Gaddafi fortune

Even before Gaddafi's death on Thursday, the US Treasury was starting to thaw some $37 billion worth of frozen Libyan assets to make them available to the new government in Tripoli. The new Libyan government will get all the money eventually.


Earlier this year the US froze its piece of what some believe to be as much as $150 billion in assets that had been available to the Gaddafi regime around the world.

Rocket milestone

A Soyuz rocket is scheduled to launch Friday morning from a European space base after a delay over a fueling hitch.

The Russian-built Soyuz will haul the first two satellites of a planned rival to the US Global Positioning System – a major milestone for the European space industry.

The satellites weigh about 700 kg each and form the operational nucleus of Europe's 30-satellite Galileo navigation constellation.

End of ETA

The Basque separatist group Eta says it has called a "definitive cessation" to its campaign of bombings and shootings. Eta called on the Spanish and French governments to respond with "a process of direct dialogue".

The declaration, if followed through, would bring an end to Eta's campaign of violence, which has lasted more than 40 years and killed more than 800 people.

Pigs to the rescue

Using animals as a source of organs for transplantation into humans was once one of medicine's next big things – a solution to transplant waiting lists. But some researchers are now saying that transplants from animals "could soon become a reality".

There is still a pressing need for organs. In the UK there are 8,000 people on the waiting list – three die every day.

Jackson sedated

Michael Jackson was so heavily sedated shortly before he died that he could not have self-administered an additional, lethal dose of the sedative propofol, a medical expert has said.

Dr Steven Shafer was testifying at the involuntary manslaughter trial of the singer's physician, Dr Conrad Murray. He dismissed the idea the star could have drugged himself – an early argument put forward by the defence – as "crazy".

Earth is hotter

The Earth's surface really is getting warmer, a new analysis by a US scientific group set up in the wake of the "Climategate" affair has concluded.

The Berkeley Earth Project has used new methods and some new data, but finds the same warming trend seen by groups such as the UK Met Office and Nasa.

The project received funds from sources that back organisations lobbying against action on climate change.

Bangkok braced

More districts in the north of the Thai capital have been told to brace for flooding as water begins to drain through the city's canals to the sea. On Thursday the government opened several floodgates due to a build-up of water to the north of Bangkok.

It urged residents to move their belongings to higher floors but cautioned against panic. Thailand is facing its worst floods in decades with more than 340 people dead and a third of all provinces inundated.

Clinton urges action

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has called on Pakistan to take "strong steps" to deny Afghan insurgents sanctuary on its soil. Speaking in Islamabad after talks with Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar, she also urged Pakistan to encourage the Taliban to enter talks "in good faith".

Libya’s challenge

Freshly liberated from the threat of deposed ruler Muammar Gaddafi, Libyans now face a new challenge – repairing the war-ravaged country and building a democratic system from the ruins of a four-decade dictatorship.

Libyans know many obstacles lie ahead. But on Friday, the streets of Tripoli echoed with the sounds of celebratory gunfire, car horns and cheers as crowds ran or danced in alleyways. In Misrata – a city scarred by attacks during the Libyan war – crowds waved flags in the city's main square long after midnight.

Brazil-Moz accord

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has declared that Brazil is willing to invest strategically in Mozambique, in order to ensure sustainable development with reciprocal benefits for the two countries. She was in Maputo last week to review the current bilateral cooperation between the two countries.

Malaria vaccine

The first results from a large-scale phase III trial of the vaccine RTS,S, conducted at 11 sites in seven African countries, show that the vaccine protects young African children against clinical and severe malaria. RTS,S works by triggering the immune system to fight the Plasmodium falciparum malaria parasite when it first enters the bloodstream or the liver cells.

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