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Morning Call: pick of the papers

The ten must-read pieces from this morning's papers.

1. It may seem painless, but drone war in Afghanistan is destroying the west's reputation (Daily Telegraph)

A new phase of secret, unaccountable and illegal warfare is being deployed by the west, finds Peter Oborne.

2. A diabolical mix of US wages and European austerity (Financial Times)

Pursuing converging economic policies would have dire consequences, writes Robert Reich.

3. Is Mitt Romney's Mormonism a key issue? You bet it is (Guardian)

If, as Mormons believe, the US has divine sanction, then so must its foreign policy, writes Martin Kettle. This could have huge global implications.

4. Remember Bosnia, seedbed of radical Islam (Times) (£)

The people of Syria wonder why the west will not help, says David Aaronovitch. Twenty years ago, jihadis stepped into a similar breach.

5. Prepare for Osborne’s greatest gamble (Financial Times)

An EU renegotiation referendum would help the chancellor defeat his rivals, says Paul Goodman.

6. Charles Taylor now, Bashar al-Assad next (Guardian)

Justice has a momentum, and as Liberia's ex-leader is jailed, he's certain to be followed by other despots, says Geoffrey Robertson.

7. We have a duty to scrutinise the monarchy, not the tittle-tattle (Independent)

I decided that the Independent would not cover the royals unless the story had solid news value, writes Andreas Whittam Smith.

8. Shabby, disreputable and just plain wrong (Daily Mail)

Decent doctors should have nothing to do with the strike, argues a Daily Mail leader.

9. England is a green and pleasant man-made land (Daily Telegraph)

The tension between developers of wind farms and new housing and Nimbys is sure to grow – but something has to give, writes Bruce Anderson.

10. Lagarde isn't a tax dodger or a hypocrite (Independent)

She has dodged nothing, but the Greek economy has long suffered tax evasion, says Nikhil Kumar.

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