The Daily Mail has a scoop with its front-page lead that Donald Trump won’t be coming to London next month to open the new US embassy.
It reports that the president has “gone cold on the idea”, with Whitehall sources saying he cancelled because he was “unhappy about the arrangements and the scale of the visit”.
The Mail says another source believed the “lack of ‘bells and whistles’ and royal involvement” had “discouraged him” from coming to the UK.
The paper’s editorial calls the cancellation a “diplomatic blow” but says Mr Trump’s “hysterical critics” have made him feel unwelcome.
If this episode damages the UK’s “strong alliance” with the US, the Mail warns, “it is they who take the blame”.
The Times reports that flu cases have risen by 50% in the last week, with the Royal College of GPs saying the virus has really “taken off”.
The paper says that family doctors have seen twice as many people with flu-like symptoms compared with last year.
The Daily Mail says it’s the worst outbreak for seven years and GPs are “overwhelmed”, with patients “queuing out the door”.
The Daily Mirror reports that the chief medical officer for England believes it should be compulsory for NHS staff to have a flu jab, as four-in-five medics fail to get immunised.
Whether Nigel Farage wants a second EU referendum or not troubles the papers.
The i says he seemed to say so on TV on Thursday morning, before an apparent volte face.
The Daily Telegraph reports that the former UKIP leader – writing for their digital service – clarified his remarks, saying he didn’t want a second vote but that the best defence of the “referendum victory” was to be alive to having to do it again.
The Guardian reports that his initial remarks were seized upon by Remainers, with Labour’s Chuka Umunna saying Mr Farage had made “a valid point for the first time in his life”.
The Sun calls the comments “jaw-droppingly foolish”.
Mr Farage is wrong to think another Leave victory will silence “Europhile MPs”, the paper says, because they will never give up – as he never did.
The Financial Times reports on concerns at the highest level about the contractor, Carillion.
The paper says senior ministers gathered on Thursday amid fears it’s close to collapse.
Another meeting is to be held on Friday, the FT adds, to discuss its pension scheme, which has a £590m deficit.
Unions are so concerned, reports The Times, that they want ministers to take over the firm’s public sector contracts, including the HS2 rail line.
The Mail says the government has plans in case Carillion goes bust.
A Bath Oliver biscuit tin has been revealed as the place where gemstones from the Crown Jewels were hidden from the Nazis during World War Two.
The Times reports that while it had been thought they could have gone to Canada for safe-keeping, the jewels were actually buried underground at Windsor Castle.
The paper says the Queen wasn’t aware of the tin’s existence until she took part in a BBC programme about the Coronation.