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(CNN) -- The New York Times leads with the headline, "Making Good on Bush's Vow Will Require Detective Work." The article refers to "President Bush's vow this week to hold North Korea 'fully accountable' if it shares nuclear material.

"The considerations during the Cold War were far more straightforward: a Soviet missile would leave an obvious return address, allowing the United States to respond with no doubt as to the source of the attack.

"But getting from the presumption of North Korean proliferation to the evidence is a very difficult task, one that initially is an intelligence, not a military, effort," the paper reported.

"Robert Joseph, the Under Secretary of State for arms control and international security, said in an interview on Thursday that "to be credible, declaratory policy must be backed up by effective capabilities."

Poll talk

The Boston Globe focused on a poll that suggests, "John McCain and Hillary Clinton are leading the Republican and Democratic fields for president in New Hampshire."

The poll, released on Thursday, found that "McCain was favored by 32 percent of likely Republican voters; Rudy Giuliani by 19 percent, Romney by 15 percent and Condi Rice by 10 percent... Among the Democratic candidates, Sen. Clinton had 30 percent."

People were also asked which candidate was least liked. "Among all primary voters (both Republicans and Democrats) Hillary Clinton was the least liked of the Democratic candidates, named by 35 percent of all likely voters," it concluded.

"Among Republicans, President Bush's brother appears hurt by his family tie. Jeb Bush was named as least liked by 23 percent of all likely primary voters."

Iraq warning

In Britain, the Daily Mail carries an exclusive interview with military chief General Sir Richard Dannatt, who says, "The commitment to Iraq 'exacerbates' problems faced by the UK in other parts of the world."

Sir Richard urges British Prime Minister Tony Blair to "give up" his ambition to see a liberal democracy established in Iraq and settle for a "lower ambition," warning that British troops were not invited into Iraq and the time when they were welcome has passed.

'Green signal'

India's The Asian Age says, "President Pervez Musharraf has received the green signal from both the U.S. and the UK to try and reach a peace accord with the Taliban in Afghanistan."

British General David Richards, who is NATO's commander in Afghanistan said earlier, "I think played rightly, with luck and good judgment I believe this could set an example of how we should deal with these problems."

President Musharraf said on the record that Gen. Richards "absolutely agrees with the environment and my analysis, and he is asking for our help to do the same thing, and we will proceed on the same course."

He maintained "this strategy is worth a try because there is no other way, and if we don't do anything, if we think that military will succeed, we are sadly mistaken. We will suffer."

Pakistan's Dawn newspaper looks at President Musharraf's appeal for the "liberal and moderate sections of society to galvanize their efforts to stem the tide of extremism in the country comes as a whiff of fresh air."

The writer goes on to say, "Had President Musharraf not egged on the extremists for his own political reasons, Pakistani society of the post-Zia years would have ultimately returned to a healthy balance."

"Now that the damage has been done President Musharraf has chosen to appeal to the moderates to work for the electoral victory of his liberal party."

Revealing role

The UK's Daily Mail says Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe "may find that the audience is a little too close for comfort when he performs a sensational nude scene on stage in the West End next year.

The 16-year-old is appearing in a production of Peter Shaffer's controversial play "Equus."

"Radcliffe, who is finishing work on "Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix, shooting scenes with Ralph Fiennes as the evil Voldemort, has been studying the play for more than a year," said the paper.


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Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe's West End debut next year features a nude scene.

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