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In the papers today - 18 August

Powerful private sector business leaders have pledged to rebuild Lebanon's shattered bridges in a show of unity over post war reconstruction. Former prime minister Najib Mikati and a leading telecommunications advisor kicked off the reconstruction frenzy by appointing Dar al-Handassah to rebuild the Madfoun bridge linking north Lebanon to the capital The Financial Times
Virgin Atlantic will today call for a Competition Commission inquiry into the British airports market, heaping further pressure on airports group BAA.According to The Times the request will be made as part of a submission to the Office of fair Trading's airports markets study The TimesPowergen is to raise gas prices by more than 18% after imposing its second price rise in a year. The company, which is owned by German energy supplier Eon also said that electricity prices will rise by 9.7% The Financial TimesThe eight water companies in south-east england that have imposed hoepipe and drought orders on 13 million people will probably not have to introduce any further restrictions because households are using up to 15% less water than they were this time alst year The GuardianSix people have been taken to hospital after a tornado lifted a portable building into the air and dragged it for up to 21m at a site owned by concrete producer Cemex. The injured were archaeologists and students investigating the site in Baston, South Lincolnshire, prior to it being used as a quarry.A Cemex spokeswoman said, ' There was a steel container on the site being used for a canteen and it seems those working there took shelter in it from the extreme weather conditions. The container was lifted by the high winds and rolled a number of times, causing the injuries.' Floods in Ethiopia have dealt a devastating blow to some of the country's most endangered tribes after it emerged yesterday that more than 1,000 people may have been killed across the country in the past week. At least 626 people have been confirmed dead so far and tens of thousands more made homeless after weeks of torrential rain caused a number of rivers to burst their banks. One of the areas affected is the Omo Valley, home to numerous indigenous tribes The IndependentThe government offered £4.5M on Thursday to help fund the world's first wave energy farm off north Cornwall. The proposed £20M 'wave hub' is a seafloor socket that will connect wave energy machines to the mainland, and is due to become operational in 2008, subject to consent. The installation, which will support 20 generating machines, will be about 16km off St Ives Bay The Telegraph

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