Yasser Arafat 'may have been poisoned with polonium'

A Swiss forensic report has found "unexpected high activity" of polonium in the remains of the late Palestinian leader, adding weight to a long-standing conspiracy theory surrounding his death in 2004. (BBC News)

Agreement unlikely in US Supreme Court town hall prayer hearing

Proceedings at the first day of Greece v Galloway, a key test case for the US separation of church and state, indicate that liberal and conservative justices are unlikely to reach a consensus on the issue (Reuters)

'Jaw-dropping' breakthrough hailed as landmark in fight against hereditary diseases

Scientists say that a new technique in genetic engineering has the potential to revolutionise the treatment of a range of diseases, including sickle-cell anaemia, Huntington’s disease and Down syndrome. (Independent)

Wavering on UK climate policy 'not justified'

A report by the Committee on Climate Change says that a slackening of UK efforts to reduce carbon emissions would not be justified, despite Chancellor George Osborne's concerns that emissions targets are holding back the economy. (BBC News)

Berlusconi sparks outrage by likening pressures of legal woes to Holocaust

Former Italian Prime Minister has sparked controversy by comparing his legal fight against corruption allegations to the plight of Europe's Jews during the Second World War. Berlusconi told journalists that his "children say they feel like Jewish families must have felt in Germany during Hitler's regime". (Guardian)