year before for the first expansion in three months, the Natural Resources and Energy Agency said in a preliminary report.

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