Newspaper headlines: Boris Johnson urged to 'come clean' on partner row

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As his personal troubles dominate the front pages for another day, the concerned expression of Boris Johnson - clasping his hand against his mouth - appears on the cover of the Metro.

The paper says pressure is mounting on the Conservative leadership challenger to "come clean" about the argument that saw police officers called to the flat he shares with his girlfriend, Carrie Symonds.

The Sun claims the couple were on the verge of splitting up earlier this month and have had four "explosive" rows in recent weeks, including what it calls a "huge spat" when Mr Johnson apparently got home late after a night out.

The Mirror goes further - suggesting that he's mulling over a reconciliation with his estranged wife, Marina Wheeler.

An unnamed source tells the paper: "This is a classic example of Boris wanting to have his cake and eat it".

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Image caption A poster on a gate near Mr Johnson's London home

The Daily Mail says Mr Johnson and Ms Symonds have now fled their south London home because anarchists are camped outside with banners, using the incident as an "excuse to protest against the Conservative party".

Friends of the couple think it may be impossible for the former foreign secretary to ever return to the property in Camberwell, but insist that he has no intention of ending their relationship.

"The events of the past few days have made them stronger than ever," says one source who adds: "They really shouldn't have to put up with this nonsense".

'Facebook secrecy tops accountability'

The head of the NSPCC has told the Daily Telegraph that Facebook's plans to encrypt all messages sent on its platforms will lead to more children being abused online.

Speaking ahead of the charity's annual conference, Peter Wanless accuses the social network of having "misplaced priorities" that put "secrecy ahead of accountability and transparency".

The changes would mean even Facebook couldn't see the content of messages - but the company says it is trying to address past concerns about the way it handles personal data.

Hospital failings

According to the Guardian, a great-nephew of the NHS founder, Nye Bevan, died after two hospital trusts made serious mistakes during his treatment for lung cancer.

The paper says doctors diagnosed Roderick Bevan at the end of 2016 while treating him for another condition - but didn't offer him radiotherapy for another 15 months, by which point the cancer was incurable.

An inquest concluded that "neglect" played a part in Mr Bevan's death. The two NHS Trusts involved - in Leicester and Lincolnshire - have apologised.

'Bad tackles and spitting'

There is a damning critique of Cameroon's behaviour during their game with England at the Women's World Cup on Sunday - which England won 3-0.

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The Times says Cameroon brought shame on the tournament, with a series of bad tackles, threats to walk off the pitch and a case of spitting.

The Daily Express describes it as a "90-minute horror show... an awful advert for the women's game that, at times, bordered on violent".

The FourFourTwo website praises the England team for keeping their composure, pointing out that despite everything else, they dominated the match, and certainly didn't get a "lucky break".

But it warns that their next match - Thursday's quarter-final against Norway - "will be the most difficult test so far".