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Newspaper review: Qantas emergency dominates papers

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The mid-air engine explosion on a Qantas A-380 superjumbo, which forced the pilot to make an emergency landing, is covered in all the newspapers.

The Guardian reports that a warning was given about abnormal wear in the UK-made Rolls Royce engines in August.

The Daily Mirror says passengers saw the engine explode live on their in-flight TV screens. One passenger tells the Independent: "I'm just happy to be alive".

The Times leads with the new threat to MPs by the extremist website that inspired Roshonara Choudhry to stab Stephen Timms at a surgery meeting. She was jailed for life this week. The paper says a website has now published a complete list of MPs who voted for the Iraq war, as well as instructions on how to attend a meeting with them. The site even offers a link to a British supermarket website, where kitchen knives can be purchased.

The Guardian says the Ministry of Defence has nearly tripled the number of rehabilitation beds available for severely wounded soldiers from Afghanistan. The paper says the move is in response to a sharp rise in the number of soldiers who have lost one or more limbs in the conflict.

According to the Independent, the Treasury is preventing Britain's major museums from spending reserves totalling £285m. The paper says that despite the arts being in the midst of the biggest funding crisis for a generation, organisations like the National Gallery and the National Maritime Museum are being refused permission to dip any further into their savings.

The Guardian highlights the preliminary findings from a new study on "work-life" balance which says that fathers are happiest when they do more of the housework themselves and spend longer with their children. They are also said to prefer having working partners who are in the office as long as they are - a finding which the paper says will force employers to reassess the assumption that women will be the primary carers of children.

Whisper it softly, says the Daily Express, but there are growing signs that the British economy is recovering well from the deepest recession of modern times. The paper's front page highlights what it calls "a raft of positive economic news", with shares, house prices and the pound all rising.

The Daily Telegraph says share prices are now back to the level seen before the banking crisis. However, despite this good news, the Express reports that Britain has slipped to 26th in a United Nations' study of the most desirable countries in which to live. The paper says the UN needs to broaden its criteria. After all, who wouldn't envy a realm containing the Lake District, Peak District, Cairngorms and Snowdonia - as well as the greatest cathedrals and other world famous cultural landmarks.

Finally, the festive season is still a long way off, but the Daily Mail reports that some careful shopping can dramatically bring down the cost of Christmas dinner. The paper says it may sound like the kind of meal that Scrooge would serve up, but a combination of offers from leading supermarkets means that a turkey meal for eight could amount to as little as £2.63 per person.