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Paper review: 'Smuggled' Syria victims in the headlines

  • 24 August 2013
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Victims of the alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria have been smuggled to Jordan for tests to determine which agent was used to gas hundreds of people, the Guardian reports.

The paper says the move could help inform an international response to the attack, which has increased fears that Syria's civil war could spread into the wider region.

The Independent says disagreements in the UN Security Council have prevented any meaningful international action to end the conflict.

According to the Daily Mail, David Cameron is expected to carry out a round of telephone diplomacy on the crisis from his Cornish holiday retreat over the weekend - and to convene a meeting of Britain's National Security Council to discuss options for a response.

A front page report in the Financial Times says architects of the internet have started to fight back against online surveillance by the British and American governments.

The paper says experts are drawing up an ambitious plan to shield computer users by using encryption programmes similar to ones used to protect online shoppers.

A letter to the FT from the World Wide Web Foundation and other internet groups warns that blanket surveillance is eroding online privacy at breakneck speed.

Flood insurance

The Guardian reveals it has struck a partnership with the New York Times that will give the American paper access to some of the sensitive documents leaked by the US whistle-blower, Edward Snowden.

The British paper says that in a climate of intense pressure from the UK government, it decided to bring in a US partner to work on the documents.

Writing in the paper, the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, says he shares concerns about the detention of David Miranda, the partner of a Guardian journalist working on the story.

The Daily Telegraph says every household in the country faces paying more to subsidise home insurance for properties in areas at high risk of flooding.

But despite the subsidy, the paper says, half a million homes in flood-prone districts will see annual insurance bills rise by up to a third.

Tops off

The Guardian says a row has broken out between Downing Street and four national newspaper editors over their decision to publish photographs of the prime minister on a Cornish beach - one of which showed him struggling to put on bathing trunks under a towel.

The paper says Downing Street argued that after a photo opportunity for the press, there was a binding agreement to leave the Mr Cameron in peace.

But the editors insisted it had been no more than a request.

The Telegraph cartoonist, Matt, depicts a TV weather forecaster warning viewers that high temperatures increase the risk of meeting a topless David Cameron.

Clock row

The Sun reports on research by consumer group Which? on airline charges.

It concludes that it can work out cheaper to send luggage abroad by courier, instead of taking it on a Ryanair jet.

The paper says the finding comes as a shock - even to people used to stinging charges at airports.

A row over a town hall clock in the Shropshire town of Bishop's Castle grabs the attention of the Telegraph.

The paper says the clock has chimed every quarter hour since the 18th century - but now a hotel owner wants it silenced at night because it's keeping his guests awake.

Other residents say the chimes are a familiar and friendly part of the town's character - and one says they actually help him to sleep.

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