Newspaper headlines: 'Death penalty row' and heatwave warning

By BBC News

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Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheik were captured in Syria

Monday's revelation from the Daily Telegraph that the government has abandoned its objections to the death penalty in the case of two alleged British jihadists so they can be prosecuted in the United States leads many of Tuesday's papers.

The Times says Theresa May pushed for the move herself - even though she had been told that the evidence against at least one of them was too weak to sustain any realistic chance of a successful prosecution in Britain.

Today's Telegraph reports that Boris Johnson expressed reservations when he was foreign secretary, arguing that it would prevent Britain demanding that others are spared the death penalty in future.

The Guardian says that it finds Home Secretary Sajid Javid's decision "appalling".

The Sun leads on... the sun, and the advice from the Met Office for people to stay out of it, with the headline, "hazard warming".

It is not the only paper to remark on the heatwave sweeping across England, which saw temperatures reach 33C in Suffolk on Monday.

But tourism chiefs have "blasted" the "nannying advice", according to the Daily Mail, with the Daily Express calling it "incredible".

The Daily Star offers advice we all want to hear through its headline - "take the week off".

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Green spaces are drying out because of the heat

In other news, the Sun says it can reveal that a million public sector workers are to get wage hikes of up to 3.5% as Theresa May scraps David Cameron's pay cap for good.

It says she will announce "the biggest rises for a decade for squaddies, teachers, doctors, police and prison officers".

Sources have told the paper the rises will be between 1.5% and 3.5%, with most getting 2%.

Airbase closure

The Times says it has learned that the airbase that is home to the Red Arrows - where the Dambusters raid was launched - is to be sold to save money.

It says the disposal of RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire is part of the Ministry of Defence's efforts to save £3bn by 2040.

The site is also the headquarters of 1 Air Control Centre, whose 600 staff help to keep UK airspace safe from hostile aircraft.

The paper says there will be a statement today and the announcement is "likely to prompt protests".

Brexit warning from US

The Financial Times leads with a warning to the Treasury from Wall Street banks that the City of London will face a post-Brexit exodus unless the government cuts taxes and red tape.

Senior executives are said to have told ministers that London is slowly losing its edge against New York, especially since Donald Trump slashed corporation tax and pushed for looser regulation.

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Donald Trump's tweets have again hit the headlines

Across the Atlantic there is analysis of President Trump's block-capital tweeted warning to Iran to never threaten the United States.

The Washington Post says it is "mission accomplished" for Mr Trump, as the world is now talking about that instead of what it calls his "subservience to Russia".

Coming from any other president, this out-of-the-blue, all-caps ultimatum would have led to suggestions that he has been "hitting the bottle," the paper says.

"But for Trump the teetotaler, it's just business as usual," it adds.

In the UK, the Daily Mirror dismisses it as "a reckless rant".