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In the papers today - Thursday 22 February

The right for people to walk along a 2,500-mile coastal path around England is expected to be rushed through Parliament within a year. The aim is to open up beaches, inlets and cliff tops that have so far been closed to public access and to allow walkers to enjoy these spectacular views of the shore. The complete route, however, may take as long as ten years to map out unless agreement is reached with landowners - The Times
The prospect of drivers having to pay more for their motoring was left open by Tony Blair yesterday as he refused to give any assurances of tax cuts should road pricing be introduced. In his response to nearly 1.8 million people who signed the petition calling on the Government to ditch the proposals, the Prime Minister sidestepped the issue of whether fuel duty and the cost of a tax disc would come down - The Daily TelegraphWithin the next few years, US power companies are planning to build 150 coal plants to meet growing electricity demand. Despite expectations that golbal warming rules are coming, none of the plants will be able to capture the thusands of tons of carbon dioxide each will spew into the atmosphere. International Herald TribuneArcelor Mittal, the company formed last year in the largest-ever takeover in the steel industry, said Wednesday that 2006 profit fell 3.5% because of higher taxes and it announced plans to hand $1.2bn to shareholders. International Herald TribuneMortgage lenders are the next target in the campaign against unfair charges it emerged they could owe homeowners at least £190M in excessive fees. Banks and building societies are bracing themselves for a flood of refund requests from customers who have paid a mortgage-exit fee after changing borrowers or paying off a home loan. The IndependentThe head of Harley-Davidson's European business is ditching his leathers to talk turning circles and traffic with black cab drivers. John Russell is to take charge of London's distinctive taxis, which are increasingly being sold in a range of international markets. The TimesBP has won the support of its rival Exxon Mobil in an effort to stave off a six-hour cross-examination by American lawyers of its chief executive, Lord Browne, which is due to take place in London tomorrow. A judge in Texas has ordered Lord Browne to submit to questioning about his knowledge of safety cutbacks made before the explosion of BP's Texas City oil refinery, which killed 15 people in 2005. The Guardian

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