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Clare Spencer | 13:53 UK time, Wednesday, 8 December 2010

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

On its live text page the Guardian relives the arrest of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange on suspicion of rape. Of Mr Assange's lawyer, the article says "We are hanging on every word of Mark Stephens at the moment".

The Australian carries a comment piece from Mr Assange, written before his arrest. In the article Mr Assange says the US is trying to have it both ways by claiming that the contents of cables are not significant and that the release will endanger lives.

The Telegraph reports the husband of a woman murdered on her honeymoon in South Africa has been arrested in the UK. Shrien Dewani is suspected of offering a taxi driver £1,400 to arrange for his new wife to be shot dead in a staged carjacking.

The Daily Mail says Tesco supermarkets are being "swamped" with complaints. It follows a deal which offered to double the value of points and vouchers held on the Clubcards. On the day of the deadline of the offer, the Tesco website crashed and stores saw long queues.

The Sun publishes the claim by ex-Baywatch star and Playboy model Donna D'Errico that airport security staff selected her for a full body scan because she was sexy. Controversy surrounded the introduction of the scans in the US but the Sun reports security officials deny any wrongdoing.

Slate issues a scathing review of last week's alien life form find. The Nasa sponsored research found life that lives off arsenic instead of phosphorous, like every other living organism. Now Slate has lined up a collection of critics who are arguing the paper was so flawed it shouldn't have been published.

Forbes magazine says that for the third time in three years, the world has a new richest man. Coming up at the top of Forbe's list of the world's billionaires is Mexican business magnate Carlos Slim Helu. The Telecoms tycoon has beaten Bill Gates and Warren Buffett to the top of the list.

Boston Globe tells of the settlement made by Carl Shapiro to return $625m Bernie Madoff stole from other people and paid to him over four decades. The Globe says 97 year-old Mr Shapiro is one of Boston's most generous philanthropists and also one of Madoff's most enduring clients and friend.

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