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

1. In the red corner: Labour's answer to Ashcroft (Times)

Labour's increasingly effective campaign in the marginals is being run by Unite's Charlie Whelan, reveals Rachel Sylvester. Gordon Brown's former spin doctor is in and out of No 10 and still has the ear of the Prime Minister.

2. Living proof of the Armenian genocide (Independent)

Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, who are opposed to the US Congress recognising the Turkish massacre of 1.5 million Armenians as genocide, should visit the Lebanese orphanage where up to 300 children are buried, writes Robert Fisk.

3. Venables proves vengeance doesn't work (Daily Telegraph)

Mary Riddell argues that the case of Jon Venables must not be used to dismiss rehabilitation as a worthless option.

4. Labour's cult of official secrecy is an insult to all of us (Daily Mail)

But elsewhere, Max Hastings argues that the government's refusal to disclose why Venables has been returned to prison reflects Labour's dangerous obsession with secrecy.

5. Japan edges from America towards China (Financial Times)

Tokyo faces an uncomfortable strategic choice as China's power continues to grow, says Gideon Rachman. It could either cultivate a much warmer relationship with Beijing or hug Washington even closer.

6. Iraq has moved forward. It's time we did too (Times)

The success of the Iraq election was a near-miracle, writes David Aaronovitch. But the anti-war movement is too consumed with hatred for Tony Blair to recognise the birth of an important new democracy.

7. Truly Brown is the great survivor (Independent)

Gordon Brown has not survived at the top of British politics for so long without having a few great strengths, writes Steve Richards. The Tories' wobble reflects an earlier complacency about the Prime Minister.

8. The trouble with trusting complex science (Guardian)

There is no simple solution to public disbelief in man-made climate change, says George Monbiot. The more clearly you spell the problem out, the more people turn away.

9. Cut science and the brain drain starts here (Times)

Meanwhile, Mark Henderson warns that Britain cannot afford to cut its science budget while its rivals boost theirs.

10. Greece's history is defined by foreign meddling (Financial Times)

The real constant in Greek history is the extraordinary degree of foreign interference, writes Mark Mazower. Europe must avoid looking like the latest great power trying to control the country's fate.

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Quiz: Can you identify fake news?

The furore around "fake" news shows no sign of abating. Can you spot what's real and what's not?

Hillary Clinton has spoken out today to warn about the fake news epidemic sweeping the world. Clinton went as far as to say that "lives are at risk" from fake news, the day after Pope Francis compared reading fake news to eating poop. (Side note: with real news like that, who needs the fake stuff?)

The sweeping distrust in fake news has caused some confusion, however, as many are unsure about how to actually tell the reals and the fakes apart. Short from seeing whether the logo will scratch off and asking the man from the market where he got it from, how can you really identify fake news? Take our test to see whether you have all the answers.



In all seriousness, many claim that identifying fake news is a simple matter of checking the source and disbelieving anything "too good to be true". Unfortunately, however, fake news outlets post real stories too, and real news outlets often slip up and publish the fakes. Use fact-checking websites like Snopes to really get to the bottom of a story, and always do a quick Google before you share anything. 

Amelia Tait is a technology and digital culture writer at the New Statesman.