Newspaper review: 'White widow' hunt dominates


The issuing of an international arrest warrant for the woman who has been dubbed the "white widow" dominates many of the front pages.

The Sun describes Samantha Lewthwaite - the widow of London bomber Germaine Lindsay - as "the angel-faced British girl who became the world's most wanted".

The Daily Mirror, which puts her smiling photo on its front page, claims she is wanted on suspicion of having played a key role in the massacre of 67 people at the shopping centre in Nairobi.

But the Times reports that Kenya's request to Interpol makes no mention of the atrocity, saying instead she is wanted in connection with her alleged role in a plot to bomb tourist hotels in Mombasa in 2011.

The Daily Mail claims that ministers are set to announce tough new conditions on benefits for the long-term unemployed.

The paper says the Conservatives will announce, at their party conference next week, that claimants will have to take part in unpaid community activities or work experience or risk losing their welfare payments.

Parking tickets

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has told the Mail that "it's not acceptable for people to expect to live a life on benefits if they're able to work".

The Daily Express thinks Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has come up with a vote-winning policy by proposing a ban on the use of CCTV cameras by councils to issue parking tickets.

The "champion of motorists", as he is called by the paper, says local authorities have well and truly overstepped the mark by using parking fines as a way of generating income.

The Guardian has obtained a study from the Ministry of Defence that looks at how to make war casualties more acceptable to the public.

The document, written by an MoD strategy unit, appears to suggest that repatriation ceremonies for dead soldiers should be given a lower profile.

That has provoked an angry reaction from the families of some of those killed in active service, but an MoD spokesman told the paper there were no plans to change current practice, which sees coffins paraded through towns such as Royal Wootton Bassett, in Wiltshire.

'Body extension'

The Daily Telegraph reports the findings of an academic survey that suggests mobile phones can destroy relationships and even affect users' ability to think.

Researchers at the Cologne Institute for Economic Research concluded that mobiles had become an "extension of the body", taken everywhere and rarely switched off.

The Telegraph is not surprised, commenting that the phones have become everyone's digital friend.

Sir Ben Ainslie's role in one of the greatest sporting comebacks of all time is widely discussed.

The Daily Mail says the Olympic gold medallist, who helped Oracle Team USA come from behind to win the America's Cup, is Britain's greatest sailing hero since Lord Nelson.

Writing in the Sun, Sir Ben says he has set his sights on winning the race in a British boat.

The event started in Britain in 1851, he says, and it is about time we won it.

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