Newspaper headlines: Brexit deal talks 'end in chaos'

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Many of the morning's front pages focus on events in Brussels.

"DUP wrecks Theresa May's Brexit deal" is the headline for the Guardian, which says the prime minister's political weakness has been "brutally exposed".

The Daily Telegraph reports that several hours of parliamentary time had been booked to set out the details of a deal to the Commons, such was Theresa May's confidence.

Instead, the paper notes, she's facing demands to explain to MPs what went wrong.

The Daily Mirror describes the failure to achieve a breakthrough as a "shambles".

Its leader article wonders whether another £1bn will be needed to convince the DUP to free Mrs May to negotiate with Europe.

The Irish Times says the party's opposition to a special status for Northern Ireland is more political stagecraft than principled conviction, as the region already opts out of many British laws the DUP doesn't like.

Writing in The Spectator, ITV's political editor Robert Peston says there's only one way for Mrs May to overcome the DUP's objections: regulatory alignment between the EU and the whole of the UK.

But for Brexit campaigners like Michael Gove and Boris Johnson, that negates the whole point of leaving the EU.

It's on nights like these, he says, the prime minister probably remembers why she voted Remain.

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The Daily Express and the Daily Star lead on a forecast of freezing gales, heavy snow and sub-zero temperatures in Britain over the next week.

The icy conditions could hold until Christmas according to the Express, which says bookmakers have slashed their odds on this December being the coldest ever.

Christmas dinner shouldn't be derailed though - a Brussels sprout farmer tells the paper growing conditions earlier in 2017 were perfect.

The Times warns of a significant increase in the number of so-called Islamic State (IS) fighters being caught at the Turkish border, having fled Raqqa, the group's de-facto capital in Syria.

One of those arrested, who claims to have defected from IS, tells the Times he's one of many who took advantage of an evacuation deal, struck with American-backed Kurdish forces.

The paper says his testimony will add to fears that many of the fighters allowed to leave are heading to Europe to launch attacks.

The Financial Times hails 2016 as a "golden year" for metal detector enthusiasts.

There were 1,120 treasure discoveries according to official data - a new record.

Roman silver hoards, Bronze Age axe heads and an inlaid Anglo-Saxon gold cross pendant were among the hauls, with the latter challenging historical assumptions.

The FT puts the pursuit's growing popularity down to advances in technology and the popularity of "Detectorists", a BBC series satirising the nerdish nature of amateur treasure hunters.

And finally, the Daily Mail reports on the Jones family in Oldham, who have become the first in Britain to own an African wild cat known as a serval as a pet.

Anubis, as he's called, will stand two feet tall and weight 40 pounds when he's fully grown.

The family concede to the Mail that Anubis' huge fangs and claws could cause "serious damage", but fortunately he's "really chilled out" in the evenings and spends his days eating mice rabbits and chicks - bones and all.