Newspaper review: Eyewitness accounts of Syria despair

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Media captionA look at the first editions of the UK papers

Under the headline "Devastation, despair and courage on Syria's bloody front line", the Times tells of doctors battling to save wounded civilians.

It also reports on bodies being taken to a graveyard running out of space.

The Independent carries an account of rebel fighters in Idlib, near the border with Turkey.

They speak of coming under sniper fire and complain that their old weapons cannot match the might of government forces, while remaining defiant.

Same-sex marriage

The Financial Times understands the Chancellor, George Osborne, has ruled out cutting fuel duty in the Budget on 21 March.

This is despite a lengthy campaign by motorists' groups and hauliers.

Meanwhile, Equalities Minister warns in the Daily Telegraph that religious groups should resist "polarising" the debate on same-sex marriage.

Lynne Featherstone says the Church does not "own" marriage and that government has the right to change the law.

School checklist

In other news, Emma Harrison - who quit her high-profile post because of fraud claims at her welfare-to-work firm - is dubbed "Out of Work Tsar" by the Daily Mail .

The paper says her decision to resign is "a final humiliation".

The Times is advising parents with children at independent schools to use a new checklist to see if it is at risk of going bust.

It urges parents to look out for a rundown campus and staff room "unrest".

Spring air

The Guardian has news of of three-month-old triplets born 15 weeks early. They have been allowed home, it says.

The Daily Mirror has an interview with Lord Lucan's brother , in which he says the missing aristocrat did flee to Africa and could still be hiding there.

The Sun has no qualms about promoting its Sunday issue, proclaiming "The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow" .

Finally, the Daily Express says warm air from the Mediterranean could see UK temperatures hit 27C next month .

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