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“Lady Disastro”: 25 International And UK Front Pages As Liz Truss Resigns In Record Time

Calling it quits after just 44 days in office, Liz Truss now has the dubious honor of being Britain’s shortest-serving prime minister.

photography of a TV broadcast showing UK Prime Minister Liz Truss giving her resignation speech

'"I cannot deliver the mandate on which I was elected by the Conservative Party."

Bertrand Hauger

Prime Minister Liz Truss’s extra short reign is likely to go down as a (double) footnote in the history books — easily forgotten after a record-setting reign of only 44 days, though squeezing in the honor of being prime minister during the passage of the crown from Queen Elizabeth to King Charles.

But for at least one (more) day, at least, Truss was a front-page sensation Friday both on UK newspapers and tabloids mocking “the worst PM we’ve ever had” and the rest of the world looking on at the sad state of British politics.

Here is our selection of front pages, from London and beyond:


UK - The Guardian

UK - The i

UK - Belfast Telegraph

UK - The Journal

UK - Metro

UK - The Mirror

UK - The Sun

UK - Daily Express

UK - Daily Star

US - The Washington Post

Germany - Süddeutsche Zeitung

Belgium - De Morgen

Denmark - Politiken

Spain - La Vanguardia

Spain - ara

France - Le Monde

France - Ouest France

Italy - La Stampa

Portugal - Público

Turkey - Olay

Brazil - O Estado de São Paulo

Chile - La Segunda

India - The Times of India

South Korea - JoongAng Ilbo

Japan - The Japan Times

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Why Are Zimbabwe’s Gold Miners Risking Deadly Mercury Exposure

Mercury exposure can be deadly. So why are gold miners in Zimbabwe using the dangerous chemical — and risking their lives and the health of their communities in the process?

Photo of a group of miners digging for gold.

A group of miners searches for gold along the Odzi River.

Linda Mujuru

The young men brace for the first shock of cold water as they enter the river, easing their way into another day of illegal gold mining.

David Mauta and Wisdom Nyakurima, both 18, stand knee-deep in the Odzi River near the eastern Zimbabwe mining city of Mutare and shovel gravel onto a woven mat. They hinge their hopes on finding flakes of shiny gold. But it’s another metal whose dangers they don’t recognize that may have a more lasting impact.

Every day, they touch and breathe mercury, a silverly chemical element that carries deadly implications. The toxic liquid metal is key to their gold-mining efforts, as is the government, which purchases their gold even as officials vow to eliminate mercury’s use. The young men are unregistered artisanal miners, freelance workers who don’t have a license to operate. They sift through rocks in the river and dump beads of mercury over the sediment, which clings to gold. Then they light a match, using the flame to separate the mercury from the gold, a process that shoots toxic vapors into the air.

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