Newspaper review: UK soldier deaths dominate headlines

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The death of six British soldiers in southern Afghanistan is widely reported in Thursday's papers.

Pictures of a soldier paying tribute to his comrades dominate the front pages of both the Daily Mail and the Times .

The Daily Mail says the "simple posy of flowers clasped in his powerful hands summed up a nation's grief."

The Financial Times says the deaths have prompted questions about the military operation. The Daily Mirror says: "Our strategy is shattered."

Republican brand

Several papers take stock of the race for the US Republican Party presidential nomination in the wake of the Super Tuesday primaries.

Mitt Romney may have won six of the 10 states but the Financial Times points out that he is still being labelled a loser by some within his own party.

The Times speaks of the "increasingly rancorous rhetoric" threatening to sink the Republican brand.

The Guardian says money "cannot make you engaging, compelling or authentic" .

Planning rules

The Times says the new Dean of St Paul's Cathedral has spoken in support of gay marriage.

Dr David Ison tells the paper that the Church of England should welcome stable relationships in various forms.

The Daily Telegraph reports that property developers will be forced to build in town centres before digging up the countryside, under new proposals.

It says new rules to be published later this month include greater protection for heritage sites and the environment.

Temple complex

The Independent says Cambodia has reacted angrily to news that a full-size replica of its temple complex at Angkor Wat is to be built on the banks of Ganges in India.

The temple complex was originally built by a Hindu king in the 12th Century.

The Guardian says a religious group hopes the project will allow thousands of Indians to appreciate the grandeur of Angkor.

However, Cambodia has dismissed the idea as "shameful."

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