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In the papers today - Wednesday 5 September

Hurtling through the countryside at speeds of more than 200mph Eurostar set a new record for a rail journey from Paris to London yesterday. The train took 2hrs, 3mins, 39secs to complete the 306 miles from Gare du Nord to St Pancras. The journey, the first to Eurostar’s new terminal, was made possible by the opening of a 25-mile piece of high-speed track between Ebbsfleet, Kent and the heart of London – The Daily Telegraph

Hurricane Felix struck the Mosquito Coast of Central America yesterday with Category 5 winds of 160mph in recorded history in which two maximum-strength Atlantic storms have reached land. Felix made landfall around dawn at Punta Gorda, 25 miles (40km) north of the Nicaraguan town of Puerto Cabezas, only two weeks after the maximum-strength Hurricane Dean blitzed Mexico, farther up the Caribbean coast – The Times

The outbreak of foot and mouth disease may have been spread by construction workers moving through the maximum security site at the centre of the leak, an official report is expected to say. While the precise cause may never be established, a government-commissioned inquiry will highlight a lapse in biosecurity at the laboratories in Surrey involving 120 builders whose movements were not monitored properly. – The Guardian

Levels of sea ice in the Artic region stand at an unprecedented low. In the last week an area of ice twice the size of Britain has disappeared. – The Guardian

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