Newspaper headlines: North Korea 'stand-off' as missiles paraded

By BBC News


North Korea's military parade in Pyongyang - including what appeared to be new, intercontinental ballistic missiles - is the lead for a number of papers.

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The Sunday Telegraph says analysts believe the display suggests the regime is close to developing a rocket capable of reaching the US mainland.

According to the Sunday Times, Donald Trump's closest military advisers have told the UK the US has the firepower to neutralise North Korea's nuclear programme and may even launch a pre-emptive strike to do so.

And some of the leading articles have advice for Mr Trump.

The Mail on Sunday says that while the problems posed by Pyongyang are very serious, there is increasing concern he is tempted to reach for the big stick of naked power long before he needs to.

But Mr Trump receives support from the Sunday Express which argues recent decisions taken by the president show he can back words with action.

The Sunday Times turns the focus on China and its influence over North Korea with the paper accusing Beijing of abdicating its responsibility.

EU 'crown jewels'

The paper says EU diplomats have agreed that "crown jewels" the European Banking Authority and the European Medicines Agency are to be moved from London to a new location in Europe.

Some of the papers highlight the growing problems surrounding the use of the drug Spice, with the Sunday People claiming to have uncovered laboratories in China that are legally producing the chemical powder used to make the former legal high.

The Daily Star Sunday says workers in Manchester are scared to leave their offices because of what it calls spice "zombies" roaming the streets.

According to the Sunday Times, cabinet ministers are considering scrapping the government's commitment to foreign aid so they can promise to divert more money to defence in the next Conservative manifesto. The paper claims they also want to scrap the triple lock on pensions and bring an end to fixed-term parliaments.

Revered or feared

Ahead of the referendum on new political powers in Turkey, the Observer carries a profile of its leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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It says he is the latest in a long line of oversized personalities who have dominated politics - revered by many as the embodiment of the country - while others revile and fear him.

The Sunday Telegraph quotes a biographer of President Erdogan who says if he wins the referendum, half the country will embrace him as their sultan, the other half will loathe him as their dictator.

Spot checks on students

An editorial calling on the government to help cash-strapped nurses appears in the Sunday Mirror.

It says there are currently 24,000 unfilled nursing jobs in the UK and it is "not difficult to see why" - a combination of low pay and gruelling work means many are looking elsewhere.

New research suggests the numbers of urban foxes have more than quadrupled in two decades with Bournemouth having the highest concentration in the UK, says the Sunday Times. The study by scientists from Brighton and Reading universities estimates that the number of foxes in towns and cities in the UK has reached 150,000.

The Sunday Telegraph reports that MPs are calling for random spot checks on students to make sure they are not cheating in exams. The paper found it could easily obtain tiny ear pieces for sale on the internet which could be used to wirelessly connect to a device such as a phone and play audio notes.

Archbishops' tomb

The accidental discovery of tombs belonging to five former archbishops of Canterbury by builders carrying out refurbishment work near Lambeth Palace, features on the front page of the Sunday Telegraph.

A hidden chamber at St Mary-at-Lambeth church contained 30 lead coffins piled on top of each other, with an archbishop's mitre resting on one of them.

Closer inspection revealed metal plates bearing the names of five former archbishops of Canterbury, dating back to the early 17th Century.

And finally, the Sun on Sunday urges its readers not to get too depressed by the state of the world this Easter.

It says that while we are said to be on the brink of nuclear war, people should try to put that out of their mind - at least for today. Put your feet up, relax with the family, it advises. And eat some chocolate.