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 The company has withdrawn applications for permits to frack in Lancashire

Cuadrilla, the fracking company responsible for a series of earth tremors around Blackpool in 2011, has withdrawn applications for permits to frack in Lancashire after problems surfaced relating to the disposal of radioactive waste.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

Iran began loading fuel into its first nuclear power plant today, moving closer to its opening in the face of Western fears over its eventual plans for weapons.

West jittery as Iran completes its first nuclear reactor

Russia puts finishing touch to plant as experts warn of threat from uranium enrichment programme

Iran begins fueling first nuclear reactor

Iranian and Russian engineers have begun loading fuel into Iran's first nuclear power plant, which Moscow has promised to safeguard to prevent material at the site from being used in any potential weapons production.

Tehran decides on nuclear sites

Tehran has decided where to build 10 uranium-enrichment sites inside protected mountain strongholds and will start construction of the first in March, the Iranian government said.

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David Prosser: If public spending is behind the recovery, what happens when we cut it?

Consumer spending fell back – and that wasn't because people were saving more for a rainy day, which might have reassured us, as the savings ratio fell too

Increase in homes 'at risk' from radon gas

A five-fold increase in the number of homes officially designated at risk from a lethal gas that seeps out of the ground causing more than 1,000 deaths a year, was announced yesterday.

Iran bans UN nuclear inspectors

Iran has banned two UN nuclear inspectors from entering the country, a state media report said today.

Iran 'to unveil nuclear fuel advance'

Iran will unveil a new advance in its nuclear programme in the coming months, the head of its Atomic Energy Organisation was quoted as saying today, in comments that showed defiance in the face of new UN sanctions.

UN council hits defiant Iran with new sanctions

The UN Security Council imposed a fourth round of sanctions on a defiant Iran today over a nuclear programme the West suspects is aimed at developing the means to build atom bombs.

Iran tells US to back nuclear deal

Iran today warned the US to back its nuclear fuel swap offer or lose an "historic" chance of improving relations between the countries.

Cameron slams 'appalling mess left by Labour'

Prime Minister David Cameron tore into Labour's record in office today, claiming Gordon Brown's administration left the country in an "appalling mess".

Iran 'to go ahead' with Turkey atom fuel swap

Iran intends to go ahead with a deal reached with Turkey and Brazil for a nuclear fuel swap despite a new sanctions resolution against Tehran pending at the United Nations, an Iranian parliamentarian said today.

Katherine Butler: It looks like a victory for Iran – but we've been here before

Is this a positive step towards averting a global crisis or a cynical ploy? For those in Israel and the US who are already convinced Iran is building a nuclear weapon (and enriching uranium to that end) the surprise deal announced yesterday will be seen only as a calculated tactic to divide the world, and thus counter Barack Obama's efforts to force Iran to relinquish its nuclear programme via UN sanctions.

US outflanked in bid to bring new sanctions against Iran

Turkey and Brazil say no more punishment is needed after brokering nuclear deal
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