Obama scraps tighter smog rules

President Barack Obama dumps proposals to tighten rules on air pollution, a move that outrages environmentalists but is cheered by Republicans.

Minister offers talks on planning

Ministers say they are willing to hold talks with the National Trust and other opponents of its proposals to simplify the planning system in England.

VIDEO: UN fears over Iran nuclear plans

The UN nuclear watchdog says it is “increasingly concerned” that Iran is working on components for a nuclear weapons programme.

Turkey expels Israeli ambassador

Turkey expels Israel’s ambassador and suspends all military agreements over its refusal to apologise for last year’s raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla.