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A court in Ecuador has fined US oil giant Chevron a reported $8bn (£5bn) for polluting a large part of the country's Amazon region.
The oil firm Texaco, which merged with Chevron in 2001, was accused of dumping billions of gallons of toxic materials into unlined pits and Amazon rivers.
Condemning the ruling as fraudulent, Chevron said it would appeal.
The corporation was, it said, still "trying to decipher" the ruling.