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In the papers today - June 26

A crucial decision over the funding of a £17bn London Underground maintenance project could be reached by Christmas, amid doubts over the future of the contractor in charge of the work.
Metronet has indicated that it will seek a review of its public-private partnership deal to upgrade three quarters of the tube network after running up an estimated overspend bill of more than £1.5bn - The Guardian Iran will open its first nuclear power plant in October, Parviz Fattah, the Energy Minister, announced. Power substations and lines were ready to supply electricity from the plant, he said. A Russian company is leading the construction of the plant near the southern port of Bushehr - The Times UN officials meeting in New Zealand threatened to remove Dresden from a list of outstanding world cultural sites if plans for a road bridge over the River Elbe go ahead. The World Heritage Committee says that the present design is out of character with the German city's Baroque architecture and if the bridge is built it will remove Dresden from the World Heritage List of 830 places globally with 'outstanding universal value' - The Times Motorists paid out more in speed camera fines last year even though fewer fixed penalties were issued. Because more fines were collected, drivers paid £114.6 million in fines in the 2005/06 financial year - 1% more than in 2004/05 - The Daily Telegraph Thousands of Network Rail staff are to be balloted on industrial action after some union members had bonus payments withheld over earlier strikes. Rail, maritime and Transport general secretary Bob Crow told his union's annual conference that Network Rail had acted appallingly - The Metro Russian President Vladimir Putin has gone of out his way to emphasise how plans for a new Eu10bn (£6.7bn, $13.5bn) south-east European gas pipeline will benefit European consumers.'Russia as a global leader in oil and gas production is ready to do everything possible to resolve energy problems in the region,' he told a meeting of 10 Balkan leaders in Croatia, soon after the new gas project had been announced by Gazprom, the Russian gas group, and Eni, the Italian energy concern - The Financial Times

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