Newspaper headlines: ‘A nation broken’ by bombings


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The Times is among a number of papers to lead on the bomb attacks in Sri Lanka. The paper notes that victims of the attacks, which have killed at least 290 people, come from at least 10 countries, including Sri Lanka, the UK, Australia, India, Japan, United States and Turkey. It says at least 24 people have been arrested.

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“Murdered at the breakfast table” is the headline on its front page. The paper quotes a father, Ben Nicholson, whose family was killed during the attacks.

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According to the Guardian, the Sri Lankan authorities received warnings two weeks before the attacks on Easter Sunday. Sri Lanka’s health minister also said the names of some of the suspects had been given to authorities earlier this month.

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The Mirror says the world was united in mourning over the attacks, which also wounded nearly 500 people. It reports that the ASOS founder, Anders Holch Povlsen, lost three of his four children in the bombings.

The Sun

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“Three British families torn apart” is the headline on the front of The Sun, which is among the papers that focus on the British victims.

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Chances were missed to prevent the wave of attacks, according to the Metro. It reports that a British fireman who helped victims of the 1996 IRA blast in Manchester was among eight British citizens killed in the attacks.

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In other news, “moderate” Conservative MPs are finalising plans to block Boris Johnson from becoming the next leader of the party. The paper says the former foreign secretary is a clear favourite to topple Theresa May as prime minister.

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The Daily Telegraph, meanwhile, leads on the news that the health secretary plans to ban non-disclosure agreements that silence NHS whistleblowers.

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The Financial Times leads on the news that Barclays is planning to cut bonuses as part of a “cost-cutting drive to boost returns”.

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Meanwhile the Daily Mail’s investigations unit claim shoppers in the UK are being secretly filmed to make them spend more. The paper says well-known shops are using a behavioural analysis agency to record customers in their aisles.

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The Daily star reports that CJ de Mooi, a professional quizzer who appeared on TV show Eggheads, is dying from AIDS after living with the condition for 30 years.

The Guardian leads on the Sri Lankan government’s admission that it received warnings two weeks ago that suicide bombers from a radical Islamist group were planning to target churches.

But the paper says it’s unclear whether there’s been new information since the attacks, firmly establishing that the group National Thowheed Jamaath (NTJ) carried them out.

A number of experts and Sri Lankan ministers are quoted across the papers suggesting the group would have had help from abroad.

But US intelligence sources tell the Times that the NTJ may have been trying to curry favour with the Islamic State group, by imitating its methods in a large-scale attack.

No confidence

Prime Minister Theresa May will return from the Easter break facing a “triple assault” on her leadership, according to the Daily Express.

The paper says she’s likely to be confronted by Conservative MPs demanding she set a resignation date, increasingly angry cabinet members, and an unprecedented, albeit non-binding, confidence vote among grassroots party members.

Several papers report that if Mrs May refuses to set a departure date the backbench 1922 committee might axe the the rule preventing more than one confidence vote being held in a 12-month period.

The Health Secretary Matt Hancock tells the Daily Telegraph that he’s determined to end the injustice of NHS staff having to choose between the job they love and speaking the truth to keep patients safe.

The Telegraph says Mr Hancock’s pledge to ban non-disclosure agreements echoes a similar, unfulfilled vow made by his predecessor, Jeremy Hunt.

The paper’s leader column calls on Mr Hancock to do more than make empty promises.

The Daily Mail says some of Britain’s biggest high street stores have been “secretly filming” shoppers, in a bid to make them spend more.

Shops including Tesco, Boots and Sainsbury’s are said to have used a little-known behavioural analysis agency, which claims it can use the footage to manipulate consumers’ emotions.

The firm – called SBXL – says adequate signage has been in place and consent sought from shoppers.

But the Information Commissioner’s Office tells the Mail it’s going to investigate the claims to check for breaches of data protection laws.

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Thousands of patients have to wait over a year to see a dentist on the NHS, says the Daily Mirror

The Daily Mirror reports that tens of thousands of patients are facing a wait of up to 16 months to see an NHS dentist.

In Devon and Cornwall, 48,000 people are said to be on waiting lists with an average length of 477 days each – leading some to turn up at hospital desperate to have painful teeth removed.

The British Dental Association tells the Mirror that underfunding by the government is to blame.

United in mourning

The Sun is among the papers to focus on families devastated by the bombings in Sri Lanka.

According to the Times, a British man at a hotel in Colombo was forced to decide which of his injured children to bring to safety, only for them both to die.

Matthew Linsey tells the paper they were caught up in one explosion and then a second as they fled.

With the headline “Murdered at the Breakfast Table”, the Daily Express reports on Ben Nicholson, who lost his wife and two children.

The Daily Mirror says the world is “united in mourning” for the victims.

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