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In the papers today - Monday 12 November

The inaugural Eurostar service from St Pancras to Paris could be stopped by French strikers, a union leader has warned...

...As of Tuesday, France will be subjected to days, possibly weeks, of crippling industrial action by transport workers protesting at plans to end the rule which allows them to retire as early as 50 on a full pension - The Daily Telegraph

Ten officials responsible for organising the London 2012 Olympics are each earning more than £175,000 a year, according to a new analysis by the Taxpayers' Alliance, which shows the soaring costs of public sector pay - The Daily Telegraph

A plan to slash the carbon footprint of the houses of parliament by almost a third using wind turbines, tidal power and underground boreholes is being considered by Palace of Westminster officials. A detailed study into the greening of the parliamentary estate, commissioned by MPs and peers shows how parliament could be partly powered by a 35m high wind turbine on the neighbouring Victoria gardens and a field of tidal power turbines in the Thames next to the members' terraces – The Guardian

A Russian oil tanker broke into two during a severe storm off the Ukrainian port of Kerch, spilling up to 2,000 tonnes of fuel oil in what a Russian Official said was an "environmental disaster". The same storm in the Black Sea and Asov Sea also sank four freighters, three carrying sulphur and one with a cargo of scrap metal – The Independent

Diplomas are the poor relation of A levels and will not transform the school system, education experts will say in a report today that will be seen as a devastating attack on one of the Government's pet projects – The Times

Consumers will be offered incentives to run their dishwashers in the middle of the night, under a government-backed proposal that could reduce Britain's power use by the equivalent of two stations – The Times

Richard Caborn, the former trade minister, is understood to be in the running to lead a nuclear alliance bidding for a £5bn contract to help to decontaminate Sellafield – The Times

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