Newspaper headlines: May in China and NHS operations for obese refused

The Daily Telegraph is among a number of newspapers looking ahead to Prime Minister Theresa May's visit to the G20 summit in China.

It says there is mounting concern that Mrs May is poised to block a deal on China's involvement in the new nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point.

The Financial Times speaks of "growing speculation" that Britain could itself invest billions in Hinkley Point if China pulls out.

The Times says China wants to use the summit to assert its global power - and cautions that Britain should not become Beijing's supine partner merely out of anxiety about its future prosperity.

The Sun says Britain is right to halt the Chinese-funded project. Security concerns aside, the paper says, it is a rotten deal for taxpayers.

In its main front page story, the Telegraph reports that obese patients are to be routinely refused operations across the health service in England.

The paper says a hospital trust in North Yorkshire is banning them from most surgery for a year, amid severe funding constraints, and there are warnings that other trusts will take similar action.

The expected ban on microbeads in everyday bathroom products is proclaimed by the Mail's front page as a victory for its environmental campaign.

What a breakthrough! the Mail exclaims, saying that although its campaign ran for only nine days, it put a rocket booster behind the drive to outlaw the plastic fragments, which cause untold harm to marine life and pollute the food chain.

The Guardian leads with what it calls a "candid" interview with the former Lib Dem leader and deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, who's preparing to publish his memoirs.

He accuses the former chancellor, George Osborne, of casually cutting the benefits of the poorest people in society, to boost Conservative popularity - after focus groups suggested potential Tory voters were very anti-welfare.

He also claims senior Conservatives thought the provision of social housing created Labour voters.

This line is followed up by the Daily Mirror, which accuses the Conservatives of punishing desperate families by refusing to build more council homes.

The Telegraph has the story of what it calls a "curious experiment" by the Prince of Wales - to underline the virtues of wool as recyclable and degradable.

Writing in the paper's magazine, Prince Charles tells how he buried two jumpers in a flower bed at Clarence House - one made of wool, the other of synthetic fibres.

Six months later, after a "ceremonious exhumation", the synthetic garment was found to be intact, fit to be washed and worn, whereas the woollen jumper had quietly and usefully degraded itself away to nothing.

Not content with that, the Prince also set fire to a pile of jumpers. He says synthetic jerseys produced a dramatic and disconcerting blaze, while their woollen counterparts merely smouldered in relative safety.

Junior doctors' strikes

The Daily Telegraph highlights a warning that five-day strikes planned by junior doctors in England could be more disruptive than the government has predicted.

It says the body representing NHS Hospitals estimates that more than half a million operations will have to be cancelled - and four million appointments lost.

The "i" says splits have emerged among senior doctors over support for the imminent strike.

The Sun detects that public support for the junior doctors is crumbling - and it says more and more fellow medics are outraged that the profession's impeccable standing is being wrecked by naïve left-wing agitators.

The Mail says the doctors' union is under intense pressure to hold a fresh strike ballot, after a claim that the latest walkouts would be illegal under new industrial relations laws.

'Gravy train'

"The gravy train" is the main headline in the "i" newspaper, which says there was outrage after the co-owner of Southern Rail announced profits of £100m.

The paper says the news brought demands for the UK's worst rail operator to be taken back into public ownership.

The Daily Mirror says renationalisation is undoubtedly in the public interest when private firms impose unjustifiable fare rises on passengers stuffed into crowded carriages.

Illegal Muslim schools

The Times reports that attempts to close and prosecute illegal Muslim schools are being impeded by some local authorities, anxious not to upset communities.

In an interview with the paper, Ofsted's chief inspector, Michael Wilshaw, accuses some councils of "getting in the way" of efforts to stop children being taught in unregistered schools, without checks on their safety or eduction.

The paper comments that when local authorities turn a blind eye to illegal schools that are radicalising children, Whitehall needs to get tough.

The obituary writers look back at the life of Uzbekistan's president, Islam Karimov - one of Asia's most authoritarian leaders - whose death at the age of 78 was confirmed yesterday.

The Guardian calls him a tyrannical president, who made no secret of his disdain for democratic principles and implemented draconian restrictions on civil liberties and political opposition.

The Times sees him as a ruthless dictator who adjusted cannily to the post-Soviet world and was regarded as a key ally in the war against terror by Tony Blair and former US President George W Bush.

Paralympics inquiry

Days before the opening of the Rio Paralympics, the Guardian reports that UK Athletics is to launch an inquiry into the classification of Paralympic track and field athletes.

The paper says there have been claims that some have been allowed to compete against people who are significantly more disabled, resulting in a boost to their medal chances.

Several papers report that Oliver and Amelia remain the most popular names for new babies in England and Wales, but the Mail says a deluge of new-born Noahs has pushed the biblical name to number seven in the list.

The Guardian says Muhammad was the most popular boy's name in London and the West Midlands.

The Telegraph detects the first hint of a resurgence for four names synonymous with pre-war Britain - Gladys, Doris, Hilda and Ethel - noting that it is the first time all four names have been recorded for 20 years.