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In the papers - Thursday, 25 October 2007

Fresh legal challenges are expected to hamper plans to build new nuclear power stations in the UK...

...The government expects further attempts to take it to court in the coming months as it brings forward its plans for nuclear, according to leaked documents prepared by the Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, and seen by the Financial Times

Gordon Brown has been forced to intervene to shelve controversial Government plans to levy "pay as you throw" bin taxes on millions of households across Britain. The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is understood to have been preparing to unveil the "stealth tax" scheme to MPs on Thursday but the Prime Minister is said to have abandoned the announcement amid fears it would hit Labour's prospects in next year's local government elections - The Daily Telegraph

Rod Stewart has fulfilled an unlikely ambition by having his cherished model railway appear on the front cover of Model Railroader magazine. The rock star, better known for his love of steamy blonde models than model steam trains, has a perfect 1:87 scale model of New York's Grand Central Station in the 1940s laid out at his home in Beverly hills - The Daily Telegraph

Gordon Brown is under pressure to suspend rises in fuel duty after it emerged that the Treasury is set to pick up an unexpected £3 billion tax windfall from the soaring price of oil. Farmers and road hauliers threatened the Prime Minister last night with nationwide fuel protests in the run-up to Christmas unless the Government passed on some of the extra income to motorists - The Daily Telegraph

Emergency work has begun to save Europe's largest prehistoric man-made construction from collapse. Tunnels built into the side of Silbury Hill in Wiltshire are to be filled with hundreds of tons of chalk to preserve the mysterious Neolithic monument for future generations - The Daily Telegraph

France is to freeze new motorway and airport construction and introduce a tax on heavy lorries to improve its environmental reputation in Europe. President Nicolas Sarkozy made the announcement as part of his promises made when he came into office in May. Other initiatives being considered include improving energy efficiency in buildings and supporting organic farming - The Guardian

Market growth in private finance initiative deals has probably peaked, according to the body that provides the government with independent advice on the sector. Furthermore, the PFI and public-private partnerships face new challenges as the government attempts to devolve greater responsibility and accountability to local government, schools and local National Health Service bodies, said James Stewart chief executive of Partnerships UK - The Financial Times

California's raging wildfires reached the vast Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base last night where they posed a direct threat to a nuclear power station, piling continued pressure on firefighters and rescue workers as the disaster moved to the fourth day – The Independent

The international effort to curb man-made emissions of greenhouse gases – as enshrined in the Kyoto protocol – is a miserable failure that needs to be swept away and replaced, according to a new report. Climate policy after 2012, when the Kyoto agreement comes to an end, will disintegrate unless the principles behind the present treaty are overhauled and a new approach is taken, says the study, published in the journal Nature – The Independent

An industrialist brought into the Government by Gordon Brown admitted that some companies regarded the new capital gains tax changes as 'terrible' - The Times

Proposals for councils to impose rubbish taxes on householders who do not recycle properly have been shelved after a last-minute intervention from Gordon Brown - The Times

Manchester city council is suing the building and design team behind the controversial B of the Bang sculpture for £2M. Commissioned for the 2002 Commonweath Games, work is still needed to ensure it complies with health and safety standards - The Times

The Anna Amalia library in Weimar, viewed in Germany as a national icon in the mannar of the Bodleian in Oxford University, reopened yesterday after a £10M restoration following a devestating fire three years ago - The Times

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