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Front page summary Western Mail – Four stunning Welsh villages named among Britain’s greatest The front page of today’s Western Mail highlights four Welsh villages being recognised among Britain’s most stunning, a feature detailed on page 3. This accolade emphasises the scenic beauty and cultural significance of these locations within the UK.Another prominent story involves Michael Heseltine’s sharp criticism of the current election campaign, labelling it the “most dishonest” due to Brexit’s enduring impacts. Heseltine, a former Deputy Prime Minister, argues that key issues like the economy, defence, and immigration are being misleadingly addressed in isolation from Brexit’s consequences. This critique…

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Pope allegedly used derogatory term for gay people Pope Francis reportedly used highly derogatory language in a private meeting at the Italian Bishops’ Conference when asked if gay men should be allowed to train for the priesthood if they remained celibate. He stated they should not be permitted and allegedly used an offensive slur in Italian, which has shocked many given his previous public statements advocating respect towards gay people. It is said that the Pope, speaking in Italian, said that there was, in the Church, already too much of an air of frociaggine, which translates as a highly offensive…

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Papua New Guinea landslide: 2,000 feared buried and thousands more remain at risk Papua New Guinea authorities report that nearly 7,900 people near the site of a deadly landslide are “at risk” as rock and debris continue to move down the hillside. An evacuation alert has been issued, with a provincial official indicating that the mountain remains “very active.” Rescuers believe it is increasingly unlikely that victims will be found alive in the rubble. The country’s disaster agency fears that about 2,000 people were buried when the mountainside collapsed last Friday, a figure significantly higher than the UN’s estimate of…

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Dozens reported killed in Israeli strike on Rafah At least 45 people, including women and children, were killed in an Israeli airstrike on a displaced persons camp in the southern Gaza city of Rafah, according to the Hamas-run health ministry. Videos from the Tal al-Sultan area on Sunday night depicted a large explosion and intense fires. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) reported that two “senior Hamas terrorists” were targeted in the strike and stated they are “investigating the circumstances of the civilian deaths.” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu referred to the incident as a “tragedy.” Earlier, Hamas had launched eight…

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Netanyahu vows to continue war amid air strike condemnation Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to continue the military campaign against Hamas despite international condemnation of an airstrike that killed at least 45 Palestinians in Rafah on Sunday. The Hamas-run health ministry reported that hundreds more were treated for severe burns, fractures, and shrapnel wounds. Netanyahu described the strike as a “tragic mishap” but emphasised that the war would not end until all objectives were achieved. Netanyahu said Israel is taking “every precaution possible” to protect civilians, insisting that the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) are making their “best efforts…

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The Metro – General Election Day 1: Rishi’s bumpy take off The Metro leads on the general election, as the first day of campaigning got underway. The paper says the election announcement had the feel of a 90s romcom. Rishi Sunak stood outside 10 Downing Street in the torrential rain, sharing his feelings and begging voters for one last chance to make things right. The pint-sized Prime Minister was drenched and humiliated as D: Ream’s hit song – and New Labour anthem – Things Can Only Get Better, blasted so loud from a nearby protestor’s speaker that he was drowned…

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The Independent – It never rains but it pours, Rishi, so you’ll need one of these The Independent front page leads on Rishi Sunak saying the outlook looks gloomy for the prime minister as he was forced to announce the Rwanda flights won’t take off before the election. The paper says social media reacted more or less as you’d expect to news of a “snap” summer election – the first July poll since 1945 – by finding the funny. Users of X (formerly Twitter) quickly coined the term “genny lex” – which, like “platty jubes” and “statey funes” before it,…

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The Guardian – Sunak begins election campaign by abandoning flagship policies The Guardian leads on the first day of the general election campaign. Rishi Sunak has dropped flagship policies on deporting asylum seekers to Rwanda and banning smoking for young people on the first full day of his election campaign, leaving his legacy increasingly threadbare, the paper writes.  Sunak is pictured on the front page stepping off a plane – as he touched down in Wales for a whistlestop tour. Elsewhere, the paper reports on Post Office boss Paula Vennells who appeared at the Post Office Inquiry yesterday. The paper…

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Western Mail – NHS waiting lists hit record high The Western Mail leads on newly released NHS figures showing more people are waiting for healthcare treatment in Wales than ever before. NHS data released by the Welsh Government showed rises in the number of people on waiting lists, longer waits in A&E, fewer cancer patients starting treatment within the two-month target and ambulances taking longer to get to the most urgent calls. The figures released on Thursday show winter pressures and strike disruption have been extremely disruptive for the NHS. There were around 591,600 individual patients on waiting lists for…

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The National – Scottish Lib Dem candidate gave £25k to Boris The National’s lead story is an exclusive on Lib Dem candidate and businessman Angus MacDonald who donated £25,000 to the Conservatives under Boris Johnson. MacDonald hopes to rekindle the Lib Dem vote in their former Highland heartlands by taking the new Inverness, Skye and West Ross-shire seat from the SNP, the paper writes. But there are questions about his commitment to his new party’s stated pro-EU stance after The National revealed his previous support for the Tories in the run-up to the 2019 election. Boris Johnson’s 2019 campaign was…

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The Herald (Scotland) – FM’s election launch marred by police move on SNP fraud probe The Scottish Herald’s leading story reports that police in Scotland have launched a formal investigation into potential criminality involving SNP fundraising. The force, which has been assessing a fraud allegation from a member of the public since late March, said it had escalated its work after consulting with prosecutors. The paper notes the situation has been a blow to John Swinney’s bid to kick off the SNP’s general election campaign.  Elsewhere, a large image of PM Rishi Sunak on the campaign trail is featured on…

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Iran buries late president at shrine in home city of Mashhad Iran’s late President, Ebrahim Raisi, has been interred in his hometown of Mashhad, four days following his death in a helicopter crash. The 63-year-old hard-line cleric was laid to rest at the holy shrine of Imam Reza, a venerated figure in Shia Islam. Television broadcasts showed large crowds assembling in one of the northeastern city’s main streets prior to the ceremony. The crash, which occurred on Sunday amid adverse weather conditions in Iran’s mountainous northwest, also claimed the lives of seven other individuals. Among the deceased was Raisi’s foreign…

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Australian in intensive care with severe spinal injury after ‘horrifying’ Singapore flight, husband says Kerry Davis was flung to ceiling when flight SQ321 hit turbulence before falling motionless to floor of plane Follow our Australia news live blog for latest updatesGet our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcast An Australian woman suffered a spinal injury and has no sensation from her waist down after her flight to Singapore hit extreme turbulence earlier this week, as others onboard are treated for skull and brain injuries. The Boeing 777-300ER hit what an airline official described as “sudden…

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Haiti health system on verge of collapse, UN says Haiti’s health system is “on the verge of collapse,” according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef), which reports that six out of ten hospitals in the country are barely operational. “The combination of violence, mass displacement, dangerous epidemics, and increasing malnutrition has strained Haiti’s health system,” stated Bruno Maes, Unicef’s representative in the Caribbean nation. He emphasised, however, that “the strangling of supply chains may be what breaks it.” Armed gangs continue to control much of the capital, Port-au-Prince, and Unicef warns that millions of children are at risk of…

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Tech tycoon Mike Lynch, accused of ‘massive’ fraud, set to testify at US trial Lawyers for founder of software firm Autonomy, charged over $11bn Hewlett-Packard deal, suggest they may move for mistrial The British entrepreneur Mike Lynch is expected to take the stand in a San Francisco federal courthouse on Thursday as a key witness in his own criminal fraud trial, which began in March. US authorities have charged the former software tycoon with 16 counts of wire fraud, securities fraud and conspiracy relating to his company’s acquisition deal with Hewlett-Packard in 2011. If convicted, Lynch faces up to 25…

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Front page summary The National – UK government to be probed by regulator The National says An adviser to the Conservative Party has issued a stark warning, stating that the UK Government is veering into territory where it bans individuals based on disagreeing political views. This caution comes amid concerns about the government’s handling of protests and the implications for free speech and political expression.The UK Government is set to be investigated by a regulator over its treatment of disabled benefits claimants. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is suspected of potentially violating equality laws in its handling of these…

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Front page summary The Herald – CalMac hit by record finesThe Scottish Herald says State-owned ferry operator CalMac has been fined a record £316,000 per month for poor performance in maintaining reliable ferry services. The total fines have reached nearly £5 million since October 2022, due to recurring reliability issues. The penalties were imposed as part of the Scottish Government’s oversight of the ferry contract, which has been plagued by issues with the aging fleet. The fines, which have accumulated significantly over the past year, aim to address the delays and disruptions that have affected island ferry services.An interactive sculpture…

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