Newspaper headlines: Grief and 'outrage' over Lyra McKee death


The i front page 20/04/19

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Many of the front pages carry pictures of Lyra McKee, the 29-year-old journalist who was shot dead during rioting in Londonderry on Thursday night. The i says political leaders in Northern Ireland have united to condemn the killing as a “heinous crime”, with the dissident republican group, the New IRA, suspected to be behind the shooting.

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The Guardian says the attack has prompted warnings that political violence must not be allowed to take hold in Northern Ireland again. The paper reports that the leaders of the country’s main political parties issued a rare joint statement calling for “calm heads”, amid anxiety over the possibility of tensions escalating.

The Times front page 20/04/19

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The Times also has a tribute to Ms McKee on its front page. However, its lead story reports claims that Chinese telecoms giants Huawei, which wants to supply vital technology for Britain’s new 5G network, has received funding from branches of Beijing’s state security apparatus. Huawei insists that it is a private company that is independent of influence from the Chinese government and has repeatedly denied posing any security risks, the paper says.

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The Financial Times leads on the news that Congressional Democrats have issued a subpoena for an unredacted version of a report into Russian meddling during the 2016 election. The paper says the move sets the stage for a legal battle that is likely to dominate US politics well into next year’s presidential campaign.

Telegraph front page 20/04/19

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Meanwhile, the Telegraph reports that ministers are calling for the Speaker John Bercow to allow Donald Trump to address Parliament this summer or risk damaging the UK’s special relationship with the US. The paper says preparations are under way for a state visit in June to coincide with the 75th anniversary commemorations of D-Day. However, it says the Speaker is refusing to ask the US President to address both Houses of Parliament, as is traditional.

The Sun front page 20/04/19

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The Sun warns that chocolate eggs and bunnies are facing an “Easter meltdown”, as temperatures could rise above 28C (82F) over the weekend. The paper says Good Friday was the warmest day of the year so far and it could be the hottest Easter for 70 years.

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The warm weather is good news for the high street, the Mail reports. The paper says the heat is expected to drive sales over the bank holiday weekend, with garden centres and DIY stores predicted to benefit in particular, according to a forecast from the Centre for Economics and Business Research.

Daily Express front page 20/04/19

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The Express says experts are also predicting a boost for the UK holiday industry, as families are expected to spend up to £20bn on “staycations” this year. The paper says uncertainty over Brexit and memories of last year’s long hot summer have made Britain a popular choice, with more than half the population planning their main summer holiday in the UK.

Daily Star front page 20/04/19

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Councils have fined nearly 10,000 people in the last year for minor misbehaviours such as swearing, fishing and dropping their children outside the school gates, according to the Daily Star. The paper says new anti-social behaviour laws let local authorities fine people for anything they deem “detrimental” to the local quality of life – and the number of penalties given out has risen by 400% since 2016.

Daily Mirror front page 20/04/19

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The Mirror reports that Strictly star Kevin Clifton has opened up about his relationship with his former dance partner on the show, Stacey Dooley. The professional dancer has also spoken about the “massive upheaval” in his personal life after splitting with his third wife, the paper says.

Photographs of a smiling Lyra McKee feature on almost all the front pages.

The Daily Mail calls the New IRA – who police believe were responsible for her killing – “barbaric”.

The Guardian says her shooting is a “symbol of political failure” – a reminder that the Good Friday Agreement should not be taken for granted.

The Sun agrees – it says more needs to be done to restore faith in the political process, starting with restoring the Stormont Assembly.

A headline in the Times quotes Lyra McKee herself – “just because we’re not at war anymore doesn’t mean the shadow of the gunman has left the room”.

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Lyra McKee was shot dead while observing rioting in Londonderry on Thursday night

The impact of the Mueller report on Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election is still being digested.

The Washington Post says Democrats are divided about what their end game is – to investigate Trump or impeach him.

It says two presidential hopefuls, Elizabeth Warren and Julián Castro, are increasing the pressure for impeachment, while the party’s leadership appear to be backing continued investigations with the aim of taking the results to voters in the 2020 election.

“All the options are lousy”, a Republican supporter tells the New York Times, which after canvassing public opinion concludes that “disgust with the country’s political leaders” seems unanimous.

In the UK, the Financial Times thinks any move, at this point, to hold Mr Trump accountable could rebound; Americans, it argues, are numbed to the reality of the president and settled in their opinions.

Trump state visit

The Daily Telegraph leads with a warning from ministers that if the Speaker of the Commons, John Bercow, refuses to allow President Trump to address Parliament during a planned state visit in June, it will risk damaging Britain’s special relationship with the United States.

Mr Bercow strongly opposed a presidential address two years ago, citing “opposition to racism and sexism”, and friends tell the paper he hasn’t changed his view.

But the minister for veterans, Tobias Ellwood, says the UK should “leverage” Mr Trump’s visit.

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Thousands of non-British women who have suffered domestic abuse in the UK are being refused help by authorities, according to the lead story in the Independent.

The online paper says they are being turned away from refuges and forced into homelessness or back to their abusers because they don’t have access to public funds.

Amnesty International says the system is failing migrant women by letting them “slip through the cracks”.

‘Easter meltdown’

An English baronet is sending 50 oak trees from his estate in Somerset to help rebuild Notre Dame, the Daily Express reports, because he feels guilty about his family’s history of “killing French people”.

Sir Benjamin Slade tells the paper one ancestor, Sir Thomas Slade, designed Horatio Nelson’s flagship HMS Victory. He adds he hopes his gesture will help make amends.

“Bunny Boiler” is the headline on the front of the Sun, which says chocolate rabbits and eggs are facing an “Easter meltdown” as temperatures are set to hit the high 20s this weekend.

Get ready for record temperatures, the Daily Mirror says, while the Daily Star predicts a “stampede for the beaches”.

The Guardian urges its readers to feel the weather on their skin – without their phones. Get dirty it says, make something, cook and eat a meal without photographing it first.



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