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May makes her offer

The Conservatives are launching their election manifesto, promising to "bear down on immigration from outside the EU" and to reduce and control immigration from Europe after Brexit. Prime Minister Theresa May will also announce increased charges for firms who hire non-EU immigrants in skilled jobs.

Among other measures, the Conservatives will promise to "get to grips" with the rising costs of social care, while winter fuel payments for pensioners will be means-tested. And there'll be a commitment to ending universal free school lunches for infants.

Meanwhile, unconfirmed reports say the commitment not to raise income tax, VAT or national insurance, made at the last election, will go.

The prime minister will promise to be "straight with people about the challenges ahead" and the "hard work required to overcome them". But Labour says the Conservatives can't be trusted to keep their promises.

Analysis: May's bid to be tough, not cruel

By Laura Kuenssberg, political editor

The Conservative manifesto will not be presented as a description of a land where milk and honey flows. But rather look for a hard-headed assessment of the country's problems, wrapped up in arguments about why Theresa May is the person to fix them.

Read Laura's full article

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Laptop ban plan rejected

US officials have decided not to ban laptop and tablet use on flights from Europe. They held a meeting with EU officials in Brussels, amid concerns the devices could be used to conceal bombs. But other measures are still under consideration.

Labour's Rhodri Morgan dies

Rhodri Morgan, the former Labour First Minister of Wales, has died, aged 77. Calling him a "unique populist intellectual", former Welsh Secretary Lord Hain said Mr Morgan was a "towering figure in every sense whom we will all miss". Mr Morgan served as an MP before taking up the first minister's role in 2000.

Recycling 'villains' named

It's a "nightmare" to separate the parts of Pringles tubes, according to the Recycling Association. And Lucozade Sport bottles apparently confuse computer scanners on conveyor belts. These two products have been named numbers one and two on the list of the most problematic when it comes to re-use. A $2m (£1.5m) prize is on offer for inventors to devise packaging that's practical and easily recycled.

What the papers say

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The front pages look at what's known so far of the Conservative manifesto, with the Daily Mail saying it means people won't "have to sell" their homes to pay for social care. But the Daily Telegraph says changes to social care funding risk angering core Tory supporters. Meanwhile, the Financial Times reports that US President Donald Trump faces a "mounting threat" over allegations that he tried to influence an FBI investigation into his team's dealings with Russia.

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Today's lookahead

09:30 The Electoral Commission publishes its first weekly pre-poll donations and loans report ahead of the general election.

11:30 The 62nd Ivor Novello awards for musical achievement take place in central London.

Today United Nations climate talks end in Bonn, Germany.

On this day

1804 Napoleon Bonaparte is proclaimed emperor of France.

1964 Scores of youths are given prison sentences after a weekend of fighting between Mods and Rockers on England's south coast.

1993 Danish voters decide in favour of ratifying the Maastricht Treaty, having chosen not to do so a year previously.

From elsewhere

Virtual reality brings back Viking invaders' camp (Guardian)

A comic-book look at the US-Mexico border (Slate)

The 14 most common food allergens (Daily Telegraph)

Rising stars of photography showcased (Creative Review)

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