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Monday, 28 August, 2000, 06:26 GMT 07:26 UK
Kidnapped soldiers dominate papers

The fate of the 11 British soldiers kidnapped in Sierra Leone finds space on most front pages.

The Daily Telegraph and The Times report that SAS teams have been sent out to mount a rescue, should talks with the hostage-takers fail.

There is trenchant criticism inside both papers for the policy which saw British troops being sent there in the first place.

The Times says Foreign Secretary Robin Cook's "vanity and lack of military expertise" may have warped his judgement on Sierra Leone.

It argues a lack of clarity on the political objectives left the soldiers vulnerable in what was already dangerous terrain.


The Daily Telegraph too, believes the role of the Armed Forces in Sierra Leone is still unclear.

It describes the situation as a "military humiliation" unknown since the seizure of the Falklands.

TV News programmes continue to make the news.

The Guardian and the Daily Mail report that ITN wants to move its early evening bulletin from 6.30pm to 7pm, to try to avoid a court battle with regulators over the demise of News at Ten.

The Guardian suggests that if the Independent Television Commission refuses this, ITV may suggest a 7.30pm start.

The story appears to have been prompted by comments made by the Granada Chairman, Charles Allen, at the television festival in Edinburgh on Sunday.

The views of the Brighton bomber, Patrick Magee are given an airing in The Times and The Guardian.

Heart problems

The articles are based on an interview with him - the first since his early release last year - in the Dublin-based Sunday Business Post.

The Guardian quotes him saying the attack - which killed five people - gave the IRA "more political leverage".

He says the deaths were "hugely regrettable" but justified because there was no other way of making Britain listen to nationalists' complaints.

A report suggesting Britain is trailing other European countries in treating heart disease, is given wide coverage.

The Daily Telegraph reports that a team from Edinburgh University has found heart patients in the UK are far less likely to get potentially life-saving treatments than their European counterparts.

The medical records of more than 3,000 patients in 29 countries were used in the research.

The papers are at odds over the Conservatives' call for tougher English language tests for foreign doctors.


The Express, The Mirror and The Independent interpret this as nothing more than racism.

But theDaily Mail accuses Labour and the Liberal Democrats of opportunism - for reaching the same conclusion.

France, Germany and Spain think it essential for foreign doctors to be able to speak their language well, says the Mail, and those who want to silence discussion by yelling "racism" are putting politics before patients.

The Express hails an "exclusive" on a couple who are to have surgery in an attempt to be the next step in merging man and machine.

Professor Kevin Warwick and his wife Irena are to have tiny computer chips implanted into their bodies which can communicate with each other directly and over the Internet.

Professor Warwick says they will then be able to interact directly with computers and each other.

At last, says The Express, a couple who really are on the same wavelength.

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