The Papers: ‘You only live twice’

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Image caption Exiled Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko appears on the front page of many of Thursday’s papers following the news that Ukrainian authorities staged his death as a way of foiling an alleged Russian assassination plot. “Back from the dead” is the headline in the i.
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Image caption The Sun also leads on the news from Ukraine – carrying the headline “You only live twice”, with a photograph of the faked death scene. The critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin apologised to his grieving wife, who was not in on the ruse, it reports.
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Image caption The Daily Star carries the same headline – describing Arkady Babchencko’s faked death as a James Bond-style plot. He caused a sensation by turning up alive, but faced awkward questions form his wife, reports the paper.
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Image caption Mr Babchenko’s murder was dramatically announced by Ukraine but he emerged very much alive – and looking a little sheepish – at a press conference, says the Guardian. The paper also reports a potential crackdown on drinking societies at Cambridge University amid concerns at the behaviour of some members.
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Image caption The Daily Mirror claims to have uncovered papers showing British pilots were deliberately exposed to radiation in Cold War nuclear experiments. It is the “proof” test crews were used as human guinea pigs and shatters decades of denials from the Ministry of Defence, the Mirror says.
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Image caption A government-backed review has highlighted the failure of some of Britain’s biggest companies to promote women to their boardrooms, says the Daily Telegraph. Ministers condemned the “pitiful and patronising” excuses given by bosses, the paper reports.
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Image caption The Times says France is blocking UK attempts to remain part of an EU security system that helps to identify foreign criminals. The paper claims the government wants a guarantee it can still access and share DNA, fingerprint and vehicle information after Brexit.
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Image caption The Daily Express says Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg is demanding Brussels “cease its efforts to frustrate Brexit”. He is among the Brexiteers who think the UK could model its post-EU borders on Switzerland, the Express adds.
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Image caption The Daily Mail leads on SSE’s decision to raise gas and electricity prices. It says the move by the last of the “big six” suppliers prompted a call by consumer watchdogs for households to switch to cheaper smaller firms.
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Image caption Metro reports the case of a couple who received more than £120,000 of taxpayers’ money by falsely claiming they lost their home in the Grenfell Tower fire. The pair are awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to fraud.
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Image caption The Financial Times leads on the US refusal to permanently exempt the EU from new metals tariffs. The move is the latest sign of Washington’s willingness to upset long-term alliances, says the paper.

The words “back from the dead” appear in several headlines reporting the reappearance of the exiled Russian journalist, Arkady Babchenko, in Ukraine – a day after he was supposedly murdered on the orders of the Kremlin.

The Sun, Daily Mail and Daily Star all opt for “You only live twice.”

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The Star also has a picture of Mr Babchenko under another James Bond-inspired headline: “I think I’ll die another day.”

The Papers: ‘You only live twice’
The Papers: ‘You only live twice’

Meanwhile, one of Ukraine’s biggest selling newspapers, KP, invites experts to weigh up the pros and cons of the operation staged by the country’s security service.

Vadim Karasev, from the Institute of Global Strategies, says the main object was to send a message that the Ukranian special services are working and the country is not descending into lawlessness and chaos.

However, political analyst Alexei Yakubin, believes it could backfire – after all, he says, we saw how easily intelligence services can manipulate public opinion.

The Russian paper Izvestia gives wide coverage to critics of the episode. It quotes the head of the Russian Federation of Journalists saying Mr Babchenko “left the profession when he agreed to take part” – he committed professional suicide.

Novaya Gazeyta is known for being critical of the Putin regime and a number of its reporters have been murdered. In an editorial, it concludes that its former employee’s deception was justified.

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The Daily Mail highlights energy costs, as SSE becomes the last of the “big six” suppliers to raise its prices in recent weeks.

Analysts say the increases will take £570m a year out of the pockets of consumers who are being ripped off. Experts advise people to switch to smaller energy firms.

SSE tells the paper the rises are caused by higher wholesale energy prices and the cost of delivering government policy initiatives, such as subsidising wind farms, helping vulnerable households and installing smart meters.

‘Outrageous attitudes’

The Daily Telegraph leads with the government-backed report exposing sexist attitudes among senior executives at some of Britain’s leading businesses.

Ten of the biggest firms have no women on their boards, a situation condemned by ministers as “outrageous”.

The paper also criticises what it describes as “antedeluvian” attitudes.

Gender diversity in business leadership, it says, is good for company performance and productivity – and it benefits investors, the wider economy and society as a whole.

According to the Times, France is blocking Britain’s attempt to remain part of a European security system that helps to identify foreign criminals and is designed to keep the public safe.

The paper says Britain had initially been confident that its capabilities in law enforcement and intelligence would help to overcome ideological objections, as other member states prioritised security.

‘The right thing’

The front of the Daily Express demands an end to what is described as “this Brexit border madness”.

The paper says it is seen at first hand how the Swiss manage to avoid a hard border with neighbouring EU countries by using technology and assessing risk.

“Switzerland remains outside the customs union,” the paper says, “yet each day 2.1m people, 1.1m million cars and 24,000 lorries cross the border”.

The Times welcomes a proposal from the Master of the Rolls, Sir Terence Etherton, that civil proceedings of the Court of Appeal should be streamed live on YouTube, including cases in the Family Division.

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It will not perhaps make for easy or popular viewing, the paper says, but it is the right thing to do. Justice must not only be done, but be seen to be done.

Parliament should agree to the reform and then get on with opening up the rest of the system in the same way.

Finally, according to the Daily Mail, the head of the Campaign for Real Ale, Tim Page, stepped down on Wednesday night just weeks after members rejected his controversial plans for the group to promote lager as well as ale and cider.

The “revitalisation project” also proposed widening the definition of “pub” to include cafe-style developments and micro-breweries that do not have a bar.

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