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What the papers say

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Government's decision to bring back from Japan the reprocessed nuclear fuel at the heart of the BNFL quality control scandal could cost at least £100M.

Up to 250 people are believed dead after a damaged petrol pipeline exploded at the Adeje refinery in southern Nigera.

The fatal leak is believed to have been caused by vandals or thieves who hacked through the pipe. People rushed to scoop up the fuel, as they did when a similar accident killed 700 in the nearby town of Jesse two years ago.


At least 10 of the 14 Dome zones could be dismantled and shipped to Australia to be reconstructed at the Olympic complex in Sydney, to reopen as the Dome Down Under in October 2001.


Feasibility studies for a third set of locks on the Panama Canal to take today's largest ships are almost complete and there is reported to be an increasing sense that the £2bn-£3bn project will go ahead. 'The canal either expands or dies, ' said Panama Canal Authority chairman William O'Neill.

Japan's government has announced that it will not use public funds to rescue failing Japanese construction companies.

Construction firms are some of the most financially troubled in Japan but until now analysts had believed they would not be allowed to collapse because they employ, directly or indirectly, 20% of the workforce.

Holders of bonds in Kelda, the company that runs Yorkshire Water, are demanding voting rights in return for their agreement to back the company's restructuring plans. Kelda plans to sell its physical assets to a non-profit making mutual company which will be 100% debt financed.

The other part will operate to maximise profits for shareholders.

Leeds is planning a £70M, 23 storey twin-tower skyscraper. Architect is Abbey Holford Rowe.


Cable companies NTL and Telewest are facing billion pound bills because of the shoddy laying of TV cables. A recent landmark ruling following a row between BT and Nottinghamshire County Council means that utilities can be held responsible indefinitely if it can be proved they did not do the work properly.

Herald & Tribune

A petition from 49 scientists and engineers and 106 architects was given to Chinese leaders urging a rethink of the design for the new £220M national theatre in Tiananmen Square which is being criticised for being too ugly and too costly. Design by French architect Paul Andreu is for a 55m high glass and titanium bubble housing four concert halls in an artificial lake.

The Philippine government has held urgent meetings to work out how to solve the country's mounting waste problem after a mountain of garbage collapsed onto squatters' shanties in Manila killing at least 142 people.

The Guardian

Virgin Trains has threatened legal action against Railtrack for failing to try to reduce delays on the West Coast Main Line between Glasgow and London.

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