Newspaper headlines: No deal Brexit plans and ‘rip-off’ mobiles – BBC News

The Times front page

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The Times claims Brexit Secretary David Davis is to present plans for a “no-deal” Brexit to the cabinet in a big shift in Britain’s negotiating strategy

The Daily Telegraph front page

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The Daily Telegraph leads with a warning that millions of people are being charged for mobile phones they have already paid for because of “rip-off contracts”

The Guardian front page

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Nearly a third of Oxford colleges failed to admit a single black British A-level student in 2015, claims the Guardian

i front page

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Calls for a nationwide ban on parents smacking their children is the lead in the i, after the Scottish government said it would push ahead with a change to the law

Financial Times front page

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The Financial Times leads with the announcement that Google’s parent company Alphabet is to lead a $1bn investment in Uber’s biggest rival, Lyft

Metro front page

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A surge in violent crime – that has seen the number of recorded offences climb past the five million mark for the first time in a decade – is the main story in the Metro

Daily Mail front page

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The Daily Mail alleges that one of the UK’s largest abortion providers has been accused of paying bonuses to staff who encourage women to have the procedure. Marie Stopes says it is “categorically untrue” that staff receive bonuses for the number of clients they treat

Daily Mirror front page

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Penny Lancaster’s claims that she was drugged and sexually assaulted as a teenage model make the front of the Daily Mirror

The Sun front page

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“The boys in blue nail varnish” is the headline in the Sun. The paper says police have been criticised for going on patrol with painted nails to highlight slavery – as victims often work in nail bars

Editors offer a different view of the Brexit talks with their choice of photographs. The Daily Telegraph’s front page shows Theresa May, flanked on either side by Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron.

They face Mrs May with their hands cupped over their mouths. “The whispering campaign,” the paper calls it.

A similar picture appears in the Times under the label “crunch talks”.

Many other papers show the three politicians all smiling. The Sun adds the caption “Give me summit to work with”. The Daily Mail says: “Merkel finally gives Theresa news to smile about”.

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In the Guardian, the former Labour education minister, David Lammy, highlights his concerns about Oxbridge admissions and what he calls “social apartheid”.

The paper reports that one in three Oxford Colleges didn’t accept any black A-level students in 2015, and none was taken at six Cambridge colleges.

Mr Lammy notes that almost 400 black students got three As or more at A-level but few are attracted to Oxbridge. Both universities tell the paper they’re working to improve the figures.

They are not the only institutions facing diversity issues. The Financial Times reports that MPs on the Treasury committee have warned that they could refuse to endorse high-level appointments at the Bank of England because there are too many white men.

A Treasury spokesperson tells the Guardian the recruitment process is fair and open.

Responding to Scotland’s plan to ban smacking, the i reports that the UK’s four children’s commissioners want the other home nations to follow suit.

The Guardian says the case has also been made by the NSPCC. But the Sun says English MPs have vowed to resist such calls.

Scott Macnab suggests in the Scotsman that there’s an “enthusiasm among MSPs for imposing bans” – “from smacking to fracking”. He calls it “worrying” and a “wider erosion of personal liberty”.

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The increase in recorded crime is analysed by several papers. The Mirror headlines its report “not safe on our streets,” and calls it a “damning indictment” on Theresa May’s policing cuts.

The paper urges her to recruit more officers. The Daily Mail says burglars get away with nine out of 10 break-ins.

The Daily Telegraph suggests the police have been “side-tracked” by “other questionable priorities.”

Among these it includes the investigation of thousands of historic sex allegations.

It also says counter-terrorism is stretching the Metropolitan Police. The paper proposes passing responsibility for terrorism to the National Crime Agency.

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Beseeching puppy eyes stare out of several papers to explain how, as the Guardian puts it, “dogs turn on the charm for humans.”

Researchers suggest that dogs have learned that widening their eyes elicits sympathy and affection in humans.

What they don’t know, says the Daily Telegraph, is whether they aware that they look sad.

The i says it seems their expressions are doggy attempts to communicate. Although the paper says the scientists don’t yet know if dogs can truly understand us or whether it’s a learned response to seeing a face.

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