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 The company has withdrawn applications for permits to frack in Lancashire

Cuadrilla, the fracking company responsible for a series of earth tremors around Blackpool in 2011, has withdrawn applications for permits to frack in Lancashire after problems surfaced relating to the disposal of radioactive waste.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

A prominent Iranian lawmaker has said Iran has the knowledge and scientific capability to produce nuclear weapons but will never do so.

Losing their shine: Rio Tinto plans to sell flagging diamond mines for up to $2bn

Rio Tinto yesterday declared diamonds aren't forever as it put its mining operations for the precious gemstone up for sale with an expected price of $2bn.

Dutch prince seriously injured by avalanche

A Dutch prince is seriously ill in intensive care after being buried in an avalanche when he skied off piste in an Austrian ski resort.

IAEA delegation to plans new trip to Iran

A senior UN nuclear expert announced plans to revisit Tehran soon after a “good trip,” indicating progress on his team's quest to probe suspicions that the Islamic Republic is secretly working on an atomic arms program.

Ahmadinejad wants new nuclear talks

Iran is ready to revive talks with the West, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said yesterday, as the country faces tougher sanctions aimed at forcing Tehran to sharply scale back its nuclear programme.

Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan's bombed car after the attack

Iran blames Israel after nuclear scientist is killed by car bomb

Tehran says death of expert is part of a covert war being waged by Israel, the US and Britain

North Korea keeps door open for food-nuke deal with US

North Korea signaled today that it remains open to suspending uranium enrichment in exchange for US food aid, a deal that appeared imminent before leader Kim Jong Il died last month.

Bomb kills key Iranian scientist Mostafa Ahmadi Roshanan

An Iranian nuclear scientist was killed by a bomb in his car in what appears to be the latest covert assassination to hinder the country's nuclear programme.

Iran 'enriches uranium at new site'

Iran has begun uranium enrichment at a new underground site protected from possible airstrikes, a leading hardline newspaper reported today.

Mark Leftly: Rio Tinto grabs a slice of Canada's uranium riches

Now it just needs to make sure it keeps hold of it

Chinese buy uranium miner Kalahari Minerals for £632m

Kalahari Minerals, the AIM-listed, Namibia-focused uranium, gold and copper producer has agreed to be taken over by China Guangdong Nuclear Power Corp (CGNPC) for £632m.

Bill Gates and China may build nuclear reactor

Computing billionaire Bill Gates has confirmed he is discussing developing a new and safer kind of nuclear reactor with China.

Sir Mervyn King blamed concerns over indebtedness in the eurozone and disappointing growth and fiscal policy in the US for a sharp downturn in the market mood

John Kampfner: The economic crisis poses a threat to European democracy

Politicians and central bankers have long since ditched the stricture – don't spook the markets. From Sir Mervyn King to Angela Merkel, from Mario Draghi to George Osborne, they now compete for the most vivid Armageddon rhetoric.

Rio Tinto ups bid for Hathor to trump offer from Cameco

The jousting match for Canadian uranium producer, Hathor Exploration, intensified yesterday as the white knight Rio Tinto trumped an unsolicited offer from its rival suitor Cameco for a second time.

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