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Duke of York's friend could be back in US courts

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Iran official says US woman detained

A senior Iranian police official says an American woman has been detained on suspicion of spying — contradicting an earlier denial of her arrest on state TV.

US government sues BP for costs of oil spill

A legal hammer-blow was delivered to the British oil giant BP yesterday after the US government sued it and several companies over this year's oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico claiming they had violated American environmental laws and must be held liable for all costs.

UK firm 'shocked' by claims it broke Iran sanctions

Situated on a small industrial estate in Middlesex, Insultec Ltd has few obvious attributes of an important supplier to Iran's secret nuclear programme. For the last 20 years, the company has quietly gone about its business selling insulation for oil refineries and gas plants. Then it found itself the subject of a secret American diplomatic telegram sent from Azerbaijan.

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