Newspaper review: 'Red faces' over Buckingham Palace break-in


The Sun newspaper has an exclusive - followed up by its rivals online - on a break-in at Buckingham Palace.

Its front page story says a suspected burglar made his way to a state room decked out with paintings and priceless artefacts after climbing a fence to get in.

The Royal Family were not there at the time - but the paper reports that the Queen has been informed.

It quotes a source as saying there are many red faces at the fact someone was able to gain access unchallenged.

The paper says officials had insisted security would not be breached again after Michael Fagan famously broke into the palace in 1982 and wandered into the Queen's bedroom while she was sleeping.

G20 'failure'

To no-one's surprise, says the Independent, the G20 summit failed to produce even the shadow of an agreement on the Syrian crisis, let alone bridge the chasm separating the US and Russia on the issue.

The Daily Telegraph says President Obama is bracing himself for a battle to persuade Congress, and the American people, of the need for military action.

The Guardian highlights a warning by President Putin of unspecified military support for Syria if America attacks. In an editorial, the paper concludes that the summit was a failure - with world leaders palpably losing faith in international diplomacy.

The Daily Mirror says the world is hugely split but it calls for action to tackle Syria's humanitarian crisis.

Secret list

The Times says it has confirmed 33 names on a list of clients of rogue private detectives, due to be published by a committee of MPs on Monday.

They include Simon Cowell, and blue chip firms like Credit Suisse and Deloitte.

The paper says law enforcement agencies stress that the presence of a name on the list does not amount to evidence of wrongdoing.

On its front page, the Independent says the names of four companies have been removed from the list because they are linked to a live investigation into a corporate espionage scandal.

First lady

The Daily Mail says a leaked government document shows that within two years, secondary schools will struggle to accommodate tens of thousands of pupils.

The paper says ministers in the previous Labour government repeatedly ignored warnings about the fallout from soaring immigration and a baby boom.

The Guardian says the conductor, Marin Alsop, may not yet be a household name but from tonight she will be, when she becomes the first the first woman to conduct the Last Night of the Proms.

The paper sees it as a cause for celebration for many, though it says shocking prejudices still prevail in the world of classical music.

Another conductor - Sir Simon Rattle - is pictured on the front of the Times. The paper says he is being tipped to take over the London Symphony Orchestra when he leaves the Berlin Philharmonic in four years time.

Peak performance

Finally, the Telegraph reports that Nepal is planning to name two Himalayan peaks after Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, the first two climbers to reach the summit of Everest.

Officials say the mountains - to be called Hillary Peak and Tenzing Peak - have yet to be climbed but they are to be opened to foreigners in the spring.

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