Newspaper headlines: EU border controls, Rotherham and Adele at the Brits

There is still a long way to go until the EU referendum takes place this summer, but things are already getting pretty heated between some of the key campaigners, according to Thursday's newspapers.

The Telegraph says it understands that Michael Gove is facing the sack as justice secretary once the vote is over, after he questioned the legal basis of the prime minister's deal with Brussels.

The paper says David Cameron is being urged by ministerial aides to remove Mr Gove - with one quoted as saying it's "untenable" to have a justice secretary opposed to the legal basis of the deal.

The Guardian says "battle lines are drawn" with Mr Gove showing he's up for a fight after initially giving his decision to back the Out campaign a low profile.

Meanwhile, the Daily Mail focuses on border controls, claiming migrants are heading to Europe with ministers braced for "embarrassing statistics that will put the influx into Britain at sky-high levels".


Eye-catching headlines

  • 'Crush hour for road rage rhino' - Tourists on safari in Namibia were delighted when they spotted an endangered black rhino, until it made a sprint for them and began ramming into their vehicle, the Daily Mirror reports
  • 'TV corpse that came back from the dead' - Eagle-eyed fans of BBC drama Happy Valley spotted a corpse blinking during Tuesday's episode. The Daily Mail says fans were quick to spot the blooper during a post-mortem scene
  • 'Busted: artists who stole Nefertiti' - One of the world's most celebrated ancient treasures - the bust of Queen Nefertiti - has been covertly scanned while on show in a Berlin museum as part of a modern day digital art heist, The Times reports. The German artists responsible have released 3D printing plans of the sculpture for free online so replicas can be made and taken back to Egypt.

Queen of the night

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Adele proved her musical might was impossible to beat after sweeping the board at the Brit awards on Wednesday night and before blazing across many of the front pages by morning.

And if becoming the biggest selling artist of the 21st century wasn't enough, the 25-year-old singer also made history by becoming the first solo artist to win four gongs in one night, The Times remarks.

But the Guardian reports how in a year that diversity has caused controversy in the entertainment industry the Brits failed to recognise any non-white artists.

The paper comments that the much-discussed tribute to David Bowie "was the only surprise in an otherwise predictable show".

'City of cruelty'

The Independent features a special report on conditions in the Iraqi city of Mosul, which is under the control of the so-called Islamic State group.

According to the paper, the militants have unleashed a new wave of brutality against the population - with minor infringements of dress code by women attracting particularly sadistic punishment. A woman who fled the city tells the paper her sister was beaten because she hadn't covered her hands with gloves.

The paper says it's as if the fighters and officials are compensating for setbacks on the battlefield by showing they still have power over the population.


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