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Prince 'dissident' claim in press
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Claims by a former aide that Prince Charles saw himself as a "dissident", working against political opinion, are dissected by the papers.

The claims, made by Mark Bolland as the prince sues the Mail on Sunday, are described as "bombshell allegations" by sister paper the Daily Mail.

The Times sees "no place for dissent" as the prince is an "official figure as well as a private individual".

And the Independent believes his legal action has "spectacularly backfired".

'Net closing'

The Independent's front page pictures the Bosnian Serb general, Ratko Mladic, with a "Most Wanted" slogan under him.

It says the net is closing in one of the world's most wanted war crimes suspects after 10 years on the run.

The Daily Mirror says he is charged with genocide and crimes against humanity and his next stop must be the UN War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague.

It adds that the Bosnian Serb leader, Radovan Karadzic, also on the run, deserves to join him in the dock.

Prescription drugs

Nearly 20 people a week die after taking prescription drugs, according to an article in the Daily Mail.

It says figures show deaths linked to adverse reactions to NHS medicines have nearly doubled in the past five years.

But, it adds, experts fear those reported by doctors, pharmacists and dentists are a fraction of the total.

Elsewhere, the Daily Telegraph says evidence that a DNA fingerprint could unveil the likely surname of a suspect is being published by scientists.

'Wembley gamble'

The Sun claims some builders working on the new Wembley Stadium have taken bookies for thousands by betting against it being ready for the FA Cup Final.

It was announced on Tuesday that the match will again take place in Cardiff.

A spokesman for the bookmakers involved tells the paper suspicions ought to have begun when many men in hard hats begun placing bets in the Wembley area.

"Another clue," he says, "was that no-one bet a single penny that the stadium would be ready."


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