Oil steadies as North Iraq, Kurdish pipeline stays open

By Christopher JohnsonLONDON (Reuters) - Oil prices steadied on Thursday, taking a breather after gains spurred by rising tension in northern Iraq following the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region's vote for independence in a referendum.Brent crude oil was unchanged at $57.90 a barrel by 0850 GMT. It hit a more than two-year high of $59.

49 on Tuesday after Monday's referendum vote prompted Turkey to threaten to close the region's oil pipeline, before pulling back.U.S. light crude was 5 cents higher at $52.19 after rising 26 cents on Wednesday to.....

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