Times of India (India)
‘Blasts revenge for riot atrocities?’
Unsurprisingly most of the Indian Sunday press was leading with bomb explosions in Ahmedabad - the second time in two days an Indian city was targeted. The Times of India devoted a large inside section to analysis of the attacks. The paper asked whether the blasts were linked to previous violent protests in India. The newspaper also tracked the growing history of violent attacks in the country by producing a timeline showing bombings and shootings dating back to 2002. The coverage also included a feature on the method of recent attacks – the growing use of bicycle bombs: explosives strapped to the handlebars of a bike. The feature said reasons for this were because bicycles are cheap, easily available, easy to leave in a public place without attracting suspicion, don’t require any paperwork to own and fire out shrapnel at torso level causing a high level of casualties.
There were several articles on Raul Castro’s speech to the Cuban nation on the 55th anniversary of the revolution which founded the state. Despite recent reforms on mobile phone ownership and access to hotels, the Cuban newspaper Granma had an article reflecting Raul Castro’s message that, ideologically, Cuba has not changed. Their headline was taken from the closing line of Castro’s speech: “Our battle today battle is the same as it was on the 26th of July 1953”, referring to the date the Cuban regime was founded.
Juventud Rebelde (Cuba)
However, in another Cuban paper, the Juventud Rebelde, an article highlighted Raul Castro’s comments that Cuba would have to continue advancing to face up to challenges including the current global economic crisis.
Sun Sentinel (USA)
In the Palm Beach (southern Florida) edition of the US newspaper Sun Sentinel, published in an area with a large Cuban community, an article looked back at reforms already undertaken since Raul Castro officially became President in February, and asked if there are more changes to come.
Lots of attention was focused on Sunday’s Tour de France final leg, and on the rider with more than a minute's lead, Spaniard Carlos Sastre. French sports newspaper L’Equipe had an interview with Sastre, in which he said ahead of the race he was feeling happy and calm. He also claimed winning the tour was a childhood dream, and something he’s worked towards all his life.
The Spanish newspaper ABC ran a profile of Castre ahead of the final leg of the Tour de France…
... and the paper also had images of people in the rider's home village of El Barraco already celebrating his win - before the final leg of the race had begun!
Sunday Herald Sun (Australia)
‘Now it’s all eyes on gold’
Meanwhile the Australian newspaper the Sunday Herald Sun said one-time favourite to win the Tour, Cadel Evans, was already putting the race behind him and focusing on trying to win a gold medal at the Beijing Olympics instead.