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In the papers today - 26 October

Balfour Beatty, part of the consortium Metronet, has been accused of taking two 'massive potential bombs' on to the London Underground. The firm used two 54kg canisters of unstable acetylene gas as it carried out repairs on the Victoria Line, the RMT Union claimed. The gas would have been used for welding, but an explosion could have been as deadly as methane gas blast in mines - Metro
The Tower of London's status as one of the world's most important buildings is under threat from plans for a series of skyscrapers in the capital. The Times has learnt that inspectors will visit London next week to decide if the 900-year-old Tower should retain its status as a World Heritage Site - The TimesUK manufacturing will lose out from the expected £5.1bn sale of Corus, the Anglo-Dutch steelmaker, to Tata Steel of India, according to Sir Anthony Bamford, chairman and owner of the JCB excavator manufacturer. In a letter to the Financial Times, Sir Anthony, one of Britain's best-known industrialists, says he would have expected the board of Corus - having achieved good profits in recent years - to have been more ambitious than to allow itself to be purchased by a smaller steelmaker - Financial Times The government's policy of setting ambitious long-term carbon emission reduction targets has failed. Britain's emissions have been rising every year since 2002. A binding carbon reduction target should be determined by Parliament every year and the government's performance in delivering these reductions must be monitored by an independent body - The Independent Crash investigators believe that an RAF Tornado bomber that crashed in the sea near Holbeach, Lincs, on Tuesday, may have been brought down by a bird strike. RAF sources said yesterday that it was believed that the jet flew into a flock of birds, probably Brent Geese, as it approached a bombing range - The Daily Telegraph Australia yesterday announced it would build one of the world's biggest solar power plants amid warnings of blackouts, unless it can increase generation to meet the growing demand for air conditioners. With climate change being increasingly blamed for the severe drought that has been affecting parts of the continent for six years, and with cities imposing punishing water restrictions, the government has begun to support alternative forms of energy - The Guardian A key link for the 2012 Olympics has been given the go-ahead. The Department for Transport gave planning approval to extend the Docklands Light Railway 6km to Stratford International station and the heart of the Olympic park in east London. The extension is due to open in 2010 - The Times The city of Marseilles has seen the future. A minimalist, no-frills air terminal, intended specifically for low-cost airlines, opened yesterday beside the city's existing airport. Carpets are replaced by a painted concrete floor. There is no air conditioning. Passengers have to carry their own bags from check-in to security control. There are no luggage trolleys. There are no shuttle buses or swivelling gangways to reach the aircraft. Travellers walk across the tarmac to reach their planes - The Independent The future of Britain's ageing nuclear power stations was yesterday thrown into doubts as government inspectors claimed that cracks in the graphite cores of the oldest plants were so serious that a safety case for the stations operating much longer could not be made - The Guardian Boeing yesterday admitted that its new 787 aircraft was suffering from weight and supplier problems, although the US aerospace group said deliveries would still be on schedule. The 787 Dreamliner is due to come into service in mid-2008 with All Nippon Airlines and its rapid sales have been a crucial part in Boeing's recovery after losing its lead in the commercial aircraft market to Airbus - Financial Times The Kremlin has called for managers in a Shell-led consortium developing the Sakhalin-2 oil and gas project in Russia's far east to face criminal charges for 'shamefully' damaging the environment. The threat of managers being handed prison sentences of up to seven years came as the Natural Resources Ministry announced it was extending its environmental audit of the multi-billion pound project by one month - The Independent

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