The costs of BP's response to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill have risen to $8 billion, the company said. The amount includes relief-well drilling expenses, the cost of the "static kill" technique, compensation claims settled and federal costs, BP added. Separately, the U.K. oil major has revived the planned sale of its properties in Alaska's Prudhoe Bay, according to a Financial Times report. Apache and Occidental Petroleum are seen as prospective buyers.

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