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Crude oil prices scored big gains for a second straight day Friday, capping a wild week as traders seemed to view the recent nose-dive as overdone. US benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude for October delivery jumped $2.66 (6.3 percent) to finish at $45.22 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
Satellite images confirm the destruction of the Baal Shamin temple in Syria's Palmyra, the United Nations said Friday, after international condemnation of the act claimed by the Islamic State group. The UN training and research agency UNITAR said its satellite programme had compared images of the site taken on June 26 and again on August 27. "We confirm the destruction of the main building, while surrounding columns seem to be less affected," UNITAR said in a statement.