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'Abuse' pictures dominate papers
Images of British soldiers allegedly abusing and humiliating Iraqi prisoners dominate Wednesday's papers.

Borrowing the words of the prosecutor at the court martial of three British soldiers, the Daily Mirror said the images were "shocking" and "appalling."

And "shame" is the word that several of the headline writers use - in the Daily Mail, the Times and the Daily Express.

The Guardian says the case is already being compared to the abuse of Iraqi inmates by US soldiers at Abu Ghraib prison.

Tarnished reputation?

All the papers point out that the court martial of the three accused British soldiers has come to no conclusion yet.

But there appears to be no doubt as to the damage the pictures have already done to Britain's reputation.

The Daily Star fears the pictures "put British servicemen in Iraq in further danger of attack", while the Mail says the images "will stun the world".

And former SAS soldier Andy McNab, writing in the Sun, says: "We have lost the moral high ground."

Fake bombs

The Express is the only paper that does not feature images of alleged abuse on its front page.

Instead the paper leads with a special investigation by two of its reporters trying to show "how easy it is for bombers to get into Britain".

It describes how they smuggled fake bombs across the Channel by boat, then took them to various places including the London Eye and Heathrow airport.

The Express demands that the UK's coastline must be properly guarded.

Costly computing

Many papers are amazed to discover that doctors have made just 63 bookings with a computer system that cost the NHS nearly 200m to install.

The outcome is "astoundingly poor", according to the Times, and the Mirror says it is "barely believable".

Both papers tend to blame the doctors - the Mirror says they operate one of the worst closed shops in the country.

And the Times claims many GPs do not approve of choice and believe the new system will increase their workloads.




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