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In the papers today - September 14

Geologists say that large parts of central Moscow are at risk of collapsing 'like a pack of cards' because the ground under some buildings has been weakened by subterranean shopping centres and car parks. There have been three incidences in the past week when the ground has simply opened up, pulling anything on the surface downwards - The Independent
Severn Trent, the water group, is to deliver £576m in a special dividend to shareholders next month to mark the demerger of Biffa, its waste disposal business. Biffa is due to list separately on the London Stock Exchange next month and is likely to enter the FTSE 250 - The Financial TimesBP said yesterday it was excavating a 50-year-old underground pipeline to investigate the cause of a spill of 1,000 barrels of gasoil, a refined product used in the production of motor fuels, in Long Beach, California. The leak, which was discovered last week but not revealed until late on Tuesday, raises further questions about the integrity of BP's US operations, which have been under scrutiny following a large spill in Alaska this year and a fatal explosion at a Texas refinery last year - The Financial TimesChina's railway ministry spent £12 million building a luxury retreat for weary officials, according to a daring report on political corruption that comes with the backing of the Communist Party. China's national audit office discovered the Jade Green Fountainhead Resort when compiling its annual report on central government spending, the third in a series of damning investigations into the uses and abuses of public funds - The Daily TelegraphA lake of toxic mud that has spurted from deep underground to engulf hundreds of homes and 19 factories in East Java is a depressingly familiar crisis for the engineers trying in vain to stop it. The mud has blocked the main highway from the city of Surabaya to East Java, buried farms and businesses in an area the size of the City of London, forced 10,000 people from their homes, and caused breathing difficulties for an estimated 50,000 inhabitants -The Times

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