Newspaper headlines: Prince Harry's 'demons' and US spies 'hack' missile

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The Daily Telegraph devotes its first five pages to its landmark interview with Prince Harry, which it describes as "one of the most candid insights into the thoughts of a modern young member of the Royal Family".

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The president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Professor Sir Simon Wesley, praises the prince for discussing so openly the impact of the death of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, on his mental health.

He calls him "an incredibly powerful role model", adding: "In just 25 minutes he has achieved more good than I have in 25 years".

'Cyber attack stops missile'

Several of the front pages focus on the stand-off between the US and North Korea.

The Times suggests President Trump may be preparing trade-related incentives to woo China to co-operate in dealing with Kim Jong-un.

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Several papers report that the failure of North Korea's latest missile test may have been caused by an US cyber attack.

According to the Sun, experts believe US agents may have infected the missile's electronics with a virus that made it explode five seconds after take-off.

A letter writer to the Daily Telegraph says we shouldn't get too worried about the huge display of military hardware paraded in Pyongyang over the weekend.

"In North Korea, nothing is as it seems," says Stewart Wild. "Five years ago when I watched a similar parade, some of the rocket launchers were models made of wood."

World holding its breath

"This is a catastrophe for the west" declares a headline in the Daily Mail over a commentary from its correspondent in Istanbul.

According to Owen Matthews, the result of Turkey's referendum means that President Erdogan has effectively joined Russia's Vladimir Putin as a new authoritarian leader on Europe's eastern border.

Elsewhere, the Daily Mail talks of the "world holding its breath" - it is referring not just to North Korea and Turkey but a warning from the Russian ambassador in London that UK relations with Moscow are at an all-time low.

Alexander Yakovenko has apparently accused the UK government of "hostility" and said there was no longer any "bilateral relationship of substance".

'Barista visas'

Councils across the UK have reported a 50% rise in four years in the number of burials and cremations for which they have to pick up the bill.

And the Sun reports that Home Secretary Amber Rudd is looking at the possibility of new visas to let young Europeans work in coffee shops and pubs after Brexit.

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The move is intended to help bars and restaurants who fear they'll struggle for staff. The "barista visas" would apparently carry a strict two-year limit and forbid benefit claims.

Freedom of Information requests show investigations into violent and non-violent crime including murder, manslaughter, rape, child cruelty, blackmail and arson offences are among the cases dropped.

A retired police officer suggests staffing cuts are to blame, although an analysis by the paper offers the possibility that more accurate record keeping by the police might be a factor.

Choc and awwww

It says they are being paid millions by the NHS in England to ration referrals for mainly non-urgent operations and scans, but in some cases even cancer tests.

Patient groups have described the payments as "profoundly wrong" and the paper says doctors' groups are also deeply opposed to the schemes.

According to the Daily Telegraph, commuters are far more active than they realise, with one in nine walking the equivalent of a marathon every fortnight.

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Research by Macmillan Cancer Support found 3.5m workers spend 40 minutes a day walking during their journey to and from the office, including between trains, climbing stairs and getting to and from stations and bus stops.

The paper calls the efforts of Brodie Carr, from Warrington in Cheshire, a story of "Choc and awwww".