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 The company has withdrawn applications for permits to frack in Lancashire

Cuadrilla, the fracking company responsible for a series of earth tremors around Blackpool in 2011, has withdrawn applications for permits to frack in Lancashire after problems surfaced relating to the disposal of radioactive waste.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

Iran has agreed to ship much of its enriched uranium to Turkey in a nuclear fuel swap deal reached with the help of mediation from Brazil and Turkey.

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There clearly is a problem in Fallujah as far as the health of newborn children is concerned. Doctors and residents in the city are convinced that many more children than usual are being born with deformities. So great is the concern that some doctors are apparently advising mothers living in the city not to have children. If this is indeed the case the problem could hardly be more serious.

Rupert Cornwell: It's that rare thing – a big summit that could produce results

Two iron laws usually govern international summits. Gridlock on the surrounding streets rises in direct proportion to the number of participants, while the likelihood of significant results moves in the opposite direction. The summit on nuclear security in Washington may just be the exception that proves the rule.

Obama invokes spectre of al-Qa'ida to focus minds on nuclear deal

President tells leaders at summit: secure your loose atomic material or it will fall into terrorist hands

Iran reveals nuclear advance as Netanyahu snubs US summit

Iran signalled its determination to press ahead with its nuclear programme last night by announcing it had developed faster centrifuges for enriching uranium "Iran's nuclear path is irreversible," President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in a speech in Tehran.

Niger junta names leader

A junta that seized power in a coup in Niger named a platoon commander as its leader yesterday, hours after soldiers announced on state television that their group was in charge of the uranium-rich country.

Iran may be closer than we think to having nuclear missiles, says UN

Report likely to strengthen resolve of West to tackle Tehran's intransigence

Iran is becoming a military dictatorship, says Clinton

Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State, told an audience of university students in Qatar yesterday that she believes Iran is drifting towards becoming a military dictatorship because of the increasing influence of the élite Revolutionary Guard in the country's leadership and politics.

Iran touts nuclear gains and quashes protests

Huge numbers of pro-government marchers join annual rally President taunts West with boasts about uranium enrichment

Huge rallies as Iran proclaims 'nuclear state'

Hundreds of thousands of government supporters today massed in central Tehran to mark the anniversary of the revolution that created Iran's Islamic republic - while president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad chose the day to proclaim his nation is now a "nuclear state".

Iran makes first batch of higher enriched uranium

Iran has produced its first consignment of 20 per cent enriched uranium, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said today, two days after the Islamic state announced it had started making higher-grade atomic fuel.

Mark Steel: They believed what suited them, and ignored what didn't

Iraq evidence was collected only to back a decision already made

Iran steps up nuclear game as Revolution Day looms

Islamic regime provokes confrontation with West but opposition prepares to hijack commemorations

Iran starts work on higher-grade nuclear fuel

Iran began work on today to make higher-grade nuclear fuel, a senior official said, and the Pentagon said the United States wanted a UN Security Council resolution on Iran "within weeks" over its nuclear programme.

Iran condemned as it reveals nuclear plans

International pressure for new sanctions against Iran grew on Monday after Tehran announced plans to make higher-enriched uranium and add 10 nuclear sites in a year, raising Western fears it wants to develop atom bombs.

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