Newspaper review: Putin money trail and Jack Wilshere's night out

Two billion dollars; 140 offshore firms; 38 years; 11 million leaked documents, but there is just one face that the Guardian uses on its front page report about the so-called "Panama Papers" - and that is Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The newspaper gives over its first seven pages to examine how a huge leak of confidential documents reveals how the world's most rich and powerful people use tax havens to hide their wealth.

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And, while it does note that President Putin's name does not appear in any of the records, it says a "network of offshore deals and loans" have made members of his inner circles "fabulously wealthy".

The documents show how Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca has helped clients launder money, dodge sanctions and evade tax, although the company points out that it has never been charged with any criminal act and insists it has acted beyond reproach.

The i also leads on the story and says that, in total, the files show links to 72 current or former heads of state, including Syria's Bashar al-Assad, as well as Hosni Mubarak of Egypt and Colonel Muammar Gaddafi of Libya, who were both deposed in the Arab Spring protests of 2011.

One current leader, Iceland's prime minister Sigmundur Gunnlaugsson, is facing calls to resign, the paper reports, over claims he hid millions of dollars of investments in his country's banks behind an offshore company. He says he has not broken any rules, and his wife did not benefit financially from his decisions.

The Daily Mail highlights the fact that among the British investors named in the documents was the late Ian Cameron, stockbroker and father of the prime minister. The paper says David Cameron will now come under "intense pressure" to abolish all the UK's tax havens.


Lessons in life

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For one person to succeed, is it inevitable that another must fail?

The i has two graphs which show quite starkly how pupils of different ethnic groups perform at school in different age groups. While the most successful children at an early age are those of an Indian background, it is pupils with a Chinese heritage who are comfortably outperforming all their peers by the time they reach 16.

But the Daily Mail has spotted a front page angle in all of this. It points out that white British pupils start out as the third best performers but are "overtaken by pupils from 10 other ethnic groups" by the time they sit their GCSEs. The paper's headline labels this as a "betrayal of white pupils" and an expert speaks of the need to examine the reasons with "great urgency".

Analysis in the Times says that the research actually shows that migrant children can not only survive but can thrive in the British education system. And the main reason it offers for the success of so many children from ethnic minorities is that their parents are ambitious for their children, and better at supervising homework and bedtimes.


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Men of (British) steel

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British Steel - a name last heard around these parts more than 25 years ago.

However, the Daily Telegraph suggests it may be about to be revived as two "little-known financiers" are preparing to buy the Scunthorpe steelworks from Tata, saving around 9,000 jobs.

Much of the coverage of the UK's steel crisis over the past week has focused on the Port Talbot plant in south Wales and the paper quotes City sources as saying there are hopes that the entrepreneurial duo will also be looking at a possible deal to save it too.

And what of the name? The paper explains that Tata still own the rights to British Steel but the name disappeared when British Steel merged with Dutch rival Koninklijke to form the Corus group.

The Times reports that there are three other potential buyers for the Port Talbot plant - a German conglomerate, an American investor and a British-based Indian.


Jack's back... on the front pages

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The face of England international footballer Jack Wilshere appears on the front of the Sun and Daily Mirror as both papers report that he was "quizzed" by police following a fracas or bust-up either outside or inside a London nightclub, and either at 3am or 2am, depending on which paper you read.

Both papers point out that there were no arrests and the video of the incident on the Daily Mirror website appears to show the player, out injured since June, briefly talking to police before attempting to keep a low profile while waiting for his taxi home.

The Mirror's chief sports writer Dave Kidd writes: "No footballer enjoys the fact that we are living in the camera phone age which makes a paparazzo of every boozed-up punter keen to knock them down a peg or two, but it is a fact of life they know they must deal with."

Meanwhile, in another sports story on the news pages, the Sunday Times' undercover filming of a doctor claiming that he had prescribed performance-enhancing drugs for 150 top sports stars in cricket, cycling, tennis, boxing and Premier League football generates much follow-up coverage. Inevitably much of the interest is focused on the claims about the footballers.

The Daily Star leads with the call from former England footballer Stan Collymore for every Premier League player to volunteer blood, hair and urine samples to prove that the sport is clean.

The Times, in its own follow-up, reminds readers that its sister paper had stated that it had no independent evidence that the doctor treated the individuals he named.

In the i, Ian Herbert analyses the claims and points out that there is "no way" a Premier League footballer could have escaped the sport's intensive testing regime: "Fully 150 elite sportsman and not a shred of evidence on one. That is incredibly slim, especially since we are told this has been a six-month investigation."

Over in the forum that is the Daily Telegraph letters page, Jim Sutherland of Port Glasgow has drawn his own conclusion. Pointing out how often Premier League footballers are reported to be exhausted if required to play two games in a week, he writes: "If they are being prescribed performance-enhancing drugs, they don't seem to be working."


Make it count: Today's news in numbers

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8 - Dame Judi Dench wins a record eighth Olivier award as she is named best supporting actress for the play The Winter's Tale, but reveals that means she has lost a bet with her grandson. (Daily Telegraph)

£20m - The asking price for the idyllic North Yorkshire village of West Heslerton, which is being sold - complete with mansion house, 43 homes, a pub, school and church.

28% - The proportion of MPs who are set to vote against the consensus of their own constituents in the EU referendum, according to research. (Times)

4,000 - The number of full-time firefighter jobs that have been lost in the past five years. (New Day)

14,230 - The number of new toilets built at tourist sites in China last year as the Chinese government aims to improve lavatorial habits that it says are "not civilised". (Financial Times)

47,000% - The rise in average house prices in the 90 years the Queen has been alive. Housebuyers could have picked up a three-bed semi for £619 in 1926, the year of Her Majesty's birth. (Daily Express)