Newspaper headlines: Storm approaches UK, charity report, £3bn malaria pledge and four beached whales

A snowman in Times Square, New York, and snowboarders in the centre of Washington DC are among the images Monday's newspapers use to illustrate the massive storm that struck the eastern US over the weekend. And in the words of the Daily Mail: "It's heading our way".

Parts of the UK, speculates the Daily Express, could face a week of torrential rain and violent gales as the tail end of Storm Jonas sweeps in from the Atlantic.

According to the Daily Mirror, instead of widespread heavy snow, the Met Office believes a month of rain threatens the South West, Midlands and north in the next 48 hours.

The Daily Star says it has sparked fears of more flooding in areas left devastated by the storms that swept the UK in December.

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"Ill wind blows in from US for flooded families," is the headline in the Daily Telegraph. It records the Environment Agency's warnings for communities in Cumbria, Lancashire and Yorkshire, and the fear that rain and gales will coincide with high spring tides.

The Sun says the approaching weather front could generate the seventh British named storm of the season. If conditions are strong enough, Storm Jonas will become Storm Gertrude.


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One last chance

The leader writers turn their sights on a report from MPs on the fundraising activities of charities.

The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee highlighted abuses in tactics targeting old and vulnerable people and says the sector could be controlled by law unless a new voluntary regulator succeeds in cleaning up practices.

In the view of the Daily Telegraph, the report exposed behaviour that "should make their highly paid chief executives blush". Charities are not empires, always to be expanded and donors are not there to be exploited, it says.

The Times says charities cannot afford to become the scourge of their generous donors and trustees must now ensure they "translate to their fundraising the values they espouse in their work".

The Daily Mail takes credit for exposing the "scandalous methods" adopted by some charities. But it wonders whether the industry really deserves "one last chance".

"Without a change in the law, how long before they revert to old ways," it says.


Defeating malaria

The lead story in the Times reports a pledge from George Osborne and Bill Gates to wipe out malaria within decades. Writing in the paper, the UK chancellor and the founder of Microsoft say the disease can be defeated because "problems such as hunger and disease aren't insoluble".

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Mr Osborne is promising to allocate £2.5bn to a research fund over the next five years from the UK's international development budget, while £700m will be coming from Mr Gates's foundation.

The Times says overall UK spending on malaria prevention will not be rising and former Prime Minister Gordon Brown teamed up with Mr Gates for a malaria drive in 2006. But it notes the announcement shows how Mr Osborne's grip across other departments grows ever stronger ahead of a possible bid for the Tory leadership.


'Drop in the ocean'

The papers also pore over a deal heralded by the chancellor a few days earlier - the agreement by Google to pay £130m in UK taxes owed since 2005.

The Times says there is growing anger that HM Revenue & Customs largely left intact the arrangements the internet giant had put in place to legally minimise its UK obligations.

An expert quoted in the Guardian suggests Britain risks undermining an international clampdown on tax avoidance if it signs similar deals with other companies.

Meanwhile, the Independent says the £130m payment "in the cold light of the day... looks less impressive", while the Sun maintains the public "have a right to know how and why HMRC agreed to the deal".

In a leading article, the Financial Times says the settlement is a "drop in the ocean" for Google and there has been a lack of transparency, but it should be welcomed. It is, says the FT, a sign that public and political pressure over an "important point of principle" is starting to force a rethink.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, London Mayor Boris Johnson argues it is "absurd" to blame companies for seeking to minimise their liabilities or suggest the EU has a role to play in creating a more unified tax regime.

"We should recognise that the fault in the whole affair lies with our national arrangements," he writes. "The Google payback is a start."


What the commentators say...

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'Transfixing' whales

There are dramatic photographs on some front pages of the scenes on beaches in Norfolk and Lincolnshire over the weekend where four sperm whales were found dead. Three of the whales were washed up near Skegness, and one died on Friday after it became stranded in shallow waters a few miles away in Hunstanton.

Experts quoted by the Daily Mail say the whales are part of a bachelor pod that ventured into the North Sea from deeper water and were unable to feed or make their way back. It suggests the four could be linked to 12 whales found dead around the Netherlands and Germany last week.

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The Times say the events sparked fears for any remaining members of their pod.

The Independent records how members of the public were "transfixed" by the dead whales.

"Crowds flocked to see the creatures," reports the Guardian. "The coastguard cordoned off the giant bodies, but word spread and Adam Holmes from the Skegness lifeboat station said the Lincolnshire town was 'as busy as a bank holiday'."


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