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Both Daniel and Nina Libeskind have renegotiated their pay-rates for work on the Ground Zero site. Daniel's pay has gone up from $275 to $300 an hour, while Nina's has jumped 11 per cent, from $225 to $250.

A report from independent think-tank Migrationwatch UK has concluded that the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has badly underestimated the number of new homes the UK will need by 2021. It believes 1.8 million new units will be required to house Britain's increasing immigrant population, compared with the 700,000 currently projected.

The Health and Safety Executive has admitted that it failed in the past to recognise the danger of white asbestos in paint.

It now estimates there could be seven million homes in the UK, or nearly 50 per cent of the entire housing stock, that could have interiors painted with it.

The Crown Estate, the government's developer, had a £170 million surplus for the year to March 2003, a 4.6 per cent increase on the previous year.

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