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BP successfully siphons oil from Gulf of Mexico leak

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The oil company BP says it has started to siphon oil from its leaking well in the Gulf of Mexico to a tanker on the surface.

Using underwater robots they inserted a long narrow tube with a stopper into the leaking pipe.

At a news conference, BP executive Kent Wells said so far the system was "working extremely well".

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