The Papers: 'Frantic diplomacy' over Iran and Trump trial begins

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Concerns about the potential for an escalating conflict between Israel and Iran continue to lead many of the papers. It comes after Iran launched an estimated 300 drone and missile strikes towards Israel overnight on Saturday, saying the attack was a response to an earlier strike on its consulate in Syria. The i says Foreign Secretary Lord Cameron is set to fly to Israel in the hope of bringing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu back from the "brink" of a wider conflict, though adds that Netanyahu has asked his military for a list of Iranian targets for a missile strike that would "send a message" without causing casualties.

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The US and its European allies are working on a diplomatic response to the crisis, including a fresh package of sanctions against Iran, according to the Financial Times. It notes that the US, UK, France, and Jordan all helped Israel to shoot down or disable projectiles used in Saturday's attack, but quotes Lord Cameron stating: "We're saying very strongly that we don't support a retaliatory strike".

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The Guardian says US officials believe some form of retaliation is "almost inevitable" and quotes Lt Gen Herzi Halevi, chief of staff of the Israel Defense Forces, saying: "This launch of so many missiles, cruise missiles, and drones into Israeli territory will be met with a response". The paper adds, though, that US President Biden's administration still hopes any counter-strike will be limited and not aimed at Iranian territory.

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Former Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has said Iran is acting like a "bully" and must be "hit back twice as hard", the Daily Telegraph reports. In an article for the paper, Wallace says that, over the last decade, the West has "tolerated the proxies and the malign influence" of Iran in the hope that moderate forces in the country would "one day triumph over the headliners". He says the "charge sheet" against Iran is now growing and "we have done almost nothing" in response. "In Iran's eyes we are weak, and we need to wake up," he says.

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The Times says Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has rejected calls for the UK to proscribe Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps, the branch of the country's military tasked with protecting its regime and countering foreign influence in Iran. The paper says both Conservative and Labour figures want to see the group designated a terror organisation, but that the government fears doing so would mean severing diplomatic ties at a critical time. A spokesperson for the prime minister is quoted saying the UK's diplomatic presence in Iran is "one of our most effective channels for avoiding escalation".

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Former Conservative Party leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith is quoted in the Daily Express saying the government's reasons for not banning the group are "absurd" because "we clearly have no influence" over Iran in any event.

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The Metro leads with the criminal trial of Donald Trump, which got under way in New York on Monday. The former US president is accused of falsifying business records to conceal a hush-money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels, allegations which he denies. The paper quotes from a statement in which Trump describes the case as an "outrage" and a "political persecution like never before".

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Culture Secretary Lucy Frazer summoned representatives from UK sport bodies on Monday to urge them to stop transgender athletes competing against women in elite-level competitions, the Daily Mail says. In an article for the paper, Frazer says inclusion is important but that "in competitive sport, biology matters", adding: "Where male strength, size, and body shape gives athletes an indisputable edge, this should not be ignored."

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The Daily Mirror leads with a report on the Victims and Prisoners Bill, which will be debated in Parliament on Tuesday and which is intended to improve support for the victims of crime. The paper quotes Baroness Newlove, whose husband Garry was kicked to death after confronting a group of vandals in 2007, calling on the government to do more to tackle anti-social behaviour. "Tragedy can strike when pleas for help go unheard," she says.

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Netflix will throw a £1m "ring of steel" around Holly Willoughby when she travels to Costa Rica for film her new show, Bear Hunt, later this month, the Sun reports. The paper says the show will see at least ten celebrities try to evade capture by survival expert Bear Grylls.

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And the Daily Star says Geordie Shore and Loose Women host Vicky Pattison was turned away from an easyJet flight because her dog Milo had nibbled the side of her passport.

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