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In the papers today - 14 July

The costliest and most infamous road project in American history - Boston's Big Dig' road tunnel - has been hit by the biggest scandal of its troubled history after a concrete roof collapsed, killing a woman.

Inspectors announced yesterday that they had found at least 60 more trouble spots in the tunnel where 12 tonnes of concrete ceiling tiles crushed the female car passenger on Monday.

Thomas Reilly, the Massachusetts Attorney-General, said contractors had known there were problems with the tiles' anchor bolts since 1999 and threatened to bring murder charges. He added that he had sent subpoenas to the Big Dig's construction manager, Bechtel/Parsons Brinckerhoff. - Times

The leaders of Turkey, Azerbaijan and Georgia gathered at the Turkish port of Ceyhan yesterday to open a 1,768 km (1,100-mile) pipeline, right, which is designed to carry Caspian Sea oil to the energy markets of Europe.The $3.9 billion (£2.1 billion) pipeline bypasses Russia and was supported by the US as part of a strategy to tap sources of crude oil outside the Middle East and draw the Caspian states closer to the west. - TimesThousand of Swiss are flocking to one of the country's most famous mountains to catch a last glimpse of its dramatic outline, before a slab of rock weighing millions of tons breaks off from its eastern face and falls into the valley below.The Eiger, one of Europe's most treacherous peaks, has been crumbling at an almost visible rate for the past month and experts believe it is only a matter of days before five million tons of rock come crashing down.The slab, equivalent in volume to two Empire State buildings, is moving away from the rock face at a rate of 35 inches a day. A fissure between the two surfaces first spotted at the beginning of June has grown from eight inches to more than 16ft. - IndependentAt 1,110 miles long, crossing mountain ranges and 1,500 waterways, the Baku-Ceyhan pipeline has been hailed as the first engineering wonder of the 21st century. A decade after it was conceived it finally opened yesterday at the eastern Turkish port of Ceyhan.An epic feat of construction that cost £2.4 billion and employed up to 22,000 workers at a time, the pipeline will ensure that the precious reserves of the Caspian Basin - believed to be the largest remaining oil deposit outside the Middle East - can now be pumped to the edge of the Mediterranean and shipped on for the European market. - TelegraphEurotunnel last night warned it could cease trading in January after last ditch talks with a group of creditors collapsed in the early hours and it applied for court protection from bankruptcy. However, the company was accused of setting false deadlines. Jacques Gounon, chief executive, warned it had only until the end of September to reach a comprehensive deal with creditors and that customers could only be sure of booking shuttles through the channel tunnel until Christmas. But it would 'business as usual' until then. - Guardian

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