Newspaper headlines: UK and US 'can lead together again'

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Image caption Many of the papers lead on Theresa May's visit to meet Donald Trump

There is widespread coverage of Prime Minister Theresa May's trip to the US on the front pages of many of the newspapers.

The i predicts it will be a "tricky visit" amid transatlantic tension about Mr Trump's comments on using torture.

The Guardian thinks Mrs May will shrug off concerns about Mr Trump's presidency - and pledge to rekindle the special relationship between the two countries.

The Daily Express says she will begin her two-day visit with an optimistic and heartfelt call for the renewal of the relationship.

Brexit White Paper

The papers also report on Mrs May's decision to publish a White Paper policy document on the government's plans to leave the EU.

For the Daily Mirror the decision is a U-turn, but the Daily Telegraph sees it as a sensible and straightforward move.

The paper challenges the prime minister's opponents on the issue to explain their European policy to voters.

The Sun sees the political logic of the White Paper, but worries that her Labour opponents and Tory rebels will not hesitate to push for more.

The i acknowledges that Mrs May's pledge to publish the document was an olive branch to pro-EU Tories, but it thinks it will probably amount to her 12-point plan being cut and pasted into an official-looking paper.

The Guardian feels the document will be a fairly minimalist statement of the government's Brexit aims.

It urges Mrs May to say in the White Paper how she wants to consult and take the devolved governments into account.

The Financial Times believes Labour Party divisions over Europe are likely to dominate debate in the coming weeks, with a sizeable minority of pro-EU Labour MPs expected to vote against triggering Article 50.

The political sketch writers seize on Jeremy Corbyn's performance after Mrs May made her announcement about the White Paper at Prime Minister's Questions.

Patrick Kidd in the Times describes how he was caught off balance by her decision - and when he needed to think on his feet he was as twinkle-toed as a rhinoceros.

Quentin Letts in the Daily Mail is scathing, saying he made a right Horlicks of it.

Mr Corbyn, says the Guardian's John Crace, achieved the near impossible by making the prime minister look more like a decisive world leader than a badly-programmed robot.

Dow Jones record

The financial pages consider the reasons for the Dow Jones Index in the US breaking through the 20,000 barrier for the first time.

The Guardian feels investors have shown their approval for Mr Trump's growth agenda.

The Daily Mail suggests the rally has been ignited by some of his executive orders restoring the primacy of home-grown energy industries over environmental concerns.

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Image caption Many of the papers lead on Theresa May's visit to meet Donald Trump

However, the i suspects it has more to do with the forthcoming fiscal boost than the impact of Mr Trump's trade policies.

The Financial Times attempts to put the rise into context, pointing out that just five of the 30 companies in the index account for half of the Dow's rise since election day.

Rail renationalisation plans

The Times, Daily Telegraph and the Mail all report that the Department for Transport is considering taking direct control of Southern rail, whose services have been disrupted by delays and months of strikes.

The Mail thinks an internal investigation will decide whether Southern's performance is so poor that it has breached the terms of its contract.

The Times says the company could be sacked within weeks.

The Telegraph believes such a decision would be politically sensitive because it would be claimed as a victory by the unions and the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn.

The Times believes plans which would allow some GPs in England to charge patients for out-of hours appointments and minor surgical procedures are controversial but deserve a fair hearing.

It suggests it would be a simple way to offer more appointments as well as raising money that would help to pay for new doctors.

However, the paper insists that safeguards would be needed to ensure that a sick person is always seen, regardless of their bank balance.

Homeless concerns

The author and former Royal Marine, Neal Ascherson, reveals in the Times how he shot two badly-wounded men in Malaya 65 years ago to - as he described it - "put them out of their misery".

Mr Ascherson tells the paper that he has spoken for the first time about what he had done to lend his support to the campaign to quash the conviction and sentence of a marine, Alexander Blackman, for murdering an injured Taliban fighter.

He says the conviction of Blackman is a "piteous miscarriage of justice".

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Image caption A number of papers showed Mary Berry punching the air after being named best television judge at the National TV Awards

The Sun expresses concern about a 15% rise in the number of people sleeping on the streets in England.

It says it is too easy to point the finger at Tory cuts, but it acknowledges that Labour is partly right to blame the government's housing strategy.

Far too many people spend freezing winter nights on our streets, concludes the paper.

In short, it says, the government has to get to grips with this.

Mary Berry is known for her calm and genteel manner on the Great British Bake Off, but the Daily Telegraph is among a number of papers that show her punching the air with delight after being named best television judge at the National TV Awards.

Miss Berry will not be on the programme when it moves to Channel Four.

And according to the Mail she has ruled out an appearance on Strictly Come Dancing - saying her husband would leave her, and her children would chuck her out.