The Papers: Iran 'torment' and Boris for bullfighting


The Times

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The Times says a British-Iranian mother imprisoned in Iran, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, was “hooded and interrogated” by jailors and is losing her hair due to “poor treatment”, according to the paper’s interview with a fellow inmate.

Daily Telegraph front page

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Charities are getting round a ban on sending “begging” post to vulnerable people by mailing anonymised “dear homeowner” letters – even to those who have opted out of receiving the letters, the Telegraph reports.

Guardian front page

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The Guardian carries a warning from the counter-terrorism police co-ordinator, Neil Basu, that cuts to local policing risk endangering national security. “Where’s the intelligence coming from?” if not from neighbourhood police, he asks.

i front page

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The i leads on a Brexit “clash” between Downing Street and Brussels over the EU divorce bill and trade, adding that the two sides have fallen out over the future of Northern Ireland.

FT front page

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The FT reports that Chancellor Philip Hammond is considering a “radical Budget shake-up” of VAT rules for small companies – which could raise £2bn a year but, the paper hints, spark a “business and political backlash”.

Daily Mirror front page

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Boris Johnson has “sparked outrage” by appearing to back Spanish bullfighting, the Mirror reports. The paper says the foreign secretary dubbed attempts to ban the event “political correctness gone mad”.

The Sun front page

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The Sun thanks its readers for donating £1m to the Poppy Appeal. “Hundreds of thousands dug out their old quid coins to give,” the paper writes.

Daily Mail front page

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Christmas shopping sales have started early, according to the Daily Mail, which reports that High Street chains are hitting the “panic button” amid a fall in sales.

Daily Star front page

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The Daily Star dedicates its lead to the BBC’s decision to pull an Agatha Christie drama from its festive schedule, citing “sex claims against one of its stars”.

Daily Express front page

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The Express claims mushrooms can help ward off diseases including cancer and dementia.

The European Union’s two-week deadline for the UK to clarify its position on the Brexit divorce bill is the focus of much attention.

The Daily Telegraph reports that allies of Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson are arguing Britain “must not cave in” to EU demands for a bigger Brexit divorce settlement. The paper likens it to paying a restaurant bill halfway through a meal.

Former Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith tells the paper the UK “must not blink” before getting an agreement on trade.

The Sun’s editorial accuses EU negotiator Michel Barnier and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker of trying to “extort every penny out of us they can” – describing them as the continent’s “least convincing Kray Twins act”.

The website Politico.eu says the difference between a “great leap forward” and “further stalemate” will be Prime Minister Theresa May’s ability to “corral her unruly cabinet” into backing a major political decision on money.

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Two cartoonists liken Mrs May’s troubles to Moz, the giant snoring monster from the John Lewis Christmas ad.

For Ben Jennings in the i, the monster who lives under her bed is called “Boz” and bears a striking resemblance to the foreign secretary.

In The Telegraph, the monster appears to be the one who is surprised that his roommate is still there.

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Louis CK “Louis Cast Off” is the headline in Variety, as the US entertainment magazine reports that the comedian’s management company and publicist have severed ties with him.

A female comedian, Laurie Kilmartin, writes of misogyny in the comedy industry for the New York Times, the paper which first reported the allegations about Louis CK.

She speaks of spending 30 years “swimming under, over and around sharks” – and reveals that she knows of two famous male stand-up comedians who are apparently next to be accused.

Boris bullfight

Mr Johnson is criticised in the Daily Mirror for apparently defending bullfighting at an Anglo-Spanish event.

Guests tell the paper he described efforts to ban the sport as “political correctness gone mad”.

The Foreign Office says Mr Johnson was showing respect for Spanish traditions and does not personally support bullfighting.

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Eat mushrooms to fight disease“, declares the front page of the Daily Express.

It cites a US study that suggests the antioxidants in mushrooms help to combat age-related conditions like cancer and dementia.

The researchers found that countries with a high consumption of mushrooms recorded fewer cases of Alzheimer’s disease.

The wild porcini variety is apparently the best.

Shopaholic men

The Daily Mail reports that “desperate” High Street shops have begun their Christmas sales early, discounting products by up to two-thirds.

The paper describes retailers as suffering their “worst trading conditions in a decade” with a record amount of stock to shift.

Here come the boys“, announces The Times, as it heralds the rise of the male shopaholic.

It quotes figures showing that men are outspending women on clothes, shoes and beauty products.

Fashion retailers are said to be “embracing their new male clientele” because they spend more and are less inclined to return items.

But the study, by Barclaycard, also found that one in 10 men says they would rather visit the dentist than go shopping.



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