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KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 27): Drilling activity in the US and international markets has continued to pick up, according to Baker Hughes Tool Company. Baker Hughes is an industrial service company and one of the world's largest oilfield service companies. Since 1944, it began weekly counts of US and Canadian drilling activity, and initiated its monthly international rig count in 1975. As of Wednesday (Nov 24), the US had added six rigs from the prior week to 569, up from 249 a year earlier. Canada added 69 rigs to 800 from a week before, up from 171 rigs from a year ago.