Newspaper headlines: Trump eyes re-election and Charles 'not stupid'

By BBC News

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The results of the American mid-term elections make the lead for many of the papers.

For the Guardian, the outcome fell short of the repudiation of President Trump that millions in America, and around the world, had yearned for after two years of tumult, offensiveness and shattering of democratic norms.

The Times says America has been left exhausted and divided by an election campaign marred by mail-bomb attacks, a mass shooting of Jewish worshippers and aggressive partisan rhetoric from the president.

But the Financial Times says that, despite the acrimonious campaign, all Americans should take satisfaction from an outcome that shows the country's system of checks and balances is working.

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image captionPrince Charles took part in a behind the scenes documentary to be shown on Thursday

Several papers lead on Prince Charles's pledge to stop campaigning on issues such as the environment, architecture and homeopathy when he ascends the throne.

"I won't be a meddling King... I am not that stupid", is the Daily Telegraph's headline.

Richard Kay, writing in the Daily Mail, says many who are alarmed that, on occasions, he does blunder into the political arena, will no doubt be reassured by his admission in a BBC documentary marking his 70th birthday.

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image captionPeter Gouldstone is being treated in hospital after sustaining bruising and a head injury

A picture of 98-year-old war veteran Peter Gouldstone, critically ill following an attack by intruders at his home in North London, appears widely.

The Daily Mirror has the picture on its front page with the headline: "What have we become?"

The Daily Express says that tragically, the attack is not an isolated case - thugs routinely see the old and vulnerable as easy targets.

The Daily Mail describes the assault as another shocking attack in 'Wild West Britain'.

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Theresa May comes under pressure to publish the legal advice she has been given about any temporary customs arrangement with the EU.

In the Sun's view, if the Attorney General Geoffrey Cox has a moment's doubt about Britain's ability to extricate itself from a customs union, the public must know.

The Mail thinks it's reasonable to demand transparency over the government's legal advice so that the full implications of any agreement can be understood.

Finally, do babies really need an iPad dock in their cot? It's a question posed by the Mail as it reports the launch of the world's first cot with a built-in tablet - which it says has prompted horror from child psychologists and sleep experts.

It has been produced by a Birmingham-based company, whose owner was struggling to get his nine-month-old daughter to sleep.

But the Express says it has prompted a furious reaction from psychologists, who say parents should be putting their children to sleep.

However, Mr Taylor tells the Times: "That's the way this generation is going. I'm giving people what they want".