News bites: Oil prices and jobs, Shell’s Gulf find and African spill, and more

The Associated Press looks at oil prices ahead of new U.S. jobs data.

The New York Times reports on Lithuania's efforts to break its reliance on Russian natural gas.

Bloomberg delves into French battles over energy policy that have already led to a high-profile political casualty.

“President François Hollande’s ouster of Environment Minister Delphine Batho after she criticized the government’s budget plans for next year comes at a critical time for the country’s energy policy,” the news service reports.

The Houston Chronicle examines Royal Dutch Shell’s recent Gulf of Mexico oil discovery.

The Wall Street Journal reports on a Shell spill in Nigeria.

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