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Papers look to Hutton Part II
The newspapers continue to speculate about the next phase of Lord Hutton's inquiry.

According to the Independent, the family of weapons expert David Kelly want the judge to recall Tony Blair.

They are said to be upset at the prime minister's claim that Dr Kelly was told that his name was likely to be issued after he admitted meeting the BBC journalist, Andrew Gilligan.

The Times reports that the mystery woman who became Dr Kelly's spiritual mentor and converted him to the Bahai faith may be summoned.

The paper says many people concerned with Dr Kelly's death are well aware Mai Pederson played an important role in his life. But they appear unable to fathom exactly what that role was.

The decision to send more British troops to Iraq provides the main news for the Daily Telegraph.

False pretences

It claims the call for reinforcements caught the armed forces cold with most rapid deployment forces on long-term leave after months in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"While the crisis deepens in Iraq," observes the Daily Mail, "the drip, drip, drip of revelations from the Hutton inquiry reinforce perceptions that Britain was led into war on false pretences."

So, it wonders, where is Her Majesty's Opposition, when it has been presented with its greatest opportunity in years?

The United Nations secretary general, Kofi Annan, tells the Financial Times a fundamental overhaul of the international security system is needed.

Mr Annan says the shake-up "would not exclude reform of the Security Council".

Anti-missile technology

The FT believes the UN is facing one of the gravest crises in its history, with a split in the run-up to the war in Iraq and a host of threats from global terrorism and weapons proliferation.

The news that British Airways is looking to fit anti-missile technology to its planes can only be viewed as good sense, says the Daily Express.

It says the move is a sad reflection of the times we live in, but a necessary one.

The Daily Mirror disagrees. It says the missile shield would be hugely expensive. The cost of flying would be pushed up and there could be a rash of false emergencies.

The Sun devotes four pages to the decision by a judge in Scotland to jail a man for five years for raping a 13-month-old girl.

Beneath the headline, "Sack him", the paper says that 93% of readers who took part in a telephone poll expressed outrage at the leniency of the sentence.

Rising prices

The Guardian reports the prolonged heatwave has devastated crops across Europe, leaving some countries facing their worst harvest since World War II.

Countries that usually export food have had to import it. Several - including Hungary, Bulgaria and Romania - are experiencing rising food prices.

The Telegraph tells how three generations of the same family have given up their jobs and schools in England to move into a remote Highland castle with 29 bedrooms.

The Dobson family sold three homes in the Midlands to buy Duncraig Castle.

Ceilings have collapsed, there's no hot water and the nearest supermarket is a hundred miles away.

Perlin Dobson tells the paper: "It's a great adventure".




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