RT America -- November 19, 2014

Crude oil prices have plummeted since the Islamic State group began its offensive in Iraq this past summer. Most expected the cost to rise due to potential supply interruptions, but some experts now believe the seeming anomaly may be due to Saudi Arabia manipulating the situation to weaken competitors such as the US and Russia. Marin Katusa of Casey Research explains to RT’s Ben Swann.

Scientists are warning that more stringent monitoring of radiation levels in the ocean is needed to ensure pollution from the Fukushima Daiichi disaster doesn’t worsen. Radioactive particles from Japan have managed to reach the west coast of the US, but there is no federal agency tasked with monitoring the levels of pollution, as RT’s Lindsay France explains.