News Cuadrilla operated drill site in Balcombe, West Sussex. The company has withdrawn applications for permits to frack in Lancashire

Cuadrilla, the fracking company responsible for a series of earth tremors around Blackpool in 2011, has withdrawn applications for permits to frack in Lancashire after problems surfaced relating to the disposal of radioactive waste.

Iran calls for talks over UN nuclear deal

Tehran appears to be stalling after earlier concessions to the West

Iranian politicians reject UN-drafted uranium plan

Iran's senior politicians have rejected a UN-backed plan to ship much of the country's uranium abroad for further enrichment.

First inspectors visit Iran's secret nuclear plant as talks hit deadlock

Senior politicians claim West trying to 'cheat' Tehran

UN nuclear inspectors in Iran to visit site

A team of UN inspectors arrived today in Iran to visit a recently revealed, though still unfinished, uranium enrichment facility near the holy city of Qom to verify it is for peaceful purposes.

Iran ignores deadline and takes nuclear talks to brink

Tehran resists signing up to deal that would see enriched uranium sent abroad

Tehran edges towards nuclear deal

Atomic watchdog 'crossing fingers' that Iran will heed Friday deadline

Troubled Iranian nuclear talks resume

Talks between Iran and three big powers resumed today after further delay over Tehran's hesitancy to endorse a tentative deal to help defuse a long standoff over its disputed nuclear ambitions.

Doubts loom over nuclear agreement

Tehran refuses to abandon its 'right to enrich' uranium in fresh talks

James Moore: Less family silver – more of a car boot sale

It looks like great idea in principle – raise funds to plug the gaping hole in Britain's public finances by selling off state assets.

Chavez nuclear gag riles the US

While the rest of the world scrambles to build missile defence shields, and the diplomatic community rushes to emergency meetings at the United Nations, Hugo Chavez is taking a splendidly relaxed view of Iran’s latest nuclear ambitions.

Inspectors set to visit Iranian nuclear site

The head of the UN nuclear watchdog has said there is a "shifting of gears" in Iran's confrontation with the West to more cooperation and transparency. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief, Mohamed ElBaradei, also announced that inspectors would visit Tehran's uranium enrichment site on 25 October.

UN watchdog sets date for Iran inspection

The head of the UN's nuclear watchdog has set the date for the inspection of Iran's newly revealed uranium processing facility for October 25.

Iran ducks out of nuclear confrontation with West

Groundbreaking talks lead to inspection of plants and deal on processing of uranium

Iran nuclear site built 'in case of attack'

Iran's nuclear chief said yesterday that his country had built its newly revealed uranium enrichment facility inside a mountain and next to a military site to ensure continuity of its nuclear activities in case of an attack.

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