Newspaper headlines: 'Frantic Brexit talks' and Meghan Markle's dad

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The papers were too late to report the prime minister's dawn trip to Brussels and her meeting with the European Commission President - but they sensed something was in the air.

The Daily Mail asks: "Are we on the brink of a Brexit deal?"

The Telegraph says it understands that the text of a proposed agreement, clearing the way for trade talks, will concentrate on offering additional assurances to the Democratic Unionists.

According to the Times, under a compromise text, language that drew DUP objections would remain, but "interpretation" would be added "to make it more palatable".

The Daily Mail's lead story says Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson is standing his ground in the face of a furious row over his suggestion that British terrorists should be killed.

Its headline: "I will not back down!"

The paper itself praises what it calls Mr Williamson's courage in speaking out.

While he may have used strong language, the paper says, wasn't he just articulating what most of the country thinks?

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The Independent website reports that tens of thousands of council homes in England sold under the Right to Buy scheme - designed to help low-income families get on the housing ladder - are now being let out by private landlords.

It says a study has found that more than 40% of properties are now being rented out privately - a rise of 7% in the past two years alone.

The analysis is based on figures from 111 councils.

An investigation by the Sun has found that buying a Christmas hamper could cost twice as much as getting the contents individually from the same stores.

The paper checked prices at two stores. It says the Marks and Spencer Christmas Classic Hamper with Fizz was £75, but contained goods worth £33.50.

With its £25 wicker basket, the cost was was still only just under £60.

A Waitrose Christmas Gift Box was £50, but had just over £30 worth of goods.

Waitrose tells the paper the price reflects the effort in making a perfect, ready-made gift.

And M&S says its hampers are the perfect option for those who don't have time.

Finally, if you are still doing your Christmas shopping, you may have to put a bit more thought into your presents.

According to the Daily Mail, slippers have topped a poll of people asked to name their worst ever festive gift, followed by second hand clothing.

Also on the list are marigold gloves, a dead plant and a tax disc holder.

One unlucky recipient even unwrapped a mop and bucket, while other hated gifts included an opened box of chocolates, mouthwash and anti-cellulite cream.