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The Papers: Ambassador row and fruit juice cancer risk

Newspaper headlines: Ambassador row and fruit juice cancer risk

Guardian front page

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The Guardian reports that Boris Johnson is under mounting pressure after Sir Kim Darroch resigned as British ambassador to Washington. Critics of Mr Johnson accuse him of throwing Sir Kim "under the bus", the paper notes, by failing to offer his backing to the diplomat. On Monday, Donald Trump said the US would not deal with Sir Kim after confidential emails emerged where the ambassador called the president's administration "clumsy and inept".

The Times front page

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Mr Johnson's allies have warned outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May that she must not "tie the hands" of her successor by appointing a new ambassador to the US, as some reports have suggested, according to the Times. The paper quotes a senior ally of Mr Johnson as saying the appointment is so important that it must be made by him if he becomes the next prime minister, as is widely expected.

Daily Telegraph front page

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There is a similar message on the front page of the Daily Telegraph. It quotes Julian Lewis, the Tory chairman of the defence select committee and an ally of Mr Johnson, as expressing concern that Mrs May could be tempted to appoint someone into the "plum job" from her inner circle.

Daily Mirror front page

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Meanwhile, Mr Johnson is accused in the Daily Mirror of forcing Sir Kim out of his position – while trying to keep his girlfriend from losing her own job. Carrie Symonds was a former director of communications for the Conservative Party.

Metro front page

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The Metro notes that Sir Kim is stepping down six months earlier than planned. He announced his resignation on Wednesday, saying it had become "impossible" for him to carry on in the role in the wake of the row.

The i front page

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For the i newspaper, the resignation of Sir Kim has sent "shockwaves" through government and unleashed "fury" in the Civil Service.

Daily Mail

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In other news, a study that finds fruit juice and fizzy drinks significantly raise the risk of cancer makes the front page of the Daily Mail. According to the paper, as little as 100ml of juice a day – the equivalent of a small glass – increased the odds of the disease by 12%.

The Sun front page

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The Sun leads on news of the arrest of a man who climbed over the gates at Buckingham Palace. According to the paper, the 22-year-old was able to get into the palace's grounds and bang on doors in a "huge security breach".

Daily Express front page

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"Cruel" benefit rules for the dying are to be reviewed after Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd read "heartbreaking" accounts of their impact in the Daily Express, the paper reports.

Daily Star front page

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Finally, the Daily Star reports that Robbie Williams became "almost suicidal" over ghosts. According to the paper, the singer claimed they "messed with his hair" and sat beside him while he drove his car.

Sir Kim Darroch's resignation from his ambassadorial role in Washington dominates the front pages.

The Daily Mirror blames Boris Johnson, calling him "the man with no shame".

This view is shared by the Guardian, which says the episode demonstrates that Mr Johnson has no "concept of loyalty" and has diminished the office of prime minister before reaching it.

The Daily Telegraph is concerned that a Johnson premiership could be undermined.

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Many of the papers focus on the resignation of Sir Kim Darroch as UK ambassador to the US

The paper says the former ambassador was ill-advised in making clear he thought Mr Johnson was responsible for his exit.

The Times says what it calls Sir Kim's "clumsy ejection" suggests the "only way to gain the ear of the president is to flatter him." This, its leader concludes, is a "miscalculation".

But an editorial in the Sun insists "our links with America are stronger than one ambassador".

Labour anti-Semitism investigation

The Daily Mail says the revelations in the BBC's Panorama programme about the Labour's handling of anti-Semitism should come as bombshells, but the prejudice is so ingrained the allegations just add to a "seemingly endless charge sheet".

The Daily Express columnist Leo Mckinstry says the party's criticism of the programme reinforces the point that the leadership doesn't take the issue seriously.

The Sun accuses Labour of hypocrisy by turning on the whistleblowers in the documentary, when in the past it has called for better protection of those who speak out against their employers.

The Times notes that while Labour accuses the programme's reporter, John Ware, of repeatedly attacking the Labour left, Jeremy Corbyn used a Commons motion in 2002 to praise his work.

House of Lords bullying

A senior barrister has found that undue deference, fear and hierarchy are to blame for bullying and harassment at the House of Lords, according to the Financial Times.

Naomi Ellenbogen QC has found what she called "toxic behaviours" and "systematic cultural issues".

The Sun says she's called for CCTV to be fitted in the hotspots, including the library.

The Mail adds that dementia has contributed to some of the problems and suggests peers undergo medical examinations.

Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror warns of a pensions crisis facing women.

The paper says they face having a pension pot of just over £50,000 – more than £100,000 less than men on average.

The Mirror says women typically work part-time because of their family commitments and calls for better childcare and social care.

For the Express the issue deserves as much attention as the gender pay gap.

Barcelona-like weather in London?

Several papers report that even if carbon dioxide emissions are radically reduced in the coming decade, London's weather will be more like Barcelona's by 2050.

The Financial Times says in Europe summers will get warmer by three-and-a-half Celsius and its winters by 4.7C.

The i says temperatures in Cardiff will become more like Melbourne and in Edinburgh like Madrid.

Though this might sound nice, a professor from Zurich warns the change will lead to water shortages and problems for farmers.

And finally, the Mirror looks at a study which suggests gorillas hold festivals deep in the jungle.

The paper claims the gatherings make Glastonbury "look like a vicar's tea party".

The animals "go ape", gorging on fruit in large crowds, the Mirror says.

The research suggests the roots of our sociability have a long history.

In case needed, the paper proposes a few tracks for the gorillas: Dark Side of Baboon, Hi Ho Silverback Lining and anything by the Monkees.

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