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News stand - What the papers say

A new museum, to be built in Athens alongside the Acropolis and Parthenon, came under attack this week from the archaeological society of Athens. In a bid to finish construction before the 2004 Olympics, vital antiquities are being demolished to make way.

Rail regulator Tom Winsor this week confirmed that he had begun an interim review of track access charges, which former Department of Transport Local Government & the Regions secretary Stephen Byers tried to block.

The US senate last week approved plans to build America's first nuclear waste dump in a network of concrete tunnels beneath a Nevada mountain.

Ash, Larch and Scots pine trees have come top of a University of Lancaster study into which species are best at guzzling car fumes.

Over 30 British local authorities are considering introducing congestion charging, although most are waiting to see if the London scheme sinks or swims.

Department for Transport officials are drawing up a new national walking strategy that will encourage pedestrians, amid concern that people walk a quarter less than they did 30 years ago - now just 800m a day on average.

London mayor Ken Livingstone has pressed on with his congestion charging scheme despite warnings from consultant Halcrow Fox. A confidential report, which came to light last week, states that the tax will increase air pollution, 'rat running' and visual damage to heritage sites from signs and cameras.

French president Jacques Chirac said last week that state owned electricity utility, Electricité de France, must partly privatise if it is to continue to expand abroad.

Political and corporate tension in the Caribbean increased this week as the Trinidad government opposed the hostile takeover of the Caribbean's largest cement producer, TCL Group, by Mexican firm Cemex.

Australian investment bank Macquarie this week completed its fourth airport acquisition in 18 months when it took a 45% share in Aeroporti di Roma for £307M.

UK housebuilder, Redrow, and Corus Building Systems, a subsidiary of the Anglo-Dutch steel producer, have formed a joint venture to produce lightweight steel frames for houses.

Ministers are this week expected to announce plans to promote green cars. Within a decade, one in every 10 new cars sold in Britain must have 60% lower emissions than the current average. This will make the UK's policy the most radical in the world.

London's congestion charging scheme is expected to take a blow this week as Lambeth council withdraws its backing.

It claims that the mayor's department refused to attend public meetings and listen to residents' concerns.

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