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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Hugo Chavez lavished each other with praise

Iran’s uranium enrichment is escalation, says US

The US has said Iran’s enrichment of uranium at an underground site is “a further escalation” of its ongoing violation of UN resolutions. The warning comes after the UN’s nuclear watchdog confirmed that Tehran had begun enriching uranium up to 20% at its northern Fordo plant. Analysts say 20% enrichment is an important step towards […]

Six candidates remain in the race for the Republican nomination

New Hampshire primary: Republicans face voters’ verdict

New Hampshire voters are picking a Republican presidential candidate as the US state hosts the first primary of this year’s election season. Eve-of-vote opinion polls showed Mitt Romney’s big lead shrinking slightly as rivals savaged his business record. Jon Huntsman, who has all but staked his entire candidacy on Tuesday’s vote, was competing for second […]

Philipp Hildebrand: "I had no knowledge of my wife's transactions that day"

Swiss National Bank chairman Philipp Hildebrand resigns

The chairman of the Swiss National Bank (SNB), Philipp Hildebrand, has resigned with immediate effect. It follows revelations his wife Kashya bought $504,000 (£323,024) in August, three weeks before the central bank intervened to cap the Swiss franc. He told a news conference he had “no knowledge” of his wife’s transaction, which she later made […]

Cameron denies ‘dictating’ terms of Scottish referendum

Cameron denies ‘dictating’ terms of Scottish referendum

David Cameron has said he is not trying to “dictate” the terms of a Scottish independence referendum. Government sources have denied reports Westminster wo uld set an 18-month limit on holding the poll, if it transfers powers for a binding vote to Holyrood. But ministers may insist on a “yes or no” vote on independence […]

Iran death sentence for ‘CIA spy’ Amir Mirzai Hekmati

Iran death sentence for ‘CIA spy’ Amir Mirzai Hekmati

A US man of Iranian descent has been sentenced to death by a court in Tehran for spying for the CIA. Amir Mirzai Hekmati was “sentenced to death for co-operating with a hostile nation, membership of the CIA and trying to implicate Iran in terrorism,” semi-official Fars news agency said. The 28-year-old’s US-based family say […]

Nigeria fuel strike brings country to a halt

Nigeria fuel strike brings country to a halt

The BBC’s Mark Lobel in Lagos says banks, shops and businesses are shut A general strike in Nigeria over the elimination of a fuel subsidy has brought the country to a standstill. Shops, offices, schools and petrol stations around the country closed on the first day of an indefinite strike. In Lagos and other cities, […]

What is behind Nigeria fuel protests?

What is behind Nigeria fuel protests?

What is behind Nigeria fuel protests? (CNN) — Nigeria, Africa’s largest oil producer, ended oil subsidies on New Year’s Day that had kept gasoline prices artificially low. The cost of a liter of gasoline shot up from 65 naira (40 cents) to at least 141 naira (86 cents) virtually overnight. Furious Nigerians have since taken to the streets, […]