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In the papers - Monday 29 October 2007

A structural engineer falsely accused of being an illegal immigrant while holidaying in Northern Ireland was arrested and imprisoned purely because of his race, the Equality Commission said yesterday...

Frank Kakopa, originally from Zimbabwe but legally working in England, received £7,500 compensation and apologies from the immigration service after he was detained at Belfast City airport in August 2005 and sent to Maghaberry prison for two days - The Guardian

The Italian government has given approval for a liquefied natural gas terminal to be installed on a huge ship anchored 18km off the coast of Livorno, in Tuscany, in the middle of a whale and dolphin sanctuary – The Independent

Britain has more living geniuses per head of population than anywhere else in the world, according to a new survey which reveals the country's influence on science, technology, business and the arts. Almost a quarter of those featured in the list of 100 living geniuses are Britons, including Sit Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the world wide web, in joint first place, and physicist Stephen Hawking at seven in the list – The Daily Telegraph

FERROVIAL, the Spanish infrastructure group, will show solid earnings growth in all its building operations when it reports back today, although on a year-on-year basis the results will not be comparable. Ferrovial sold its property arm last December while BAA, itsUKairports operator, was consolidated from the third quarter of 2006 - The Times

Plans to redevelop Mumbai's decrepit airport to cope with surging traffic – considered one ofIndia's urgent infrastructure projects – could be held up by a 30% rise in the estimated number of squatters on the site. The private developer charged with clearing the slums says there are more than 450,000 people, rather than 350,000 as originally thought, in shanty towns on land earmarked for the expansion - The Financial Times

The German government's plans for a partial privatisation of Deutsche Bahn, a cornerstone of Angela Merkel's industrial policy, appear to have been scuppered after the Social Democrats imposed strict conditions on the sell off of a stake inGermany's rail company - The Financial Times

Suzlon, the Indian wind turbine manufacturer, has revealed plans to more than double its production capacity to take advantage of soaring demand, including fromChinaandIndia, and to list its Hansen subsidiary on the London Stock Exchange. In an interview with the Financial Times, Tulsi Tanti, Suzlon chairman and managing director, said that his group's board had approved investment to expand its manufacturing capacity from 2,700MW to 5,700MW by the end of 2008. The new wind turbine factories would be located near the country's ports in order to serve the international market - The Financial Times

Gatwick airport was in chaos yesterday when computers failed to recognise the end of British summer time. Arrival and departure times for hundreds of flights were advertised an hour late after the UK's second biggest airport ignored the return to Greenwich mean time - The Guardian

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