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In the Papers - Wednesday 17 October

Russia yesterday accused Estonia, its small Baltic Sea neighbour, of 'rudeness' and violation of a United Nations maritime convention by refusing permission for a seabed survey linked to the construction of a gas pipeline from Russia to western Europe...

Estonia last month rejected a request from Nord Stream, a Russian-German company in which the state-controlled Gazprom holds a 51% stake, to survey the seabed in preparation for building a pipeline that will pump 27.5bn cubic metres of gas a year to Europe from 2010 - The Financial Times

The local government in charge of China's Three Gorges dam region is lobbying Beijing for additional funds to clean up the environment in the reservoir area, according to a senior official. Tan Qiwei, vice mayor of Chongqing city, told the Financial Times that his government had already spent £665M on clean-up operations related to the world's largest hydro scheme - The Financial Times

Britain is researching a claim for sovereignty over a large area of the seabed off Antarctica. The Foreign Office said the bid for an area around British Antarctica is one of several being prepared – The Independent

China will launch its first lunar probe this month, just weeks after Japan successfully sent a lunar satellite into orbit - The Financial Times

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