Newspaper headlines: 'Lily's boy' in UK and abuse inquiry 'cover-up'

The row over the ages of refugee children arriving in the UK from Calais risks "undermining public confidence in the asylum system", a former home secretary tells the Daily Mail.

The issue of how to verify the age of children arriving from the "Jungle" camp is the paper's main story.

And it gives prominence to an intervention by Jack Straw, who it says has backed calls for age tests on child refugees coming to Britain.

The former Labour minister says he would never have ruled out using dental tests to establish refugees's ages while he was in government.

In an editorial, the paper backs the view that asylum seekers who claim to be children should undergo dental checks to assess their age.

However, the Times disagrees. It says those who arrived from Calais this week did not warrant the scepticism that greeted them.

Having escaped from some of the cruellest wars, they deserve the benefit of the doubt and Britain should not let them down, the newspaper argues.

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The arrival of 13-year-old Shamsher Sherin (pictured above) from the Jungle is the story that makes the front page of the Metro.

The teenager reduced singer Lily Allen to tears during an interview to highlight the plight of children living alone in the squalid camp.

The paper's front page dubs him "Lily's boy", saying he has arrived in Britain to begin a new life.


On its front page, the Times says Prime Minister Theresa May is facing accusations of a cover-up after she admitted having known of concerns about the head of the child abuse inquiry while she was home secretary.

The paper says Mrs May endured one of her most difficult days as prime minister on Wednesday when she conceded she had been aware of "stories" about Dame Lowell Goddard earlier than had been disclosed.

A number of papers also look ahead to Mrs May's first European summit later. However, they place a different emphasis on what her message will be.

The Times says she will appeal for goodwill on both sides, saying she does not want to bring down the European Union.

However, according to the Telegraph, she will tell EU counterparts that Britain's vote to leave must be respected.

The Daily Express meanwhile says she will give her toughest warning yet that EU leaders should give up any hope of reversing Brexit and there will be no second referendum.

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Russia has begun its biggest surface deployment since the end of the Cold War as it prepares to effectively end the war in Syria, according to the Telegraph.

It says Western intelligence officials believe the Kremlin is sending the full might of its Northern Fleet and part of the Baltic Fleet to reinforce a final assault on the city of Aleppo in a fortnight.

The final bombardment, the paper says, is designed to shore up the regime of President Bashar al-Assad and pave the way for a Russian exit from the civil war.

The Financial Times warns Western governments about the dangers of showing weakness in the face of President Vladimir Putin's challenge to the post-Cold War order.

In an editorial, the paper makes the case for extended sanctions against Russia and a redrawing of the West's so-called "red lines" to show Moscow there would be a real cost to crossing them.

Across the border in Iraq, the human cost of the battle of Mosul is evident in a number of papers.

Both the Financial Times and the Guardian carry the same photograph on their front pages of a weary and anxious-looking woman and her four dust-covered children peering out of the back of a military vehicle.

'Alan Turing's law'

Meanwhile, many of the papers also highlight the government's announcement that thousands of gay and bisexual men convicted of abolished sexual offences are to be posthumously pardoned.

According to the Guardian, there will be no time limit in relation to past offences.

A number of papers also report that proposals are being put to the World Health Organisation to change the definition of "infertility".

According to the Daily Mail, officials are suggesting that single men and women who want a baby but have not found a partner should now be classed as "infertile".

The paper says the change could mean the NHS will need to make more provision for single people who want to have children.

And finally, the i has good news for those who fondly remember Saturday afternoons spent in front of the television watching professional wrestling.

The paper says ITV is planning to revive World of Sport - which used to feature wrestlers such as Big Daddy performing before "crowds of screaming grannies".

It says the new stars of the revamped show will include Sha Samuels - known as the East End Butcher - who pounds opponents into the mat in between carving up meat at his shop in Newham, east London.