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In the papers today - Thursday 21 December

The Christmas plans of hundreds of thousands of people are in jeopardy because of the severe fog which has grounded flights from British airports. BA has cancelled 180 flights out of Heathrow today, including all domestic services - The Independent
An innovative road crossing that will benefit horse riders, cyclists and pedestrians has opened on the A38 at Turfdown, Cornwall. The Pegasus crossing is controlled by traffic lights and features a holding area where people can wait until it is safe to cross - The TimesCampaigners have dismissed plans to include airlines in a scheme to combat climate change as too weak to curb the impact on global warming of a massive growth in air travel. Under the proposals, all European flights will be covered by the EU's emissions trading scheme from 2011 - The IndependentThe world's largest steel maker Arcelor Mittal is to acquire the Mexican steel producer Sicartsa for £712M, making it the central American country's largest producer of the metal - The IndependentBritish Energy yesterday announced that it faced a 'worst case scenario' at two of its ageing nuclear power stations that will wipe £100M from its profits - The Independent The chances that the Bank of England will leave interest rates unchanged in the coming months are receding fast amid a flood of data underlining the strength of the economy. Mortgage lending is strong, house prices could be set for another boom and high street sales showed a surprise rise, according to figures out yesterday - The TelegraphFewer storms and natural disasters have made 2006 the least expensive year for insurers for almost a decade. Natural and man-made catastrophes have triggered total economic losses of £20bn and cost property insurers £7.5bn this year, according to estimates from insurer Swiss Re's Sigma report - The TelegraphTrain drivers are to be banned from sounding their horns between 11pm and 7am, except in emergencies, under rules designed to restore tranquility to hundreds of villages - The Times

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