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An overview of the stories making the French and international newspaper headlines. From Monday to Friday live at 7.20 am and 9.20 am Paris time.



Latest update : 2010-02-17

UK-Israeli citizens horrified to discover Dubai assassins used their names

Six British passport holders named by Dubai police as assassins of Hamas commander Mahmoud al-Mahbouh have the same identities as immigrants to Israel.

The Jerusalem Post leads with the shock of British citizens resident in Israel on discovering that their identities had been stolen by the assassins of Hamas commander Mahmoud al-Mahbouh in Dubai last month. Of the 11 named suspects 6 have the same names as British-Israeli citizens.

Analysts say that spies travelling with false documents are more likely to get past border controls if they use the names of real people, the paper notes.

The London Times reported on Tuesday that British authorities had launched an investigation to determine “how six British nationals apparently had their identities stolen by suspected Mossad agents to cover their tracks on a mission to assassinate a top Hamas leader in Dubai.”

One person whose identity was stolen told the paper, “I went to bed with pneumonia and woke up a murderer… I have no idea how to clear my name! Interpol has a warrant out for my arrest!”

Other articles in today’s international papers:

Haaretz: “The Mossad chief must go” (Amir Oren)

International Herald Tribune: “Were French soldiers truly desert rats?”

The Independent: “Tutankhamun: now we know who the mummy’s mummy was!”

The Guardian: “An epic trip from Moscow to Vladivostok by rail - and you don’t even have to leave your armchair”




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