2012.07.20

News Headlines - 20 July 2012

Bullet trains for Thames Valley | Meridian - ITV News
Meridian can reveal the Government will announce an order for one billion pounds worth of new Japanese style bullet trains within the next week for Great Western services in the Thames Valley. 500 new carriages will be built with the first in operation around 2016 or 2017, our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse understands. The new trains will not look quite like the latest Shinkansen bullet trains but they will have the same technology.
Japanese bullet trains: Blow for British industry as Government puts in £1billion order | Mail Online
A £1 billion order for super-fast bullet trains in the UK will be made in Japan in what critics will call a missed opportunity for British industry. The Government is set to announce the deal which will see the First Great Western rail firm bring 500 carriages into service here by 2016. Despite the huge size of the deal, it is expected to only create 500 British jobs with the majority of construction to be done by company Hitachi in Japan.
US gunman kills 12 at Batman screening - Channel 4 News
A gunman in a gas mask kills 12 people and leaves up to 50 wounded at a screening of the new Batman film in Denver, United States. A 24-year-old suspect is arrested and named by police.
Japan and Australia Olympic teams engulfed in sexism row over travel arrangements - The Independent
Sports governing bodies from Japan and Australia are under fire after complaints that male Olympic athletes flew  business class to the London Games, while the women sat in the cheap  seats. 
Olympic Torch arrives in London - ITV News
The Olympic flame arrived in London for the final leg of its 8,000 mile trip around the UK in spectacular fashion. Royal Marine Martin Williams leapt from a Sea King helicopter with the flame safely contained in an Olympic lamp to abseil into the grounds of the Tower of London.

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