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What the papers say

Londoners face a summer of transport chaos after union leaders this week recommended strike action against the proposed part-privatisation of London Underground.

Motorists may be forced to pay for the recycling of their old cars, ministers are due to announce. The move will see carmakers spared the £450M annual cost of scrapping old vehicles over the next four years.

More than one in five trains were late last year, worse than the previous year - which included the Hatfield accident - the latest Strategic Rail Authority figures have revealed.

The struggling German economy was dealt another blow this week after the country's builders warned of sharply falling orders and jobs.

The glacier from which Sir Edmund Hillary set out to conquer Everest has retreated three miles up the mountain because of global warming, according to leaders of a recent expedition.

A new gas pipeline from Norway to the UK is likely to be built after this week's announcement of a £4.4bn gas supply deal between British Gas and Norwegian oil company Statoil.

A new wave-powered organ that plays music when the tide is high is due to open on Blackpool's promenade later this year. The swell of water at high tide pushes air up eight inlet pipes into the instrument.

Some insurance giants would go bankrupt if the world suffered a repeat of the attacks of 11 September, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation & Development has said.

A secret list of hundreds of potential terrorist targets including key government buildings and installations vital for Britain's economy has been drawn up by MI5.

Italian scientists have warned that Mount Vesuvius could erupt at any time, threatening the lives of a least a million people in the Naples area. The explosion of hot ash and poison gases would be similar to the one that buried Pompeii in AD79.

British Airways is in talks to roll out two more Millennium Wheels, one in Las Vegas and another in Australia.

London Mayor Ken Livingstone plans to force developers to put grass and trees on the roofs of all new office developments, blocks of flats and public buildings in the capital.

Plans for a high-tech asylum village in the Nottinghamshire countryside, including a welfare centre and indoor sports hall, have been met with angry opposition from the local public and politicians. Locals do not feel that the site, formerly RAF Newton, is suitable for a large scale development.

Airline passengers may have to pay a toll to be dropped off by car for their flights under a proposal to limit congestion around airports.

A motorcyclist caught riding at 155mph - the highest speed ever recorded on a police camera - has been banned from driving for a year.

America's inter-city rail system could shut down in three weeks unless it is given £137M loan, Amtrak head David Gunn has warned.

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