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Clare Spencer | 15:44 UK time, Thursday, 2 December 2010

A look at the stories ranking highly on various news sites.

Snow dominates a few most read lists. Times readers are finding out about "travel chaos" [subscription reqd]; the Daily Mail reports that 40% of workers are staying at home.

While six of the ten most popular stories on the BBC News site relate to the snow hitting the UK, Guardian readers are looking at Wednesday's revelations from Wikileaks. Luke Harding writes that American diplomats' cables expose their opinions that the Russian government works with senior mafia bosses.

The Spectator has a historical comparison: US cables from 1975 about Margaret Thatcher. Of Britain's "newest political star" the cable says that if she is ever to become Britain's first woman prime minister, she must use that time to humanise her public image, adding "the odds are against her".

Proving popular at the Independent is a story about the Swedish Queen's father's Nazi past. The piece says that Sweden is rocked by the previously-hidden fact that he was a Nazi party member who grew rich during World War 2 running an armaments factory that had been stolen from its Jewish owners.

Telegraph readers are interested in whether they can cash in their phones. According to the paper, Britons are thought to be sitting on millions of mobile phones that could be sold for cash. It lists the most and least valuable recycled mobiles ranging from the Apple iPhone 4 at £390 to the Sony Ericsson Z300: average price just £1.

The Sun's readers prefer to look at the outfit worn by Gary Lineker's wife, lingerie model Danielle Bux, for his 50th birthday party.

The New Statesman's most read story is David Laws' theory as to why the Lib Dems rejected Labour. The Lib Dem MP for Yeovil contests the accusation that his party was never serious about a coalition with Labour. Mr Laws says "we would have been stark staring mad" to accept a coalition with no majority in the Commons, no clear policy platform and no guarantee of a referendum on voting reform.

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