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In the papers today - Wednesday 5 December

Gordon Brown will struggle to meet his target to double the number of apprentices in the next decade, damaging efforts to improve competitiveness and leaving key industries...

such as electricity supply trying to find skilled staff, says a report from the Engineering and Technology Board, published today – Financial Times

Scotland's first minister Alex Salmond has come to the resuce of Donald Trump's £1bn dream to build "the world's finest golf course", overruling a decision by councillors to reject the plan - The Times

Almost half of Afghanistan is now too dangerous for aid workers to operate in, a leaked UN map seen by the Times shows. In the past two years most foreign and Afghan staff have withdrawn from the southern half of the country, abandoning or scaling back development projects in rural areas - The Times

The London Olympics budget is "slightly out of control" and continues to sap resources from other social and cultural activity such as the arts, according to a former fund manager – Financial Times

Beijing and New Delhi bristle at calls from the developed world that they should accept caps on greenhouse gas emissions as part of the global deal to replace the Kyoto protocol – Financial Times

The Scottish government last night dramatically intervened in an attempt to stop Donald Trump, the US property magnate, walking away from his scheme to build a £1bn seaside golf resort near Aberdeen – Financial Times

Union leaders have demanded that all companies bidding to build the next generation of nuclear reactors promise that up to 80% of the work will be sourced in Britain – Financial Times

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