Newspaper headlines: BA hacked and 'reckless Russian agents'

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The papers continue to carry fresh revelations about the Salisbury spy poisoning - two days after the government named two Russians as suspects in the case.

The Times says Russia "played dice" with British lives, after it was claimed that the dose of the nerve agent brought into the UK for the attack was capable of killing 4,000 people.

According to the Sun, the pair went window shopping in Salisbury minutes after spraying Novichok on the front door of the former Russian spy, Sergei Skripal.

Meanwhile, the Daily Telegraph says the two suspects posed as businessmen from St Petersburg in order to obtain visas.

The Telegraph's lead story reports comments from the head of GCHQ, who has promised to retaliate against the "brazen Kremlin" for Russia's nerve-agent attack in Salisbury.

'Wee bit hasty'

Russia, reports the Guardian, came under a sustained barrage of almost universal condemnation as nations lined up at the United Nations on Thursday to criticise its role.

But it notes that support for Britain at the United Nations about the Novichok affair is not universal. China, Kazakhstan, Ethiopia, Bolivia and Equatorial Guinea were all horrified by the use of chemical weapons - but felt that Britain was being "a wee bit hasty" in jumping to conclusions, it says.

In a comment piece, John Crace writes that some countries thought Britain and Russia would be much better off settling their differences by going out for the evening and having a few drinks.

The Daily Mail reports the three-year-old son of a British scientist may have permanent brain damage after he and his mother were attacked by a female giraffe outside the South African nature reserve where they live.

The paper says Finn Williams, and his mother Katy, were airlifted to hospital after startling the animal and its young calf in the northern Limpopo province.

In a statement Sam Williams said his family was going through a difficult time - but regarded the attack as an "unfortunate act of nature" where the giraffe saw his wife and son as a threat to her young one.

Unsolved crimes

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The Daily Express turns its attention to new figures showing four in five burglaries and three-quarters of vehicles thefts are going unsolved.

The Daily Mail asks whether police have all but abandoned their most basic duty - to investigate crime and bring offenders to justice.

And the Daily Telegraph reports on a terrace war that has been reignited in Oxford.

The paper says it was nearly 60 years ago that a wall which separated the rich and poor residents of Wentworth Road in the town was torn down.

But now it says residents have accused the local council of only resurfacing the wealthier end of the road. It says the decision has exposed tension between the communities.

One enraged resident has sprayed "class war" in bright blue paint on the tarmac, reports the paper.

Reynolds on the 'open road'

Finally, the Hollywood star Burt Reynolds is pictured on many front pages after his death at the age of 82.

The Daily Mirror says fellow actor Wesley Snipes described meeting him as one of the greatest joys of his life - and with a nod to Reynolds' role in Smokey and the Bandit, added: "10-4 bandit - you've nothing but open road now".

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The Sun says Reynolds will be remembered for his bushy moustache, toupee and confident swagger. It says he became one of Hollywood's leading men during a golden era of movie greats during the 1970s.

The Daily Mail says Reynolds' toupee collection alone was said to be worth £100,000. The paper recalls a quote from his autobiography in which he says: "I know I'm old - but I feel young. Nobody has had more fun than I did."