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In the papers today - 6th July 2006

Rail services in Valencia resumed yesterday - two days after the country's worst underground accident left at least 41 people dead.
Trains began running again after the two carriages involved in Monday's accident were removed from the tracks at Jesus station Metro

The biggest rail union is threatening to strike over plans to 'privatise' a London Underground line. The RMT said at its annual conference in Dublin yesterday that it would ballot all its Tube members for industrial action over the East London Line's future. The line will close next year to be extended but will be franchised when it reopens in 2010 Metro

A pastor is creating his own River Jordan in a hotel pool to try to save water during the drought. David Hadlum will baptise eight of his congregation at the Bridgewood Manor Hotel in Rochester on Sunday. He said filling the baptistry tank at Chatham Evangelical Church would be wasteful Metro

The government's nuclear energy watchdog has demanded that British Energy increase checks on its nuclear power stations amid concerns over cracks in their reactors' cores, it was revealed yesterday.The Nuclear Safety Directorate wrote to British Energy urging it to step up inspections after an assessment of the Hinkley Pont B plant in April Guardian

The death toll from flooding in India since June rose to more than 250 yesterday. More rain is forecast. Many of the deaths have been from landslides or from people drowning Independent

Chief executive of rail operator National Express David Franks accused Network Rail of wasting 'billions of pounds' yesterday due to the lack of competition in the rail market. He said that the Rail Regulator did not impose as much pressure on Network Rail to keep costs downs as was put on rail operators through competitive bidding to win franchises Independent

The British Geological Survey had no responsibility to test for arsenic in their survey of Bangladeshi aquifers in the 1980s, nor did they mislead authorities into believing that the water was safe to drink, Law Lords have ruled. The aquifers later led to what has been described as the largest mass poisoning in history Times

A new report by Greenpeace describes the Spanish coastline as a 'deep ulcer of urban development' that is polluting beaches and poisoning the sea. Development along the coastline is rapidly destroying the ecosystems that the nation relies upon for tourism and fishing, says the report Telegraph

House prices for the first half of the year have risen 8% according to housebuilders George Wimpey and Wilson Bowden. After a sharp downturn in 2004, prices are gradually improving, they said Telegraph

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