The following are the top stories in the Maltese and overseas press:

The Times says Libya and the EU have signed a ‘crucial' accord that should help Libya better manage migration. The newspaper also reports on Chris Said's court hearing yesterday and says he acted in the baby's best interest. Dr Said is accused of perjury during a custody sitting.

The Malta Independent says the decision on Chris Said will be taken by the court on October 28.

MaltaToday says Tiffany Pisani did Malta proud, but several UK newspapers were not happy that the title of Britain's Next Top Model went to ‘a foreigner'.

l-orizzont gives prominence to the anniversary of the founding of the GWU. It also says that according to the Prime Minister, the ‘black dust' problem has gone.

In-Nazzjon focuses on progress in the City Gate project, where the arcades at Freedom Square are being demolished.

The overseas press

Hungary has declared a state of emergency in three counties after a flood of toxic red sludge from a chemical plant engulfed several towns - an ecological disaster that might threaten the Danube and other key rivers. Magyar Nemzet says the toll rose to four dead, six missing and at least 120 people injured.

Le Monde reports that suspected Islamic terrorists arrested in France had enough guns and ammunition to launch a ‘Mumbai-style attack' anywhere in Europe. Nine men were arrested in dawn raids by police in the southern port city of Marseilles and the town of Avignon, all believed to be trafficking arms and explosives to other parts of Europe.

The New York Times says failed Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad has been jailed for life and went down warning that "the war with Muslims has just begun". A defiant Shahzad told Americans to brace themselves for violence and rejected the court's authority as "Muslims don't abide by human laws". The 31-year-old admitted weapons and terrorism charges.

Euro Investor reports rogue trader Jerome Kerviel has been sentenced to five years in jail and told to repay the €46 billion he cost his bank Societe General. The trader, who placed bets to the same amount without the bank's knowledge, was arrested after the €4.7-billion loss emerged in January 2008.

Most of the UK nationals lead on the latest in the row over government plans to scrap child benefit for higher-rate taxpayers. The Independent says the government was facing its biggest crisis since coming to power amid a backlash over its changes to child benefit payments. The Guardian leads with David Cameron's apology for failing to warn voters that his government would cut child benefit. The Times reports Mr Cameron insisted that wealthier families pay their contribution towards the austerity drive.

Aftonbladet reports that more than two weeks after losing votes to a far-right, anti-immigration party, Sweden's prime minister has successfully formed a minority government. Frederik Reinfeldt, 45, said he would work with the opposition Greens and Social Democrats to find "broad solutions, consensus and stability".

La Nazione says at least three people of Chinese origin died when their car was swept into a flooded underpass near Florence as heavy rain lashed north-central Italy. The storm flooded streets, led to the collapse of at least one house and downed trees and power lines in much of coastal Liguria and Tuscany.

Hague News says the British former commander of the UN peacekeeping force in Bosnia has told Radovan Karadzic's war crimes trial in the Hague how the Serb brought terror and suffering to Muslim enclaves. General Michael Rose's evidence was expected to be key to proving the former Bosnian Serb leader had complete control over troops responsible for the 1992-95 conflict's most bloody atrocities.

Metro reports Sonia and Sharon Harris, two mixed-raced sisters, have both given birth to one white and one black child in a million-to-one genetic fluke. Both have children are fathered by white partners. But incredibly Sonia's five-year-old twins, Cameron and Kyle Bradley, have different skin colours just like their cousins - Kayleigh Holloway, five, and sister Paige, seven. The sisters, from the West Midlands, were shocked but admit they are not bothered in the least.

Sky News reports flight attendants with a low-cost Philippine airline have developed a Lady Gaga-based dance routine to keep passengers' attention during the in-flight safety demonstration. A video of stewardesses performing on a Cebu Pacific has become a YouTube success with more than 6.5 million hits after being posted on the video sharing website.

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