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Newspaper review: Egypt unrest worries papers

  • 6 July 2013
  • From the section UK
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Events in Egypt continue to worry many of the newspapers.

The Times fears that Egypt's army has led the country into perilous and uncharted territory.

The paper wonders if it will turn out to be the moment when the army embarked on a tragic and misguided project to crush the Arab Spring - or whether a new era of inclusive Egyptian democracy beckons.

The Guardian warns that Egypt is "on the brink of disaster" and calls for elections to be held in the country as soon as possible.

The paper says the stakes are huge, not just for Egypt but for the stability of the Arab world as a whole.

The Daily Telegraph says the country faces a descent into chaos with running battles on the streets between those supporting the overthrow of President Morsi and those demanding his reinstatement.

The Independent describes the violence as the "Friday of Rage" with young marchers threatening to continue fighting until democracy is restored.

Bitter row

Several papers ponder the perils for the Labour leader in locking horns with his biggest union paymaster.

The Daily Mail thinks the crisis is the gravest one yet for Ed Miliband and warns that it can only intensify.

The Sun says "Red Ed is only there because Red Len put him there" - and that his own future is at stake if he dares to bite the hand that feeds him.

Matthew Parris in the Times warns David Cameron against hanging out the bunting just yet. Labour isn't the only one with local difficulties, he says, and grassroots Conservatives can no longer claim to represent modern Britain either.

And there is some solace for the Labour leader in the Guardian, which thinks Mr Miliband can turn the saga to his advantage.

The paper says senior party figures are calling on Ed Miliband to use the bitter row to break the formal link with the unions once and for all by embarking on bold reforms in the coming weeks.

Explosive chutney

There is more uncomfortable reading for the police.

The Independent says five forces are being probed over "smearing" anti-racism campaigners following reports that the family and friends of Stephen Lawrence were bugged.

The Times, meanwhile, reports that police leaders are about to make an unprecedented national apology for the use of the names of hundreds of dead children to create false identities for undercover officers.

The Daily Mail has a cautionary tale for anyone tempted to rustle up some home-made chutney this weekend.

It reports that a pensioner from Henley-on-Thames , who left some rhubarb chutney in an uncovered dish in the fridge, was woken by an explosion that shook her home.

The culprit - not a gas leak, but the fermenting chutney.

Summer sun

A battle of another sort is exercising the Daily Telegraph - Andy Murray versus Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon men's singles final.

The paper looks ahead to Sunday's match and frets that the country will once again be put through the emotional mincer watching a British player on Centre Court.

But the Daily Mirror is more sanguine as it reflects on the rumpus between Murray and the umpires over whether or not to close the roof on Centre Court and play the rest of the match under lights.

"Andy's roofless side" is its headline.

The Daily Express is jubilant, enthusing that "Murray raises the roof".

Finally, with temperatures across some parts of the country set to rival those in India this weekend, the Times reports that the supermarkets are rubbing their hands with glee.

Burger sales are predicted to quadruple and one chain says it expects to sell 750,000 sausages in the next two days.

Not everyone is overjoyed, though, with the Independent fretting that something has happened to the jetstream and it is all part of a global pattern of freak weather.

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