The rescue efforts after this week's devastating floods were the largest peacetime operations of their kind, it was claimed yesterday, as emergency services were braced for another deluge this weekend.
The Met Office issued severe weather warnings for all of England and Wales with up to two inches of rain expected to fall on ground already sodden from one of the wettest June's on record - The Independent
A project to build a second 'leaning' tower of Pisa was attacked yesterday by the British engineer who helped save the original. Officials in Pisa have approved plans for a skyscraper that will appear to lean because of a trick of the light.the new building will be three miles from the original - The Daily Telegraph
Australia's most famous building, the Sydney Opera House, received World Heritage listing yesterday as a site of international cultural significance, taking its place alongside the Taj Mahal, the Pyramids and the Great Wall of China. The harbourside landmark, completed in 1973, is the youngest building on the list, and one of only 15 or so from the 20th century - The Independent
President Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan has set out proposals to dig a canal from the Caspian Sea to the Black Sea to foster trade between Asia and Europe. The Eurasia canal would stretch through the mountainous terrain of the Russian North Caucasus for 650km (405 miles) to link the two seas. Mr Nazarbayev has urged Moscow to back the plan and invited foreign companies to help to develop the project, which he estimated would take five years and £3 billion to complete - The Times
The Spanish company that owns Heathrow yesterday threatened to abandon a £1.5 billion plan to upgrade the airport in time for the 2012 London Olympics. Ferrovial said that the Civil Aviation Authority, which sets the landing charges at Britain's biggest airports, was giving it too little incentive to invest in replacing Terminals 1 and 2. Rafael del Pino, Ferrovial's chairman, admitted that conditions for passengers at Heathrow were already unacceptable, with long queues at security and outdated facilities - The Times