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Newspaper headlines: Aid work 'corrupted' and Brendan Cox quits

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There appears to be no let-up in allegations of misconduct by aid workers.

The Sunday Express reports that the UN believes more than 600 women and children have suffered sexual abuse and exploitation by its peacekeepers.

The Sun on Sunday says Oxfam aid workers in Haiti paid teenage prostitutes with rice.

The Sunday Mirror says aid staff swapped wheat for sex in Africa, while The Sunday Telegraph thinks those in charge knew what was happening 10 years ago.

Little wonder that Ian Birrell in the Mail on Sunday believes that an ideal has been corrupted by money.

Behind a "virtuous veneer", he argues, the "self-appointed saints of our secular age" have created "self-serving corporate brands that suck up cash".

But Andrew Rawnsley in the Observer believes that all is not lost for Oxfam and others. Trust, he says, may take "years to build, seconds to break and forever to repair".

But he thinks it can be won back - and we can be "appalled by the shadow, without losing sight of the work".

The Mirror agrees - saying "the world needs Oxfam" and "we must not let the vile actions of a small number of people destroy the lives of many, many more".

Brendan Cox, the husband of the murdered MP Jo Cox, has given an interview to the Mail about his decision to leave the organisations he helped set up to honour her memory.

The paper describes its encounter with him as "extraordinary and often tearful" and says he was reluctant to face the damning allegations of sexual harassment that have been raised - but clearly felt a sense of shame, and what it calls "crushing guilt".

Theresa May wins some plaudits for her speech in Munich.

The Express calls her astute and says those who say she lacks clarity should listen more closely. It thinks the offer she made went as far as reasonableness would allow.

So does The Sunday Times, which thinks she was both generous and grown-up, reminding people why she was prime minister.

The Times says the EU is being too rigid and should match her "pragmatism and flexibility".

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The papers have their own ideas about who Jennifer Aniston relies on for support now her latest marriage has broken down.

The Sunday People thinks it's her former husband Brad Pitt.

The Express suggests the shoulder she's crying on is that of the British actor Gerard Butler.

Barbara Ellen of the Observer fears that she's come to represent everyone who's ever been unlucky in love - a "lonely, desperate construct of our collective media imagination".

Spare bones

The Times highlights the thorny task facing a film industry hit by sex scandals of its own as it tries to design a code of conduct for actors.

The paper reports that new guidelines are being drawn up for performers who are expected - as part of a day's work, in rehearsal and on stage - to kiss strangers, take their clothes off, and pretend, realistically, to have sex with one another.

And to everything there is a season - even, it seems, the bones of chickens bought from Nando's.

The Daily Star Sunday reports that leading surgeon David Bell uses them to teach trainee doctors how to fix broken fingers.

Chicken bones are apparently remarkably similar to those in the human hand.