Newspaper headlines: ‘Death penalty row’ and heatwave warning


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The Metro leads on the case of two men accused of being members of a four-man Islamic State group cell, dubbed “The Beatles”. The British suspects were captured in Syria and could be sent to the US for trial. The paper has the headline “no mercy”, after Theresa May backed Sajid Javid’s position of not asking the US to protect them from the death penalty – which is the UK’s normal position.


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The Daily Telegraph, which broke the story with a leaked letter from the Home Secretary on Monday, reports that Boris Johnson warned it could undermine the UK’s opposition to execution in the future. The former foreign secretary discussed the case of Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheik with Mr Javid. But the paper says Mr Johnson agreed the “benefits outweigh the risks”, and concluded it was right to waive the need for assurances of no death penalty for the pair.


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The Times also leads with the PM’s backing, using the headline, “May willing to let jihad Britons face execution”. The paper says Mrs May pushed for a US prosecution, despite the risk of execution, after being warned the two men would otherwise be sent to Guantanamo Bay or freed by their Syrian captors.


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The i warns that the UK is now embroiled in a “death penalty row”. The paper carries warnings from those that oppose the PM and home secretary, with former Tory Attorney General Dominic Grieve saying the decision will “haunt the government”. Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott also described the stance as “abhorrent and shameful”.

The Guardian

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The Guardian leads with a warning that there is a growing threat from women and minors linked to the Islamic State group. A new report from King’s College London suggests the number returning to Britain from Syria and Iraq has been significantly underestimated and “the danger they pose is likely to be much greater than official figures suggest”.

Daily Star

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The Daily Star gives welcome advice to workers, suggesting they “take the week off” because of rising temperatures in the UK. The Met Office has warned people to stay indoors between 11am and 3pm as the mercury is expected to hit as high as 38C.

Daily Express

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The Daily Express points to the same advice – an amber alert from the Met Office – saying people should be wary of the heatwave until Friday.


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The Sun uses the headline “hazard warning” for its report on the weather, reiterating the advice. But it says the Met Office has been “blasted” on social media for its “nanny state madness”.

Daily Mail

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The Daily Mail also takes the “nanny state” line, reporting that tourism chiefs had called the warning “nonsense” and were furious about the damage it could cause to their businesses.

Financial Times

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US banks are warning the British government to cut taxes and red tape, or risk seeing jobs and assets from the financial sector leave the UK after Brexit, according to the FT. Wall Street executives told the Treasury that the City of London was “losing its edge” to New York, especially after President Donald Trump slashed corporation tax.


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The Daily Mirror reports that a “simple eye test” could beat dementia. A study shows that NHS tests already available at opticians can detect thin retinas, which researchers say are “unquestionably” linked to brain decline.

Monday’s revelation from the Daily Telegraph that the government has abandoned its objections to the death penalty in the case of two alleged British jihadists so they can be prosecuted in the United States leads many of Tuesday’s papers.

The Times says Theresa May pushed for the move herself – even though she had been told that the evidence against at least one of them was too weak to sustain any realistic chance of a successful prosecution in Britain.

Today’s Telegraph reports that Boris Johnson expressed reservations when he was foreign secretary, arguing that it would prevent Britain demanding that others are spared the death penalty in future.

The Guardian says that it finds Home Secretary Sajid Javid’s decision “appalling”.

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Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheik were captured in Syria

The Sun leads on… the sun, and the advice from the Met Office for people to stay out of it, with the headline, “hazard warming”.

It is not the only paper to remark on the heatwave sweeping across England, which saw temperatures reach 33C in Suffolk on Monday.

But tourism chiefs have “blasted” the “nannying advice”, according to the Daily Mail, with the Daily Express calling it “incredible”.

The Daily Star offers advice we all want to hear through its headline – “take the week off”.

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Green spaces are drying out because of the heat

In other news, the Sun says it can reveal that a million public sector workers are to get wage hikes of up to 3.5% as Theresa May scraps David Cameron’s pay cap for good.

It says she will announce “the biggest rises for a decade for squaddies, teachers, doctors, police and prison officers”.

Sources have told the paper the rises will be between 1.5% and 3.5%, with most getting 2%.

Airbase closure

The Times says it has learned that the airbase that is home to the Red Arrows – where the Dambusters raid was launched – is to be sold to save money.

It says the disposal of RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire is part of the Ministry of Defence’s efforts to save £3bn by 2040.

The site is also the headquarters of 1 Air Control Centre, whose 600 staff help to keep UK airspace safe from hostile aircraft.

The paper says there will be a statement today and the announcement is “likely to prompt protests”.

Brexit warning from US

The Financial Times leads with a warning to the Treasury from Wall Street banks that the City of London will face a post-Brexit exodus unless the government cuts taxes and red tape.

Senior executives are said to have told ministers that London is slowly losing its edge against New York, especially since Donald Trump slashed corporation tax and pushed for looser regulation.

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Donald Trump’s tweets have again hit the headlines

Across the Atlantic there is analysis of President Trump’s block-capital tweeted warning to Iran to never threaten the United States.

The Washington Post says it is “mission accomplished” for Mr Trump, as the world is now talking about that instead of what it calls his “subservience to Russia”.

Coming from any other president, this out-of-the-blue, all-caps ultimatum would have led to suggestions that he has been “hitting the bottle,” the paper says.

“But for Trump the teetotaler, it’s just business as usual,” it adds.

In the UK, the Daily Mirror dismisses it as “a reckless rant”.

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