The latest in a series of tit for tat retaliations between Iran and the West has resulted in the halt of oil exports to Britain and France. However, business shouldn't be greatly affected as Iran sells most of its oil to Asia and the EU is winding down its imports from Iran. Tehran does hold a big bargaining chip though and continues to threaten the closure of the Strait of Hormuz, a strategic waterway carrying a third of the world's oil shipments.
Two months after the United Nations' health agency warned that Influenza A (H1N1) outbreak had become a pandemic, schools and health authorities across the Northern Hemisphere are rushing to prepare for the new term.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy has once more met with France's top bankers amid growing public anger over excessive pay. Banks have now agreed to adopt a system of performance-linked pay bonuses, but will it prove effective?
Our Focus programme looks at the case of Kartika Sari Dewa Shukarn, a Malaysian model who pleaded guilty to drinking beer in public and has been sentenced to caning after the Muslim holy month of Ramadan comes to an end.
President Barack Obama’s ambitious healthcare reforms are under pressure. Republicans have staged a highly effective campaign to block what they view as a “socialist” policy, leading to heated scenes in town halls all over the USA.
The day after the Afghan election, and as both incumbent Hamid Karzai and his main rival Abdullah Abdullah claim victory, rumours of fraud are gathering steam. But the international community insists the election is credible...