Newspaper headlines: Gaza violence and Meghan Markle's father

Palestinians protesters pulling barbed wire fence installed by Israeli army along the border during clashes after protests near the border with Israel in the east of Gaza Strip Image copyright EPA

The deadly violence in Gaza dominates many of Tuesday's newspaper front pages, alongside reports that Meghan Markle's father may not attend the royal wedding.

Two photographs - both taken on Monday, at locations 60 miles apart - are featured on the front page of the Guardian. One is of a smiling Ivanka Trump, opening the new US embassy in Jerusalem while the other shows two men carrying an injured protester in Gaza.

According to the paper, the violent scenes "contrasted sharply with the glossy inauguration of Washington's new mission".

The Daily Mirror claims Donald Trump's hands are "soaked in blood" after he "defied an international consensus" and moved the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, on the day the Israeli military killed scores of Palestinians.

The Daily Telegraph says "there is no point in pretending the two were not connected" but calls on Palestinians to "come to terms with the new realities on the ground."

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According to the Daily Mail, Meghan Markle is "distraught" after her father apparently pulled out of Saturday's royal wedding.

A friend of the bride-to-be has told the paper that Ms Markle is standing by her father, Thomas, and is "begging people to give him some space" following reports he staged paparazzi photographs of himself.

The same friend claims Prince Harry is "blaming himself" for Mr Markle's alleged change of heart because he feels "this is the price to pay" for anyone who becomes associated with his life.

The Daily Express says Ms Markle's father reportedly pulled out of her wedding to avoid embarrassing the Royal Family after he allegedly posed for what the Metro calls "staged paparazzi photos."

The Mirror suggests Mr Markle's apparent decision is motivated by a desire not to embarrass his daughter, while the Daily Star thinks his rumoured decision comes after he suffered a heart attack.

The Sun says the "bombshell revelation" means Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland, may now walk her down the aisle.

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Image caption According to the Telegraph, the PM has told Tory MPs that neither of the two options to replace the customs union would work in their current form

Meanwhile, the lead story in the Daily Telegraph claims Theresa May has gone "back to the drawing board" in her attempts to get a customs deal with the EU.

It says the prime minister has admitted to Conservative backbenchers that Brexit negotiations are at an impasse because neither of her options to replace the customs union would work in their current form.

Writing in the paper, the leading Tory Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg says Mrs May must show more firmness and tenacity in negotiations. He accuses Brussels of using the Irish border question as an excuse to thwart Brexit and argues the UK will "simply have to leave with no deal" if the EU insists on rejecting practical British proposals.

Elsewhere in politics, the Sun is scathing about Monday's intervention on Brexit by David Miliband.

Describing him as a "banana-waving bighead", it accuses the former foreign secretary of "repugnant" arrogance for calling for the UK to stay in the customs union and single market. The Guardian's John Crace suggests "almost no-one had listened".

The Times and the Financial Times both report that the government could be about to terminate the contract to run the East Coast rail franchise following heavy losses for the current operators.

The FT says an announcement is expected before the end of the week - making it the third time in a decade that ministers have been forced to intervene on the flagship line.

The Times says Transport Secretary Chris Grayling is likely to give the operators a new, non-profit-making contract, before a new public-private partnership takes over in two years' time.

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Comments by the head of the Royal College of Nursing are picked up by several papers, after she said nurses should not be referred to as "sister" or "matron", because it puts men off from joining the profession.

The Daily Mail says Janet Davies told the union's annual conference that more "Charlies" were needed - a reference to a male nurse on the BBC drama, Casualty.

Meanwhile, the Daily Express highlights figures which it claims "shatter the myth" that the abuse of the elderly nearly always takes place in care homes.

According to the paper, 71% of calls received by a national helpline over the past year related to harm in the victim's home, with two thirds involving a perpetrator in the family. The average age of those seeking help is 80. The Express argues the figures make "sickening reading".

And there are conflicting accounts about how a British fisherman suffered injuries while fishing off the coast of Cornwall.

The Daily Mirror claims Max Berryman received several gaping cuts to his legs when they were caught by the teeth of a dead shark which fell from a net.

But the Sun reports that Mr Berryman was hurt when the 7ft porbeagle shark was hauled on deck and was thrashing around. He is quoted as saying: "It had me in his jaws and could've had my privates off."