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In the papers 20th September

Willie Walsh, chief executive of British Airways, stepped up pressure ont he government yesterday to support a third runway at London's Heathrow as ministers prepare to launch a controversial public consultation on the airport's expansion...

... the "acute" shortage of takeoff and landing slots at Heathrow's two existing runways was the fundamental reason why the airport "struggled", asid Mr Walsh - The Financial Times

The European Commission has unveiled radical plans to break up Europe's energy giants to open up the gas and electricity markets to greater competition while also placing strict curbs on foreign ownership of power assets across the continent to secure supply - The Independent

The future of Smiths Group id in question after the UK engineers and America's General Electric scrapped plans for a jiont venture because of disagreements over "strategic vision". Smiths surprise announcement yesterday, after wight months of talks, sparked speculation that the company was now a takeover target - possibly from GE itself - The Guardian

Bristol police are to interview a motorist filmed on the M5 with a mattress precariously balanced on the roof of his car. The driver and his passenger each held on to the double mattress through the side windows as they drove at speeds up to 50mph – The Times

Spain’s struggling twentysomethings are to receive cash handouts to help them move out of their parents’ homes. In an attempt to tackle a housing crisis – and capture young voters – the socialist government is to offer £150 a month to those ages 22 to 30 whose salary is less then £15,500 – The Times

Plans to split Europe’s energy companies from their transmission networks were announced yesterday in the latest attempt by Brussels to drive down gas and electricity prices. The energy package promised a dose of enforced UK-style ‘unbundling’ for energy giants EDF and E.ON – The Times

Officials are investigating unconfirmed reports that a meteorite crashed in southern Peru over the weekend causing 200 people to suffer headaches, nausea and respiratory problems - The Independent

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