Newspaper headlines: Heatwave 'hell' and 'nursery crimes'

By BBC News
Staff

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The Times alleges British teenagers are being forced to marry men from countries including Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and the United Arab Emirates - with the men then being granted visas to enter the UK.

This is happening, the paper says, despite allegations that in some cases the women have been raped.

Charities and campaigners accuse officials of failing to block applications, for fear of being called racist.

But the Home Office is quoted saying that it is a "world leader in tackling the horrendous crime of forced marriage".

The Guardian has on its front page a picture of angry opposition supporters in Zimbabwe, marching through Harare.

The paper is concerned that violence - between security forces and those claiming fraud in Monday's elections - means the country has not turned a corner since President Mugabe was ousted in November.

Image source, Getty Images

Eight years after it withdrew from China, Google plans to re-launch a search engine there - according to the Financial Times.

The firm pulled out of the country in 2010, because it was worried about censorship and surveillance by the authorities.

But it is now considering the launch of a search app, that the FT explains "would strictly censor results".

The Telegraph quotes the director of the civil liberties group, Big Brother Watch - Silkie Carlo - saying: "To see a tech giant and government collude to oppress a population is a watershed moment for the digital age."

The Daily Mirror is horrified that an acid-based drain cleaner - nicknamed "face melter" by criminal gangs - can be bought online without any checks.

The Mirror - which is running a "stop acid sales now" campaign - says its journalists were able to buy "One Shot" on several major websites.

The paper calls on the government to immediately make it illegal to purchase such products without a license.

"Nursery crimes" is the main headline in the Sun.

It describes how inspectors criticised a pre-school in East Sussex, because not all staff had a "secure understanding" of how to protect children from becoming radicalised.

Parents are quoted calling the judgement "ludicrous" and "bonkers" - while a local councillor condemns it as "madness gone to the extreme".

Finally, the Daily Mail reflects on the Ofcom report, out today, saying the average person in Britain checks their smartphone every 12 minutes.

"Addicted to our mobiles" is the headline.

There a cartoon depicting a person lost in the desert, crawling on their hands and knees, saying: "My iPhone... My iPhone."