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Last Updated: Friday, 17 February 2006, 06:13 GMT
UK judge's 'anger at US torture'
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"Judge's anger at US torture", reads the Guardian's front page headline.

It quotes a British High Court judge, responding to controversy over the Guantanamo Bay detention centre.

Mr Justice Collins is reported to have said that America's idea of what amounted to torture was out of step with that of "most civilised nations".

His comments came during a hearing related to three UK residents held at the centre and after the UN called for the prison camp to be shut.

'Unprecedented threat'

Britain faces a 50-year-long war against terrorism, according to the Daily Mirror, which quotes Deputy Assistant Commissioner Peter Clarke.

The senior anti-terror officer says the country faces an unprecedented threat from home-grown terrorists.

Addressing a London conference on Thursday, Mr Clarke said police believed there were up to 500 terrorists in the country.

More than 60 suspects were awaiting trial, Mr Clarke added.

Turin proud

Pictures abound of Shelley Rudman, Britain's first medal winner at the Winter Olympics in Turin.

The Daily Express says she had the run of her life on her skeleton bobsleigh and that she did us "Turin proud".

The Independent says the silver medallist flew "at 85mph on a tray, face inches from the ice" and the Times also hails her "tea tray" ride.

The Daily Mail pays tribute to "silver slider Shelley" while the Sun simply says "hip-hip hootray".

It seems Romeo will no longer be allowed to seal his love for Juliet with "a righteous kiss", the Daily Telegraph says.

Under new guidelines for school plays drawn up by the Welsh Assembly, pupils in plays should "stop at a peck on the cheek", the paper reports.

The advice is said to be designed to protect pupils from abuse, and could soon be extended to the rest of the UK.

"Thus with a kiss I die, but not in the school production", says the Times.


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