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Newspaper headlines: 'Nine-minute tanker raid' and PM faces 'revolt'

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image captionThe Nave Andromeda seen in a file photograph was the centre of an SBS swoop

Many of Monday's front pages feature pictures of the Nave Andromeda, following the operation to detain stowaways who threatened the ship's crew.

The Sun calls the detained group "pirates", while Metro praises the effectiveness of what it calls the "flash-bang military operation".

The Daily Telegraph says the Ministry of Defence confirmed the ship had been "subject to a suspected hijacking".

The Times reports that the prime minister will make additional funding available to help the poorest families in England during the Christmas holidays, in what it calls a "partial climbdown" in the row about providing free school meals outside of term time.

It says Boris Johnson has sought the advice of the co-founder of the Leon restaurant chain - Henry Dimbleby - as ministers attempt to find a resolution.

The Guardian says the government is facing a growing revolt from its own MPs over the issue, with one telling the paper they have "never known so many Conservative MPs and council leaders so angry."

The Telegraph claims around 100 Tory MPs are exchanging "furious texts" about the government's handling of the matter.

The Daily Mirror's front page reveals that the England and Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford has been given a Pride of Britain award for spearheading the campaign.

The i says hopes are growing that a coronavirus vaccine will be approved by the end of the year.

It says NHS staff would be prioritised in any roll out of the inoculation - but warns it could take many more months for it to be made available to the wider public.

Meanwhile, the Daily Mail reports that Boots will offer Covid-19 tests within a fortnight which will take just 12 minutes to tell people if they have the virus.

The test reportedly has a 97% accuracy rate, and will initially cost £120.

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The Financial Times says private jet operators are seeing bookings surge, as wealthy people seek to avoid using commercial airlines over fears they may catch Covid-19.

The paper quotes industry figures who say that a large proportion of bookings are coming from first-time customers, but that fears remain about whether the demand will continue now the summer holiday season is over.

Many of the back pages feature pictures of Lewis Hamilton - who has beaten the Formula 1 race wins record - and the young British cyclist Tao Geoghegan Hart - who completed a shock victory at the Giro d'Italia.

The Daily Express hails the pair as a "True Great" and a "New Great"; the Mirror's headline says they are "On Top Of The World", while the Telegraph's editorial congratulates them both, calling them "Great Britons".