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In the papers - Friday 11 January

The race to a nuclear future began last night, as operators promised the first new power stations within a decade, and French and British companies vied for the contracts...

Boosted by government promises to help fast-track a fresh breed of reactors, Areva, the French energy company, rushed in with a bid to build six plants, with the first operational by the end of 2017. Four would be in partnership with another French company, EDF, and the other two with different partners. British Energy, the UK's main generator, said it would announce one or two proposals in March. Centrica, the owner of British Gas, voiced an interest in a new plant and the German companies E.On and RWE, which own Powergen and nPower in Britain, are also likely to want to take part - The Times

A retired British couple watched in horror as their dream house on the southern coast of Spain was bulldozed yesterday because of a planning row with local authorities that could see hundreds of other holiday homes razed. Len and Helen Prior sold their family home in Berkshire to move to Spain in 2002 - The Guardian

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