Newspaper headlines: No more wars like Iraq, May tells US

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Image caption Theresa May's upcoming meeting with Donald Trump features on many of the front pages

The Daily Telegraph focuses on Prime Minister Theresa May's promise that there will be - in the words of its headline - "no more wars like Iraq".

It says she was cheered by Republican politicians on Thursday night as she made what the paper sees as "the biggest shift in UK foreign policy for more than 20 years".

Mrs May, the paper's editorial argues, is "embracing realism" in a change that in many ways mirrors that outlined by Donald Trump.

"May buries Blair doctrine in nod to US," is the headline for the Financial Times.

It believes she was, in some respects, bowing to the inevitable, but notes what it sees as her "plea to the president" on the duty of both countries to provide world leadership.

The Daily Mail says Mrs May's barnstorming speech wowed Republican politicians.

It says she received rapturous applause after vowing "no more failed foreign wars" and welcomes what it calls "an end to the era of Blair follies".

"Let's stand together and halt eclipse of the West" is the headline for the Times, which believes the main message of the prime minister's speech was urging President Trump not to shirk his "obligation" to lead the world.

It says she also matched parts of Mr Trump's controversial foreign policy, including admitting it was time to engage Russia in the search for peace in Syria.

But, for the i, Mrs May invoked the "spirit of the Cold War", warning the president that the UK and the US needed to engage with the Kremlin from a position of strength.

The Sun believes her "radical change of course" was a "direct slap-down" to David Cameron on Libya, as well as to Tony Blair and Gordon Brown for Iraq and Afghanistan.

There is also much coverage of the prime minister's comment about Mr Trump that "sometimes, opposites attract".

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For the Times, Mrs May's response was "verging on the coquettish" - acknowledging there are few obvious connections but allowing, it says, for "the possibility of a spark".

The Guardian's editorial cautions it would be naive for her to treat the visit as "traditional statecraft" but says it is not impossible she may be able to steer the president towards more balanced approaches - "she must try", it says.

The Financial Times believes her upbeat comments did little to conceal the complexity of developing the special relationship when, it says, she disagrees with Mr Trump on many fundamental issues.

The Daily Mirror believes her remarks risk enraging millions of women.

It says it hopes she can secure the best outcome for Britain, without having to get too close to what it calls "this odious and increasingly offensive leader".

But the Sun argues it does not matter what anyone in Britain personally thinks of the new president, even Theresa May; "her sole duty", it says, is "to promote Britain's interests".

The Telegraph's cartoonist, Bob, captures "the special relationship", as Mr Trump looks into a mirror.

The i newspaper says the prime minister has "a superb chance to recast Britain's relationship with America" and advises that to command Mr Trump's respect she must "show the forceful confidence of a world leader".

Corbyn's 'Brexodus'

The Telegraph reports that Mrs May is preparing to abandon plans for a British Bill of Rights after leaving the EU.

It quotes government sources as saying plans to scrap the Human Rights Act - already shelved until after Brexit - may now be abandoned entirely, because the sovereignty of British courts will already be significantly strengthened.

"Corbyn facing MPs' Brexodus" is the headline for the Daily Mirror, after Tulip Siddiq quit as shadow education minister in response to the Labour leader ordering his MPs to vote to trigger Article 50.

It says Mr Corbyn is facing a walkout by his frontbench team, while the Mail reports what it calls a "farcical development" - the party whip, Thangam Debbonaire, apparently telling MPs she will vote against the bill.

But, the i says, while the bill has reinforced Labour divisions, several shadow cabinet members known to be worried appear to have fallen in behind Mr Corbyn.

Pensions 'boost'

The lead for the Daily Express is what its headline describes as a "huge boost" for pensions.

It says payouts have surged to their highest level since the financial crisis in 2008, thanks to what the paper calls Britain's Brexit boom.

For the Daily Mail, the main story is what it calls the new pain threshold test designed to save the NHS millions: denying patients hip or knee replacements unless their pain is so severe they cannot sleep through the night.

It says three health trusts in the Midlands hope to slash operations by a fifth.

The Times says "the latest NHS rationing plans" come as the number of such operations is increasing by about 8% a year.

Tourist tax

The Times reports that visitors to Britain face the prospect of a tourist tax to stay in popular cities, as councils "scramble to raise cash to pay for local services".

The paper says London Mayor Sadiq Khan will today back charging visitors a hotel levy in a move that could raise tens of millions of pounds for City Hall, and which, if successful, could be replicated up and down the country.

The British film industry is, according to the Guardian's headline, "flying high thanks to Superman and Star Wars".

They are among 200 movies that began shooting in the UK last year, 48 of which were funded overseas with a total spend of £1.6bn.

The i points out that the three most successful films in 2016 were made here: Rogue One, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and Bridget Jones's Baby.

And finally, a study about canine musical tastes produces a panoply of puns.

"Pooch-ini? Bach?" asks the Mail, "no, your dog would rather listen to reggae."

The Telegraph says the research by the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Glasgow University suggests they prefer music "with a little more bite", with soft rock also said to make dogs calmer and more relaxed.

The i, which dubs them "Super woofers", says the charity now intends to install sound systems at all its kennels.