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BBC News with Marion Marshall.

The British government says the United Nations has agreed to release 1.5 billion dollars worth of Libyan money held in British banks to help with emergency humanitarian aid in Libya and restore confidence in the economy. The Libyan notes, which were frozen under UN sanctions, will be delivered to the Central Bank of Libya as soon as possible. Here is Gary O'Donoghue.

UN Security Council Resolution 1970. Freezing Libyan assets is still in place. And negotiations are continuing in New York till **. But in the meantime, country’s ** to the sanction’s committee to release surmounts of money  to assist what it called basic expenses, so of the 80 billion dollars worth of Libyan assets held in Britain. The government has been allowed by the UN to release 1.5 billion to the National Transitional Council in Tripoli. Foreign Secretary William Hague said the money would help address the urgent humanitarian need, instill confidence in the banking sector, pay the salaries of key public sector workers and freak up equity in the economy.

The US has imposed new sanctions on three top Syrian government officials in what the State Department said was an attempt to further tighten the noose on President Bashar al-Assad’s inner circle. It follows a violent end to the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in which at least 7 people were shot dead in protests across Syria.

Russia’s state-owned oil company Rosneft and the United States energy giant ExxonMobil have announced a strategic deal to jointly explore and develop oil and gas reserves under the sea in the Arctic. More from our economic correspondent Andrew Walker.

The two companies are planning to put a total of over 3 billion dollars into exploration of the Arctic Ocean and the Black Sea. Rosneft gets access to the ExxonMobil’s expertise in the capital. The US company extends its position in Russia which is widely seen as a key location for future oil and gas production. The ** in the agreements replace the deal between Rosneft and BP which failed earlier this year over a dispute with the British company’s other Russian partner.

The authorities in Sudan have denied allegations by international human rights groups that they are continuing air bombardments of civilians in the province of South Kordofan. Human rights researchers said they saw Sudanese planes bombing what appears to be civilian areas. James Copnall reports from South Sudan.

The spokesman for President Omar al-Bashir’s National Congress party has categorically denied the Sudanese armed forces are breaking their own ceasefire in South Kordofan. ** accused the rebels of continuing the fighting, saying the government troops were acting its self-defence. He rejected reports that the Sudanese armed forces were indiscriminately bombing civilians or stopping the flow of humanitarian aid to people in need. And this international human rights watch say they have documented air attacks that killed at least 26 civilians in South Kordofan before the ceasefire.

World New from the BBC.

Bolivia’s Supreme Court has sentenced five former senior military officers in connection with the killing of almost 60 people during protests in 2003. They’ll serve between ten and fifteen years in prison. Protesters were killed during demonstrations against the export of natural gas to the United States. A BBC correspondent says this is the first civilian trial of military officials in Bolivia accused of human rights to reach a conclusion.

Some of Sweden’s main newspapers have announced a temporary shut down of their previously unrestricted online comment pages while they are overhaul to prevent hate speech. The move was prompted by some of the responses to the killings in Norway last month. Here’s Mike Sanders.

Up to now, Swedish readers have been able to look onto the newspaper’s comment pages using pseudo names and nick names. Some ** praised and inspiring Breivik for killing 77 people, indorsing his use of what he called the Islamization of Europe. Now contributors will have to use their Facebook or other social networking accounts to access comment pages run by three of the top newspapers. And it is admitted one be entirely full approved ** could set up bogus accounts. But they think it will rid out most racism and other anti-social opinions.

The Israeli army says it’s training Jewish settlers in the west bank to repel violent protests in anticipation of unrest by Palestinians when they’ll make a beat for separated states of United Nations next month. The military said local forces were being prepared to deal with what it called any possible scenario although ** officials denied they will be given tear gas in the **.

Rescue workers in the eastern United States are airlifting food and water to town cut off by flooding after up to 40 centremetres of torrential rain fell in the wake of Hurricane Irene. Officials say several hundred roads and many bridges across connected New Jersey, New York and Vermont remained closed. The governor of New York State said he would ask for federal assistance

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