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Newspaper headlines: 'Winter quadruple whammy' and 'we won't shop you'

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Several of Thursday's papers happily report the Duke of Edinburgh's rare public appearance to hand over his patronage of The Rifles infantry regiment to the Duchess of Cornwall.
For the Daily Express, Prince Philip looked "five years younger" and seemed to have "regained his zest for life". For the Sun, at the age of 99, the duke "showed the workshy exactly how to do it".
"We won't shop you" is the headline on the front of the Daily Mirror, as it reports the Association of Convenience Stores, which represents workers and owners, has advised its members not to challenge customers who aren't wearing face coverings.
The industry body is concerned that taking a tougher stance would put them at an increased risk of being attacked when coverings become compulsory in shops in England on Friday.
Meanwhile, the Daily Telegraph reports that coverings will also be required in takeaways, and that buying food from a counter then sitting down to eat will be banned.
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image captionFace coverings will be compulsory in England's shops from 24 July
The Times claims two MPs on Parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee are among 16 Conservatives to have accepted donations linked to Russia.
The paper says thousands of pounds have been received by 16 MPs or their constituency parties.
One of the committee members, Mark Pritchard, has said all donations were received in good faith from appropriate sources, and after appropriate due diligence.

'Gravy train'

The Telegraph claims the increase in home working sparked by the pandemic will derail what it calls "the middle-class gravy train".
In a comment piece, Alistair Heath points out that although cutting out the commute feels like a bonus for office workers in the short term - what they might not realise is that the past few months have shown that their jobs can be done from anywhere in the world.
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image captionMany of the papers report on Sir Keir Starmer's performance at Prime Minister's Questions on Wednesday
The Daily Mirror says Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer "drew a line under the Jeremy Corbyn era" on Wednesday by declaring the party is now "under new management" at Prime Minister's Questions.
For HuffPost UK, one sentence was enough for Labour MPs to head out on their summer break with "a real spring in their step for the first time in years".
The Daily Telegraph says the "sense of a new broom sweeping away the old order is palpable" after the party apologised and agreed to pay damages to former employees who spoke out about anti-Semitism. But the Sun insists that Sir Keir "won't get off that easily", saying he "simply lacks the bottle" to expel members of the hard left from his party.
New fertility statistics showing the number of babies being born to women aged under 20 in England and Wales is the lowest since comparable records began in the 1930s are hailed as "good news" by the Times.
The paper says it shows cross-party policies to reduce teenage pregnancies "have proved effective". The Daily Mail's article on the same story is accompanied by a cartoon showing a couple in bed sticking to the 2m social distancing rule.

'Aid madness'

"Utter aid madness" is the Mail's headline as it reports that £71m of UK aid money has been given to China in a year. It claims some of the cash has gone to Chinese firms in competition with British companies. The paper quotes a government spokesman as saying that money is invested to support the UK's interests and create opportunities for UK businesses.
And the Mirror suggests Bank Street in Newquay should be renamed "Bank-less Street" after the news that the final branch in the Cornish town's historic financial district will shut in October. The Express says the closure of Barclays will be a "crushing blow for older customers" but the bank says only 45 customers now use the branch exclusively.