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In the papers - Wednesday, 23 April 2008

The break-up of airports operator BAA has moved closer following criticism from the Competition Commission, with Gatwick and Stansted likely to be targeted by potential buyers...

... Yesterday, in an interim report, the Commission said BAA's control of seven UK airports, including Heathrow, was not in the best interests of airlines of passengers – Daily Telegraph

The security operation to protect the Olympic torch relay through London on April 6 cost almost £25,000 per mile, police have disclosed. A total of £750,000 was spent trying to protect the torch from anti-China protestors on its 31 mile, two-hour journey – Daily Telegraph

A builder who was left £22,000 out of pocket by a customer has demolished the porch and conservatory he built at her council home in Shoreham, West Sussex. Nigel Gray, 44 said he was "gutted" to have had to take such action, but he had been driven to distraction by Anita Dovey's failure to pay – The Guardian

Climate change could cause global conflicts as large as the two world wars but lasting for centuries unless the problem is controlled, a leading defence think tank has warned. The Royal United Services Institute said a tenfold increase in energy research spending to around £10 billion a year would be needed of the world were to avoid the worst effects of changing temperatures – Daily Telegraph

The break-up of BAA's virtual monopoly over London airports moved a step closer after the Competition Commission said the much-maligned operator showed a chronic "lack of responsiveness" to passengers and airlines. In a damning intervention, the watchdog highlighted a succession of problems at BAA airports including poor infrastructure, insufficient capacity and long security queues - The Independent

Energy regulator Ofgem yesterday launched an investigation into Npower, following allegations of mis-selling, which include signing up customers to energy supply contracts without their knowledge - Financial Times

The price of oil hit a new high of almost $120 per barrel yesterday, as expectations rose that soaring food prices would provoke a rethink of support for biofuels in Europe and the UK - Financial Times

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