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BP says it has temporarily stopped oil flowing into the Gulf of Mexico from its leaking well.
It is the first time the flow has stopped since an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig on 20 April.
US Oil Spill
The well has been sealed with a cap as part of a test of its integrity that could last up to 48 hours.
BP chief operating officer Doug Suttles emphasised that there was no reason for "celebration" yet, particularly for those in areas already damaged by oil.