Newspaper headlines: Aleppo suffering, Christmas strikes, foreign aid and Strictly final

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There are many graphic accounts of the suffering caused by the suspension of the operation to help people leave the Syrian city of Aleppo.

The Sunday Telegraph highlights the plight of thousands of children who aid workers say are at risk of freezing to death while they wait on the city's ruined streets for buses to collect them.

The Mail on Sunday also focuses on the children trapped there.

A medical expert describes how many of them have what is known as "thousand-yard stare" - which is normally seen in combat veterans - because they have been exposed to so much violence and trauma.

The remains of the besieged city, concludes the Observer, have been reduced to a freezing desperate chaos, with tens of thousands of hungry, frightened people waiting long hours for buses.

The sense of despair is summed up by one man, who tells the paper: "We have given up on our homes, our belongings, everything - now we only want to get out".

The Sunday Times considers the fate of those who managed to leave last week.

Many of them were taken to the rebel-held area of Idlib, which prompts one activist to say: "There is no relief. We know we are about to die. Idlib will be the new Aleppo".


At a time when the rail unions are planning further strikes in the long-running dispute with Southern Rail, the Sunday Times highlights comments by RMT president Sean Hoyle

He is said to have told a meeting in September that unions are co-ordinating action to bring down what he described as the working class-hating Tory government.

The Sunday Express reports that the five unions planning strikes on the railways, at Post Offices and at airports over the Christmas period have donated almost £300,000 to Labour MPs in the past year.

The main story in the Observer is devoted to the battle for the leadership of the Unite union.

It says Gerard Coyne, who wants to replace Len McCluskey, has made a strong attack on his rival, accusing him of meddling too much in Westminster politics and of being the "puppet master" of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.


The Mail on Sunday reports that the government has halted new contracts with British foreign aid contractors after the paper exposed what it calls fat-cat dirty tricks.

It says International Development Secretary Priti Patel has written a letter to firms warning them that ministers have launched an investigation into how taxpayers' money is spent and the profits earned from government contracts.

The paper believes her intervention is excellent news for taxpayers and the intended recipients of aid.

Ms Patel has shown she has the resolve to act, argues the paper, now let her finish the job.


The surprise victory of BBC sports presenter Ore Oduba in this year's Strictly Come Dancing features on several of the front pages - with the headline writers having a bit of fun with his name.

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The Sunday Times opts for "Hip-Hip-Ore". The Sunday Express chooses "Ore Inspiring".

While both the Daily Star Sunday and Sunday Mirror cannot resist "Shock and Ore".