Colonel Gaddafi's whereabouts confuses papers


Events in Libya and pictures of a grim-faced Colonel Gaddafi - before his appearance on state television late on Monday - dominate many front pages.

The Times says his "teetering regime" appears to be stopping at nothing in its efforts to crush the uprising. It calls him "the bloody colonel".

The Independent describes him as "cruel, vainglorious and steeped in blood" and now, it suggests he is, "surely, after more than four decades of terror and oppression, on his way out".

The Guardian quotes a distraught resident of the capital, Tripoli, describing air attacks on the city: "Death is everywhere", he says.

The paper speaks of Colonel Gaddafi "lashing out as power slips away".

The Financial Times strikes a similar note with its headline: "Desperate Gaddafi clings on".

With the whereabouts of the Libyan leader still unclear, the Daily Mail reports he has fled Tripoli - a "tyrant on the run".

The Sun also claims he has left the capital. Under a headline: "Camel For Mr Gaddafi", it says he looks doomed despite ordering the "bloodbath".

The Daily Mirror said he left Libya altogether - for Venezuela - although that was denied by the Venezuelans, as well as Colonel Gaddafi himself.

Away from Libya, the the Daily Express leads with claims by the pressure group Migration Watch UK that more than three million foreigners came to Britain under the last Labour government.

The Mirror and the Daily Star both highlight the case of Ahmer Rana who persuaded thousands of people to back his efforts to stay in Britain.

The 'schoolboy' claimed his parents had been killed in Pakistan and he had been smuggled out of the country four years ago, fearing for his own life.

But the teenager, from Carmarthen, Wales, has now admitted lying to everyone, including his foster parents.

He is actually 19 and his own parents are in fact alive and well. A judge has now ordered his deportation.

The Daily Telegraph reports millions of people are being wrongly diagnosed as suffering from high blood pressure because of waiting room nerves.

The paper says new guidance will suggest up to one-in-four patients experience a surging pulse rate when they enter a GP's practice.

The Telegraph says in future people suspected of having the condition, known as "white coat hypertension", will be sent home with a monitor for 24 hours.

The Guardian reports that the president of the National Union of Students, Aaron Porter, is to stand down this summer after fierce criticism from many students that he did not fight hard enough to prevent university tuition fees in England almost trebling.

In the Independent, Mr Porter hits back - describing the tactics favoured by the union's more radical factions as "outdated, irrelevant and tired".

He also played down the prospect of the hard left taking control of the NUS, saying they did not have enough support.

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