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News Daily: Trump urges anti-extremism fight

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Trump warns over extremism

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"Drive them out of this earth," Donald Trump has told leaders of 55 Muslim-majority countries, as he urged them to take the lead in combating those responsible for radicalisation. The US president, on his first overseas tour since taking office, called the fight against extremism "a battle between good and evil".

Mr Trump's visiting Israel later, where he will hold talks with both Israeli and Palestinian leaders during the course of a two-day stop.

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Care pledge queried

The Conservatives want to include the value of someone's home when deciding how much they must pay towards care at home - but allow the bill to be settled after death. However, former Lib Dem pensions minister Sir Steve Webb says this plan could be disrupted by variations in the arrangements councils have in place. Labour's called the Conservative proposal a "dementia tax", but Work and Pensions Secretary Damian Green said the Tories would not "look again" at it.

Tuition fee promise

Labour's upping its campaign pledge to abolish tuition fees in England, saying that, if it wins the election, students starting higher education in England from this autumn won't have to pay. Leader Jeremy Corbyn promised to lift a "cloud of debt", but the Conservatives said more people from disadvantaged backgrounds than ever before were going to university.

Fred Goodwin in court

Former Royal Bank of Scotland boss Fred Goodwin is expected in court later, as 9,000 people who lost money on shares demand £520m from the bank and four of its ex-directors. The case at London's High Court, involving a deal made in 2007, is expected to last 14 weeks. The bank and former directors deny any wrongdoing.

Analysis: The brains behind the parties

By Esther Webber, BBC News

The party leaders will be inescapable until 8 June as they are photographed non-stop on the campaign trail, kissing babies and knocking on doors. But who are the strategists plotting behind the scenes?

Read Esther's full article

What the papers say

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Several papers lead on the discussions around Conservative plans to overhaul social care funding, with the Financial Times saying some senior party figures were not consulted ahead of the announcement. But the i says the Conservatives are "standing firm" after a "wobble". Meanwhile, the Daily Express predicts 10 days of sunshine ahead.

Daily digest

Missing mother Two men charged over disappearance of Renata Antczak

Syria conflict Government regains full control of Homs

Greens launch manifesto Plans include referendum on Brexit terms

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'Doctors played God with my body'

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The rise of the mac 'n' cheese

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Dissolving the dead - a serious alternative?

Today's lookahead

10:00 The EU General Affairs Council meets to authorise the opening of Brexit negotiations with the UK.

Today It's the deadline to register to vote in the general election.

Today Donald Trump is in Israel, as his first overseas tour as US president continues.

On this day

1897 The Blackwall Tunnel, under the River Thames, is officially opened.

1970 South Africa's cricket tour of England is called off following widespread anti-apartheid protests.

1981 The Yorkshire Ripper, Peter Sutcliffe, is jailed for life for 13 counts of murder and seven of attempted murder.

From elsewhere

Is climbing Everest getting more dangerous? (Independent)

The lights are going out in the Middle East (New Yorker)

The expanding universe of synthetic drugs (Economist)

What do our closets say about us? (Slate)

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