Newspaper review: A future without Kim Jong-il

A look at the first editions of the UK papers

The Daily Mail says the death of the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-il, has sent "a shiver of fear" through the Far East and beyond.

The Times describes him as "amongst the most monstrous tyrants in history" - while the Sun says he was "potty".

In its comment column, the Financial Times says the "Dear Leader" played "nuclear-armed Russian roulette".

The Daily Mirror says the dictator allowed two million North Koreans to starve while he led a life of luxury.

The Great Successor

North Koreans howled and flailed their arms after Kim Jong-il's death, but no-one really knows what the North Korean people felt, says the Guardian.

The Independent talks of "a new age of uncertainty" while the dictator's son, Kim Jong-un, takes over.

The Times says the "Great Successor" will be the "portly" figurehead for the world's most reviled regime.

It says he was educated at a Swiss boarding school and is said to be fond of sushi, German cars and basketball.

Pension negotiations

The Daily Mail believes that union resistance to changes in their public sector pensions is "crumbling".

The iDaily Express worries ministers have made too many concessions - and are in danger of failing to meet their promise to make pensions affordable.

The paper says unions have proved to be tougher negotiators than ministers and mandarins over the past few weeks.

The Daily Mirror draws a similar conclusion, saying that "industrial action did secure improved terms".

Of matters scientific

Some of Tuesday's papers carry articles with a scientific slant.

The Independent reports that US officials are worried a deadly strain of bird flu created by Dutch scientists could be used by terrorists.

The Daily Mail says new research suggests that eating less can be good for brains as well as waistlines.

The Daily Telegraph says the research suggests restricting calories could activate genes linked to longevity and keep the brain functioning for longer.

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