Newspaper headlines: EU 'enemy' apology and a weekend heatwave


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A cyber-attack on parliament in the summer was carried out by Iran, according to a secret intelligence assessment seen by The Times. The newspaper said the “brute force” attack on 9,000 email accounts was initially blamed on Russia.

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GPs are threatening to remove so-called “cyberchondriac” patients from their practice lists, which the i describes as anyone who self-diagnoses themselves online before their appointment.

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Chancellor Philip Hammond’s apology for describing the EU as “the enemy” is the Daily Telegraph’s lead. The newspaper also carries an article by actress Alice Evans, who claims that she rejected sexual advances by the US film producer Harvey Weinstein.

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The Guardian says Mr Hammond’s comments followed a “difficult week” for UK-EU relations and that the chancellor “swiftly backtracked”, although it warns both sides are bracing themselves for Brexit without a deal.

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The FT leads on claims that oil company Saudi Aramco is considering shelving plans for the world’s biggest stock market flotation. It says the firm is instead considering a private share sale to funds and investors.

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Chancellor Phillip Hammond and his predecessor George Osborne, now the Evening Standard’s editor, have been accused of “plotting to thwart Brexit” during a lunch meeting, the Daily Mail claims. The so-called “lobster plot” has angered those in the cabinet, it adds.

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The Express says the UK is “hours away from one of the worst storms in a decade”. Storm Ophelia, it writes, could cause winds of up to 100mph.

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The Star writes that Storm Ophelia is set to “smash” UK shores, following a weekend heatwave.

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The Sun claims Gary Goldsmith, the Duchess of Cambridge’s uncle, was arrested on Friday after reportedly hitting his wife.

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The Mirror carries an interview with TV reality star Scarlett Moffatt, who says anxiety is “ruining” her life. It also covers a couple jailed after falsely claiming £20,000 in compensation over a made-up holiday illness.

After years of being characterised as dull, it seems Philip Hammond is now in the firing line for being too outspoken.

The chancellor’s use of the word “enemy” to describe EU negotiators on Friday is roundly condemned by The Sun. “The Chancellor should be focused on his pivotal budget next month,” it says. “Instead he’s lurching around, barking randomly. He must shut his gob.”

The Daily Mail calls it Mr Hammond’s “Basil Fawlty moment”.

According to The Times, some Tories are pressing the prime minister to sack both the chancellor and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson – a move that they say would reassert her authority, with honour satisfied on both Leave and Remain wings of the party.

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“Trump’s stance on Iran finds few in accord,” says a headline in the Daily Telegraph.

The paper says he was reprimanded by world leaders for refusing to certify the Iran nuclear deal, and was warned he could trigger war.

That is echoed by the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, which says Donald Trump is prepared to risk mayhem to satisfy his ego and erase Obama’s legacy.

His “Iran deal bombshell” undermines American credibility and gives North Korea the perfect excuse to avoid deal-making, it says.

One of Iran’s biggest selling papers, Hamshahri, says Tehran has replied to Mr Trump’s claim that the Revolutionary Guard is a terrorist group – by placing the US military on a list of groups that undermine international security and stability.

The Guardian is among the papers to quote claims that Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has floated the idea of stopping people from attending A&E departments unless they have first consulted their GP or called NHS 111.

An NHS England adviser, Dr Helen Thomas, is quoted as telling a conference that Mr Hunt suggested it to her and that the idea could be piloted – although NHS England denies the suggestion.

Meanwhile, the i carries claims that some family doctors have been threatening to remove patients who “check Dr Google” before appointments.

GPs are apparently becoming exasperated by the number of “cyberchondriacs” – people who cannot stop self-diagnosing online.

Holiday fraudsters

For the Daily Mirror, the main news is the jailing of a couple from Merseyside who lied about being ill on holiday in an attempt to claim £20,000 in compensation.

Paul Roberts was sentenced to 15 months and Deborah Briton nine months.

It should serve as a warning to other fraudsters, the Mirror says, which adds that it is not a victimless crime – since scammers put up the cost of insurance for everyone else, as well as ripping off hoteliers.

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According to the Daily Mail, more than eight in 10 people who drive to work do not know the names of the roads they use, because they rely on sat-navs.

And a study found nine in 10 motorists cannot name the roads around their home for the same reason.

The Daily Star warns readers that after a 25C heatwave over the weekend, 100 mph Hurricane Ophelia will “smash” into our shores.

The Daily Express says Britain is hours away from the worst storm in a decade, calling it “Hurricane Hell”.



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