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Khyra Ishaq death saddens press

26 February 10 05:45 GMT

The sad case of Khyra Ishaq, the seven-year-old starved to death by her mother and her lover, leads many of the national papers.

The Guardian says the girl weighed just 2st 9lb (16.8kg) when she died.

The Daily Telegraph says the case has "disquieting parallels" with the stories of Baby Peter and Victoria Climbie - also victims of abuse.

The paper raises questions over whether lessons were learned from their deaths and subsequent official inquiries.

Spending cuts

The Times reports the BBC will close its Asian Network and 6 Music radio stations and cut spending elsewhere.

It says director general Mark Thompson believes the corporation is too large, although the BBC says it would not comment on "speculation".

The Daily Mail splashes on the decision to include the four men who carried out the 7 July bombings in London at an inquest into the deaths on that day.

It says the families of the 52 victims of the 2005 attack are furious.

Footballer Wayne Bridge's decision to say no to any call-up from the England football team for the World Cup in South Africa intrigues the papers.


The Daily Mail asks if he is a "wimp" or a man of principle for refusing to work with John Terry after the former England captain had an affair with Bridge's ex-lover.

But the Daily Star shows football supporters have sympathy for Bridge's awkward situation.

The Sun says Bridge hints at a wider split in the England changing room with talk of a "divisive situation".

The Independent reports that the state-owned Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has given 16,800 bankers £1.3bn in bonuses, despite it making a loss of £3.6bn.

RBS chairman Sir Philip Hampton says the payouts were "necessary".

The tale of Amy Wootten who was kicked off a bus for breastfeeding her six-week-old daughter Emily is also of interest.

The Daily Telegraph reports that the driver told the new mother passenger had complained that she was guilty of "indecent exposure".

But company First Bristol offered its apologies to Ms Wootten and said it supported a "woman's right to breastfeed in public".

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