Newspaper Headlines: EU 'lives at risk' and 'cash for torture'

The finding that Britain was complicit in the mistreatment of terrorism suspects after the attacks on New York and Washington 17 years ago prompts great concern.

"It appears," says the Guardian, "that nobody is going to be charged."

What happened says Peter Oborne in the Mail was "a disaster for British intelligence and a disaster for Britain."

The Daily Mirror thinks we have been shamed, and stained, by our involvement.

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The Times argues that MPs should be given the power to ask tough questions of "those they need to talk to."

Only the Sun defends what happened. "Torture is barbaric," it says, but then asks: "Would those wringing their hands over it prefer to have risked thousands more being massacred?"

'One of the great spectacles'

The governing body of world football may be accused of cronyism and corruption, says the Spectator but it has its virtues.

Writing in the magazine, Tim Wigmore says the World Cup is one of the great spectacles - and Fifa "has been a shining light when it comes to the most fundamental role of any sport's governing body: To grow their game."

England are still at the World Cup but, says the Daily Mirror, Thursday night's game against Belgium - a 1-0 defeat - was "a lukewarm contest".

Neither side seemed sure "whether they really wanted to win."

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The game was a non-event says the i and "a game played like a testimonial never feels right at any World Cup."

Some wonder just how clever it was to second guess which sides England might now face in the knock-out stages.

The Daily Express worries that coach Gareth Southgate "tried to overthink things" and says "a whole nation really hopes you know what you are doing."

Everything will be fine, as the Sun comments, "as long as you get the outcome you wanted."

'Hard Brexit is unravelling'

Theresa May has probably harboured a similar thought about the Brexit talks.

A cartoon in the Financial Times portrays the stars on the European Union flag as the hours on a clock - and the time is five minutes to midnight.

The Economist magazine thinks the lobbying that business has been doing is having an impact and suggests that a "hard Brexit is unravelling."

The smoke is clearing, says a former civil servant in Prospect magazine, and what is emerging is a choice between a border with the Irish Republic, or a decision by the UK to follow European regulations on trade in goods, at least for some time to come.

And the Economist points out that there is a French expression that nothing lasts so long as a provisional agreement.

By contrast, the Sun says ministers must not fall for EU bluster and it urges Mrs May to stand up to Brussels and reject what it calls a "surrender" that would tie us to a customs union or the single market.

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The FT draws parallels between the "infuriatingly consistently excellent" German football team and Chancellor Merkel.

And it has no doubt that she too "looks vulnerable" after years of success.

"Day by day," says the Times, "power saps from Angela Merkel."

Her decision, three years ago, to open her country to "unchecked migrants" it argues "fatally wounded the centrist consensus around the European idea."

The Mail agrees that blaming her for a "calamity" with migrants flocking to "Europe's southern shores" and "far-right parties and extremists" winning ever more support across the continent.

The refugee drama is unresolved, says the New Statesman, "Europe's periphery is in chaos" - how much longer can the great survivor keep her tormentors at bay?

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According to the Guardian, senior fire officers believe it could still take weeks to extinguish the fire on moorland above Manchester.

The Daily Mail has a striking picture of a charred sheep which ran through a six-foot wall of flame - and survived. "Ewe lucky thing!" is the headline.

A farmer tells the Mirror he suspects the blaze was started by motorcyclists discarding cigarette butts.

At its worst, says Kirstie McCrum in the New Statesman, the smoke from the fire grew so thick it was like a "throwback" to the worst days of the Industrial Revolution - and the blaze has left the landscape scarred, "dangerous and alien."

The Mail worries that the workload the Queen is taking on at 92 is having an impact on her health.

Her failure to attend a service at St Paul's on Thursday prompts the paper to point out that she had appeared at nine events in the previous 10 days.

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Her work ethic defies her years, says the paper, and asks "isn't it time for the next generation to step up a little more and take some of the strain?"

The Daily Telegraph reports that a vicar in the port of Fishguard has agreed not to have the bell rung at his church before the 08:00 Communion service on Sunday mornings.

The Reverend Christopher Brown tells the paper that local people face quite a bit of disturbance on Saturday nights when the pubs are "tipping out" and he quite understands that they want to catch up on their sleep.

The Sun says his decision brings an end to a history that began in 1857. But, in the Telegraph, Mr Brown says it's right for the church to be a good neighbour.