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Newspaper headlines: Beatle jihadis, Haiti Oxfam claims and police swoop over toy car

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The announcement that two suspects of a notorious Islamic State group cell dubbed the Beatles have been detained by Syrian Kurdish fighters features on several front pages, including the i. The Britons have been linked to the murders of 27 Westerners, says the paper.

Metro front page - 09/02/18

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Metro says Londoners Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh were part of a gang of four Britons that also included the man known as “Jihadi John”. The paper says the duo are expected to be handed over to the US authorities.

Daily Mirror front page - 09/02/18

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The capture of the IS suspects also makes the front page of the Daily Mirror. Its lead story carries the strapline “health service in crisis” and reports figures from NHS England showing a record 1,042 patients had to wait on trolleys last month for more than 12 hours.

Sun front page - 09/02/18

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The Sun says a three-year-old boy was stopped by police for playing with a remote control car. Idrees Waiysall and his father left Battersea Park with a warning after Parks and Events officers from Wandsworth Council said they had broken bylaws on a private road used by joggers.

Guardian front page - 09/02/18

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The Guardian says the government has launched a crackdown on unpaid internships, sending more than 550 warning letters to companies. It also reports UK drivers may need new licences to travel in Europe after Brexit.

Times front page - 09/02/18

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The Times claims the charity Oxfam covered up the use of prostitutes by senior aid workers in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake. Three men were allowed to resign and four were sacked, a confidential 2011 report revealed, the paper says.

Daily Telegraph - 09/02/18

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The Daily Telegraph says Jeremy Corbyn has denied suggestions he was seeking to undermine Theresa May in the Brexit talks. It says his approach came under the spotlight after an EU memo about a meeting he held with its Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier was issued.

Daily Mail front page - 09/02/18

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The Daily Mail reports the £400,000 donation to a pro-EU campaign by the billionaire investor George Soros. It reports there was “fury” from Leave supporters at the US financier’s involvement.

Daily Express front page - 09/02/18

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The Daily Express focuses on its campaign calling for a review of the money the UK sends overseas in aid. It carries a photograph of Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg handing over its “stop the foreign aid madness” petition to Downing Street.

Financial Times front page - 09/02/18

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The Financial Times leads with the Bank of England’s indication that it was likely to raise interest rates earlier and faster than previously expected. The signal – in a letter to the chancellor – shows the BoE wanted to keep inflation in check, says the FT.

Daily Star front page - 09/02/18

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Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda Holden is pictured on the front page of the Daily Star as the paper reports on the ITV talent show’s round of live auditions in Manchester.

The Daily Express carries details of the capture of the British jihadi suspects Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh.

It says they “were known for their brutality among other hardened extremists” – overseeing dozens of beheadings carried out by the man known as Jihadi John.

The Express adds Alexanda Kotey is thought by the US State Department to have recruited other UK nationals to the so-called Islamic State group.

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Alexanda Kotey, left, and El Shafee Elsheikh are said to have been the last two members of the cell at large

Their detention by Syrian Kurdish fighters also features on the front of Metro and the i.

According to the Daily Telegraph, Alexanda Kotey was connected to extremists with links to the 7/7 bombings in London in 2005.

It adds that the men may be prosecuted in the US, where its “broad terrorism laws can be applied to offences committed anywhere in the world”.

‘Dysfunction gripped Congress’

The online edition of the Washington Post reflects on the second shutdown of the US government in three weeks.

It says that, despite both Republicans and Democrats promising to avoid a repeat of last month’s deadlock over a new budget, “dysfunction gripped Congress on both ends of the Capitol”.

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The New York Times says the deal had been expected to “sail through the Senate”, until the Republican Senator Rand Paul took to the floor to demand a spending cap.

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The Times accuses Oxfam of covering up the use of prostitutes by senior aid workers in Haiti after the earthquake of 2010.

The paper says three managers were allowed to resign, while a further four were sacked – and the incidents were not reported.

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Oxfam stepped up its efforts in Haiti after the earthquake in 2010

A report by the charity is said to have concluded that some of the prostitutes may have been under the legal age of 18.

Oxfam says it disclosed the details to the Charity Commission. The regulator said it never saw the “precise allegations”.

The Daily Telegraph says it has seen a memo that purports to show that Jeremy Corbyn told the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator that he was open to the UK remaining in the customs union.

At the meeting with Michel Barnier on Monday, the Labour leader is also said to have promised to run the Brexit talks “very differently” if he came to power and to have stated that he would offer a “unilateral guarantee” on citizens’ rights.

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Labour insisted its official position remained that Britain could not stay in the customs union while outside the EU and denied that it was trying to undermine the government.

Meanwhile, the billionaire financier George Soros is derided by the Daily Mail for funding an anti-Brexit campaign.

Senior Conservatives are said to have warned him to “Butt Out” of British politics.

Fraser Nelson, writing in the Daily Telegraph, suggests he has backed the wrong side.

The Daily Express says the MEP Steven Woolfe is demanding an investigation into whether Mr Soros’s money has been used to support anti-Brexit parliamentary candidates.

‘Struggling GPs’

The Guardian leads with news that the government is writing to hundreds of firms warning them about the illegal use of unpaid internships.

It says the crackdown will target repeat offenders who avoid paying the national minimum wage.

The Daily Mirror accuses Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt of refusing to apologise for the latest NHS crisis, which saw record numbers of patients waiting on trolleys in A&E departments last month.

And almost 100 GPs a month are said by the i newspaper to be seeking help for mental illness and addiction as they struggle to cope with increasing workloads.

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More than 1,000 have turned to the NHS GP Health Service since it was set up a year ago, it says.

‘Give us more’

The Times reports that a 16th Century manuscript in the British Library has been decoded using plagiarism-checking software and pinpointed as a new source for Shakespeare’s plays.

The work by George North, a courtier to Elizabeth I, inspired more than 20 monologues and passages by the Bard.

The paper argues that, if his “peerless blank verse” is plagiarism “give us more of it”.

Finally, a disgruntled three-year-old boy stares out from the front of the Sun, clutching the remote-controlled car which got him into trouble for reportedly breaking bylaws.

The paper says parks police forced Idris Waiyasil and his father Hariz to leave London’s Battersea Park for playing with the toy, leaving the boy in tears.

Wandsworth Council says its officers may have considered they were causing a nuisance.

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