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In the papers today - 21 February

Carillion has won a five-year signalling services deal with Network Rail as the infrastructure operator lifted its ban on the construction services group. The deal is worth £60m and will see Carillion's rail division deliver alterations, enhancements, safety improvements, small renewal projects and life-extension schemes in the south-east - The Financial Times
The European Union yesterday agreed a pact to slash greenhouse gas emissions by 20% within 13 years unilaterally and pledged to push for an agreement with the US and other industrialised countries to cut them by 30% by the same deadline. European environment ministers made the target for 2020 binding on all 27 EU countries, but are yet to agree on how to 'share the burden' of combating climate change, with countries such as Britain and Germany making much bigger cuts and other high-growth but less developed countries allowed more leeway - The Guardian A quarter of a million of the poorest Londoners are to receive half price travel on the capital's buses and trams following the signing of Ken Livingstone's controversial 'oil for brooms' deal with president Hugo Chavez. Despite criticism from opponents who accuse him of helping to further impoverish the poor of Venezuela, Mr Livingstone yesterday signed the accord with Caracas in a ceremony at London's City Hall - The Guardian The new chief executive of Taylor Woodrow is looking for acquisitions for its profitable US business while undertaking a root-and-branch review of its underperforming UK division. Ian Smith has been in the top job at Taylor Woodrow for only seven weeks, but he has already ripped up the UK business plan of his predecessor, Ian Napier - The Times The Department for Transport has revealed a four-strong shortlist of bidders to replace GNER as operator of the East Coast Main Line rail franchise. Arriva, FirstGroup, National Express and a Virgin-Stage-coach joint venture will compete to run the London to Leeds, Newcastle and Scotland franchise - The Times The Government hopes to embarrass drivers into choosing less-polluting cars in a vigorous campaign that is designed to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. The unprecedented intervention in the new car market will include a new website identifying the greenest cars in each class - The Times Ambassadors from some of the wealthiest countries in the world united yesterday in refusing to pay London's congestion charge. Their embassies fall within the newly expanded penalty zone but at least a dozen are claiming that they are exempt - The Times

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