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Today’s news summary – Paper Talk 

The daily news summary is a round-up of the national and international front pages and the main stories dominating them. 

At WTX News we cover a variety of newspapers in our daily Paper Talk series so your news summary gives you a detailed and clear overview of the stories that are important regardless of where you fall on the political spectrum, whether you want tabloid or broadsheet – we’ve got the variety summarised in one spot for your consumption. 

Friday’s newspaper leads feature various stories, but almost all of them are domestic political news. A number of the headlines lead on plans from Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to challenge what he describes as Britain’s “sick note culture.” Elsewhere, the EU’s olive branch to UK students, Thames Water nationalisation plans and the Tory MP cash scandal make the front pages.

Several UK papers, and most of the Scottish front pages, of course, lead on news that former Scottish First Minister, Nicola Strugeon’s husband has been charged with stealing from the SNP. 

Most of the papers offer up a snippet of their review of the latest Taylor Swift album on their front pages. So far, it’s all glowing reviews for Taylor’s – The Tortured Poets Department.

Thursday’s front pages lead on a variety of stories, with mostly domestic political news being splashed.

The government’s Rwanda plans, the latest political polling, Angela Rayner’s tax scandal and Brexit are among the headlines. Several papers cover international news, including flash flooding in the Gulf states, Prince Harry is a hot topic for a couple of the tabloids, as the prince lists the USA as his main residence.

The papers also pick up on both Manchester City and Arsenal being knocked out of the Champions League.

Wednesday’s newspaper front pages feature a variety of stories, with no strong lead dominating the papers. There are a few hot topics, mostly domestic stories, splashed across several papers. 

For a couple of the right-leaning tabloids, the news that a Muslim pupil has lost a High Court challenge brought against her school in North London, over a ban on prayer rituals, is celebrated on the front splashes. 

The planned smoking ban, which passed its first hurdle in the Commons yesterday, is also reported on. Some papers look at the health benefits of a smoking ban, others report on it being “un-conservative.” Several papers pick up on the 165 Tory MPs who abstained from voting – suggesting PM Rishi Sunak’s party is fracturing. 

Elsewhere, there’s room for more UK and international political stories including the ongoing Middle East crisis and US inflation.

Many of Tuesday’s front pages cover the rising tensions between Israel and Iran. It comes after Iran launched an estimated 300 drone and missile strikes towards Israel overnight on Saturday, saying the attack was a response to an earlier strike on its consulate in Syria.

Most of the papers’ front pages feature images of Donald Trump in court – attending the first day of one of his four criminal cases. The former US president is set to be the Republican nomination for the upcoming US presidential election.

Sunday’s papers feature various news topics, with most papers already going to print before Iran attacked Israel. Elsewhere, many of the papers feature images from the Australian stabbing attack at a shopping mall which left 6 people – five women and a man – dead and many injured – including a baby. Joel Cauchi, 40, was shot dead by a lone police officer who bravely approached the man. His attack is not thought to be terror-related and it’s been reported that he was known to police. 

Like most of the week, Friday’s front pages feature a variety of stories, with only domestic politics as the thread running through most of the papers.

Several papers note the death of the former NFL player and accused double murderer OJ Simpson, who died after a battle with cancer. Other celebrity news stories are also featured on the tabloid front pages.

Thursday’s front pages feature a variety of stories. Several papers cover the US President’s comments that Israel has America’s “ironclad” support amid fears of a retaliatory attack from Iran – after an Israeli strike killed 7 Iranians in an attack on a consular building.

Various UK domestic topics make up the rest of the papers, from claims China are flooding the UK with fake stamps in an attempt to destabilise the UK economy, Labour’s plans if they win the next UK general election make a couple of the papers, and the tabloids feature plenty of celebrity gossip on their front pages.

Tuesday’s front pages feature a mix of stories, with Labour’s plans on how they will fund their commitments, being one of the most popular across the papers.

Several front splashes carry images of the actress playing Amy Winehouse in a new movie about the British musician’s life, and there’s some light coverage of the total eclipse which was witnessed by millions across Mexico, the US and Canada.

Monday’s front pages feature a variety of topics, with the ongoing crisis in the Middle East, and the war in Ukraine featured on several papers.

Most papers carry photographs of the British man who has completed his epic challenge to run the entire length of Africa.

Domestic topics such as the Post Office scandal, the NHS and the latest from the Premier League are also splashed on the front pages.

Most papers suggest Liverpool threw away two precious points as they only managed a draw against Man Utd. Other papers are excited at what has been dubbed the best-ever Premier League title race, with only a point separating the top three teams.

Many of Friday’s front pages report on Joe Biden’s phone call with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, during which the US president said his country’s support for Israel would depend on steps being taken to “address civilian harm” and “humanitarian suffering” in Gaza. It marks a significant shift in US Policy – the first time that Washington has attempted to leverage American aid to influence the conduct of the war in Gaza.

Reviews of the new Netflix show Scoop – based on the famous BBC interview with Prince Andrew over his relationship with Jeffery Epstein – make several front pages.

The latest from the Premier League also features – as Liverpool return to the top of the table and United lose 4-3 after a strong early 2-0 lead.

Many of Wednesday’s front pages report on the Israeli air strike that killed seven foreign aid workers in Gaza. Amongst the dead were three British men – who worked as security for the World Central Kitchen (WCK) kitchen charity. Following the deaths of the aid workers, the charity has now suspended their operations in Gaza. It comes as the strip is on the brink of famine, and news of the food charity suspending operations adds to heightened fears of mass starvation. 

Tuesday’s front pages feature a variety of stories with the escalation in the Middle East taking the lead for several papers. An Iranian general has been killed in Syria during an Israeli airstrike on the Iranian consulate building in Damascus. The papers see the bombing as an escalation and note Tehran has vowed a ‘harsh’ response to the attack. 

Several front pages feature ongoing coverage of the UK political scene ahead of this year’s general election. A couple of papers from across the political spectrum suggest Tory rebels are plotting to oust the prime minister regardless of whether he can turn the economic situation around. 

Monday’s front pages feature a variety of mostly political news, but almost all of them carry a picture of King Charles attending an Easter church service on Sunday. The papers note that it’s the most significant public appearance since the King revealed his cancer diagnosis. Prince William and Princess Kate – and their children – did not attend the service following the shock announcement of Princess Kate’s cancer. 

The NHS, politics, the war in Gaza, and the latest results from the Premier League also make the front splashes. 

Several of Friday’s front pages lead on the mess of Thames Water – Britain’s largest water provider. Lawmakers across the political spectrum have criticised the company’s bosses for the financial mess it is in amid talks that the company could be nationalised.

Several papers lead on UK political news, with PM Rishi Sunak and Labour’s Angela Rayner both reportedly ‘coming under fire’ recently, Sunak for honouring a top Tory donor and Rayner for her controversial property dealings. There’s also a look ahead to the upcoming general election. 

Thursday’s front pages carry various stories – mostly domestic news. Several of the papers report on UK politics, with speculation on a summer general election. There’s coverage of the backlash from the raw sewage spills, and King Charles’s upcoming Easter message.
A few of the tabloids lead on celebrity news, but all-in-all there isn’t much unity on the front pages this morning.

Thursday’s front pages feature various leads but politics seems to be the hot topic with the government suffering a series of defeats over its Rwanda asylum plan in the Lords last night, UK inflation and the economic outlook making several splashes. The shock resignation of Ireland’s PM is pictured on a couple of front pages.