What the papers say – August 17
Farewell to the Queen of Soul.
Aretha Franklin appears across Friday’s front pages after the ‘Queen of Soul’ died aged 76.
Meanwhile papers lead with a variety of stories, including Danny Cipriani’s guilty pleas over a bar tussle.
The Sun leads with the England fly-half’s reaction to the incident, which saw him injure a female police officer.
The story also tops the Metro, after the 30-year-old admitted resisting arrest and common assault over the incident on Jersey on Wednesday.
The i leads with Franklin, whose tributes were led by former US president Barack Obama.
In other news, the Daily Telegraph says research suggests GPs work less than three-and-a-half days a week on average.
Armed forces personnel are being put at risk because of failing IT systems at military surgeries, The Times reports.
The Guardian leads with claims by a former US defence chief over Russian collusion in the 2016 election.
Guardian front page, Friday 17 August 2018: Ex-CIA boss says Trump denial of Russia collusion is ‘hogwash’ pic.twitter.com/dyBzppCc24— The Guardian (@guardian) August 16, 2018
More woes for the Turkish lira lead the Financial Times after the US warned of fresh sanctions over the jailing of an American pastor in the country.
A majority of councils are yet to sign up to an initiative to remember victims of the First World War, the Daily Express says.
The Independent promotes a rally calling for a vote on the Brexit deal.
Princess Eugenie’s wedding will cost the taxpayer £2 million, the Daily Mirror reports.
And a report by MPs on e-cigarettes has been criticised by scientists, the Daily Mail says.