Iran has said it will not disrupt shipping in the Strait of Hormuz, moderating a threat it made last week to the busy sea route. The annoucement was made on the final day of naval exercises in the area. As James Reynolds reports.
Tens days of naval exercises in the Gulf needed a fitting climax, so Iran tested a new surface-to-sea missile. The military called it a long-range weapon but it's only able to hit targets within the Gulf. Iran has been keen to demonstrate its strengh within the region. Last week the country felt bold enough to suggest that it might even close the Strait of Hormuz if the west impose sanctions on Iran's oil industries. But Iran's navy has not tempted that threat.
Tens of thousands of South Sudanese are fleeing from their homes after inter-ethnic clashes around the town of Pibor. The United Nations is warning villagers to run for their lives ahead of advancing fighters from a rival tribe. Will Ross reports from Nairobi.
Groups of armed Lou Nuer men are continuing to attack villages in South Sudan's Jonglei state, burning homes. Tens of thousands of people from the rival Murle tribe has been displaced in recent days. It's difficult for the army or the United Nations to intervene as they had been seen as partisan in a tribal conflict that's gone for years. On Saturday parts of Pibor town were attacked. The army and UN troops protected the administrative center of the town but were powerless to prevent the distruction of homes and the only hospital there.
Police in the Nigerian capital Abuja have used tear gas to disperse demonstrators protecting against the removal of government subsidies on fuel. Fuel prices have doubled since the removal of the subsidies on Sunday. Here's Tomi Oladipo.
Nigerians have reacted angrily to the increase of the price of petrol following the removal of the fuel subsidy. Police fired tear gas to disperse a group of about 200 protesters in the capital Abuja. Trade Unions say they will carry out mass demonstrations in the coming days. The removal of the fuel subsidy has led to a sharp increase in transport costs. And analysts fear that this will make life more expensive and tougher for the average Nigerian. Despite being an oil-producing nation, Nigeria does not have functioning refineries. The country export crude oil and import refined petrolium products.
The head of the Arab League says the Syrian army has pulled out of residential areas but has warned that snipers remain a threat a week after Arab League monitors began their peace mission. Nabil Al-Araby said gunfire continued in some parts of the country and appealed for all shooting to stop. Mr Al-Araby's remarks follow a combine Arab League advisory body for the monitors to be withdrawn from Syria. World news from the BBC.
In the United States contenders for the Republic nomination to run against president Barak Obama in Novermber are making their last appeals to voters in Iowa. In what's the first major test of the 2012 presidential election campaign, Iowans will cast their ballots on Tuesday.
The former governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney has a narrow lead in the polls over Ron Paul , his nearest rival. The former senator and social conservative Rick Santorum surged into third place.
Police in the United States are questioning a man over some 55 arson attacks in Los Angeles since Thursday in which cars have been set alight apparently at random, mostly in the middle of the night. From Los Angeles, Peter Bowes.
The series of arson attacks have left trail of damaging garages in carports. Most of the fires were set in parked vehicles, in several cases, the flames jumped to nearby buildings including apartment units in Hollywood. But no one has been hurt. The arson attacks are believed to be the worse outbreak of deliberately set fires since the Los Angeles riots in 1992. Dozes of detectives have been assigned to the case and a reward of 35,000 dollars has been offered for information leading to a conviction.
The French-made breast implants at the center of a health care included a few additives, untested for clinical use. According to a list of materials obtained by the French radio station RTL, a German manufacturer has confirmed it's supplied industrial-grade silicone to the now defound French firm PIP.
One of Greece's top tax officials is to be prosecuted for failing to pursue tax dodgers at a time when Greece desperately needs to raise revenue. The official Yannis Kapeleris was the head of Greece's anti-corruption squad but allegedly blocks the collection of fines from companies for smuggling fuel. Mr Kapeleri has resigned but denies any wrong doing.