Newspaper headlines: Acid attacks and Charlie Gard dominate

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Image caption Five people were attacked with acid within 90-minutes on Thursday in London

The front page of the Times reports that new laws to restrict the sale and possession of corrosive substances will be proposed "within days", because of the rise in acid attacks.

The plans are predicted to feature tougher sentencing guidelines and a ban on the sale of the chemicals to under-18s.

They will be released in the next 48 hours, the newspaper says.

In an editorial, the paper notes that Britain has one of the highest rates of recorded acid attacks in the world and calls on MPs to make the "liquid weapons" harder to obtain.

It also urges regulators to make readily available products less dangerous.

Two front pages lead on the arrival in Britain next week of the US specialist who will examine the seriously ill baby Charlie Gard to see if an untested therapy can save his life.

Doctors tell the I newspaper that it is a "sensible, ethical solution".

While the Daily Mirror says the intervention has given new hope to Charlie's parents.

Many of the papers carry reports on President Trump's visit to Paris to mark Bastille Day.

The Guardian says Mr Trump revelled in the pomp and ceremony and was beaming from ear to ear as he prepared to fly home.

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Image caption President Trump visited Paris on Bastille Day

The Daily Mail calls the parade on the Champs-Élysées - held to mark the centenary of America's entry into World War One - "extraordinary".

But it says from the prominence of the French and American military hardware on display, one might have thought that the two countries had won the conflict without any help.

The Sun says Chancellor Phillip Hammond sparked "sexist fury" when he remarked - in front of the entire cabinet - that driving a modern train is so easy, "even a women could do it".

Mr Hammond then tried to dig himself out of trouble, according to the Sun, earning him this rebuke from Theresa May: "Mr chancellor, I am going take your shovel away from you."

Sources close to Mr Hammond insist to the Sun that he made no such comment and some suggest another minister had unfairly caricatured the chancellor's position.

The governing body of women's tennis, the WTA, is criticised in the Times.

The organisation invited readers of its Facebook page to vote on which female competitor dressed the best at SW19.

In the poll, a dress worn by Heather Watson is praised for creating "a harmony between contemporary sporty elements and feminine flair of the English rose pattern and pleats".

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Image caption A dress worn by Heather Watson was featured in the poll

Those who commented on the post were more direct. One accused the WTA of asking a "stupid question", which set tennis back 50 years.

The organisation defended its conduct to the Times, saying "there's nothing wrong with promoting athleticism while promoting Wimbledon's wonderful dress code".

The Express features a surreptitious snap taken by a passenger on board an Emirates flight, appearing to show a flight attendant pouring a glass of champagne back into its bottle.

The paper quotes a former flight attendant, who describes the recycling of liquid refreshments which have been exposed to cabin air as "unsanitary and disgusting".

The airline says it has begun an investigation into an apparent breach of its standards.

The Daily Mail warns British tourists about what it calls "the summer car hire rip-off".

The paper quotes a study showing that firms have hiked the insurance excess charges they can impose in the event of an accident.

The average figure is £1,000, even when the driver isn't to blame, with the highest rising to £2,200.

Experts tell the Mail the "astonishingly high figures" are being used to persuade travellers to pay for costly extra cover before they set off.

The Guardian profiles a creature that's likely to be the last organism standing, if an apocalyptic catastrophe threatens life on earth.

The tardigrade, just one millimetre long, is extraordinarily hardy - shrugging off the vacuum of space, absolute-zero temperatures and extreme doses of radiation as if it was nothing.

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The Guardian styles them as the "ultimate hope for terrestrial life as we know it", as researchers say they could survive virtually any disaster.

Until the sun eventually enlarges and boils away the oceans, that is.

The Daily Telegraph reports on efforts by the British Museum to boost interest in its forthcoming exhibition about the Scythians - a fierce, horse-back tribe of nomads who roamed central Asia.

On the museum's website, they're likened to the Dothraki - a fictional people from the book and television series Game of Thrones.

In an editorial, the Telegraph laments the need for TV fantasy comparisons.

And while the paper acknowledges some similarities - bloodthirstiness, master bowmanship - it suggests the Scythians, unlike their fantasy counterparts, may have worn a few more clothes.

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