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2013, As Told By Newspaper Front Pages

From the birth of the royal baby to the death of Nelson Mandela, it's been quite a year.

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19. The Daily Mail sparked a political row when it accused Ralph Miliband, the Marxist academic and father of Labour leader Ed Miliband, of hating Britain.

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It didn't go don't very well. Ed was furious, MPs and rival papers poured on the pressure, but the Mail wouldn't apologise, soon defending its original story. There was even a rare-as-hens'-teeth opinion piece from Mail editor Paul Dacre attacking the paper's critics. These inevitably included a left-wing "Twitter mob" and the BBC.

22. The epic phone hacking trial got underway in London and is set to last well into 2014.

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Senior journalists and executives from News International are variously accused of conspiring to interception private communications and perverting the course of justice.

23. England's football team comfortably qualified for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, ushering in 10 months of agonising media waffle on the question of whether we can win it.

Not everyone was excited by the whole thing, however.

You can find the Independent's royal baby coverage in full at the bottom of page 27

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You can find the Independent's royal baby coverage in full at the bottom of page 27

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25. In November the (still on-going) phone-hacking trial heard that Rebekah Brooks, formerly CEO of News International, had a six-year affair with Andy Coulson, formerly editor of the News of the World and a Downing Street spin doctor.

27. Celebrated TV cook Nigella Lawson found herself at the centre of a media storm while giving evidence in the trail of her two assistants.

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She denied accusations of having a 10-year drug habit, but admitted having used cocaine.

30. Well, nearly everyone.

A characteristic tribute to Mandela on the front page of the Daily Express.

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A characteristic tribute to Mandela on the front page of the Daily Express.

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Big thanks to Nick Sutton (@suttonnick) and Neil Henderson (@hendopolis), both of the BBC, who perform the very welcome service of tweeting #tomorrowspaperstoday on Twitter and at tomorrowspaperstoday.com.

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