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In the papers today - Friday 20th April

Australians have been told to pray for rain for face a ban on irrigation in their main food growing region to preserve drinking water supplies.
Prime minister John Howard said that the worst drought in the nation's history left it with no choice but to turn off irrigation systems for its 55,000 farmers in the Murray-Darling basin. The TimesRussia has unveiled plans to build the world's longest tunnel under the Baring Strait as part of a transport corridor linking Europe and America via Siberia and Alaska. The 103km long tunnel would be twice as long as the Channel Tunnel and cost £33bn. The Times Iran is a 'matter of months' away from completing the next phase of its nuclear programme, diplomats said yesterday in response to a leaked letter from the International Atomic Energy Agency's deputy director-general Olli Heinonen. It indicates that Iran has 1,312 centrifuges at a facility in Natanz and is using them to enrich Uranium -The Financial TimesCanadian coastguards are trying to rescue up to 500 seal hunters stuck in heavy sea ice that has left them and their vessels stranded off Newfoundland's north-east coast. The ice is so thick that the coastguards' ice-breaker ships have also become stuck on several occasions - The IndependentBritish Gas, the country's biggest energy supplier, is to tap the £5bn energy efficiency market by setting up a division aimed specifically at households that want to cut their carbon emissions as well as their bills. The business British Gas New Energy (BGNE), will provide a range of energy saving devices from fuel efficient boilers and cavity wall insulation to solar thermal panels - The Independent

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