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In the papers - Tuesday 16 October 2007

Motorists in towns and cities face 20 mph speed limits enforced by a new generation of cameras...

...The Department for Transport has advised local authorities to keep speeds in residential streets down to 20mph "unless there are overriding reasons for accepting higher speeds" - The Daily Telegraph

One of the world's tiniest countries fears it will be wiped off the map unless rich nations act against global warming. Niue, a former British territory in the South Pacific, faces environmental and social catastrophe if sea levels continue to rise - The Daily Telegraph

China's president, Hu Jintao, promised his country would follow more accountable and sustainable development policies yesterday but admitted the Communist party had failed to live up to the expectations of the people. Speaking at the opening of the 17th Communist party congress – the most important political event in China since the last congress in 2002- Mr Hu spoke of the need to address the problems of environmental degradation, political corruption and income inequality between rich cities and poor villages – The Guardian

A model of a 21-storey building will be the latest sculpture for the empty fourth plinth in London's Trafalgar Square. The piece has divided critics. Royal Academician Michael Sandle said it "would be better outside Specsavers", while art dealer Bernard Jacobson said it "looked rather thrilling". The work by German artist Thomas Schutte will be in place for the next 18 months - The Times

The "ultimate train set" put together over the lifetime of an avid collector Clifford Patrick, is likely to be sold at auction for more than £30,000. The Hornby O-Guage items will be split into 345 lots for auction on October 23. A rare model of the Folkestone Flyer is expected to fetch up to £1,500 - The Times

The No Man's Land Ford, off Portsmouth is up for sale (again). It was built in the 1860s to keep out the French, against whom we never fought again. It might make a hotel, but the previous two owners with that idea went bust, with one ending in jail - The Times

Network Rail is searching for a property partner for a £500M development project across several key stations in London and south-east England. The rail operator is looking to establish its first 50-50 joint venture with a developer for eight of its station sites, which is part of a £4bn, 10-year overhaul of the station network - The Financial Times

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