Newspaper headlines: Rwanda treaty 'done deal' and 'royal show of unity'

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"It's a done deal," headlines the Metro as Home Secretary James Cleverly is pictured shaking hands with the Rwandan foreign secretary. The pair signed a new asylum treaty with Rwanda who will take illegal immigrants on behalf of the UK. The paper carries quotes from Mr Cleverly who said he felt "very strongly" the treaty addresses issues raised by the Supreme Court when they ruled the previous deal unlawful last month.

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The Daily Telegraph writes that up to 10 ministers are threatening to quit if the government adopts a hardline approach on Rwanda and uses emergency legislation to get around the European Convention on Human Rights. It observes it is thought the legislation will be not be published before Wednesday "amid wrangling within government" over how tough it should be. Meanwhile, the Princess of Wales is shown making a joke at a diplomatic reception at Buckingham Palace.

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The Times leads with ministers privately assuring Conservative MPs that Rishi Sunak's emergency law on Rwanda flights will not breach the UK's international human rights obligations. The paper carries a photo of the King and Queen Camilla, and the Prince and Princess of Wales at Buckingham Palace. The paper writes senior royals "put on a show of unity". Meanwhile, it reports KFC have been challenging efforts to stop fast-food outlets near schools.

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The Daily Express carries quotes from the home secretary who says he "can see no reason" to block Britain's new deal with Rwanda.

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The Guardian carries the warning of a UN official describing "apocalyptic" conditions in Gaza ending any possibility of meaningful humanitarian operations. Elsewhere, on nuclear power site Sellafield it says there is a worsening leak from a huge silo of radioactive waste that could pose a risk to the public.

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"Why did the bodies have to pile high?" asks the i, as it previews Boris Johnson giving evidence at the Covid inquiry on Wednesday. Its front page features bereaved relatives who want to give "a voice to 233,225 people killed by Covid in the UK". In a feature teased on the page, a writer said she aged 10 years by "drinking like a Boomer in their 60s".

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"Glorious royal show of unity", writes the Daily Mail as it too carries the picture of the royals. Its main story calls the junior doctors' strike the "cruellest and most indefensible" yet. Junior doctors are due to strike for three days this month and six more in January.

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The Financial Times leads with Brussels proposing a three-year delay to tariffs that were due to hit electric vehicle sales between the UK and EU. At the top of the FT's front page, pupils are pictured wearing masks in the classroom during the pandemic. The paper reports figures from the OECD showed UK children's performance in reading levels and maths sank to its lowest level for a decade.

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"Standing firm", writes the Daily Mirror as it pictures a "united" Royal Family, following the release of Omid Scobie's book Endgame. The paper's lead warns of Turkish medical firms offering cosmetic surgery in Christmas discount deals despite allegations of botched surgery.

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Old Trafford and Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag feature on the front of the Daily Star as it accuses the club of being "big babies". It writes the club's bosses had a hissy fit banning the newspaper from the ground after they wrote a story about the manager.

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