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Blair's 'Iraq prayers' digested
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Tony Blair's revelation that he prayed to God when deciding whether to go to war with Iraq is digested by the press.

His submission to the judgement of God goes against years of warnings from advisers, says the Independent - not to mix politics and religion.

The Daily Mirror sees his TV interview with Michael Parkinson as "remarkable".

"The Judgement Day is some way off," it says, "but the judgement of the British people is critical of a bloody invasion as the death toll mounts."

Crime number

The Daily Mail says it has seen a list of supposedly low level crimes the public will be asked to report on a new non-emergency number instead of 999.

It predicts outrage over the inclusion on the list of drug dealing, intimidation, harassment and vandalism.

It also says there will be anger over confirmation that the phone calls will cost 10p.

The Daily Mail's attitude is summed up by its headline: "Seen a crime? Don't call 999."

Glitter jailing

The papers welcome the jailing of Gary Glitter in Vietnam, after he was found guilty of sexually abusing two girls.

The Daily Mirror calls for sex offenders to be barred from travelling to areas favoured by paedophiles.

Elsewhere, readers of the Daily Express get a free bumper sticker with the paper as part of its campaign for the abolition of inheritance tax.

The paper says it wants supporters to point out what is an "unjust burden on hard-working Britons everywhere".

The Times says a letter it was sent by leading UK doctors criticises a new computerised system for allocating medical students to jobs in hospitals.

The paper says the system's aim was laudable but the method "is madness..a health service without a human touch is no service worth the name."

And the Guardian reports that pub chain JD Wetherspoon has scrapped plans to extend smoking bans to all its outlets.

It follows a 20% drop in profits in 37 branches where a trial ban was in force.


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