Newspaper headlines: Lord Lucan 'found' and Prince Andrew 'bewildered'

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Image caption Boris Johnson spoke to US president Donald Trump by telephone in an bid to allay US fears over the decision to allow Huawei to continue its role in the UK's 5G network

Many of the papers lead on the government's decision to allow Huawei to help build the UK's 5G network, and the US reaction to it.

The Financial Times says with post-Brexit trade talks looming it's "jolted" the special relationship at what is a "highly sensitive time."

The Daily Telegraph notes that some of US President Trump's Republican allies "reacted with fury" but suggests it is "significant" that Mr Trump himself has "remained silent."

The Guardian agrees that Mr Johnson appears to have "averted a full-blown confrontation with the White House".

Sources tell the paper that while the Trump administration remains "disappointed", the security and economic relationship between the two countries is "too important to jeopardise in a row over mobile phone technology".

The Times reports that Mr Johnson "faced down opposition" from Defence Secretary Ben Wallace over the decision - who warned the UK should "heed the warnings" about Huawei.

The Sun, meanwhile, says it can reveal that some senior Tory backbenchers are so angry they are "considering a Commons rebellion" to try to force a total ban on the Chinese firm.

'Bewildered and angry'

"Andrew: I will talk to the FBI" is the headline on the front page of the Daily Express, as it gives the prince's reaction to yesterday's complaint from a US prosecutor that he was not co-operating with the investigation into convicted sex offender, Jeffrey Epstein.

The Express reports that the Duke of York has been left "bewildered and angry" by the claim.

What is described as a source close to the duke says "nothing could be further from the truth", adding he is more than happy to talk to the FBI, but he hasn't been approached yet."

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Media captionGeoffrey Berman speaking in New York

The Daily Telegraph says royal sources believe the FBI's criticism was a "publicity stunt" designed to "pile on pressure" and force the duke's hand.

The source also tells the paper Prince Andrew "accepts he made a big mistake" by continuing to see Epstein but is "desperate to make up for it and is committed to the legal process".

In its editorial - headed "Dodging Duke" - the Sun makes clear its view that Prince Andrew must stop "keeping schtum" about his former associate. He should "do the right thing by Epstein's victims" - the leader column says - and "tell the FBI everything he knows".

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Other papers use their editorials to mull President Trump's proposed Middle-East peace plan.

The Daily Telegraph admires his ambition for venturing into what calls a "quagmire." It acknowledges suspicions over the plan's timing and details, but urges the Palestinians to "at least sit down to talks and "give peace a chance".

The Times disagrees, saying the proposals are unrealistic and "fit uneasily" with UK and EU policy, so are destined to fail.

'Death traps'

The Daily Mail leads on more concerns about so-called smart motorways.

It reports that John Apter, chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales, has called them "death traps" and says the police have been "completely misled about the technology behind them". He calls for the £6bn programme to be halted immediately.

Various pictures of the same smiling - and always dapper - man feature on nearly all the front pages: Nicholas Parsons, the "miracle of broadcasting talent" - as the Daily Express describes him - who has died at the age of 96.

But it is apparent from his obituary in the Guardian that his parents doubted he would turn out that way.

"Someone like you, Nicholas, will just end up as an alcoholic or some kind of pervert" - his mother told him - before packing him off to work at a factory at Clydebank.

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Media captionDavid Sillito takes a look back at the career of Nicholas Parsons

She need not have worried. As the Mail recalls, he went on to be a huge star.

It describes him on Sale of the Century "in his bow-tied and glittery silver jacket, his hair pomaded in waves and teeth shining... he made double-glazing reps look sincere and circus ringmasters seem underdressed".

In 1978 it was watched by 21.2 million viewers, the highest ever figure for an ITV game show.

'Old school charmer'

And there was of course his longevity too, which the Sun focuses on.

He was "an old school charmer who survived changing tastes to last more than seventy years in showbiz" the paper says "and was still prancing around in suspenders in his 70s".

Breakthrough cancer drugs are taking up to 22 years to reach patients on the NHS, the Telegraph reports.

It says research by the Institute of Cancer research suggests new treatments take an average of 14 years to become available - with longer waits for more innovative medicines. The report authors call for the processes of testing, licensing and approving treatments to be speeded up.

By contrast, political interviews - according to the outgoing director general of the BBC - need to be slowed down.

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Image caption Emily Maitlis responded to Lord Halls comments, the Times reports, calling for "engaging, enlightening" interviews

The Times says Lord Hall spoke of his preference for lengthy explorations of policy over soundbites.

The remarks - the paper suggests - indicate the BBC is reassessing the value of what it calls "the traditional gotcha interviews".

There's sympathy with his intervention from some high profile current and former journalists - but not all of them. Jeremy Paxman tells the Times: "I like Lord Hall but he really must stop spouting the bleeding obvious."