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World crude oil prices surged to fresh record highs above 143 dollars a barrel today (Monday) as tensions rose over Iran's nuclear program, Nigeria experienced continued unrest in its oil producing area, and the value of the dollar dropped.
Iran is the second-largest producer in the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, Nigeria is Africa's largest oil exporter, and oil is priced in dollars.
The price of crude oil for future delivery went as high as 143 dollars, 91 cents a barrel in London trading. The price also hit a record high (of 143 dollars, 67 cents) in New York.
OPEC members blame high prices on speculation, while major oil consumers say there is too little oil on the market.