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 The company has withdrawn applications for permits to frack in Lancashire

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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

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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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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

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