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Newspaper review: Weather and euro dominate papers

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Media captionA look at the first editions of the UK papers

The weather in some parts of the UK provides many dramatic pictures.

The Daily Mail features the sight of a wind turbine in North Ayrshire exploding into flames - in its words "gales of up to 165mph left a trail of destruction across the country".

The Daily Express and Daily Mirror opt for dramatic images of huge waves crashing ashore near roads and houses.

Several papers have a picture of an Easyjet plane being buffeted as it comes in to land in Edinburgh.

Economic impact

Elsewhere, the focus is on the storms and dramas in Brussels as European leaders wrestle with solving the debt crisis and saving the euro.

Although the latest developments came too late for the papers.

The Times claims UK officials are discussing independent estimates of a 7% contraction in GDP - "equivalent to a £100bn 'hit' to the economy".

A senior Downing Street source is said to have told the Times there were fears of a contraction of as high as 10%.

Airbrush anger

In the Daily Mail, Liz Jones calls it an "obscenity" that advertisers place the heads of real women onto computer-generated bodies to sell bikinis.

Meanwhile, a mother tells the Sun she was "shattered" to receive official nursery portraits of her two-year-old girl - with facial blemishes removed.

Nikki Allen, from Exmouth in Devon, tells the paper that her daughter's birthmark is "part of who she is".

The photographers have apologised and blamed human error.

Rat surprise

Some of the UK's biggest fashion labels have been warned by Revenue officials that they could be prosecuted for not paying their interns, says the Guardian .

Finally, "rats" are double-crossing love cheats, right? Not so, reports the Daily Mail, among others .

Chicago University researchers say rats are actually very kind and generous.

In a series of experiments they found that rats became distressed if they were separated from their friends and would try to rescue them.

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