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BBC News with Fiona McDonald.

Financial regulators in the US have accused the investment bankGoldman Sachs of fraud related to the collapse of the American housing marketin 2007. The Securities and Exchange Commissionis taking several actions against the bank. Michelle Floury sent this report fromthe floor, the New York Stock Exchange.

The Securities and Exchange Commission alleges the bank thousandinvestors a financial product based on subprimemortgages that was designed to lose value. Goldman Sachs has denied theallegations and says it will defend the firm and its reputation. This is thefirst time the US government has explicitly accused one of the Wall Streets’premier institutions of fraud relating to the collapse of the US housingmarket.

The prime minister of Thailand Abhisit Vejjajiva put the head ofarmy in charge of national security as he fight to campaign by oppositionprotesters demanding that he step down. Mr. Abhisit made his decision hoursafter the security forces publicly failed to arrest leaders of the rallies thathave paralyzed parts of the capital Bangkok for weeks. Clashes last week duringprotests left more than 20 people dead. From Bangkok, here is Rachel Harvey.


The prime minister said he was appointingthe head of the armed forces’ General Anupong to take charge of nationalsecurity in order to streamline operations. A government spokesman contacted bythe BBC said the general will be better able to deal with what he called theterrorists’ threat. He now has the power to make decisions directly thespokesman said. The move comes amid fever speculationthat the security forces might be planning another operation to evictprotesters from the site that currently occupying in the commercial heart of Bangkok.

Aviation experts have warned that adrifting cloud of volcanic ash from Iceland will continue to cripple airtransport over much of Europe at the weekend. The European air traffic agencysaid that there will be further significant disruption. Britain has extendedthe closure of much of its airspace until
midday onSaturday. The International Air Transport Association said that the disruption wascosting airlines more than 200 million dollars a day.

The number of people known to have died onthe earthquake in the northwest China has risen to more than 1,100 with over400 others still missing. Rescuers fear the figures likely to rise again. Heavyearth moving equipment has been used in the search of
trappedsurvivors. In the worst hit town of Jiegu, a full local official told the BBCthey badly needed supplies.

The security situation is good in the town.There is no looting or rioting. Security forces are out on patrol. The mainpriority for us is relief work, to rescue people. We urgently need tends andfood, and drinking water. We urgently need these supplies.

World News from the BBC.
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