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Global oil prices hit 2015 peaks on Wednesday as fresh tensions in oil producer Libya raised concerns about a supply disruption in the Middle East, analysts said. US benchmark West Texas Intermediate for delivery in June rallied to a five-month pinnacle at $62.08 per barrel. Brent North Sea crude for June jumped to a similar high at $69.15, before pulling back to $68.92, up $1.40. "Geopolitical concerns in the Middle East continue to form a firm base for oil prices, be it Libya, Yemen or Iraq," CMC Markets analyst Nicholas Teo told AFP.
The Kabul primary court also sentenced eight people to 16 years in prison while 18 others were found not guilty after a three-day trial broadcast live on national television. Her killing triggered protests around Afghanistan and drew global attention to the treatment of Afghan women. Judge Safiullah Mojaddidi, announcing the verdict, said Zainul Abiddin, Mohammad Yaqub, Mohammad Sharif and Abdul Bashir would be hanged.