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Dramatic account of Iraq kidnap

There is a compelling account on the front of the Times of what it is like for a journalist to cross that invisible line of no mans' land in Iraq and find himself in the line of fire.

Stephen Farrell, a British reporter, tells the remarkable story of his capture at the hands of so-called Ali Baba bandits, who shot up his car near Fallujah.

Six days after pictures of dismembered Americans in Fallujah filled TV screens worldwide, he found himself with a US colleague stranded in the semi-desert looking at two rocket-propelled grenades pointed directly at them.

To make matters worse the pair had just arrived from Jerusalem - the capital of the hated Israelis.

Over the next eight hours, Farrell gained an insight into the complex world of thieves, patriots, Baathists, gunmen and Islamists.

The reporters were handed over to Mujahideen resistance fighters who interrogate them, weighing up the options. Soldiers or journalists. Dead or alive?

Eventually, when they were freed and given a safe escort to Baghdad, their captor stated: ''I need for you to ask Bush, why is the American army killing the people of Iraq. Democracy is killing people? This is the lie of America."

Warning claims

As Condoleeza Rice prepares to give evidence in Washington to the commission investigating the 11 September attacks, the Guardian reports the claims of one senior terrorism expert.

Gary Hart, a former democratic presidential candidate, tells the paper he warned of an inevitable terrorist attack five days before the World Trade Centre was destroyed but he considered her response a brush off.

According to the Financial Times, the national security adviser will state under oath that the Bush administration did everything it could to prevent the attacks.

The Mail and the Sun have had time to digest Tony Blair's summit on immigration and give their considered editorial judgements.

The Sun believes the people have lost trust in the government to tell them the truth about immigration while the Mail argues the summit was ''a con'' which failed to address crucial questions, such as how many migrants this crowded island can take.

The Independent's Mark Steel insists he has an answer.

Anyone making such complaints, he suggests, should be made to wear a big yellow star and, by law, be left alone by all immigrants.

So if they were in a hospital and the duty nurse was one of 47% of foreign nurses they would be left untreated.

Their televisions would be adapted to cut out if Magnus Magnusson or Rolf Harris came on and every restaurant that was not entirely British could refuse to serve them so they would cleansed of pappadums, lasagne and kebabs.

'Alien nation'

On the eve of the great Easter getaway, the Guardian prints a map of the nation's travel hotspots complete with roadworks and rail closures.

By contrast, the Sun publishes a map of the top 40 places where, apparently, you are most likely to be abducted by aliens.

So if you were planning a quiet Easter at Bonnybridge in Lanarkshire, think again.

The same goes for Cley Hill in Wiltshire and the Great Orme in Llandudno.

The Express, not to be outdone on the "alien nation" story, reports that Walthamstow in east London has also been a UFO hotspot ever since a bus driver claimed one almost made him crash in 1968.

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