French papers are dominated by Thursday's vote by the opposition Socialists to choose a new leader. Libération asks whether former employment minister Martine Aubry or Socialist MEP Benoit Hamon can head off frontrunner Ségolène Royal, who's shown on the front page. The paper warns that party members fed up with internal bickering might abstain from the ballot, a scenario which could hurt Royal's chances. The paper also quotes a source close to Aubry suggesting Royal is ultimately interested in the French presidency, whereas Aubry wants to rehabilitate the party.
Al Hayat (Saudi Arabia)
The Saudi newspaper has an interview with the British Foreign Minister David Miliband, who discusses the prospects for the Middle East next year. With the election of Barack Obama to the US presidency, he says there is some hope for progress on key issues. Miliband also calls on Arab countries who have good relations with Tehran to play an active role in defusing the crisis over Iran's nuclear activities. But he adds there won't be any miracle solutions to the region's problems.
The Daily Telegraph (UK)
The British daily reports on a controversy centering on the aquarium of a new luxury hotel, which opens in Dubai today. Environmentalists accuse the owners of the Atlantis Hotel - built at an estimated cost of well over one billion euros - of buying up to 24 dolphins to stock the pools from a dealer in the Solomon Islands. But a spokesman for the hotel says they came from an existing marine mammal centre.
The Asian Age (India)
Fresh evidence has emerged suggesting that Adolf Hitler had just one testicle, having lost the other while fighting in the Somme during the First World War. A document has reportedly come to light noting a conversation between a priest and the German war doctor who treated Hitler when he was injured.
The Age (Australia)
The Australian paper has an interview with rickshaw driver-turned-local-celebrity Omar Ali. His life has been transformed since he won a sort of Pop Idol show for rickshaw drivers called "Magic Tin Chakar Taroka" or "Three Wheeler Stars". He releases an album in January and is planning to open a small business with his winnings from the show.