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In the papers - Tuesday, 25 March 2008

The United Arab Emirates has approved plans to persue a nuclear power programme...

..., saying it would invest $100M in an agency that plans to make it the first Arab state to develop atomic energy. The cabinet approved a plan for the formation of the Nuclear Energy Implementation Organisation, which will work alongside the International Atomic Agency - the United Nations watchdog - as it builds nuclear power facilities - Financial Times

Britain's first city-wide 20mph speed limit takes effect in 1,200 residential streets in Portsmouth, Hampshire, today. The city has the highest population density in Britain: 4,638 people per sq km - The Times

Official figures that show 90 per cent of trains are running on time are highly misleading, it has revealed. In some cases the proportion of trains arriving on time is almost 25 per cent less than claimed - The Times

Gordon Brown is preparing for a battle with the European Union over biofuels after one of the government's leading scientists warned they could exacerbate climate change rather than combat it - Guardian

A record number of highly skilled migrant workers such as nurses and teachers will enter Britain over the next four years, contributing an estimated £77bn to the country's economy, according to an economic think tank - Guardian

More than 10,000 people are still unable to return to their homes after last summer's flooding, it has been estimated. Local authorities in England have said that more than 5,000 households remain affected, according to figures obtained by BBC Radio 5 Live - The Daily Telegraph

Speed limits of 15mph could be introduced on major roads in the new "eco-towns". Caroline Flint, the housing minister, will unveil the measure when she publishes planning guidelines later this week for up to 15 of the settlements which will house 100,000 - The Daily Telegraph

The government is under pressure to delay the use of biofuels after its top environment adviser sounded caution amid fears that they could cause even more harmful emissions. Professor Watson called for the initiative to cut greenhouse gases to be postponed while the impact of biofuels is reviewed - The Independent

Cyprus has ordered emergency water rationing and imports from Greece to cope with a growing shortage exacerbated by a fourth year of drought. Reservoir levels have plunged dangerously low, at only 10.3 per cent full, desalination plants have been unable to cope with demand and rainfall has been minimal since 2003. A government spokesman said: "This is an extremely grave situation" - The Independent

Forecasts of office development in the City of London have almost halved during the past 12 months in the expectation that developers will review plans amid a worsening occupier market and stagnant financing conditions - Financial Times

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