Newspaper review: Gaddafi endgame begins


Speculation about a Libya without Col Gaddafi occupies several of the papers.

The Daily Mail senses the endgame has begun for the leader but wonders who can fill the vacuum.

As ex-justice minister Mustafa Abdel-Jalil heads the interim government in Benghazi, the Independent asks if he could "wrest power from Gaddafi".

The Financial Times thinks people power will bring stability to Benghazi, while the Guardian says militias are linking up before a final assault on Tripoli.

SAS mission

And the Times has an interview with Tony Blair, who says the Libyan leader was in denial when he told him on the phone on Friday that it was time to go.

World Cup thriller

The sports writers are full of superlatives to describe England's tie with India in the cricket World Cup.

The Guardian calls it an "astonishing" contest which shows any obituaries for the 50-over format are premature.

The Daily Express, meanwhile, reports new figures suggesting French food is the UK's fastest growing cuisine. It urges readers to sample the delights - but warns French fries do not count.

Irish debt

It claims the bill for each mile of track would be four times as much as the average high speed line in Europe.

Finally, the Sun tells us a woman from New Jersey who thought she had won the lottery is suing a local TV station for reading out the wrong numbers.

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