BBC News Daily: 25 April 2017
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- Labour promises 'new plan' for Brexit
- Le Pen quits as National Front leader
- Nastase comment racist, says Williams
A week after Theresa May shocked the country by announcing she wanted a general election, the political focus is moving firmly towards Brexit. Labour's promising a "new plan", guaranteeing the rights of EU citizens currently living in the UK.
In the party's first major policy statement of the campaign, shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer will also say he'll work to keep the "benefits" of membership of the European customs union and single market. But the Conservatives respond that they are the only party with a "clear plan" for Brexit, calling Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn "weak".
There are 44 days to go until the UK votes. Get the latest campaign updates.
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- A day after achieving a place in the final run-off for the French presidency, Marine Le Pen has announced she's resigning as leader of the far-right National Front party - at least temporarily. Centrist Emmanuel Macron is favourite to succeed Francois Hollande, but Ms Le Pen said she could and would win - and that she needed to be above partisan concerns while campaigning.
- Tennis star Serena Williams has responded to comments by Romania's Fed Cup captain Ilie Nastase about the skin colour of her unborn child. Nastase was heard speculating whether the baby would be "chocolate with milk". Williams, who is due to give birth in the autumn, said: "It disappoints me to know we live in a society where people like Ilie Nastase can make such racist comments."
- The over-50s can improve thinking and memory skills by doing moderate physical exercise several times a week, Australian researchers say. T'ai Chi is among the recommendations. But Public Health England says a more mundane form of exercise could also be useful: lifting heavy shopping bags.
Analysis: Grading Donald Trump so far
By Anthony Zurcher, North America reporter
He is far from a traditional president, so perhaps it's unfair to evaluate the first few months of his presidency in traditional ways, such as by tallying up his policy accomplishments and failures.
What the papers say
There's quite a lot of Brexit about. The Guardian reports that a pro-Remain group is urging voters to unseat prominent pro-Leave MPs, while the Times says Brussels is preparing to hit the UK with a 2bn euro (£1.7bn) bill.
The Telegraph quotes Mary Curnock Cook, head of universities admission organisation Ucas, urging students not to "obsess" about getting a job after graduation. And the Mirror interviews the British survivor of a shark attack, who says her husband punched the animal to save her.
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1915 The Allied Powers launch a major land invasion of the Gallipoli peninsular, in the Ottoman Empire.
1953 Scientists Francis Crick and James Watson publish an article describing the double helix structure of DNA.
1983 The German magazine Stern publishes the first instalment of the controversial Hitler Diaries, later found to be fake.