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Papers analyse nuclear power move

The prime minister has promised a big expansion of nuclear power, a move that is warmly welcomed in some quarters.

"At last," the Sun says, "Gordon Brown recognises that more nuclear power is good for Britain."

The Times declares nuclear power has a huge part to play in energy supply, and calls on Gordon Brown to act urgently.

The paper also analyses power cuts which affected half a million homes on Tuesday. It says two relatively minor glitches were to blame.

'Moral vacuum'

The Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph lead on Wednesday's warnings by a leading bishop that the decline of Christianity in Britain is leaving a moral vacuum.

The Bishop of Rochester, Dr Michael Nazir-Ali, said the space could be filled by militant Islam.

"Why is it," asks the Mail, "that it takes a churchman born outside this country to see that we have a society and a religion worth defending?"

The Telegraph declares that the decline in values is "destroying Britishness".

Robotic monkey

The government is to publish for the first time death rates of patients undergoing major surgery at English NHS hospitals, the Guardian writes.

The paper expects the move to expose "alarming variations" in the mortality rates of NHS trusts carrying out commonplace procedures.

The front page of the Independent is devoted to a monkey eating a banana.

The animal has apparently been trained to move a robotic arm using its mind - bringing hope to paralysis victims.

Clothing matters

Anglia Ruskin University has banned graduates from tossing their mortar boards into the air at graduation ceremonies in case somebody gets hurt.

The Daily Mirror ridicules what it calls "health and safety mad hatters".

"Why can't Wimbledon be as colourful as this?" asks the Daily Express of images of tennis players in the French Open.

They are shown in a riot of shades, but sadly, says the paper, the stars must pack away their glad rags to take part in next month's Wimbledon tournament.

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