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In the papers - Tuesday, 6 November 2007

The company responsible for building the £5.7bn Channel Tunnel Rail Link, which today is formally opened by the Queen, has received a number of break-up enquiries in the last few days...

...London and Continental Railways chief executive Rob Holden said the looming opening of the high-speed line had generated renewed interest, mainly from infrastructure funds - The Daily Telegraph

Alfred McAlpine, the construction and support services group, has agreed to sell its private finance initiative concessions to Infrastructure Investors Ltd Partnership for £52.2M cash. McAlpine will sell its equity and subordinated loan portfolio in road, school and healthcare projects to the fund which is backed by Barclays Private Equity, Société Générale and 3i - The Financial Times

A civil engineer with a "foreign name" was turned down for a job but got an interview when he applied again using a double-barrel British moniker, a tribunal heard yesterday. Pakistan-born Qamar Malik, 48, “decided to challenge racial barriers” at Amec Utilities Ltd when he was rejected for the £30,000-a-year post - Daily Mirror

The battle to deal with climate change needs to be fought "like World War Three", Barbara Young, head of the Environment Agency warned yesterday. She said current measures to adapt to a challenging climate were "too little, too slowly", and an huge effort was needed to address the crisis – The Independent

A team of US nuclear experts arrived at North Korea 's sole functioning reactor and begun the work of disabling the facilities. A State Department spokesman said the disabling of the reactor at Yongbyon "is a positive first step in the process, and we certainly hope to see it continue." – The Independent

Work began yesterday in Beijing to build the world's biggest Ferris wheel. When completed in 2009, the Great Wheel of China will be 208m high, towering over the London Eye by 73m - The Daily Telegraph

A crooked German church steeple has knocked the Leaning Tower of Pisa from the Guinness World Records. The 15th century tower in the village of Suurhusen has been confirmed as leaning at a 5.19-degree angle compared to only 3.97 for the tower in Pisa - The Daily Telegraph

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