What the papers say – August 26

The battle to rescue people from Afghanistan is splashed across the front pages on Thursday.

What the papers say – August 26

The desperate countdown to the end of evacuations from Kabul airport continues to dominate the nation’s papers, which also bring more Covid news and some pressure on Dominic Raab.

The Independent says the UK is racing to “rescue 2,000” in the final hours of the airlift.

The Guardian reports Britain has advised Afghans trying to flee the country they would be better off “trying to get to the border” than waiting for RAF evacuations at Kabul airport, a story echoed in the i.

The Times leads on Defence Secretary Ben Wallace saying “not everyone is going to get out” of Afghanistan, while also reporting a British-made malaria vaccine “could save millions of children”.

The Daily Telegraph shifts focus somewhat, running a photo from Kabul airport but leading on an NHS plan to vaccinate 12-year-olds against Covid.

Metro turns its attention to the controversy surrounding Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and his holiday on Crete as the Afghan crisis was developing.

And the Daily Star also pokes fun at Mr Raab and his comment that he could not swim in the ocean during his holiday because the “sea was closed”.

In other news, the Daily Mail splashes with a story saying the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had considered identifying the royal they alleged made a racist remark about their son Archie when they were interviewed by Oprah Winfrey in March.

The Daily Mirror and the Daily Express lead on calls for people to receive Covid booster jabs amid fears vaccine protection amongst the elderly could drop by 50%.

And the Financial Times says the Financial Conduct Authority’s warnings about Binance have heightened concerns over crypto-platforms.

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