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Work to carve a 73m high likeness of the face of ancient Macedonian warrior Alexander the Great into Mount Kerdyllion in northern Greece is set to start in November. The carving will be four times the size of the US presidents at Mount Rushmore and has been bankrolled by the Chicago based Alexander the Great Foundation. Wealthy Greek American members have pledged the full £30M cost.

A three year old girl was crushed to death in Spalding near Lincolnshire when a car port under construction at a garden centre fell and struck her on the head as she walked past.

A 98 year old recluse, Arthur Ivor Read, has bequeathed £4M of his £15M fortune to the Kent branch of the Council for the Protection of Rural England. The money is expected to be used to fight plans for a new airport on marshland at Cliffe, north Kent.

Nuclear power generator British Energy may sell all or part of its North American operations worth between £1bn and £1.5bn. The sale would help shore up its finances as it struggles to cope with depressed wholesale power prices in the UK. It is also in talks with state owned British Nuclear Fuels to take over running some of its ageing Magnox reactors in return for a management fee.

Japan's largest utility Tokyo Electric Power has admitted its safety reports on cracked and corroded equipment at nuclear power plants were falsified. Five reactors have been shut down for safety checks.

Officials in Berlin and the adjoining state of Brandenburg were set to sign a letter of intent with a consortium to build BerlinBrandenburg International airport by the end of 2008. Construction firm Hochtief and property group IVG will pay for the £1bn building cost. They will also pay £180M to operate the airport for 99 years.

Around £375M of infrastructure costs will be covered by the state.

UK road traffic rose by 1.7% between 1999 and 2001 with an increase of more than 2% in motorway journeys. Total traffic has increased by 5% since Labour came to power in 1997.

The board of Germany's state owned rail company Deutsche Bahn has been accused of encouraging engineers to use a defective rubber coated wheel on a high speed train that later crashed near the town of Eschede killing 101 people in June 1998.

The charges were made at the opening of the trials of three rail engineers accused of direct responsibility for the crash. A broken rubber coated wheel caught in the points causing the train to derail and crash into a bridge.

Britain's oldest funicular tramway on the edge of Ilkley Moor in Yorkshire has been saved from closure after Bradford council agreed a £20,000 grant.

Five London river crossings will feature in a set of stamps of the capital's monuments to be issued by the Royal Mail on Tuesday.

Bridges include the Millennium Bridge, with newly installed dampers, Tower Bridge at its completion in 1894, an 1864 lithograph of Westminster Bridge and period illustrations of Blackfriars and London Bridges.

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