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Civil Engineering in the papers today - Friday 3rd October 2008

France is willing to help Venezuela develop a civilian nuclear power programme, the countries' foreign ministers said yesterday. . . . . .

The French foreign minister, Bernard Kouchner, also said that France would like to use Venezuela, a staunch critic of the United States, as a go-between with Iran in discussions about its nuclear programme, but Iran had so far proved unreceptive - The Guardian

Britain's electricity generators should be able to meet the country's needs even if the coming winter proves a harsh one, National Grid said yesterday. "Demand should be met in all but the most extreme potential combinations of demand forecast error and generation unavailability," its winter outlook says - The Guardian

Britain's first space academy was launched yesterday. Based at the National Space Centre in Leicester, it aims to encourage interest in science, maths and technology by teaching young people about space exploration - The Daily Telegraph

The US embassy in London plans to abandon the glamorous environs of Mayfair and relocate to the more gritty Nine Elms quarter in Vauxhall, south of the river Thames. Robert Tuttle, US ambassador to the UK, said yesterday that he had signed a conditional agreement with Ballymore, an Irish property developer, to acquire the new site - The Financial Times

Noise is "likely to be the key constraint" against building a third runway at Heathrow, according to government documents obtained by Greenpeace. The documents, an assessment of risks to the construction of a third runway, show that the airport may fail to meet noise limitation targets even without a new runway - The Financial Times

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