The Norwegian paper Aftenposten is covering the death penalty handed out to two Norwegian citizens in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The front page article focuses on the terrible prison conditions in the country. They are overcrowded with men, women and children in the same cells. “ I have visited many places in Africa in the wake of conflicts, but the prison in Goma is the worst I've ever seen, "said Dmitry Titov, Assistant Secretary General in the Legal Department of the United Nations.
The Independent leads with the discovery of ancient human skulls in Georgia, two hours from the capital Tblisi.
It has long been agreed that Africa was the sole cradle of human evolution… until now. The discovery suggests that humans migrated out of Africa far earlier than previously thought. The skulls are thought to be 1.8 million years old.
Also in the UK press, the Times reports that South African athlete Caster Semenya has had her world title and her gender confirmed by the International Association of Athletics Federations. Semenya won the 800m title in Berlin last month but there was uncertainty over her status…as a women. In the past week, she has appeared on the front page of a South Africa glamour magazine, “You”, in a bid to put an end to discussion over her feminity.
The New York Daily News says British tennis player Andy Murray “looked as flat as a day old soda” yesterday at the US Open. The world no. 2 crashed out of the competition, losing to had said that Murray was the player to beat at the tournament as he had won more matches on hard courts this year than any other man.
The Daily Star has a double page spread on the release of the remastered Beatles collection. Oasis star Noel Gallagher says the Beatles’ songs, “inspire me more now than they did when I was a kid and are still the greatest. There will never be another Beatles.”
However in the editorial of French paper Le Progres, they question whether the quality will really be any better than in previous collections. Is it just a sales pitch? Right now, Susan Boyle is selling more than the Beatles so perhaps its just an attempt to sell more albums.