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In the papers today - Friday November 16

The new head of Transparency International has warned London and other global centres to expect 'much greater pressure' from the corruption watchdog to tighten anti-corruption and money-laundering regulations – Financial Times

A bustling New York sidewalk, an LA high school, a Roman amphitheatre and a medieval castle are among the new landmarks that will spring up within the M25 if Pinewood studios win permission for its £200M expansion plans – The Guardian

The first apprenticeship scheme for older adults will be unveiled today as John Denham, the skills secretary, announces a massive expansion of training schemes from 250,000 to 400,000 by 2010/11 – The Guardian

Australians are the world's worst individual greenhouse gas polluters if emissions are calculated from the output of the country's power stations, according to new analysis – The Guardian

Regional airports in the UK are growing much faster than most London rivals and are offering an increasing array of long and short-haul destinations, enabling more passengers to avoid connecting with Heathrow – Financial Times

The National Grid will invest £16bn in power networks in the United States and Britain over the next five years. About £10bn will be spent in the UK - The Times

Rail industry leaders have accused the Government of wasting hundreds of millions of pounds and undermining the environment benefits of rail travel by choosing diesel instead of electric trains. Iain Coucher, chief executive of Network Rail, has written to the Department for Transport, describing its failure to electrify more lines as "very short-sighted" - The Times

Unions in South Africa have served notice that construction work at stadiums set to host the World Cup finals in 2010 would be halted within days in a dispute over pay. Hundreds of workers are already on strike in Durban, demanding a minimum wage of about 80p an hour - The Times

In a £130M drive to clean up India's most populated city, Mumbai, more than a thousand uniformed marshals will issue on the spot fines for a range of offences from spitting and urinating in public to feeding birds. Mumbai, with a population of 16 million at the last census of 2001, produces 6,500t of rubbish plus nearly 2,500t of construction waste every day - The Times

This year will be another record-breaking year for venture capital investment in "clean" technologies, according to a new analysis of the market – Financial Times

East Asia's economies are likely to weather the effects of any slowdown in the US economy and continue their breakneck growth next year thanks to the continuing strength of the Chinese economy, the World Bank said yesterday – Financial Times

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