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In the papers today - 30 October

Passengers could face an uncomfortable ride on the West Coast Main Line as two train-leasing companies threatened to stop buying new carriages. Angel Train, which is used by Virgin Trains, and Porterbrook are both understood to have warned the Department for Transport (DFT) that they would stop buying new vehicles if it launched an inquiry. The DFT alleged that companies were charging unreasonably high fees for trains inherited from the former state-owned British Rail - Financial Times
Nigeria suffered its third fatal air tragedy in less than a year on Sunday when a jetliner with 104 people aboard crashed just moments after lifting off from city of Abuja. Officials said six people survived. Among the confirmed fatalities was the Sultan of Sokoto, regarded as the spiritual leader of Nigeria's Muslim population - The International Herald Tribune More than 17M people in the UK are unable to get on the property ladder, according to research released today. Abbey estimates that of the 17.3M people who feel excluded from the housing market, 7.4M blame high prices. Not being able to afford property in their area topped the list of reasons preventing would-be homeowners from buying, followed by the size of the deposit needed - The IndependentAustralia's flagship airline Qantas Airways announced on Sunday that it has ordered an additional eight Airbus A380s, bringing its fleet of the world's largest passenger aircraft to 20. The order comes less than a month after EADS, the parent company of Airbus, extended to two years a production delay that is blighting the superjumbo project - The International Herald Tribune The biggest ship afloat is due to arrive in Felixstowe, Suffolk, this week on its maiden voyage from China with nearly 45,000t of Christmas presents and fare for the holiday season. The Emma Maersk, which is 400m long (1,300 ft), 56m wide and 60m tall, and dubbed the SS Santa, will unload more than 3,000 containers for supermarkets and stores before heading to mainland Europe - The Guardian Sir Richard Branson is calling a meeting of leaders of the aviation industry today amid fears that airlines could become the 'whipping boys' of the environmental movement, The Times has learnt. The airline industry is under particular scrutiny because of the rapid growth in air transport. Aircraft now account for 3% of global carbon dioxide emissions, but this is forecast to rise to 6% by 2050 - The Times Homes that are more eco-friendly will be built under radical reforms of house-building regulations as part of the government's efforts to tackle climate change and create more affordable housing. Housing minister Yvette Cooper is preparing a major announcement next month that could herald a change in the type of houses traditionally built in Britain. For the first time, planning regulations are to be set down requiring planners and builders to take account of climate change - The IndependentConsumers will be told today to prepare for new green taxes on cars, fuel, air travel and consumer electronics to curb pollution and avert a looming global catastrophe caused by climate change. A report drawn up by Sir Nicholas Stern, the government's chief economist, warns that ignoring global warming could lead to economic upheaval on the scale of the Great Depression and turn 200M people into refugees as their homes are hit by drought or flood - The Daily Telegraph Germany's big gas pipeline deal with Russia has been criticised by a US official, in a sign of Washington's mounting unease about Berlin's ties with Moscow. In an interview with Financial Times Deutschland, the FT's sister paper, Matthew Bryza, US deputy assistant secretary of state for the Caucasus and southern Europe, indicated that the Eu5bn (£3.4bn) Baltic Sea pipeline would deepen Europe's dependence on Russian gas - Financial TimesSince council chiefs in Lewisham in south-east London painted its recycling bins to look like black-and-white cows the amount of refuse collected by the authority has risen by 60%. The 'herd' of Cowbins, which have been sprayed to look like Friesian cattle, stand on sites painted green to look like grass and locals are urged to 'feed' them with rubbish for recycling. Council spokesman Andrew Winter said: 'People seem to like the idea of feeding them. Children especially tell us they want to fatten them up and we hope that schools will get their own Cowbins - The Guardian Charlie Mayfield, chief executive of John Lewis, is calling on Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London, and Westminster council to ensure that a new tram system planned for Oxford Street in the centre of the capital is ready in time for the Olympic Games in 2012. Retailers fear that the tram system, the highlight of a £1bn facelift of London's premier shopping street, will not be ready until the following year. The final plans are expected to be revealed in the next few weeks - The Times

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