Newspaper headlines: Mugabe's 'fall from Grace' in Zimbabwe

The army takeover in Zimbabwe is the lead for many of Thursday's papers.

"Mugabes toppled", is the headline in the i. It says President Robert Mugabe's reign of chaos and decline has been brought to an abrupt end.

As for his wife - characterised by the paper as "Gucci Grace" because of her lavish spending - the generals acted to prevent her from succeeding the 93-year-old despot.

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Image caption Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace are believed to be under house arrest

According to the Guardian, one high-profile opposition leader said there was "a lot of talking going on", with the army "reaching out to different factions to discuss the formation of a transitional government".

Another senior opposition official is quoted as saying that Mr Mugabe would resign this week and be replaced by his former deputy, Emmerson Mnangagwa, with opposition leaders becoming vice president and prime minister.

Peta Thornycroft writes in the Daily Telegraph that she returned to the country yesterday to find her fellow Zimbabweans caught between joy, hope and fear.

The Zimbabwe Mail says that if the generals merely get rid of the president and, more importantly, his toxic wife - and do so without bloodshed whilst restoring civilian rule - they would also be restoring democracy and constitutionality.

Mutineer backlash

In the UK, the Daily Mail's main story reports that Tory "mutineers" are facing a grassroots backlash after threatening to frustrate Brexit in Parliament.

It says the rebels are planning to vote against an amendment in the EU Withdrawal Bill that would enshrine in law the date for leaving the European Union.

But the paper's headline reflects a warning by local Tory councillors and constituents: "Don't betray your voters".

According to the Daily Telegraph, there are growing fears among ministers that the scale of the Tory rebellion - which is now thought to have risen to more than 20, and includes several former ministers - means they will have to withdraw the amendment.

The Times reports that senior Tories have accused the Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, of using cabinet meetings to "audition" to be the next chancellor.

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Image caption Environment Secretary Michael Gove upset other members of the cabinet on Tuesday, according to the Times

According to the paper, he has angered colleagues by straying beyond his brief in what is regarded as an attempt to persuade the prime minister to give him Philip Hammond's job.

The paper says he's understood to have made a lengthy contribution on the economy two weeks ago.

At the most recent meeting, on Tuesday - the paper reports - he again made a point of using "lots of long, economicky words".

Street light crime

The Daily Mail reports that council bosses who switched off street lights for part of the night to save money have been forced to reverse the decision after burglaries more than doubled in a year.

It says Leicestershire County Council has always insisted there is no connection between turning off street lighting and rising crime.

However, it agreed to turn the lights back on after a request by the police.