Newspaper headlines: Processed food cancer risk and NI crisis

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The dangers of pizza, cornflakes and chocolate bars in raising a person’s risk of cancer also features prominently on the front page of the Times. The paper reports French researchers said in a sample group of people who developed cancer, the quarter who ate the most “ultra-processed” food were 23% more likely to get any type of cancer than the quarter which ate the least processed foods.
Daily Express
Image captionThe Daily Express is another that leads on the risks of processed foods, but the issue of Brexit is never too far away – so there’s also a front page picture of Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson with the headline “Boris warns stopping Brexit will be a disastrous mistake”.
Daily Telegraph
Image captionThe Daily Telegraph describes the collapse of power-sharing talks in Northern Ireland as a “political crisis” for the prime minister. which could “throw the Good Friday Agreement into jeopardy”.
The Sun
Image captionStaying with UK politics, the Sun claims on its front page that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn met with a “communist spy” in 1986. In the paper, a Labour spokesman says Mr Corbyn met a Czech diplomat but never knowingly talked to a spy. Since then Labour has told the BBC any suggestion that Mr Corbyn was an informer for an intelligence agency is “entirely false and a ridiculous smear”.
Image captionThe Metro highlights the tragic story of a rough sleeper who died yards away from the Parliament on Wednesday, after a night of sub-zero temperatures. Jeremy Corbyn features again here, with his view that politicians cannot “carry on walking on by on the other side while people don’t have a home to call their own”.
The i
Image captionThe Florida school shooting happened too late in the day for many of the newspapers’ early editions but the i does manage to get the news and a picture onto its front page with the rather telling headline “Another American high school shooting”.
Daily Mirror
Image captionThe Daily Mirror continues its campaign to change the law on organ donation, with another moving story uncovered by writer Andrew Gregory. The front page is taken up with a prominent picture of four-year-old girl Aoife and the accompanying text says the child smiling in the sunshine died waiting for an organ donation. In a front page message to its readers, the paper says: “Now we need your help to make sure our politicians listen”.
Daily Star
Image captionAnd finally, “Ant and Dec in Quit Shock” thunders the front page headline in the Daily Star. But look closely and you’ll realise that the paper hasn’t uncovered the showbiz story of the year. It’s actually the star pair’s “little” namesakes who will not be featuring in the upcoming series of Saturday Night Takeaway.

As Cyril Ramaphosa prepares to be sworn in as president of South Africa, the Times feels that any sense of excitement will be dwarfed by the scale of the daunting task ahead. It suggests he will have to rebuild the country’s economy and unite a riven African National Congress.

The Guardian talks of him having to balance the need to reassure foreign investors and local businesses against the intense popular demand for dramatic measures to address the country’s deep problems.

Writing in the Financial Times, Barney Mthombothi thinks Mr Ramaphosa will have his work cut out because he will inherit what can only be described as a shambles.

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Blue line

The Daily Telegraph thinks Theresa May is facing a political crisis in Northern Ireland after the collapse of the power-sharing talks. It feels it’s a significant blow to her authority as she attempts to finalise a Brexit deal over the Irish border.

The i blames the failure to reach agreement on the inability of the DUP leader, Arlene Foster, to sell the idea of an Irish language act to her grass roots support. The Times says it understands the government will continue discussions with the DUP and Sinn Fein over the weekend.

People are brought out of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after a shooting.Image copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionAt least 17 people are dead after a 19-year-old man opened fire at a high school campus in Parkland, Florida

The shooting at a high school in Florida, which happened too late for many of the early editions of the British newpapers, is described by the Miami Herald as an American nightmare. The Orlando Sentinel reports that the 19-year-old manwho opened fire in Parkland had been expelled over disciplinary problems. The New York Times says that, including this latest attack, three of the 10 deadliest mass shootings in modern US history have happened in the last five months.

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Boris Johnson’s speech on Brexit gets mixed reviews. For John Crace in the Guardian, the foreign secretary tried his familiar tricks, but all the things that had worked so well for him in the past fell flat. Writing for the Huffpost website, Paul Waugh says it was classic Boris: nicely turned journalistic phrasing, Latin references, off-colour jokes and a glaring lack of detail.

Jane Merrick in the digital edition of the Independent takes up the theme, saying it wasn’t so much a Valentine’s Day message of sweet nothings, but of nothing at all. But Quentin Letts in the Daily Mail praises his efforts, arguing that he puts more oratorical vim into one sentence that Philip Hammond puts into an entire budget.

Jeremy Corbyn on the Andrew Marr Show

The main story in the Sun is devoted to what it calls shock claims that Jeremy Corbyn met a communist spy at the height of the Cold War and warned him of a clampdown by British intelligence. The paper says it has seen secret papers that show he was vetted by Czech agents and met one twice at the House of Commons.

Last night, a spokesman for the Labour leader said he’d met a Czech diplomat in the 1980s, but he never offered any privileged information to any diplomat. Labour also insisted that any claim he was an agent or informer for an intelligence agency was “entirely false and a ridiculous smear”.

Sir David Attenborough

Finally, the Daily Star reports that Sir David Attenborough has become an unlikely party icon for students. Images from his Blue Planet series are being shown on video screens behind a DJ at raves. The funk, soul and house music nights also feature samples of Sir David’s voice. The paper says they have been dubbed “Sir David Attenborough’s Jungle Boogie”.