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Front Pages For A Queen: 37 World Newspapers Mark The Death Of Elizabeth II

"The world weeps", "Farewell, my Queen", "The rock Britain was built on".... were among the headlines as front pages from virtually every newspaper in the world were dedicated to the passing of the iconic monarch. Here is a selection of 37 newspaper front pages from 29 countries.

Front Pages For A Queen: 37 World Newspapers Mark The Death Of Elizabeth II

Newspapers pays tribute to the Queen on their front pages this morning.

The world has been living a bonafide global moment since the news arrived Thursday afternoon that Elizabeth II, Britain's longest-reigning monarch, had died at the age if 96, surrounded by her family in her Scottish home of Balmoral Castle.

It was the poignant bookend on another shared media moment 70 years ago, when her 1952 coronation became one of the major televised events of the 20th century, as BBC cameramen were allowed inside Westminster Abbey, inaugurating a long and complicated history between the British royal family and the media.


World leaders reacted to the news, starting with new UK Prime Minister Liz Truss saluting "the rock on which modern Britain was built" as she announced a 10-day period of national mourning. U.S President Joe Biden paid homage to "a stateswoman of unmatched dignity and constancy" while France’s Emmanuel Macron remembered "a kind-hearted queen who has left a lasting impression on her country and her century."

With newspapers from around the world dedicating their front pages to the news, we've gathered a sample of 37 from 29 different countries:

United Kingdom

The Guardian

France

Libération

Spain

La Razon

Norway

Aftenposten

Belgium

De Morgen

Germany

Morgen Post

Netherlands

de Volkskrant

Croatia

24 Sata

Canada

Toronto Star

Colombia

La Vanguardia

Australia

The Sunday Mail

Nigeria

Daily Trust

Malaysia

The Star

Bahrain

Gulf Today

Saudi Arabia

Arab News

South Africa

The Citizen

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Chinese Students' "Absurd" Protest Against COVID Lockdowns: Public Crawling

While street demonstrations have spread in China to protest the strict Zero-COVID regulations, some Chinese university students have taken up public acts of crawling to show what extended harsh lockdowns are doing to their mental state.

​Screenshot of a video showing Chinese students crawling on a soccer pitch

Screenshot of a video showing Chinese students crawling

Shuyue Chen

Since last Friday, the world has watched a wave of street protests have taken place across China as frustration against extended lockdowns reached a boiling point. But even before protesters took to the streets, Chinese university students had begun a public demonstration that challenges and shames the state's zero-COVID rules in a different way: public displays of crawling, as a kind of absurdist expression of their repressed anger under three years of strict pandemic control.

Xin’s heart was beating fast as her knees reached the ground. It was her first time joining the strange scene at the university sports field, so she put on her hat and face mask to cover her identity.

Kneeling down, with her forearms supporting her body from the ground, Xin started crawling with three other girls as a group, within a larger demonstration of other small groups. As they crawled on, she felt the sense of fear and embarrassment start to disappear. It was replaced by a liberating sense of joy, which had been absent in her life as a university student in lockdown for so long.

Yes, crawling in public has become a popular activity among Chinese university students recently. There have been posters and videos of "volunteer crawling" across universities in China. At first, it was for the sake of "fun." Xin, like many who participated, thought it was a "cult-like ritual" in the beginning, but she changed her mind. "You don't care about anything when crawling, not thinking about the reason why, what the consequences are. You just enjoy it."

The reality out there for Chinese university students has been grim. For Xin, her university started daily COVID-19 testing in November, and deliveries, including food, are banned. Apart from the school gate, all exits have been padlock sealed.

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