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Clare Spencer | 13:48 UK time, Tuesday, 8 February 2011

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

The story of a "homeless billionaire" hoping to raise £700m is popular on the First Post. The investor Nicolas Berggruen is given the moniker as he lives in hotels and "eschews material possessions". He wants to use the money to fund the acquisition of an unidentified company. The First Post reports the German-US dual national, worth an estimated $2.2bn, is offering shares in a 'cash shell' named Justice. It will be listed on the London Stock Exchange. The money raised will be used to fund a raid on an undervalued company worth between £1bn and £5bn.

The Sun's most read story is headlined Dolphin Bloodbath Exposed. The article says that after a film called The Cove exposed Japanese methods of killing dolphins, fishermen now use tarpaulins to cover up their "horrific" methods.

In the film hunters are seen "driving a spike into dolphins' flesh before ramming a wooden plug in the wound to stop the blood turning the sea red".

Proving popular with Telegraph readers is news that a leading Italian photographer has alleged that mafia gangsters claim to possess compromising photos of Silvio Berlusconi at bunga bunga sex parties. Fabrizio Corona, who runs a celebrity photography agency said on Italian TV that representatives from a gossip magazine went to Naples to buy photos of Berlusconi from the Camorra mafia.

The Wall Street Journal's most commented piece is Republican Senator Rand Paul's "modest $500bn proposal". He sets out spending cuts which he says would keep 85% of government funding. The biggest cuts he suggests are in US farming and transport government department. He suggests not touching Social Security or Medicare funding.

Popular with Daily Mail readers is news of an e-readers price war. The paper says some are being sold for "just £52". The Daily Mail suggests that this is adding to fears about the demise of real books, bookshops and libraries.

The Mirror's most commented-on story reports Peter Andre has called in lawyers after Katie Price handed over their daughter with a burn on her back. The article says the three-inch burn on Princess's back was caused in a sauna. The Mirror quotes "a source" as saying Katie "was in a sauna with her mum and sister when Princess ran in and burnt her back on something. We're not sure what it was but suspect it could have been a hot pipe. Katie was devastated to see her little girl in pain."

The Independent's most read story says leaders of the Church of Scientology are defending of their organisation and their treatment of the faith's adherents amid what they described as "sensationalist" claims they have been under investigation by an FBI task force on human trafficking. The article says the move came after Paul Haggis, an Oscar-winning screenwriter who renounced Scientology in 2009 after 34 years as a member, broke a long public silence to help the New Yorker magazine compile a lengthy investigation into the church's affairs.

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