Newspaper headlines: 'Bloodbath at Kabul airport'

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The attacks at Kabul airport are the main story for Friday's papers - with a picture of two distraught women injured in one of the explosions featuring as the main image on most front pages.

"Bloodbath at Kabul airport", is the Metro's headline.For the "i", it's "Refugees and US Marines murdered side by side".

The Daily Express says the terror warning given by foreign governments hours earlier turned into deadly reality.

In the Guardian's words, the tenacious wait outside the airport gates for evacuation turned into a scene of terror and deaths.

The Daily Mail's headline declares that the bombings were "the tragic price of surrender". The paper says President Biden justified the US retreat in Afghanistan to spare American soldiers' lives - though not one had been lost in 18 months. Yesterday - it adds - at least 12 were killed.

For the Times, the bombings will raise further pressure on Mr Biden. It was his self-imposed deadline of next Tuesday to complete the US withdrawal that drew crowds to the airport, the paper says.

Meanwhile, the Times' correspondent in Kabul reports that, in the haste of their evacuation, staff at the British Embassy left documents with the contact details of Afghan workers, as well as local people applying for jobs, scattered on the ground of the compound.

Anthony Loyd writes that he found the papers identifying seven Afghans as Taliban fighters patrolled the embassy. Such was the British surprise at the speed of the capture of Kabul - he says - that the embassy's evacuation protocols, necessitating the shredding and destruction of all data that could compromise local Afghan staff, appears to have broken down.

The Foreign Office tells the paper every effort was made to destroy sensitive material.

"Should we be vaccinating 12-year-olds?" is a question posed by the Daily Telegraph, as NHS trusts prepare for the possible rollout of Covid jabs for 12 to 15-year-olds.

The paper thinks we should. It says that although their own chances of suffering badly from the virus are negligible, vaccinating the young would undoubtedly serve the greater good of society.

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The Times has been told that Boris Johnson and other cabinet ministers want to start vaccinating as soon as possible, but there is mounting frustration over the time it is taking for their scientific advisers, the JCVI, to decide. It says ministers are concerned that Britain is at risk of becoming an "outlier" as other nations push ahead with vaccinating children.

Finally, some may disagree, but - according to the Met Office - this summer is on track to be one of the UK's hottest on record.

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Ganavan Sands in July: Scotland has seen above average temperatures this summer

The Daily Telegraph says that while London and the South East had a much wetter and duller summer than usual, high temperatures in Northern Ireland and Scotland caused the mean temperature to rise about a degree higher than average.

A Met Office spokesman says the idea that 2021 has been a summer of drab weather has been skewed by a southern-centric viewpoint.

"If you ask people in the north and Scotland, they will have a different perception", he tells the paper.