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Papers piling pressure on Clarke
Mastheads of the national newspapers
The Times and Mail speculate on when exactly the home secretary told the prime minister about the foreign prisoners affair.

On the other front pages, the Sun reports in an "exclusive" that Charles Clarke did not offer to resign.

A "close confidante" of Tony Blair tells the Sun the first he knew of the "resignation offer was when he heard Mr Clarke say he had done so on the BBC".

According to the newspaper, Mr Blair was infuriated by what Mr Clarke had said on BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

Prescott affair

The Mail and the Express focus on the deputy prime minister's problems over his private life.

According to the Telegraph, Mr Prescott has Mr Blair's support - but there are hints he could leave the government, but remain as Labour's deputy leader.

It says Mr Blair wants to avoid an election for party deputy and possible calls for a leadership election at the same time.

Metaphysical

The papers not splashing with what the Sun calls "Labour's Mayday meltdown" lead with what the Independent calls the "affair of Rooney's metatarsal".

A number of front pages show England's striker leaving hospital on crutches - his broken foot in a protective boot.

Under the banner "Your country needs Roo", the Daily Star hopes supernatural powers make him fit by the World Cup.

The Mirror is also hoping for "divine intervention", and the Sun prints a prayer readers can say to help Wayne.

Freefall tragedy

Many papers report on how a parachutist plunged to his death.

According to the Times, the 27-year-old man from London took a beginners' course in parachuting last month.

On Saturday, the Mirror says, he took his first jump from an airfield in Norfolk and was behaving normally as his parachute opened.




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