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The Times says Labour's adoption of an international definition of anti-Semitism was a first step towards rebuilding trust with the Jewish community - and there's much more work to do.

The paper says the community will not easily forget that the party had to be dragged to a position that should have been obvious months ago.

For the Daily Mirror, Labour could have saved itself months of agony by acting earlier, but hopefully it can move on, expelling any anti-Semites.

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The New Statesman website says the party can comfort itself that the open wound over this issue has been cauterised if not yet healed.

Calories on menus

The Guardian leads with research suggesting that almost four million children in Britain live in households that struggle to afford to buy enough fruit, vegetables, fish and other healthy foods to meet official nutrition guidelines.

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According to the paper, the Food Foundation think tank - which carried out the study - says the diminishing ability of low-income families to pay for healthy food is consigning the least well-off to a greater risk of diet-related illness, such as obesity and diabetes.

And it seems that a plan to force restaurants, cafes and fast food outlets to display the number of calories of dishes on their menus has prompted a Cabinet row.

According to the Daily Telegraph's main story, the Department of Health is to unveil the proposal - aimed at tackling obesity - within days.

But the Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liz Truss has apparently raised concerns, and accused the Department of Health of significantly underestimating the cost of calculating calories and printing new menus for small businesses - warning it could lead to job losses and higher food prices.

The Archbishop of Canterbury's call for wealthy families to pay more tax to help the poor makes the lead for the Daily Mail - but it's not one the paper supports.

Its leader column says there is much to welcome in Justin Welby's report on creating a fairer economy - such as tackling soaring executive pay and tax avoidance by multinational companies.

But it thinks that other ideas - such as giving every 25-year-old a "universal minimum inheritance" - are pie-in-the-sky gimmicks.

Airport germs

Airline passengers are being warned that nasty cold and flu bugs lurk inside the airport trays they put their possessions in before they go through the security machines.

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The Daily Mail reports that tests on the trays showed half carried respiratory viruses.

According to the Daily Telegraph, scientists from Nottingham University and Finland found that the trays - often containing shoes and belts as well as detritus from pockets such as used tissues - had more germs than even toilet areas.

No respiratory viruses were found on toilet flush handles, seats or doors - possibly because they are cleaned frequently.

Mini deals?

The Politico website reports that the European Commission has warned member countries against allowing their officials to attend a series of bilateral seminars on Brexit being organised by the British government in London.

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Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab with the EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier

According to the website, there is suspicion that the seminars are a British attempt to sideline the commission in the negotiations and study the potential of reaching bilateral mini-deals if the main Brexit talks break down.

An EU official was quoted as saying: "No deal means no deal. No deal does not mean that we will negotiate a series of mini deals."

Finally, a study has discovered that people over the age of 70 have significantly better memory at the start of autumn compared with spring.

According to the Times, scientists found that the difference between the autumn and spring equinox was equivalent to four years of ageing.

More than 3,000 people in North America and Europe were given cognitive tests at various times of the year - performance peaked at the autumn equinox, then dropped off until the spring equinox.

The Daily Mail says the researchers suggest the cold and dark months of winter may make people live more unhealthily, affecting the brain and causing thinking skills to decline.