The American Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has strongly condemned the new conviction of one of Russia's best-known business tycoons, the former oil magnate Mikhail Khodorkovsky.
A winter storm is causing major disruption along the eastern seaboard of the United States. Hundreds of flights have been cancelled, and states of emergency have been declared in Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia. Rajini Vaidyanathan reports from Washington.
The United Nations refugee agency says 14,000 Ivorians have fled to neighbouring Liberia to escape the violence that followed last month's disputed presidential election in Ivory Coast. Peter Miles has the details.
West African leaders have warned the incumbent President of Ivory Coast, Laurent Gbagbo, that force will be used if he doesn't step down. The statement was issued after an emergency summit in Nigeria of the regional group Ecowas. John James reports from Abidjan.
The world's top human rights body, the UN Human Rights Council, has expressed strong concern about the violence in Ivory Coast following disputed presidential elections. At a special session in Geneva, the council unanimously adopted a resolution condemning what member states called atrocities. President Laurent Gbagbo has refused to leave office after what was widely regarded as his election defeat. Here's Imogen Foulkes.
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A secret convoy transporting weapons-grade nuclear material across Europe has arrived at its final destination in Russia. The 13kg of highly enriched uranium were loaded onto lorries at an obsolete nuclear reactor in Serbia a month ago. Gordon Corera has more.
An American report investigating the decision by the Scottish government to release the Libyan man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing says he was freed for political reasons and under what it calls the threat of commercial warfare.
The UN Security Council has issued what's seen as a direct challenge to the incumbent President of Ivory Coast, Laurent Gbagbo, urging him to step down in favour of Alassane Ouattara, the man widely recognised as the rightful winner of last month's election. Laura Trevelyan reports from the UN.
Opposition protesters in the Belarusian capital Minsk have attacked the main government buildings, smashing windows and kicking doors. They are accusing the authorities of widespread vote-rigging in Sunday's presidential election.
The United States Senate has voted to scrap the 17-year-long ban on gay men and lesbians openly serving in the military. Senators voted 65-31 to end the don't ask, don't tell policy that's forced gay soldiers to conceal their sexuality.
President Obama is about to sign into law an extension of his predecessor's tax cuts, including those for the wealthiest Americans. Mr Obama is opposed to the extension along with many of his party, but he agreed to it in order to get approval for his own plans to extend unemployment benefits from his Republican opponents. Mark Mardell reports from Washington.
The founder of the Wikileaks website, Julian Assange, has been released on bail from prison in London. He was set free several hours after prosecutors lost a second attempt to keep him in custody.
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The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, has asked judges to charge six top Kenyans he believes were responsible for the deaths of more than 1,200 people in post-election violence three years ago.
A judge in London has granted conditional bail to the founder of the Wikileaks website, Julian Assange, who's angered the American government by publishing leaked diplomatic papers.
The Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki has been dismissed while on an official tour of Africa. A statement from President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announcing the move gave no reason. Marcus George reports.
At least six American soldiers have died in a suicide attack in Afghanistan. They were at a checkpoint near Kandahar when a vehicle laden with explosives was detonated. US forces have been engaged in a three-month offensive against the Taliban in the surrounding area. From Kabul, here's Paul Wood.
President Obama's special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard Holbrooke, is critically ill in Washington. Mr Holbrooke, who's 69, underwent heart surgery on Saturday after falling ill while at work in the State Department. His family is at his bedside. Here's Peter Cardwell.
This is precisely what one American man has done in order to remind the public about the nutritional value of potatoes.
Police in London have launched a criminal investigation into student protests in the capital over the past month, which culminated in an attack on Prince Charles and his wife on Thursday night.
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Supporters of the website Wikileaks have launched a cyber attack on financial institutions seen as colluding with alleged attempts by the US government to undermine it. Mark Gregory reports.
Hours after the founder of the Wikileaks website, Julian Assange, surrendered to the authorities in Britain, a court in London ordered him to remain in custody while it decides on his possible extradition to Sweden, where he faces allegations of sexual offences. Mr Assange denies the accusations. Jon Brain was in court.
Legal authorities have stepped up the pressure on the founder of the website Wikileaks, Julian Assange, whose publication of secret diplomatic cables has angered Washington and other governments.
The former South African leader Thabo Mbeki has spent a day in Ivory Coast meeting the two men who are claiming to have won the country's presidency after a disputed election.
There's a tense political standoff in Ivory Coast after two rival presidential swearing-in ceremonies took place within hours of each other following last Sunday's disputed elections.
The political crisis in Ivory Coast is deepening amid disagreements about who won Sunday's presidential election run-off. The long-term President Laurent Gbagbo has refused to accept provisional results giving victory to the opposition candidate Alassane Ouattara. Mr Ouattara has declared himself the new head of state, and he's been backed by the UN secretary general, as Barbara Plett reports.