Newspaper headlines: Rows over US diplomat’s wife and Jennifer Arcuri


The i

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The wife of a US diplomat who “fled” the UK after a motorcyclist was killed in a traffic collision should have her immunity dropped, reports the i, leading on quotes from the prime minister. Anne Sacoolas is wanted by police over the death of motorcyclist Harry Dunn, 19, in Northamptonshire on 27 August. The US State Department says diplomatic immunity is “rarely waived”.

Daily Mail

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“Face justice for my son” is the headline on the front page of the Daily Mail, which also leads on the story of Ms Sacoolas. The paper carries quotes from Charlotte Charles – mother of Harry Dunn – who says of the diplomat’s wife: “All we need to do is ask her to come back. It’s not much to ask.”

The Times

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The Times, meanwhile, says the US has been accused of “double standards and a betrayal of the special relationship” for refusing to waive diplomatic immunity for Ms Sacoolas, 42. In 1997, the US requested immunity be waived for a Georgian diplomat involved in a road collision in the US – that request was granted.


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The Metro leads on ITV’s interview with Jennifer Arcuri, the US businesswoman at the centre of a row over whether Boris Johnson failed to declare a conflict of interest during his time as mayor of London. Ms Arcuri – who joined trade missions led by Mr Johnson and whose business is reported to have received thousands of pounds in taxpayer money – refused to say whether the pair had an intimate relationship when he was in office at City Hall.


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Ms Arcuri’s interview also features on the front page of the Guardian, but the paper’s main story is about Brexit. The report carries a warning from think tank the Institute for Fiscal Studies, which claims the tax cuts and higher spending needed to offset a no-deal exit from the EU “would raise public debt to [a] 50-year high”.

Financial Times

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In the event of a no-deal Brexit, British businesses could have to pay up to £15bn annually to deal with customs forms for trade with the EU, the Financial Times reports. The paper’s story is based on a report by HM Revenue and Customs. But, the FT adds, “HMRC’s figures are likely to be on the low side” as they do not include “costs of complying with new VAT procedures”.

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Brexit also features on the front page of the Daily Express. The paper says Mr Johnson has warned EU leaders that the UK will leave the bloc at the end of this month without a deal “unless Brussels offers Brexit concessions”. However, legislation has been passed by MPs that is designed to prevent the UK leaving the EU without a deal on 31 October by requiring the PM to seek an extension if no withdrawal agreement is passed by 19 October.

Daily Telegraph

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Children’s lives are being “wrecked by obsessions fuelled by technology”, reports the Daily Telegraph. The paper carries quotes from NHS chief Simon Stevens, who says tech companies are “cashing in” on “disorders caused by gaming and social media”, leaving the NHS to “pick up the pieces”. The Telegraph also features a picture of an Extinction Rebellion protester being carried away by police. Protests by the environmental group are planned around the world for this week.

Daily Star

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The Daily Star leads on a story about a man who was found dead after taking a lie-detector test on the Jeremy Kyle Show. Steven Dymond, 63, was discovered at his home in Portsmouth on 9 May, about a week after recording the ITV programme. On Monday, an inquest heard Mr Dymond told a researcher: “I wish I was dead.”

The Financial Times expresses concern about Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw US forces from northern Syria.

The FT accuses the US president of recklessly abandoning America’s main Syrian ally in its fight against the Islamic State group.

An official from the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces tells the Daily Telegraph that it felt like a stab in the back. After losing 11,000 men and women fighting the militants, he says Mr Trump did not have the decency of telling the group in person.

Meanwhile, the Daily Mail believes the withdrawal sent shockwaves across the world as Mr Trump paved the way for a Turkish assault on the Kurdish-led militia.

The Times describes how it triggered an exodus of civilians fearful of an attack by the Turkish army.

Writing in the Guardian, Martin Chulov argues that the president’s ruthless short-term realism ignores the fact that the regional interests he wants to secure – containing Iran and securing Israel – are jeopardised by such a blatant betrayal.

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There’s more coverage of the case of the wife of an American diplomat involved in a road crash in which a 19-year-old motorcyclist died.

The Daily Mail says London and Washington are locked in an extraordinary stand-off over whether diplomatic immunity for Anne Sacoolas should be lifted.

The Times reports that the PM will personally ask President Trump to intervene, if the US does not change its stance.

The Sun feels it’s an outrage that she did not have the backbone to refuse immunity.

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Harry Dunn, 19, died in hospital after his motorbike was in a crash with a Volvo

The i is pessimistic about Boris Johnson’s Brexit plan – saying his hopes of breaking the deadlock are hanging by a thread.

And the Guardian calls for the Metropolitan Police Service to be held to account for their “botched” investigation of the false claims of a VIP paedophile ring at Westminster.

It believes serious questions remain to be answered about what went wrong, both in terms of culture and process.

The Telegraph says Home Secretary Priti Patel needs to ensure that someone takes responsibility for “this disgraceful episode”.

The Mail questions the role of the police watchdog after it failed to find any evidence of misconduct by officers and held no one to blame.

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Finally, the Daily Star tells how a beer festival organised by the Campaign for Real Ale ran out of beer with several hours of drinking time left.

About 900 people guzzled 4,000 pints of beer and cider at the two-day event in Dorset.

One man posted on social media that he couldn’t but agree with another person, who said Camra could not organise a booze up in a beer festival.

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