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Nigerian fishermen take on oil giant Shell in London court

The lawsuit introduced at London’s High Court on Friday concerns the spillage of about thousands of barrels of oil in Ogoniland in the Niger Delta, one of Nigeria’s poorest and least developed regions.

British soldier killed in southern Afghanistan

The soldier's death brings the number of British forces killed while serving in Afghanistan since the war began in October 2001 to 405.

BBC director general Mark Thompson to step down after Olympics

Thompson's departure could see the appointment of the BBC’s first female director general, with the broadcaster’s chief operating officer, Caroline Thomas, and its head of news, Helen Boaden, tipped as leading internal candidates.

British journalists freed in Libya

Gareth Montgomery-Johnson, 36, and Nicholas Davies, 37, were captured in the Libyan capital of Tripoli by a Misrata-based militia on February 22 while working as freelance journalists for Iranian news channel Press TV.

Head of UK financial regulator to step down

Hector Sants, a former Credit Suisse First Boston Banker, had already resigned in 2010, but was persuaded by the UK’s incoming coalition government to stay on and oversee the transition to the new “twin peaks” regulatory regime.

Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams to step down

Williams has spend much of his time in office trying to halt a growing schism in the Anglican church over women and gay bishops, as well as same-sex unions. 

Nigeria kidnap 'mastermind' dies in custody

Abu Mohammed died of “severe bullet wounds” sustained when he was arrested in the town of Zaria along with five other suspects on March 7.

British journalists handed over in Libya

The pair were held by the Misrata-based Saraya Swehli brigade, who said they had crossed into Libya illegally and were in possession of sensitive materials.

Anti-abortion protesters film women as they leave and enter a London abortion clinic

"A culture seems to be being fostered where protesters (when they are not filming) think it is entirely acceptable to harangue women."
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