Newspaper review: Papers debate Syria 'tipping point'

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Under a headline "The tipping point", the Times devotes its front page to the UN report on the massacre - what it calls a "war crime" - in the Syrian town of Houla.

In bold type, the paper emphasises that the 49 children who died were murdered, and it calls for action - even if this requires the commitment of troops.

However, the Guardian says there is no evidence that a call by the Syrian opposition for the UN Security Council to authorise the "use of force" - as happened with Libya - will be met.

The Financial Times reports on another massacre - in Tiananmen Square in 1989.

It says Beijing's mayor at the time, Chen Xitong, has referred to the bloodshed as a "tragedy that could have been prevented".

'Crippling charities'

Meanwhile, after U-turns on the "pasty tax" and static caravan VAT, the Daily Mail says the Treasury is set to water down Budget plans to cap tax relief on charitable donations - this in the face of what the paper describes as "fury that they're crippling charities".

The Independent leads with a warning by the UN's children's agency, Unicef, that the coalition's spending cuts could have a "catastrophic" effect on British children.

Previous reductions in UK child poverty could be reversed by cuts to tax relief and benefits, according to Unicef.

However, the paper points out that the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is set to bring forward the provision of 15 hours a week of free childcare to the parents of almost 1,000 two-year-olds from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Nude complaints

When an actress appeared naked in the BBC1 drama Sherlock, 100 viewers complained to the Corporation that they found it offensive.

But it appears the number of people who went back for a repeat viewing was somewhat higher.

The Daily Telegraph reports that the episode has become the most watched programme in the history of the iPlayer - with more than 2.5 million viewings via the catch-up service.

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