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Newspaper headlines: ‘Blackout threat’ as UK ‘stands up’ to Putin

Image caption The breakdown in UK-Russian relations after the poisoning of a former spy and his daughter continues to attract front page headlines. The Sunday Times says intelligence chiefs have warned power firms to boost security amid fears of a Moscow-orchestrated cyber-attack.
Image caption “May stands up to Putin”, says the headline in the Sunday Express. Moscow has denied involvement in the attack on ex-spy Sergei Skirpal in Salisbury but the prime minister is vowing not to cave in to Kremlin threats, the paper adds.
Image caption The Sunday Telegraph says ministers are planning sanctions against President Putin and Kremlin-linked oligarchs. Russia expelled 23 British diplomats in response to a similar move by the UK and the paper says conversations are now taking place over the UK’s “next steps”.
Image caption The Mail on Sunday describes the government thinking as the “next escalation of the fierce diplomatic war with Moscow”. It says the prime minister is to launch a “major crackdown on the ‘dirty money’ that Vladimir Putin’s McMafia-style cronies have sheltered in London”.
Image caption The Sunday Mirror focuses on the gangs who groomed teenage girls in Telford – reporting claims police chiefs decided it was “too much trouble” to take out court orders against some suspects. But the West Mercia force denies the story and says “other measures” were put in place.
Image caption The Observer speaks to a man who says he is a whistleblower on the alleged harvesting of Facebook profiles without users’ knowledge. Cambridge Analytica denies the paper’s claims and both it and Facebook say there has not been any wrongdoing.
Image caption The Sunday People leads on an interview with actress Rose McGowan, one of the first women to accuse Harvey Weinstein of rape. The film producer has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex made against him.
Image caption The Daily Star Sunday focuses on the case of “Black cab rapist” John Worboys, who is waiting to see if judges uphold a decision to release him.

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