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The Papers: ‘Waggro’ and a carbon emissions investigation

The Guardian
Image caption “The 20 firms behind a third of all global carbon emissions” is the headline on the front page of the Guardian. The paper’s investigation, which takes into account the amount of carbon dioxide each company has “contributed” since 1965, says new data shows “fossil fuel companies have driven [the] climate crisis despite industry knowing [the] dangers”. All of the top 20 companies listed are fossil fuel energy companies.
The Sun
Image caption The Sun leads on what it calls the “waggro” between Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy. Ms Rooney claims that someone using the Instagram account of Ms Vardy, wife of Leicester City footballer Jamie Vardy, leaked stories about her to the Sun. She claims she worked out it was Ms Vardy’s account by blocking everyone else’s account apart from hers and posting fake stories, which then appeared in the tabloid paper.
Daily Mirror
Image caption “Roodunnit?” is how the Daily Mirror introduces the story about the footballers’ wives. Coleen – wife of former England and Manchester United captain Wayne – announced her attack on Rebekah on social media. The Mirror says Ms Vardy is “inconsolable” and denies selling the stories. Instead, she suggests it must have been somebody else who had access to her Instagram account.
Daily Star
Image caption The Daily Star also leads on the “WAG” row, saying: “It’s all kicked off.” The paper adds the wives are now “at war” over the “leaks”.
Daily Telegraph
Image caption The UK will only be allowed a Brexit extension if the time is used for a new referendum or a general election, according to the Daily Telegraph. The paper says David Sassoli, president of the European Parliament, stated as much during a debate in Brussels on Wednesday.
The i
Image caption If there is a general election before Brexit, the Tories “risk being torn apart” by a “no-deal manifesto”, according to the i. The paper says “several cabinet ministers would find it difficult to campaign on [a] no-deal platform at the next election”, adding the prime minister has held talks with “moderate Conservatives” on the matter.
Image caption “Ban eating on public transport” is the headline on the front page of the Metro. The paper reports that Dame Sally Davies – in her final report as chief medical officer of England – is suggesting the ban as a way to combat “soaring obesity in young people”. Other targets of her report include “snacking culture” and takeaways, for which she suggests a calorie cap on portions.
The Times
Image caption The Times also leads on the report from Dame Sally. In total, there are 48 recommendations in the report, which aims to help the government meet its pledge to halve child obesity by 2030. Dame Sally, the paper adds, does not believe that target will be met.
Financial Times
Image caption The intergovernmental Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has “proposed a global shake-up of corporate taxation”, reports the Financial Times. The purpose of the proposals is to “squeeze more” from tech giants who “shift profits around the world to minimise their tax bills”. Both governments and businesses have indicated tentative support for the plans, the paper adds.
Daily Mail
Image caption And the Daily Mail leads on its campaign calling for parents to ignore myths and scare stories about the MMR vaccine and ensure their children are given it. The paper is also calling for ministers to start “a massive publicity drive” to warn parents of the dangers of not getting their children vaccinated.

The Daily Telegraph claims that Brexit talks with the EU will formally conclude in the next 24 hours – if Boris Johnson and his Irish counterpart, Leo Varadkar, fail to find a way forward on the Irish border when they meet later today.

It says the prospects of an agreement look “slim” – even though the PM has told Conservative MPs he’s “desperate” to get one.

In an interview with the paper, the former chancellor, Philip Hammond, says that if the talks fail, Mr Johnson should consider a “rapid-fire zero-tariff trade deal” with the EU – leaving Northern Ireland in a separate backstop.

“It’s important,” insists Mr Hammond, “we send a message to Brussels that the well isn’t run dry of ideas; that there is still a deal to be done.”

The Sun reports that Labour is ready to grant Mr Johnson a general election on 26 November, if he fails to deliver Brexit at the end of the month.

It says that – providing a delay to Brexit is enforced next week – Jeremy Corbyn will support a new bid to dissolve Parliament and go to the country.

But according to the Spectator website, some figures in government are sceptical there will be an election before the spring.

“Labour MPs are looking at the polls and they don’t like what they are seeing,” one unnamed cabinet minister suggests, adding: “The better the Tories fare, the more they are reluctant to have one.”

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The Guardian’s front page is devoted to a special investigation on fossil fuel companies and their impact on climate change.

It names 20 firms it says have produced 480 billion tonnes of greenhouse gases since 1965 – more than a third of all global carbon emissions.

One expert tells the paper that the fossil fuel industry knew in the late 1950s that its products had a detrimental effect on the environment, but “wilfully ignored” the threat in some cases.

Seven companies responded to the investigation, acknowledging they had an “important role” to play in addressing the climate crisis.

They added that they were making efforts to invest in renewable or low-carbon technology.

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There’s a mixed response to the call from England’s outgoing chief medical officer to ban eating and drinking on public transport, in an attempt to stop children snacking.

The Daily Mail describes Dame Sally Davies as “nanny-in-chief”, while Kate Andrews in the Daily Express says the idea is so extreme “it suggests an unhealthy obsession with consumption on the part of the public health officials who cooked it up”.

But in its editorial, the Times says some moderate restrictions are worth considering.

“These may seem ludicrous to some,” it argues, “but so once did a ban on smoking in public places.”

Finally, the Daily Mirror reports on the sentencing of a man who ordered a cheeseburger while robbing a branch of McDonald’s in Coventry last year.

Daniel Parra-Braun demanded that a cashier empty the till – but was told he would have to buy something before it would open.

He handed over £5 – before making off with £136 in cash.

A judge ordered the 37-year-old to spend five years in prison, describing the episode as “bizarre”.


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