Newspaper headlines: Russia flu jab 'lies' and child drug mules

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The main story in the Daily Mirror suggests experts are warning that state-sponsored Russian cyber units are spreading false information about flu and measles jabs in the UK.

One expert speaks of an ever-increasing threat, including attempts to create distrust over the MMR vaccine. The paper says health chiefs have had emergency talks about the spread of the so-called "fake news".

Meanwhile, worries about safety in the health service feature on two front pages.

The Guardian warns that young doctors are too often being left in charge of hospital units, including casualty departments.

The paper says a study by the General Medical Council found that trainee doctors were looking after patients whose conditions they were not qualified to treat.

Elsewhere, the Daily Mail accuses some ambulance chiefs in England of cutting costs by sending technicians instead of paramedics to 999 calls.

The technicians, who have less training and fewer skills, are said to have been dispatched to hundreds of thousands of the most serious emergencies.

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The Times reports that thousands of children are being used by criminal gangs to move drugs and cash between inner cities and out-of-town locations.

The paper says modern slavery laws are to be used to tackle the exploitation of children, including some as young as 12.

It goes on to say the way children are recruited by the gangs has been likened to the grooming used by rapists and child abusers in Rochdale, Rotherham and other towns and cities.

Defence cuts

The Daily Telegraph says a national security review has decided against giving extra funding to the armed forces, despite growing anger about the scale of possible cuts.

The paper says the military has been denied extra funding, because the review believes it is more important to fund the fight against cyber attacks.

In its leader column, the Telegraph warns that the armed forces may have to accept serious cuts that could jeopardise their operational capabilities still further.

Big pharma 'boost'

The Financial Times says the investment plans by two big pharmaceutical companies will give a much needed boost to Theresa May's vision of a vibrant post-Brexit economy.

The paper says sites for research hubs have been earmarked in London and Manchester and are expected to create around 1,700 jobs.

Some drug firm bosses have warned that they are delaying investment decisions, partly because of Brexit uncertainty, the paper adds.

But it says the government has suggested that more investments will be announced in the coming weeks.

Royal scrapbook

And the Guardian reports that a scrapbook containing mementoes of Queen Victoria's childhood is to be auctioned in Berlin next week.

The book, kept by a governess who later became an adviser and confidante, contains lockets of Victoria's hair, photographs from her private family album, and watercolours she painted of Windsor Castle and her own coronation.