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BBC News with Fiona McDonald.

Financial regulators in the United States have accused the investment bank Goldman Sachs of fraud related to the collapse of the American housing market in 2007. The securies and exchange commission is taking several actions against the bank. Michelle Fleury sent this report from the floor, the New York Stock Exchange.


The Securities and Exchange Commission alleges the bank thousand investors a financial product based on subprime mortgages that was designed to lose value. Goldman Sachs has denied the allegations and says it will defend the firm and its reputation. This is the frist time that the US government has explicitly accused one of Wall Street’s premier institutions of fraud relating to the collapse of the US housing market.

The Prime Minister of Thailand Abhisit Vejjajiva’s put the head of the army in charge of national security as he finds the campaign by opposition protesters demanding that he /. Mr Abhisit made his decision hours after the security forces publicly failed to arrest leaders of the rallies that have paralyzed parts of the capital Bangkok for weeks. Clashes last week during protests left more than 20 people dead. From Bangkok, here is Rachel Harvey.

The Prime Minister said he was appointing the head of the armed force General Anupong to take charge of national security in order to streamline operations. A government spokesman contacted it by the BBC said the general would be better able to deal with what he called the terrorists threat. He now has the pi/ to make decisions directly, the spokesman said. The move comes amid fever speculation that the security forces might be planning another operation to evict protesters from the site that currently occupying in the commercial heart of Bangkok.

The aviation experts have warned that a drifting cloud of volcanic ash from Iceland will continue to cripple air transport over much of Europe at the weekend. The European air traffic agency said there would be further significant disruption, Britain has extended the closure of much of  / until midday on Saturday. The international air transport association said the disruption was costing airline more than 200m dollars a day.

The number of people known to have died in the earthquake in northwest China has risen to more than 1,100 with over 400 others still missing. Rescuers fear the figures likely to rise again. Heavy earth moving equipment has been used in the search for trapped survivors. In the worst hit town of Jiegu, a  local official told the BBC that they badly needed supplies.

The security situation is good in the town, there is no looting or rioting. Security forces are out of patrol. The main priority for us is relief work, to rescue people. We urgently need tents and food, and drinking water, we urgently need these supplies.

A BBC investigation has found that months before a Georgian luger crashed and died during a training section at this year’s Vancouver Winter Olympics, several top athletes warned the organizers that the / track were dangerous. Olympic officials initially said the dead of the luger Nodar Kumaritashvili was down to human error. Rebecca reports.

21-year-old Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili was killed when he crashed on a final band during training. He was throwing from the track at more than 100 km/h and collided with a steel pillar. Test athletes in all three of the sliding sports, /, skeleton and / say they told organizers the track was too fast, too difficult and that less experience athletes would be most vulnerable to accidents. A spokesman for the international/federation told the BBC that some changes were made in response to concerns and that safety of athletes were absolutely paramount.

Italy said two of its citizens who were kidnapped last year in Mauritania by al-Qaeda have been freed. The Italian government said the hostages were released after intense to diplomacy and were being taken to a safe place.

Reports from Iran say the former president Mohammad Khatami had been barred from leaving the country to attend a nuclear disarmament conference in the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Mr Khatami’s lawyer told the BBC that there’d been on legal order but Mr Khatami had decided not to travel after receiving what he called official advice to cancel his trip.

And finanly while volcanic ash from Iceland is causing unprecedented disruption to air travel across Europe, a taxi driver in Moscow has seen it as a business opportunity. He’s offering to drive people to any location in Europe for a favor of 1,300 dollars. He said that for a person who really wanted to get somewhere, then that was a reasonable price to ask.
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