News Trespass laws are being examined to allow fracking under people's homes without prior consent

Ministers are reportedly reviewing laws that would allow fracking to be carried out underneath houses without the permission of the owners.

Soldiers take joint action to tone down high-stepping

For decades, the high-stepping, border closing ceremony at Wagah-Attari has been an opportunity for both Indian and Pakistani soldiers to put on their most aggressive, intimidating display of martial rigour.

Johann Hari: Now Cameron jilts the environment

He is opening the oceans off the Shetland Islands to deep-sea drilling, and promising Big Oil tax breaks to drill, baby, drill

Sicilian idyll struck by the curse of black gold

In a rustic and scenic corner of Italy an oil rush is threatening to blight the landscape, Peter Popham reports from Ragusa

A little gem cast adrift in the North Atlantic

Walk of the Month: Lewis, most northerly of the Outer Hebrides, has some of the best coastal views in Britain. Mark Rowe had an eyeful

Johann Hari: We all live in an oil slick now

Step by step, US politicians on all sides become an oiligarchy that sees moving off petrol as irrational: turning off the spigot would turn off their election funds

Fantastic Mr Fox: foxgloves and other biennials

It's prime time for the flowers in Anna Pavord's garden but one of her favourites is still the plain old foxglove, a colourful interloper that will always be wild at heart

Margareta Pagano: How far do we have to drill to find BP's chairman?

Carl-Henric Svanberg is conspicuous by his absence as his company faces disaster

'I was allergic to sound'

When everyday noises began to make Chris Singleton wince with pain, he knew something was wrong. Yet doctors found nothing. He tells Liz Bestic how a talking cure finally saved his hearing – and his career in music

David Strahan: Americans should be thanking BP

The spill could have been so much worse, and at least it didn't happen in the remoteArctic. Maybe it will spur Americans to get serious about cutting consumption

Tension mounts as Israel tests its defences

Israel yesterday kicked off a massive five-day civil defence exercise aimed at testing the Jewish state's preparedness for rocket and chemical attacks. Israeli officials sought to reassure Syria and Lebanon that it has no plans to launch an attack.

Oil rig safety device was defective

The chairman of a congressional subcommittee said yesterday that it had uncovered significant problems with the device that was supposed to cut the oil flow after BP's oil rig exploded, creating a massive unchecked spill.

US oil regulator 'gave in to BP' over rig safety

Firm allowed to drill without devising plan to cope with blow-out

The ocean is a rich blue. But suddenly we see what this crisis is all about

There may be few indicators to the scale of the US oil slick from land, but from the air it is a different story

Senior officer killed while leading from the front

A commanding officer killed in hostile terrain in Afghanistan insisted on travelling in an exposed position in the lead vehicle of a routine patrol to inspire his men, an inquest heard today.

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