Skin cancer figures and new portrait of a smiling Queen feature in papers

A perfect example of how two different papers can cover the same story in two different ways can be seen in Easter Monday's coverage of the latest skin cancer figures.

The Daily Mail explains that cases of skin cancer have soared seven-fold in the past 40 years and says the "shock rise" is blamed on "the legacy of sunshine package holidays which became popular in the 1960s". It also quotes experts warning that the "continuing obsession with sporting a tan" will mean the cancer toll will keep rising.

However, the Daily Express has been studying the same figures and is far more upbeat. Its front-page headline "Success in war on skin cancer" reflects the fact that survival rates for skin cancer are at a record high, with 80% of patients surviving. It says improved treatment and early diagnosis have proved key.

The Daily Mirror manages to get both angles into its coverage of the story, while passing on the Cancer Research UK's advice that sunseekers should be using at least factor 15 sunscreen this summer.

'Playing politics'

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Pictures of the Pope celebrating his first Easter Sunday Mass at the Vatican are featured on the front page of the Financial Times and the Guardian, with the latter informing its readers that his Easter message included a call for international leaders to work for peace in Ukraine and Syria.

The Daily Telegraph notes that the Pontiff rounded off his Urbi et Orbi sermon with his "characteristic informality", wishing the 15,000 pilgrims gathered in St Peter's Square a happy Easter and telling them to "have a good lunch".

But it was Pope Francis's call for Christians to alleviate the plight of the world's poor and hungry that caught the ear of the Times, which points out that matched the issues raised by the Archbishop of Canterbury in his own message to Anglican worshippers.

However, the Daily Mail reports that Conservative MPs have called on religious leaders to stop playing politics with the content of their Easter messages.

By way of contrast, the Daily Telegraph reports that there are some who wish the prime minister to stop bringing religion into his political messages.

Its front-page lead is based on a letter - signed by 55 public figures, including broadcasters, scientists and politicians - which accuses David Cameron of fostering division in the country by his repeated emphasis on the UK being a Christian country.

The letter points out that "repeated surveys, polls and studies" show that most Britons are not Christian and they, in turn, do not want any religion to be "actively prioritised by their elected government".

An editorial by Andrew Grimson in the Financial Times argues that Mr Cameron's Anglican belief is the key to understanding his politics. "It gives him a clear idea of the difference between right and wrong," he writes, while adding that there may be an element of "political calculation" in Mr Cameron's recent remarks about his beliefs. Grimson suggest that for devout voters at least, that will "trump the declared atheism of Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg".

'Mischievous glint'

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A smiling Queen beams out from the front pages of the Times and Daily Telegraph as both papers mark Her Majesty's 88th birthday by showing off the new black-and-white portrait by photographer David Bailey.

The Times says that few of the many previous portraits of the Queen - it points out that the National Portrait Gallery already owns 813 - have captured such a broad smile.

Bailey is described as a "magician" who has captured "the Queen's magnificently human smile" in Gaby Wood's Daily Telegraph critique of the portrait.

The Independent quotes Bailey as saying he is a huge fan of his (photographic) subject. "She has kind eyes with a mischievous glint," he is quoted as saying.

The Daily Mail does not join in the chorus of approval - highlighting the views of Twitter users who, it says, have commented on the likeness to David Walliams and Jeremy Clarkson.


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Teachers are having to contend with an increasing barrage of "vile" sexual abuse and derogatory comments about their work being posted by pupils on social networks, according to the Independent's lead story.

It says a survey of 7,500 teachers suggests that 21% of school staff have reported adverse or insulting material being posted online.

The Daily Mirror says that some of the pupils joining in the trolling of teachers are in infants' schools, and aged from four to seven, while the Guardian says parents also add to the problems. It quotes the case of one teacher about to go on maternity leave who was told online: "My son will fail now because of you."

'Pride of Britain'

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The dramatic tale of a family whose car went up in flames just as they were driving through the lions' enclosure at Longleat Safari Park continues to fascinate the newspapers, with many carrying interviews with the mother and two children who had to be speedily rescued by the park's rangers.

The Daily Mirror gives the story the front-page treatment, summarising mother Helen Clements' agonising choice in that split-second - "risk being burnt alive, or ripped apart by big cats".

She explains to the paper that nine-year-old son George was happy to have grabbed his teddy bear from the car before rangers guided them to safety but 12-year-old daughter Charlie left her mobile phone on the dashboard. Mrs Clements tells the paper: "You know teenagers and phones - she's not very happy."

The paper's editorial says the dilemma that faced the Clements family must have been terrifying but says the ability of the "cool mum" to laugh it off "must make her the pride of Britain".

The Daily Telegraph quotes her as saying that the children have "now got a wonderful story to tell all their school chums".

And the Sun takes the family back to the park for its interview and pictures - saying they are "back in the lion of fire".