Tuesday, January 26, 2010

What Tuesday's papers are saying

Many of the papers lead with the story of Kay Gilderdale who was cleared yesterday of trying to kill her daughter whose body was left “broken” by 17 years of the chronic fatigue illness ME.

Mrs Gilderdale walked from court after being acquitted of the attempted murder of Lynn, 31, despite previously admitting to helping her commit suicide.says the Telegraph

A High Court judge has criticised the Director of Public Prosecutions for personally pursuing the case says the Times

Why was she ever on trial asks the Mail which reports that former nurse Kay Gilderdale wept after a jury found her not guilty - to cheers and applause from friends and relatives in the public gallery

The Independent leads with the story that Tony Blair has been hired by Lansdowne Partners, a hedge fund that bet on British banks going bust during the financial crisis.According to the paper he is to be paid at least £200,000

A new poll on the front of the Guardian says the Conservatives are losing the battle over class,

Guardian/ICM poll published today shows a third of voters see the Tories as the party of the upper classes.

A sharp jump in economic optimism among business leaders has been revealed in The Independent's "green shoots" index as the end of the recession is formally announced today.

Meanwhile the Guardian says that

Britain's 18-month recession is expected to be declared officially over tomorrow. But cabinet members privately fear a disastrous rebound with the economy shrinking in the first quarter of this year – figures that would be published 11 days before a May 6 polling day.

Meanwhile the Prime Minister flew to Belfast last night to try to resolve the dispute between republicans and Unionists that threatens Northern Ireland’s power-sharing executive says the Times.

Most of the papers cover the news that Ali Hassan al-Majid, known to the world as "Chemical Ali" has been hanged in Iraq.

A close cousin of Saddam, Majid was tasked with carrying out the brutal repression of an ill-fated Shia uprising in 1991 that was tacitly encouraged by the US in the aftermath of Kuwait's liberation during the Gulf War.says the Telegraph

His execution was announced as suicide bombers driving vehicles packed with explosives blew themselves up close to three hotels in Baghdad killing at least 36 people and wounding 80. reports the Independent

A British businessman is among 90 passengers and crew feared dead after a plane crashed yesterday shortly after taking off during a thunderstorm.says the Mail.

The crash happened at 12.30am, five minutes after the Boeing 737 had taken off from Beirut's Rafik Hariri International Airport.
Witnesses described seeing a 'ball of fire that lit up the whole sea'.

For fans of Take that,the Sun reveals that Robbie Williams is to be sensationally reunited with Take That - on The Sun's Helping Haiti charity single.

Meanwhile the Mirror reports how Simon Cowell hugged Haiti bike boy Charlie Simpson yesterday as he told him: “You’re an incredible lad.”

Acciording to the Times,curbs on wearing the full Muslim veil come a step closer in France today with a report that will call for a ban on the dress in post offices, universities, hospitals and state-owned premises, as well as public transport.

Finally many of the papers report that Picasso's Rose period painting The Actor was damaged when a visitor to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York lost her balance and stumbled into the canvas, creating a six-inch gash.

The accident resulted in an "irregular vertical tear" in the lower right-hand corner of the canvas,says the Telegraph

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