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Obama to address US from Oval Office over oil spill

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As Barack Obama prepares his televised address to America over the worst oil spill in its history, a fire forced BP to suspend its containment operations.

It was a disappointing development for the president who ended his two day tour of Gulf coast communities hit by the spill with fighting talk.

“I am with you, my administration is with you for the long haul to make sure BP pays for the damage that it has done and to make sure that you are getting the help you need to protect this beautiful coast and to rehabilitate the damaged areas, to revitalise this region, and to make sure that nothing like this happens ever again,” Obama said in a speech at Pensacola’s Naval Air Station in Florida.

In Washington, executives from other oil firms faced a rough ride at a Congressional hearing , despite trying to distance themselves from BP and defend their own records.

BP’s US boss Lamar McKay said: “We are sorry for everything the Gulf Coast is going through. We are sorry for that and the spill.”

But he refused to confirm whether the company would set up an independently managed fund to compensate the victims.

BP’s containment operations later resumed ahead of President Obama’s high-stakes Oval Office address to the nation. You can watch it on Euronews at 2am Central European Time.