Today’s news summary – Paper Talk
A picture of the last US soldier to leave Afghanistan, boarding a plane, is on several of Wednesday’s front splashes. A number of papers also feature an image of the Taliban at Kabul airport after the US departed, and the militant group now taking control of the airport.
Several of the tabloids front pages discuss the ‘miracle vaccine to stop heart attacks and strokes’ and a picture of Geronimo the alpaca features heavily.
The Front Pages
Taliban in Kabul airport
The Telegraph shows a Taliban fighter posing at the controls of an abandoned Afghan army aircraft; the main picture for the i is a group of armed militants standing guard at the airport.
The Times’ correspondent in Kabul writes that the abandoned war machines of a defeated superpower were fit only for the scrap heap as the Taliban swarmed into the airport.
The Guardian reports how a young Afghan woman marked the first day of full Taliban control over her country by burning any clothes they would be likely to disapprove of.
Cholesterol-reducing inclisiran jab
Plans by the NHS in England and Wales to roll out a new drug that lowers cholesterol is reported on in the papers – and makes the lead for the Express and the Mirror.
According to the Telegraph, the treatment has been found to halve levels of “bad cholesterol” in as little as two weeks, meaning those with heart disease would no longer have to take daily statins.
Geronimo the alpaca
The killing of Geronimo the alpaca gets extensive coverage and is the Sun’s main story.
In the Mail’s words, the operation was a “shambles that shamed the men from the ministry”.
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