Newspaper headlines: Trump and Obama's 'awkward' meeting

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The Times describes Donald Trump's meeting with President Obama at the White House yesterday as a "stilted encounter" and says that while their words may have been positive their body language was not.

Their handshake, says the paper, was an attempt to lay to rest the "bile" of a divisive campaign and reassure an anxious America.

The Financial Times says it appeared the awkward but emollient mood was intended to settle the markets and global allies "roiled" by Mr Trump's shock victory.

For the Guardian, Mr Trump received a "chilly but deferential welcome" at the White House.

The paper believes his success is "good news for the world's despots and strongmen", such as the Syrian leader, Bashar al Assad, and the Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The Guardian says the president-elect thinks man-to-man talks with dictators can resolve problems.

But for the i's Sean O'Grady, the risk of a second Cold War and a slide into a Third World War has receded because Mr Trump is not a warmonger and he does not want to pick any fights with Russia.

So, Trump the peacemaker? asks Mr O'Grady.

The Times, in its leader, believes the election of Donald Trump should act like a dose of smelling salts.

Namely, for those European states which count on the US to bankroll their security through Nato.

The paper calls on Europe to make a financial sacrifice to guard itself against Russia.

Junior doctor strikes

Many of the papers report on the decision by junior doctors to call off any future strike action and work with the government on changes to their contracts.

According to the Daily Mail, the British Medical Association union will continue to lobby ministers to make minor changes.

The paper says Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt - who refused to cave in to strikes - has won a "dramatic victory" following his year-long battle.

The Sun says the BMA tried to turn the public against the government but that popular support drifted away.

The Daily Mirror calls the peace an uneasy one and believes it will not stop "fed up doctors" quitting the NHS or leaving the country for Australia and the US.

'Post-Brexit vision'

The Financial Times says business leaders have outlined a post-Brexit "vision" of a London-only visa system that would allow companies to maintain access to foreign labour.

The proposals have been put forward by the city's Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

They would allow firms to sponsor skilled workers with a job offer.

The group tells the FT that although the idea faces practical and political hurdles, the UK's reliance on London's economic success will persuade the government to consider the plan.

The Daily Mail reports that the actress Caroline Quentin - who starred in Men Behaving Badly - is unhappy that in 2016 women still cannot play a pantomime dame.

She asks herself why is it still acceptable for men to play exaggerated and, to her, unflattering versions of women.

But Christopher Biggins, who has played the panto dame in 38 productions, tells the paper he does not think women, dressed as grotesque women, are funny.

And besides, he says it works both ways - the Old Vic did not ask him to play King Lear when they gave the role to Glenda Jackson.