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What the papers say

Newspapers

Journalist Liz Kennedy takes a look at Friday's newspapers.

Thursday morning's fatal air crash is covered extensively in the papers.

"Cities united in shock" is what the Belfast Telegraph calls Cork and Belfast, as the "unfolding disaster" became apparent.

They also picture some of the deceased and the survivors of the air crash, as they try to unravel "the mystery of the flight's last minutes".

The Irish Independent reports that there was "a dull thud" of impact at Cork airport and then "the shrill sound of sirens".

The Irish News headline says it was "a miracle that anyone survived" and the story adds that there was "bewildered disbelief," as news of the accident filtered back to other passengers at George Best City Airport on Thursday morning.

The News Letter quotes the chairman of airline Manx2.com.

Noel Hayes said that it was not unusual for aircraft to take three approaches, whilst trying to land in bad weather. The Spanish pilot and English co-pilot both perished in the crash.

The Mirror calls it "horror in the fog" and once again deems it "a miracle" that so many people survived.

The Sun praises what it calls "the hero firemen" who pulled people out from wreckage and extinguished the blaze in just four minutes.

Egyptian turmoil

Internationally, there are still serious worries about Egypt.

There is anxiety as to what will happen after Friday prayers. The Times judges that it is once again "a deeply dangerous moment for Egypt and its people".

The Daily Telegraph says that Thursday was again "a day of dashed hopes", as President Mubarak relinquished only some of his power, rather than standing down.

The Irish Times dubs it "fury" from Egyptians, as he refused to quit.

It reports that Mr Mubarak's declaration to stay on was met by "a furious roar" from the people who had gathered in Tahrir Square in Cairo.

And in the Independent, reporter Robert Fisk says the people came to witness the end, but "their leader had other ideas".

The Guardian says that sky-high expectations ended in "confusion and anger" on Thursday.

Prisoner voting

On other news, the Mail and Daily Express both lead on what the Mail calls "the overwhelming" vote by MPs against demands from European courts to give prisoners the vote. They judge it an "historic" decision.

There's good news on the medical front.

The Times reports what they're dubbing "a stealth smart bomb" that's been used in a cancer treatment trial in America.

At this early stage, it appears to have the ability to target tumours, whilst avoiding the immune system.

It also goes to the right place in the body and then slowly releases its therapeutic molecules over the course of three days. Currently 30 patients are receiving the treatment in encouraging preliminary trials.

And there's another medical study in the Mail, which has found that children who drink school milk cut their bowel cancer risk as adults by 40%.

Binning gadgets

And finally, what gadgets will you bin, as new technology takes over?

The Daily Telegraph has the top 10 of office gadgets at risk.

Top are compact discs, followed by memory sticks and rolodexes.

Rolodexes, in case you have forgotten already, are the gizmos that allow you to organise business cards in alphabetical order.

Calculators, waste paper bins and desk phones are also losers. Desk phone sales have fallen by 90%, apparently.

It's the advance of the killer smart phone which has decimated desk diaries and address books as well.

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