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Britain rejects London mayor's 'Boris Island' airport plan
By Sarah Young and William James LONDON (Reuters) - A plan to build a major new airport to the east of London was rejected by a government-appointed commission on Tuesday, dealing a blow to its high-profile backer, the city's mayor Boris Johnson. The Airports Commission said having dropped the idea of building a costly new airport in the Thames Estuary, nicknamed Boris Island, it would now decide by next year whether to expand Heathrow airport to the west of London or Gatwick to the south. With London's airports near the limit of their capacity, business groups say more runways are needed to handle traffic from fast-growing emerging economies and fear inaction could deter international investors and curb growth. The Airports Commission said the Thames Estuary idea had not made the shortlist as it was too expensive and complicated - at up to 112 billion pounds, it would cost around five times as much as the other three short-listed options.
EU decision on new sanctions for Russia by Friday: Italy's Mogherini
European Union governments will take a decision on a package of new sanctions against Russia by Friday, Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini told the European Parliament on Tuesday. "On Monday, yesterday, the Coreper (EU ambassadors) met, the Commission is going to present the proposal, finalised proposal of the package by tomorrow, and the decision will be taken by Friday," Mogherini said. She added the Commission was working on a strengthened package of sanctions against Russia over its military invasion of Ukraine in four sectors, which include defense, dual use goods and finance. Mogherini, who some eastern European states have criticized as being too soft on Russia, said the situation in Ukraine had changed because of Russia’s behavior and the EU-Russia relationship was no longer a partnership.
Scores killed as Boko Haram insurgents overrun Nigerian town: sources
MAIDUGURI Nigeria (Reuters) - Islamist Boko Haram insurgents have overrun much of a north-eastern Nigerian town after hours of fighting that has killed scores and displaced thousands of residents, several security sources said on Tuesday. The Islamists launched an attack on the town of Bama, 70 kilometres (45 miles) from the Borno state capital of Maiduguri, on Monday. They were initially repelled but came back in greater numbers overnight, the sources and witnesses said.
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