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What the papers say

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Two military airports are to be pressed into civilian service during the Olympics this summer when Athens international airport, Eleftherios Venizelos, is at capacity. Up to 500,000 air passengers are expected over the two week period.

Plans for airport expansions, including a second runway at Stansted, are to be given a full judicial review in the High Court. Opposing community groups and some London boroughs say the case made in the government's aviation white paper published in December is invalid.

Tenders to build a new deep water port at Shanghai, China, will be invited sooner than expected. The port is needed to cope with dramatic increases in container traffic.

US oil and gas engineering giant Halliburton has been accused of 'overcharging' on over £4.4bn worth of government contracts in Iraq.


One of the icons of American automotive muscle, the Cobra, has been reinvented to run on hydrogen. By showing that none of its rubber-burning performance has been lost, it is hoped the Cobra will will help promote alternatives to petrol, reducing US oil dependence, and cutting the nation's CO


The All England Lawn Tennis Club has had to widen seats at Wimbledon's Centre Court to accommodate increasingly corpulent spectators. The £100M development will widen seats by 10% to 46cm.

The A59 from Skipton to Harrogate has been named by motoring organisation the AA as the most dangerous road in Britain. In a new report the AA said most crashes occur when speeding locals collide with tourists at junctions with minor roads. The A44 between Leominster and Worcester came in second place.

The enormous new £330M Government Communication Headquarters (GCHQ) building is not big enough, according to MPs. Many staff will be forced to share desks following a recruitment drive in the wake of the September 11 terrorist strikes.

Rail regulator Tom Winsor has forecast that Network Rail will be floated on the Stock Exchange. It is hoped that by being made accountable to shareholders the loss-making company might reduce its inefficiencies.

Train operator First Group has won the seven year ScotRail franchise beating Arriva Trains and National Express Group.

As a result First Group will run 95% of services in and out of Scotland as well as many bus services in Scottish towns.


Plans to raise the Forth Road Bridge toll from 80p to £1 could be derailed if two objections lodged with the Scottish Executive force a public inquiry.


'Occasional' smells emanating from its new £200M waste water system have led Dublin City Council to apologise to local residents. John Gormley of the Green Party complained to the European Union after residents found they were frequently unable to open their own windows because of the stench.

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