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What the papers say

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THE TIMES

More than 30 flood alerts were issued for rivers in Kent and Sussex as roads were flooded due to blocked drains. A further 11 alerts were given in Wales.

A new airport in the South East is being proposed by local councils as a solution to London's air traffic congestion.

By building in the Thames estuary, away from housing, it is possible to get round the recent European Court of Human Rights ruling which restricts night flights.

FINANCIAL TIMES

Bob Kiley, London's transport commissioner, is proposing to double the city's transport spending to 2007-08, although big investments such as Crossrail will have to wait.

THE INDEPENDENT

Officials of the Russian northern fleet said the 18,000t Kursk nuclear submarine that sank last year has been successfully grappled by 26 high tension cables and raised by powerful winches mounted on a barge 112m above.

Sweden's National Rail Administration will install 10 loudspeakers on its lines to scare away the 700 reindeer a year which are killed and cost an estimated £190,000 in retrieval and compensation for owners

THE SCOTSMAN

Twenty five 78m high giant wind tubines to be sited at the Glens of Foundland, near Huntly, will be the biggest wind farm in north east Scotland after receiving local authority approval.

THE IRISH TIMES

Ireland's £500M national stadium, Sports Campus Ireland, is estimated to bring in up to £170M worth of benefits. But the scheme may reduce its intended capacity from 80,000 to 65,000.

The Irish government is prepared to challenge the British government at the European Court of Justice and if necessary the United Nations, following a decision to expand nuclear reprocessing at Sellafield.

British Nuclear Fuels plans for a mixed oxide plant also faces legal challenges from environmental groups Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth.

EVENING STANDARD

The £180M London Millharbour scheme is to be the centrepiece of the new £1bn Millennium Quarter business district next to Canary Wharf. Four interconnecting towers stepping in height from 14-20 storeys are expected to be completed by 2004.

Paris is set to build its third airport despite the world's airlines cutting capacity. A new freight and passenger hub aims to ease constraints on the domestic Orly airport and international gateway Roissy Charles de Gaulle. A decision on the site is to be made this month.

DAILY TELEGRAPH

The theft of more than 250t of steel from the ruins of the World Trade Center is being investigated by the FBI and New York police who believe it was organised by one of the Mafia's families. Material from Ground Zero was discovered at three scrap yards, two in New Jersey and one on Long Island.

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