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Newspaper headlines: 'Irish eyes are smiling' after Brexit talks

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Many of the front pages feature the same picture of Boris Johnson and his Irish counterpart, Leo Varadkar, deep in conversation as they stroll through the grounds of a Merseyside hotel - following their Brexit meeting yesterday.

"Dare we dream of a deal?" is the headline in the Daily Mail, which says: "Even the most pessimistic pundit would have to say that an agreement now feels like an evens shot."

The Daily Express is similarly upbeat - claiming that Mr Johnson won a "dramatic breakthrough" - while admitting it may not be possible to finalise a deal before next week's European Council summit.

An unnamed EU diplomat tells the Financial Times that the talks included a "new and substantially different offer" from the PM on customs co-operation.

But the paper points out that if Mr Johnson has bowed to the demand from Brussels to keep Northern Ireland in the customs union - even for a limited time - the Democratic Unionists and hardline Tory Eurosceptics would refuse to support it, creating a new "political storm" in Westminster.

In other news, the Times reports that a coroner warned the US military 12 years ago about the dangers of personnel driving on the wrong side of the road - amid the growing row surrounding the wife of an American diplomat accused of killing a teenager in a crash in Northamptonshire.

Harry Dunn, who was 19, died outside RAF Croughton - a US communications base - in August.

The paper says his parents have appointed lawyers to bring a civil claim against Anne Sacoolas, who left the UK after the accident.

US President Donald Trump has so far declined to lift her diplomatic immunity.

According to the Daily Telegraph, a homeless charity wants to build 300 modular homes to help young people off the streets.

Centrepoint hopes to raise £15m for the project, and is currently scouting sites in London and Manchester.

All tenants will be given entry-level jobs or apprenticeships, and their rent will be capped so they pay no more than one-third of their salary.

The charity's chief executive, Seyi Obakin, says the scheme will offer people a genuine chance to turn their lives around.

"That stability", he claims, "will enable them to move out of these facilities into the private renting sector - bye bye housing benefit, bye bye homelessness."

Finally, the Guardian has an interview with the Canadian man who rescued the music chain, HMV - which opens Europe's biggest record shop in Birmingham today.

Doug Putman says he hopes the megastore - with its selection of 80,000 CDs and 25,000 vinyl albums - can challenge its online competitors by also hosting local bands and holding film screenings.

"The world's a scary place if there is just Amazon," he argues, "and ultimately we are all starting to realise that."

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