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Compiled by Carlyle Laurie for CNN
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(CNN) -- The Washington Post editorial page lead with the headline, "Arabs to the rescue?"

The article focuses on the Arab League's recent offer to "dispatch a force of Arab and Muslim troops as peacekeepers to Darfur, replacing or preferably reinforcing the underpowered African contingent whose mandate is set to expire soon."

With the Sudanese government describing a U.N. deployment as a "prelude to an invasion" of an Islamic country. The writer says, "Depending on the details of its design, an Arab force could be an acceptable alternative."

Question time

The New York Times says, "Questions over the effectiveness of the Security Council's punitive sanctions on North Korea for its claimed nuclear test grew Sunday, as both South Korea and China -- the North's two most important trading partners -- indicated that business and economic relations would be largely unaffected."

The U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said that China was part of "a Security Council resolution that demands very clear cooperation of member states to make certain that dangerous goods are not getting in and out of North Korea."

"But in interviews on two Sunday television programs she acknowledged that exactly how China would cooperate remained unclear, and she hinted that the U.S. would not rush to interdict North Korean ships at sea, at least initially. Instead, she expects most searches to take place at ports."

Cricket controversy

Pakistan cricket was in the news again, for all the wrong reasons, after two of the country's fast bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif tested positive for banned substances.

Pakistan's Dawn said that, "Pakistan has recalled fast bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif from the Champions Trophy."

A board official said, "Pakistan is lining up fast bowlers Mohammad Sami and Shahid Nazir and all-rounder Yasir Arafat to proceed to India."

"However skipper Younis Khan said in Jaipur that he would pick the team for Tuesday match from amongst the remaining members of the team."

The two players are currently in India for the ICC Champions Trophy.

The Times of India also focused on the controversy, quoting a Pakistan Cricket Board official saying, "Such a finding would not only have put their individual careers in serious jeopardy but also cause serious set back to Pakistan's prospects of winning the World Cup in 2007," he said.

Korean crisis

In London, The Times focused on the U.N.'s decision to impose sanctions against North Korea, saying, "Aid groups are concerned that millions could die if food aid to North Korea is cut back."

"The U.N. Security Council resolution empowers nations to inspect ships to check for weapons of mass destruction or their component parts where 'necessary' -- a word that may provide a get-out for countries such as Russia, China and South Korea who are anxious not to precipitate the sudden collapse of the North Korean regime.

Cech brain op

Britain's The Sun leads with the headline, "Cech brain op agony," referring to Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech who sustained a skull fracture after colliding with Reading's Stephen Hunt.

The newspaper's doctor Carol Cooper warned: "He is unlikely to return to action by Christmas and, given he took a heck of a whack, I would say his chances of playing again this season are slim."

Chelsea said on Sunday: "The operation was successful but it is too early to give an accurate assessment of his condition."


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Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech required surgery after suffering a skull fracture.

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