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News stand - What the papers say

The French elections killed 63 people in May, safety campaigners have claimed. Road deaths increased by 11% because motorists - expecting the traditional post election amnesty for traffic offences - drove more dangerously than usual.

Amey has seen its share price fall, due to delays in signing London Underground upgrade contracts. The signing of the public private partnership (PPP) contracts has been delayed by a hold up in gaining approval from Brussels and continuing opposition to the scheme by London mayor Ken Livingstone.

Plans are afoot to build a world record 200m high Ferris wheel in Shanghai, 70m taller than the London Eye.

A mysterious damp patch has appeared on Jerusalem's Wailing Wall. Some Rabbis have suggested the sign presages the advent of the Messiah, but others think the Israeli water authority may be to blame.

AWG, the water utility that owns Anglian Water, will raise the equivalent of £1.78bn this week on the bond markets in three different currencies. The move will transform the utility into a mainly debt-financed company and return up to £600M to shareholders.

New European rules on the disposal of hazardous waste could create a repeat of the 'fridge mountain' blunder, but this time with potentially dangerous waste. This is because the new directives may see hazardous waste landfills fall in number from 240 to 24 by 2004.

Thousands of motorists who have converted their cars to run on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) may be putting their lives at risk, a survey has found. Trading standards officers inspecting converted cars found that 19 out of 20 had serious faults that could lead to explosions if the cars were involved in accidents.

Stenoak, the road and fencing group that resurfaced The Mall in front of Buckingham Palace two years ago, has collapsed into receivership. It has been sold to Aggregate Industries.

The railway station clock that features in the 1945 David Lean film Brief Encounter is working again for the first time since the 1980s after being restored as part of the £1.75M refurbishment of Carnforth Station, Lancashire.

More than 200 campaigners brought some of London's roads to a standstill this week protesting against plans to bring congestion charging into the city. The protestors, who live on the edge of the charging boundary, claimed their house prices would fall as a result.

Dogs who accompany their owners into the office could help boost Britain's productivity, a psychologist has claimed.

Having animals sit in on boardroom meetings can help relieve stress, according to Dr June McNicolas, psychologist at Warwick University.

Egypt's great pyramids and sphinx are at threat from destruction by rising water tables, a study has found.

Farming and urbanisation has led to the rise, which could lead to structural damage.

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