- Heathrow Airport has earned a profit for the first time since it was taken over by a consortium led by a Spanish infrastructure group in 2006. However, it still plans to cut the jobs of one-fifth of its core personnel as part of a restructuring plan.
- In its latest display of engineering ambition, China may build a 123 km underwater high-speed rail tunnel that is more than twice as long as any in existence today, though the project is loaded with financial and seismic risks.
- China is developing its first national single mobile payment platform. It's been created to lift domestic information consumption and boost economic growth, and could replace cash, credit and debit cards.
- Russia's state nuclear energy monopoly has delivered the last portion of uranium fuel made from Soviet nuclear warheads to the US. Rosatom is now looking forward to mutually profitable cooperation with America’s nuclear energy industry.
- There is more to the Russian economy besides oil and mineral exports, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Tuesday. He also promised productivity will grow 50 percent in the next five years, which followed a severe bout of stagnation in industrial output.
- Gazprom, Russia’s state-owned natural gas giant has broken ground on the €3.5 billion Bulgarian onshore section of the South Stream pipeline. Disputes between Moscow and Kiev are resurfacing and Russia wants to speedily complete the pipeline.
- Britain’s first nuclear plant in 20 years is a bet energy prices will rise. Experts say the new Hinkley Point facility will be "the most expensive power station in the world" and if the bet fails, the deal will prove "economically insane".
- Damascus has met the first disarmament deadline, having destroyed all previously declared chemical weapons production and mixing equipment, the international watchdog has confirmed.
- Tokyo is reportedly considering stripping the Fukushima nuclear operator of the responsibility to decontaminate the devastated station and passing it under full government control. That would imply assuming TEPCO’s massive current clean-up expenditures.
- The US shale revolution has reached the Big Apple, where on Nov. 1 the first gas pipeline in 40 years will be completed in its meatpacking district. While politicians and firms are hungry for cheap gas, residents fear fracking and eco-damage.
- On a charm offensive in China designed to lure Chinese investment into the UK, Chancellor George Osborne announced new visa rules for Chinese tourists while London Mayor Boris Johnson paraded UK fiction and London cycles.
- Independent police watchdog fingers police officers across the country for allegedly providing information on workers for a blacklist of over 3,000 names which was drawn up by one of Britain’s biggest construction companies.