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What the papers say – April 9

International horror and revulsion at a reported chemical weapon attack in Syria and the latest on tackling violent crime on Britain’s streets.

The slaughter of dozens of Syrians, including children, in a suspected poison gas attack dominates the front pages on Monday.

Donald Trump led international condemnation of the atrocity feared to have left at least 40 dead in a rebel-held town near Damascus, calling Syrian president Bashar Assad an “animal”.

The US president also delivered his harshest criticism of Russian president Vladimir Putin since taking office over the attack, the Daily Telegraph says.

Britain was in urgent talks with allies in Paris, Washington and the United Nations on Sunday night over how to respond, The Times reports.

Meanwhile Mr Trump was urged to take tough action against Assad, with Republicans warning that failing to do so would damage his credibility, according to the Financial Times.

The US has warned that “no response is off the table”, the Daily Mirror says, calling Assad the “Butcher of Damascus”.

The Daily Express carries the comments of a paramedic on its front page, saying the suspected use of chlorine gas targeted “anything that is known to have life”.

The Metro also leads on the attack on Douma and Mr Trump’s outrage at the slaughter.

While picturing a young victim of the attack on its front, The Guardian’s lead story says a leaked Home Office report attributes a recent rise in violent crime to police cuts.

The i leads with Home Secretary Amber Rudd’s £40 million plan to tackle youth offending.

In other news, Olly Murs has spoken to The Sun about an episode that saw him mocked for his fears that he had been caught up in a terror attack – although he has hinted a real incident was covered up.

The Independent says thousands of parents of 10 and 11-year-olds are planning a boycott of school tests over concerns the stress will harm their children’s mental health.

And the Daily Mail splashes with calls by Conservative MPs to save the Open University from “crippling” budget cuts.

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