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Paper claims Bin Laden found
The Sunday Express reports that Osama Bin Laden has been tracked down by British and American special forces to a remote, mountainous area of north-western Pakistan.

A US intelligence source tells the paper the leader of al-Qaeda is "boxed in" with 50 loyal henchmen in an area measuring 100 square miles.

American military officials believe the Taliban leader, Mullah Mohammed Omar, is with him and neither man has any chance of escape.

The Express says the SAS and US forces are now waiting for the order to go in and get them.

Terror suspects could be convicted on the evidence of electronic eavesdropping such as phone calls and e-mails, according to the Observer.

It says the Home Secretary, David Blunkett, - as well as announcing an increase in numbers of MI5 staff - will this week flesh out proposals for new anti-terror laws which would lower the standards of proof required to secure a conviction.

Some of his ideas were strongly criticised when Mr Blunkett first suggested them last month.

But the Observer says there's a growing liberal consensus to make intercepted communications such as phone calls admissible in court.

The paper says the security forces remain a stumbling block because they fear using such evidence could jeopardise their operations.

The Mail on Sunday also leads on the MI5 recruitment. An intelligence source tells the paper the move is recognition of the very serious level of terrorist threat faced by Britain.

Innocence presumed

The Independent on Sunday, in its editorial, says politicians have a special responsibility to respect the presumption of innocence.

The paper accuses Mr Blunkett of forgetting this and wanting to incorporate that forgetfulness into law.

It believes that eroding human rights won't reduce the threat of terrorism and is more likely to feed the grievances of those behind it.

The Observer's editorial follows a similar line, accusing Mr Blunkett of playing to the gallery.

The Sunday Telegraph reports that seven British soldiers, who served in Iraq, have apparently committed suicide since the end of the conflict.

The figures were produced by the Ministry of Defence, which disclosed that nearly 120 others had been evacuated from the Gulf because of severe psychiatric problems.

Families' anger

The paper says MPs are now accusing the government of failing in its duty to care for war veterans.

The News of the World, meanwhile, reports on anger among the families of the six Royal Military Policemen killed by a mob at a police station in southern Iraq.

An investigation begins in March into what happened but the paper says the relatives fear there will be a cover-up. That's because they won't be allowed into the inquiry and will get only an edited final report.

For those who nurse a desire to "stick one" on the face of a famous figure, the government may be about to give you the chance - all in the name of cleaner streets.

Ministers are considering putting up public "gum boards" with pictures of famous gum chewers, such as the Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson.

The idea is for the public to stick chewing gum on the boards rather than discarding it on the ground.


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