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The Times

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Tesco’s decision to stop selling 5p single-use plastic bags and instead offer customers 10p reusable bags “could boost” the supermarket giant’s profits and result in it using more plastic, the Times claims.

i newspaper

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The i newspaper says the figure that Britain pays the EU every week has finally been revealed, after it had been “hotly disputed” during last year’s referendum. It says the weekly bill is £156m, or £8.1bn a year. During the campaign, Vote Leave claimed the figure was £350m a week.

The Sun

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“Diana’s revenge” is the front page headline on the Sun. It says a Channel 4 screening of tapes of Princess Diana represents a strike from “beyond the grave to wreck Prince Charles’s dream of having Camilla as queen”.

Financial Times

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The Financial Times leads on the departure of the chief executive of betting firm Paddy Power Betfair – the “world’s biggest online betting company”. It says the change comes at a “tumultuous time” for the UK gambling industry.

The Guardian

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Staff in the US department of agriculture have been told to stop using the term “climate change”, the Guardian reports. It says the paper has seen a series of emails, which it claims show the “stark impact” Donald Trump’s administration has had on environmental policy.

The Daily Telegraph

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Young people should be “set free online to save the country” is the front page headline the Daily Telegraph. According to an ex-GCHQ boss, parents should encourage children to spend more time online to improve their cyber skills and keep the UK ahead of rivals.

Daily Mail

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The Daily Mail tells its readers they have been “abandoned” by the bank “you saved”. It says the boss of RBS has told victims of bank fraud that they cannot expect automatic refunds.

The Daily Mirror

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The Daily Mirror leads with more details of the kidnapping of a British model in Italy, with a two-page spread on what she reportedly told police about her ordeal. The front page headline is “I shared bed with kidnapper” but Chloe Ayling does clarify that she was not sexually molested and was not asked for any sexual favours from her alleged captor.

Daily Express

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Keeping active in middle age can help people beat dementia when they are older, according to the Daily Express. It says people who suffer from diabetes or high blood pressure in mid-life are more likely to develop the condition.

Metro newspaper

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The Metro leads on a traumatic story of a young girl who witnessed the violent death of her mother, in what police say was a “truly tragic incident”.

There is a sense of growing concern about relations with North Korea after the UN imposed new sanctions on Pyongyang.

The Daily Mirror illustrates this with images of Japanese schoolchildren taking part in air raid drills.

The Mirror feels the threat posed by Kim Jong-un and his bizarre, paranoid antics is all too real – and is growing.

“We can only hope”, it concludes, “that with China on board, a truly global effort can yet pull Pyongyang back from the brink”.

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The Financial Times believes that only a concerted international effort has a chance of constraining Kim from taking further action.

Sanctions and the hope that they will push him back to talks provide the best remaining option, it says.

The Sun feels they are all that the world has left without unleashing a military attack on North Korea with potentially apocalyptic consequences.

“It’s hard to imagine they will loosen his vice-like grip,” argues the paper, “but they might just force him to negotiate”.

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The government’s proposal to bring into law the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation is welcomed by the Financial Times.

The paper sees the decision to adopt European standards on protecting data – to be adopted from next year – as a victory for consumers.

The Guardian believes the plans to harmonise UK data protection laws with the EU’s are necessary and sensible – even if we can no longer help to shape the policy.

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The Daily Telegraph says it seems sensible to adopt the measure to avoid any issues about data sharing between British and European-based companies after the UK leaves the EU.

It thinks it is right that big holders of data such as Facebook look sympathetically on requests for posts or photographs to be removed – because there’s no obvious reason someone’s youthful indiscretions online should haunt them for the rest of their lives.

The i newspaper’s technology correspondent, Rhiannon Williams, sees it as a recognition of how rapidly childhood has changed for the better and worse thanks to technology – and how a 20-year-old jobseeker shouldn’t be assessed on the unfortunate picture they cannot get scrubbed from Google Images.

Jeremy Corbyn’s statement on the political crisis in Venezuela fails to impress the Sun.

It accuses him of being mealy-mouthed when he said he regretted all violence by any side.

The Daily Mail agrees – saying he used typically weasel words.

It feels he showed total disregard for reality when he praised the regime for its effective and serious efforts to reduce poverty and inequality, and improve the life chances of the poorest.

It is clear, argues the Daily Telegraph, that the Venezuelan government is at fault, yet Mr Corbyn simply cannot bring himself to acknowledge this.

The Times reports concerns that plans to scrap landing cards for millions of travellers from outside Europe will undermine border security.

Critics are said to have warned that the move risks the loss of valuable intelligence.

David Wood, the former head of immigration enforcement at the Home Office, tells the paper the cards were a useful intelligence tool and it seems the “most incredible haste to abandon the system”.

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The Guardian’s main story is that staff at the US Department of Agriculture have been told to avoid using the term “climate change” in their work.

It says it has seen emails which show a senior official has instructed staff to refer to “weather extremes” instead.

The paper thinks the development shows how the Trump administration has had a stark impact on the language used by some federal employees around climate change.

The Daily Express features Harry Moorhouse who plays golf twice a week – at the age of 100.

His local club in Norwich has now offered him life membership to mark his birthday.

Mr Moorhouse says he plays the game for fun and exercise.

He tells the paper that his tips for living longer are staying active with 15 minutes of exercise in the morning – and drinking lots of water.

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