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In the papers today - Tuesday 18 December

Transport for London will miss its target date to take over the collapsed private consortium responsible for maintaining and upgrading track and trains on two-thirds of the city's underground network...

...The organisation – the London Mayor's transport body – said yesterday it would not meet its self-imposed deadline of January 18 to take over the two Metronet Rail contractors – Financial Times

Iran passed a significant milestone in its quest for nuclear power status yesterday when it received a first delivery of enriched uranium from Russia, allowing for the completion of a long delayed reactor at Bushehr. The head of Iran's atomic energy organisation, Gholamreza Aghazadeh, announced that 80 tonnes of fuel had been received, with further consignments expected in the next two months - The Guardian

A national emergency framework to avoid a repeat of the summer floods that devastated Gloucestershire should be urgently developed by the Government, a report by the South West Strategic Health Authority has recommended - Independent

Britain was entirely unprepared for the floods that devastated large parts of the country this summer according to a government report published yesterday. The summer floods, which brought devastation to 55,000 homes and businesses and wrought the biggest impact on Britain's infrastructure since the Second World War, were a "wake-up call" for the country, Sir Michael Pitt said in his report - Daily Telegraph

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