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Newspaper review: Papers analyse Syria plan

Sunday newspapers

The Sunday Times leads with the news that the US and Russia have given Syria until Friday to come up with a "comprehensive" list of its 1,000-ton stockpile of chemical weapons - or face the consequences.

But a former Syrian diplomat, Khaled al-Ayoubi, tells the Sunday Telegraph that President Assad cannot be trusted on any promises over chemical weapons, and says he believes it will be a decade before the world can be confident that they are out of his reach.

The Telegraph says US President Obama's allies have been left in despair after what it call his "Faustian pact with Putin".

With the party conference season under way, the Independent on Sunday claims senior Liberal Democrats are demanding a deal with Labour ahead of the next general election.

The paper says fewer than one in six Lib Dem members want a renewed pact with the Tories.

And, writing in a comment column in the paper, John Rentoul says if Labour was the largest party after the next general election it would spell the end of Nick Clegg's leadership.

He says in the same way the Lib Dems demanded that Labour dump Gordon Brown after the 2010 election, Labour would demand the removal of Nick Clegg before talking terms of a coalition with them.

It would probably spark a Lib Dem leadership clash between party president Tim Farron and Business Secretary Vince Cable, he adds.

Identikit leaders

Under a huge Mount Rushmore-esque cartoon of former British leaders, Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair, the Sunday Times has tiny photographs of David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband - declaring them to be in the shadow of giants.

The paper says "the blandness of our pygmy politicians" reflects the decline of the main parties in an age devoid of big ideas.

The paper argues that in the early 20th Century there were great ideological differences between the parties.

Now, it insists, the leaders are identikit versions of each other, uttering dreary sound bites and contesting minor tactical differences.

The Mail on Sunday says one of the two women from the UK arrested for drug trafficking in Peru, Melissa Reid, is to plead guilty after striking a deal with prosecutors that could see her walk free from prison in fewer than three years.

The paper says her family feared she could be jailed for up to 25 years. The Mail adds that lawyers for the other woman involved, Michaella McCollum, have hinted that she could also plead guilty.

On the map

Finally, it is a civic honour to make anyone proud, proclaims the Sunday Times, before declaring Coleshill in north Warwickshire the Viagra capital of England.

The paper says the town, previously best known as the home of Brylcreem, consumes the anti-impotence drug with a passion that puts the rest of the country in the shade.

Marie Stephenson, a founder of the Love Coleshill campaign, tells the paper she would rather the market town was put on the map for its history, friendliness and wonderful High Street.

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