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‘Year-long Gaza war’ and the King’s Greek gambit


The main headline on the front page of the Financial Times weekend edition reads: "Israel digs in for year long Gaza war"

Several of Saturday’s papers lead with the continuing conflict in Gaza. In its weekend edition, the Financial Times reports that Israel is preparing to “dig in” for a year-long campaign against Hamas, citing sources. It reports that the most intensive phase of the ground offensive will continue into early 2024.

The headline on the front page of the Guardian reads: "Israel to escalate war with south Gaza ground attack"

The Guardian says Israel has signalled it is preparing a ground offensive in southern Gaza after the collapse of the pause in fighting with Hamas. It describes it as a “significant escalation” of the war.

The headline on the front page of the Daily Mail reads: "Thousands skip school to go on Gaza marches"

The Daily Mail says children as young as seven are attending pro-Palestinian rallies in a “wave of truancy” at British schools. It cites a report from right-wing think tank the Policy Exchange, claiming parents are being advised by what it describes as “hard line groups” on how to avoid fines from schools, and on setting up protests.

The headline on the front page of the Daily Express reads: "Don't believe doubters! Rwanda migrant deal is on

The Daily Express turns its attention to the government’s Rwanda asylum plan, which was ruled unlawful by the UK Supreme Court last month. The paper tells its readers the deal is still on, with senior officials saying a new treaty will “make it work”.

The headline on the front page of the Times reads: "Johnson: My Covid decisions saved lives"

The headline on the front page of the Sun reads: "Endgame"

The headline on the front page of the Daily Telegraph reads: "Pressure on Harry to back King in racism row"

The story is also the Daily Telegraph’s lead story. The paper says Prince Harry is facing pressure to speak out in defence of his father and Catherine, the Princess of Wales. It says leading public figures have rallied to support them against accusations of racism.

The headline on the front page of the i weekend edition reads: "Revealed: how cigarette giants are plotting to block new UK smoking ban"

The i says tobacco companies are lobbying the prime minister to increase Britain’s smoking age to 21, instead of pursuing an outright ban for future generations. On the front page of its weekend edition, the paper says the industry sees New Zealand’s U-turn on its own similar policy as a chance to force a reversal from the government.

The headline on the front page of the Daily Mirror reads: "Get him out of there"

The Daily Mirror reports that I’m a Celebrity viewers have been urged to vote Nigel Farage out of the jungle over his “divisive views”. Two Labour MPs, Nadia Whittome and Kim Johnson, have led calls to “get him out of there”.

The headline on the front page of the Daily Star reads: "You can't call slapheads slapheads"

The Daily Star reports that calling someone who has no hair a “slaphead” might amount to sex-related harassment, according to legal experts the paper has spoken to.

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