Newspaper headlines: 'Driverless' lorries, and holiday travel chaos

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Driverless lorries will be trialled on British motorways for the first time next year, according to the Daily Telegraph. The paper says up to three lorries will travel in convoy, controlled by a driver in the lead vehicle.

But the Daily Express says the AA is warning that this is "not America", with wide open freeways. It says the plans could pose a risk to motorists as the "platoons" of lorries will be the equivalent of half a football pitch long and difficult to control.

Prime Minister Theresa May's determination to continue counting foreign students in the government's immigration target has left her increasingly isolated, says the Guardian.

It reports that Conservative MPs have called on Mrs May to end the focus on overseas students, as it appears the government has drastically overestimated the risk that they will remain in Britain illegally.

The paper says official figures show that less than 5,000 stay on after their visas expire. Estimates for previous years had been close to 100,000.

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The Times reports that the head of the country's biggest trade union, Unite, is backing Emily Thornberry to be the next leader of the Labour Party.

The paper - following up reports from the Huffington Post - says Len McCluskey believes she is a "unifying figure" and suited to succeed Jeremy Corbyn.

Ms Thornberry resigned from Ed Miliband's shadow cabinet three years ago after being accused of being a snob when she tweeted a photograph of a house in Rochester, Kent, decked out in a St George's flag.

More than two million people in the UK are either problem gamblers or at risk of addiction, reports the Guardian.

The paper says that the report, by the Gambling Commission, estimates that the number of British people over the age of 16 who are problem gamblers has grown by a third in three years, suggesting about 430,000 people suffer from a serious habit.

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Veteran broadcaster David Attenborough thinks life on Earth is better than ever, reports the Times. It says the 91-year-old, who has chronicled the lives of the Earth's most remarkable creatures over six decades, has suggested that he is more optimistic than ever about the future of the planet.

He's said to have detected a "worldwide shift" in attitudes to conservation, with politicians and voters in previously sceptical nations appreciating the need to act.

According to the Mirror, British travellers face the worst August Bank Holiday chaos ever, because of major rail works.

The paper says Virgin Trains is telling customers: "We advise avoiding our West Coast route."

It adds that families will probably use cars to get anywhere, sparking major traffic jams. Around five million of us are expected to take to the roads on Monday, a million more than last year.

The Express looks back to the 80s and calculates that Del Boy's dream of being a millionaire in Only Fools and Horses would be alive, if translated into today's money.

It reckons David Jason's flat in Peckham, south-east London, would fetch around £850,000, while his garage lock-up and 1967 Robin Reliant Supervan Three would realise a further £35,000.

But the paper believes the Trotter brothers' most prized possessions were the two blue cut diamonds, now apparently worth £2m, which Del Boy acquired by switching them for cuff links in a Christmas Special episode in 1985.

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