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Papers cover 'miracle' baby tale

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Several tabloids feature the moving tale of Aya Jayne Soliman, the baby born two days after her mother was declared brain-dead.

The Daily Mail devotes most of its front page to a picture of the baby, who weighed just two pounds at birth.

Her mother Jayne Soliman had suffered a brain haemorrhage but doctors kept her alive so they could deliver the baby safely, explain the Sun and Daily Mirror.

Father Mahmoud says her name, Aya, is a word from the Koran meaning "miracle".

'Worst Christmas'

"We're all gloomed" is how the Daily Mirror sums up the British economy, following another wave of redundancies.

The downturn has "ripped into some of industry's biggest names", including JCB, Waterford Wedgwood and Findus frozen foods, it says.

Meanwhile, the Financial Times says retailers have had their "worst Christmas on record".

It predicts Tesco's latest trading figures will reveal its poorest festive performance since the early 1990s.

Blue velvet

One sector with secure jobs, according to the Daily Telegraph, is education.

It says the government will offer top teachers 10,000 payments to take jobs in the worst-performing state schools.

Meanwhile, the Times reports that the economic climate is forcing a "new kind of customer" to that staple of Dickens novels - the British pawnshop.

However, far from its "dusty-looking and dirty" image, its reporters find one west London pawnbroker upholstered in pine and blue velvet "like a bank".

'Titanic' speech

Most of the papers turn to the Golden Globes for a dose of glamour - and a collective guffaw at Kate Winslet's acceptance speech.

"Gulp! Gasp! Sniff!" says the Daily Mirror, which finds the "worthy" double winner's speech an "over-the-top performance of Titanic proportions".

As with the economy, there's worse to come, says the Daily Telegraph.

If this is how she reacts to winning two Golden Globes, it says, "just imagine her on Oscar night".

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