CommentPlus: pick of the papers

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

1. Obama's robot wars endanger us all (Independent)

The evidence suggests drones create far more jihadis than they kill, says Johann Hari -- and each one makes an attack on the west more likely.

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2. Cutting from the rich and clobbering the middle, Cameron looks like a lefty (Guardian)

Pension relief, graduate loans and child benefit all hurt the better-off, says Simon Jenkins. Now the axe will hit the public sector's well-paid classes.

3. Does not owning a linen shirt make you poor? (Times) (£)

The dry, arithmetical definition of poverty is useless, says Philip Collins. It only leads to bad policy that makes no one richer.

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4. Why higher student fees are right (Financial Times) (£)

Martin Wolf concedes that the changes to student finance will bring pain. But the upside is also huge.

5. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit to Lebanon sends a menacing message (Daily Telegraph)

Con Coughlin warns that Iran's president wants the charges dropped against Hizbollah -- or else.

6. Israel comes face to face with the man who would wipe it off the map (Independent)

Robert Fisk gives his take on Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit to the battleground of Lebanon's southern border yesterday.

7. The quango quandary (Guardian)

The government said it would save cash by axing these bodies, but, Ian Magee points out, that's one test yet to be proved.

8. Europe should be wary of dancing on Obama's grave (Financial Times) (£)

Europe's leaders failed to recognise how comfortable life was jeering from the sidelines, says Philip Stephens.

9. There is no defence for this scandalous waste (Times) (£)

The Defence Secretary, Liam Fox, lays the way for forthcoming cuts, lambasting the "incompetence and extravagance" of the MoD under the previous Government.

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10. Shed no tears for Liverpool: our football needs deflating (Guardian)

Bill Shankly was wrong, says Martin Kettle. This unimportant game is an insatiable monster. Financial collapse would get it back in perspective.

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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.