Newspaper headlines: Front pages focus on key Brexit vote

"It is crunch week for Brexit", says the editorial in the Times, "because it is always now crunch week for Brexit".

It is one of several papers to focus on the amendment put forward by Sir Graham Brady, which calls for changes to the Irish backstop, but otherwise approves Theresa May's plan.

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Image caption The prime minister is reportedly "warming" to Sir Graham Brady's proposal

It suggests Brexiteers are "coalescing around" the amendment, as a way to show what Parliament will approve and thus give fresh impetus to negotiations with the EU.

The Daily Mail says Mrs May is poised to "throw her weight" behind the proposal, in what it calls a "high stakes gamble", while the Sun says she appears to be "warming to" the Brady plan as a way to get a renewed mandate.

Former foreign secretary Boris Johnson writes in the the Daily Telegraph that Mrs May is planning to go to Brussels to get changes to the so-called backstop.

But not every paper sees signs of progress. The headline in the i questions whether the UK will really be "gone in 60 days" from the EU, as the current schedule dictates.

And the Daily Mirror and Guardian say the PM's hopes of securing a compromise in Brussels have been dealt a blow by the Irish Republic's insistence that the backstop must stay.

According to a leading article in the Financial Times, the first priority for the Commons should be to avoid the risk of chaos, and so take no-deal off the table.

Parliament should use its national sovereignty to act in the national interest, it adds.

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The Guardian says it has secured one of the the first interviews with the man who has proclaimed himself as interim president of Venezuela, Juan Guaido.

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He says people in his country are "daring to dream again" after a "nightmare" under President Nicolas Maduro, and he plays down fears about a possible armed conflict.

The paper says that, for all the optimism, questions remain about the bedfellows Mr Guaido has chosen, with Donald Trump his main international backer.

Months of hell

In Egypt, a British woman held in jail for over a year tells the Sun that she is being freed.

Laura Plummer says she has been given a presidential pardon and has been transferred out of jail.

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Image caption Laura Plummer has been in jail for 14 months

The 34-year-old from Hull was arrested in 2017 for carrying illegal painkillers, which she insisted were for her Egyptian boyfriend's back pain.

She tells the Sun her two-week holiday turned into 14 months of hell, and promises "never to set foot in an airport again".

China's envoy to the EU has given an interview to the Financial Times in which he launches what the paper calls a "blistering" attack on the discrimination he says his country's firms have faced in Europe.

Zhang Ming says any attempts to curb the involvement of tech companies such as Huawei in forthcoming European projects for high-speed 5G mobile networks would be self-defeating, and risk global co-operation.

Magnificent Novak

And there is praise for Novak Djokovic, who won a record seventh Australian Open men's singles title on Sunday.

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The Daily Mirror calls him "unstoppable", the Guardian chooses "magnificent", and the Daily Telegraph calls his performance "tennis from another planet".

The Age, in Melbourne, describes Djokovic as "austere and earnest", and says he is not cherished as are Federer and Nadal - the only men with more Grand Slam titles.

But it says he must now command universal admiration and asks "who would dare to say that he won't surpass Federer's overall record?"