What the papers say – May 25
The latest twist in US-North Korea relations features prominently on the front pages.
Donald Trump’s dramatic decision to cancel next month’s summit with North Korea dominates the headlines on Friday.
The US president suggested China was to blame for the deterioration in relations, reports The Times, as Mr Trump veered between threats of military action and entreaties to Kim Jong Un to schedule another meeting.
A formal letter to Mr Kim told how Mr Trump had “very much been looking forward” to meeting the North Korean leader, but that he felt it inappropriate to continue with the summit based on the “tremendous anger and open hostility” in Pyongyang’s most recent statement, The Guardian says.
Guardian front page, Friday 25 May 2018: Trump scraps North Korea peace summit pic.twitter.com/XG8gSpoRPc— The Guardian (@guardian) May 24, 2018
The i reports that the announcement had prompted “international dismay”, while the Financial Times says both sides had fallen back into the “rhetorical brinkmanship” that had previously raised fears of a military confrontation.
Meanwhile, allegations of sexual misconduct against Hollywood star Morgan Freeman lead the Daily Mirror.
The paper says the actor had been accused of inappropriate behaviour by eight women. Freeman later issued a statement apologising to anyone who felt “uncomfortable or disrespected”.
The Daily Telegraph reports that a group of survivors of the Grenfell Tower blaze accused the fire service of failures which they claim contributed to the death toll.
Court cases feature on the front of both The Sun and the Metro.
The Sun reports on the conviction of a soldier who tried to kill his wife by sabotaging her parachute, while the Metro carries the case of a couple who tortured and murdered a French nanny.
Tomorrow's front page: Soldier who tried to kill his wife by sabotaging her parachute compared himself to Fifty Shades character Christian Grey pic.twitter.com/jPRQomwEFA— The Sun (@TheSun) May 24, 2018
The Daily Mail reports that England’s population is set to rise by more than three million over the next decade to almost 60 million, according to official forecasts.
Elsewhere, the Daily Express features a warning from Gavin Williamson over “increasing aggression” from Russia, while the Independent says EU officials tore into Britain’s “fantasy” Brexit strategy.
And the Daily Star claims football star Ronaldinho is to marry two women at the same time.