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In the papers today - 11 January

Tony Blair insisted that he would press ahead with pilot road pricing schemes yesterday, despite more than 40,000 people signing a petition against them in less than 24 hours. Blair's official spokesman sounded a defiant note as the number of opponents to the proposals on the Downing Street website, www.petitions.pm.gov.uk, reached more than 218,000 - The Times
Workers began demolishing a footbridge in Nicosia on the orders of the TRNC administration, with the backing of the government in Ankara and against the wishes of the hawkish Turkish general staff. The bridge, built against the wishes of the Greek Cypriots, had become an obstacle to community efforts to revive Ledra Street, the divided main thoroughfare in the city - Financial TimesBrussels set itself on a collision course with some of Europe's biggest energy companies yesterday by demanding the break-up of their vertically integrated monopolies. In a hard-hitting report, the European Commission said the ownership of supply, generation and distribution networks under one roof was undermining security of supply, stifling investment, and raising the price of gas and electricity - The IndependentDevon could become England's darkest county if plans to turn off street lights to save energy are approved. Thousands of lights could be dimmed, or removed, to help combat global warming - The TimesMotorists carrying at least one passenger will be allowed to drive in underused bus lanes in an iniative intended to encourage car sharing. The measure will also appease those drivers who protest at having to waste time in queues alongside empty bus lanes - The TimesBuckets and spades are out for children playing on the beach in Bournemouth this summer. The council has replaced the sand on Southbourne beach with 2Mt of stones, sharp flints and oyster shells - The Times

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