Newspaper review: Defence cuts 'rethink' considered

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Defence cuts fill column inches in a number of Friday's newspapers.

The paper quotes insiders who say it is not too late for a change of mind on the decision to cut the number of RAF Tornados and surveillance aircraft.

Pain in Spain?

The Guardian believes Spain could indeed be the next to fall given that the two Iberian countries have similar sized budget deficits.

The Financial Times thinks there is no solid reason why Portugal's failure should reflect on Spain.

However, the paper warns that the possibility cannot be excluded.

'Sin quietly'

The Independent carries a report from Ivory Coast's main city, Abidjan, where discredited leader Laurent Gbagbo is clinging to power in a bunker.

Its reporter says armed gangs and looters are marauding the streets.

And the Times leads on the High Court compensation case involving four Kenyans who say they were tortured during British rule in the 1950s.

It quotes a secret document with its headline: "If we are going to sin, then we must sin quietly."

Controversial claims

MPs' expense claims are criticised after it emerged that they claimed more than £3m in the last two months of 2010.

He made just one brief speech in Parliament during that time but claimed expenses totalling more than £4,000.

That, the Express calculates, amounts to £16 for every second that he spoke in the Commons.

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