Newspaper headlines: Grief and 'outrage' over Lyra McKee death

By BBC News

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Lyra McKee was shot dead while observing rioting in Londonderry on Thursday night

Photographs of a smiling Lyra McKee feature on almost all the front pages.

The Daily Mail calls the New IRA - who police believe were responsible for her killing - "barbaric".

The Guardian says her shooting is a "symbol of political failure" - a reminder that the Good Friday Agreement should not be taken for granted.

The Sun agrees - it says more needs to be done to restore faith in the political process, starting with restoring the Stormont Assembly.

A headline in the Times quotes Lyra McKee herself - "just because we're not at war anymore doesn't mean the shadow of the gunman has left the room".

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Hundreds attended a vigil for Lyra McKee at Belfast City Hall on Friday evening

The impact of the Mueller report on Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election is still being digested.

The Washington Post says Democrats are divided about what their end game is - to investigate Trump or impeach him.

It says two presidential hopefuls, Elizabeth Warren and Julián Castro, are increasing the pressure for impeachment, while the party's leadership appear to be backing continued investigations with the aim of taking the results to voters in the 2020 election.

"All the options are lousy", a Republican supporter tells the New York Times, which after canvassing public opinion concludes that "disgust with the country's political leaders" seems unanimous.

In the UK, the Financial Times thinks any move, at this point, to hold Mr Trump accountable could rebound; Americans, it argues, are numbed to the reality of the president and settled in their opinions.

Trump state visit

The Daily Telegraph leads with a warning from ministers that if the Speaker of the Commons, John Bercow, refuses to allow President Trump to address Parliament during a planned state visit in June, it will risk damaging Britain's special relationship with the United States.

Mr Bercow strongly opposed a presidential address two years ago, citing "opposition to racism and sexism", and friends tell the paper he hasn't changed his view.

But the minister for veterans, Tobias Ellwood, says the UK should "leverage" Mr Trump's visit.

Thousands of non-British women who have suffered domestic abuse in the UK are being refused help by authorities, according to the lead story in the Independent.

The online paper says they are being turned away from refuges and forced into homelessness or back to their abusers because they don't have access to public funds.

Amnesty International says the system is failing migrant women by letting them "slip through the cracks".

'Easter meltdown'

An English baronet is sending 50 oak trees from his estate in Somerset to help rebuild Notre Dame, the Daily Express reports, because he feels guilty about his family's history of "killing French people".

Sir Benjamin Slade tells the paper one ancestor, Sir Thomas Slade, designed Horatio Nelson's flagship HMS Victory. He adds he hopes his gesture will help make amends.

"Bunny Boiler" is the headline on the front of the Sun, which says chocolate rabbits and eggs are facing an "Easter meltdown" as temperatures are set to hit the high 20s this weekend.

Get ready for record temperatures, the Daily Mirror says, while the Daily Star predicts a "stampede for the beaches".

The Guardian urges its readers to feel the weather on their skin - without their phones. Get dirty it says, make something, cook and eat a meal without photographing it first.