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In the papers today - 18 December

China has awarded a £4bn nuclear reactor contract to Westinghouse, giving its technology a central role in the expansion of the country's atomic energy sector. The decision is a severe blow to France, whose Areva company had been in competition with Westinghouse and Atomstroiexport of Russia, to supply the reactors, which are to be used at power stations in eastern and southern China. - Financial Times
Train and bus companies are accused today of ignoring the needs of passengers by shutting down services for almost 60 hours over Christmas. A cross-party group of more than 30 MPs has joined forces with Passenger Focus, the national rail passenger watchdog, to call for a basic public transport service on Christmas Day and Boxing Day - The TimesTesco is to run three-quarters of its distribution fleet on biodiesel from next month, it announced yesterday. The supermarket claimed its move would cut the greenhouse gas emissions of its 2,000 lorries by more than 70,000 tonnes per year - The Telegraph

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