The man appointed to run the 20-billion-dollar fund in the United States to compensate those affected by huge amounts of oil leaking into the Gulf of Mexico has said he's determined to speed up the payment of claims. The fund is paid for by the oil company BP. Paul Adams reports from Washington.
Kenneth Feigberg says he wants to oversee a process that is fast and transparent. The man who run the claim fund for the families of victims of the 9.11 attacks seems anxious to reassure the people of the Gulf that this would not be a long drawn-out affair. In around of television interviews days after his appointment, Mr. Feinberg said he had witnessed at first hand the frustration and anger of people uncertain about their financial future.
The man accused of trying to set off a car bomb in Times Square in New York in May, Faisal Shahzad, has pleaded guilty to all 10 charges against him. They included an attempt to use weapon of mass destruction. He was arrested two days after the attack as he tried to board a flight bound for Dubai.
The US Sumpreme Court has overturned a lower-level court ruling which barred the American bio-tech company Monsanto from selling genetically-modified alfalfa seeds until there had been unenvironmental impact study. The ruling paves the way for Monsanto to resume the marketing their version of alfalfa, even though the research into the potential environmental consequences hasn't been completed. Alfalfa, which is used mostly as cattle feed, is the fourth most valuable crop in the United States.
Rescue workers in the Republic of Congo have found the wreckage of a plane that disappeared on Saturday while flying the Australia mining company's executives to an iron-ore project. A government minister in Cameroon with the plane took off said there were no survivors. Will Ross reports.
The wreckage of the plane was found in a remote forest area of the Republic of Congo. Amongst the 11 passengers was the entire board of the Australian mining company, Sundance Reources. One of the Australia's richest man, the mining tycoon, Ken Talbot, was also on the plane, as well as two British, two French and one American national. They'd all been visiting the Mbalam iron-ore project which straddles Cameroon, the Republic of Congo and Equatorial Guinea, and from where Sundance Resources is hoping to extract 35 million tons of iron ore a year.
The Iraqi Minister for Electricity has tendered his resignation after violent protests against widespread power cuts. Here's Janes Hughes.
The Minister, Karin Waheed, declared his resignation on Iraqi state television. Demonstrators, demanding his departure in protesting against widespread electricity blackout, have clashed with police in number of Iraqi cities in recent days. Two demonstrators in the southern city of Basra were killed on Saturday.
Report from Janes. Hughes.
The British government says the number of its soldiers killed in Afghanistan since the invasion of 2001 has reached 300. The death of the latest royal marine was announced on the day that 9 NATO personnel were killed in bomb attacks and helicopter crash in the south of Afgahnistan. The latest death makes this the deadliest month for the international coalition this year.
An Israeli planning body has approved an initial plan to demolish 22 Palestinian homes in occupied East Jerusalem. The scheme, which is part of redevelopment project in the Silwan neighborhood, is still someway from being implemented. It's strongly opposed by Palestinians who believed it would tighten Israel's control of the area. The Chief Palestinian negotiator, Saeb Erakat, said it was a dangerous move.
The coach of the French team at the Football World Cup, Raymond Domenech has said his player's refusal to train on Sunday in protest at striker Nikolas Anelka being sent home was unspeakably stupid. He said he fully supported the decision by the French Football Authorities to expel Anelka from the squad after he refused to apologize to him for full-mouth outburst. He was speaking to journalist in South Africa.
I try to convince the players that boycotted training would be aberration and imbecility would be unspeakably stupid. And for 45 minutes myself in the rest of the start, trying to convince them as the members of the French team not behaving in such a way.
France is in great danger of elimination from the tournament after failing to win either of their two first games.
Officials of one of Columbia's toughest jails, La Modelo in Bogota, say the equivalent of 40,000 dollars has been stolen from the prison safe. The money proceeds from the sea food to visitors disappeared from the administrator wing. Police are searching for suspects among the almost 6,000 prisoners.