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  • Suicide bomber kills at least 22, including children in Britain

    At least 22 people, including some children, were killed and 59 were wounded when a suicide bomber struck as thousands of fans streamed out of a concert by U.S. singer Ariana Grande in the English city of Manchester on Monday.

    Prime Minister Theresa May called an emergency meeting with intelligence chiefs on the deadliest militant assault in Britain since four British Muslims killed 52 people in suicide bombings on London's transport system in July 2005.

    Witnesses related the horror of the blast which prompted a stampede just as the concert ended at Europe's largest indoor arena.


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    Manchester bomber had 'proven' links to Islamic State: French minister

    The Manchester suicide bomber who killed 22 people at a concert venue packed with children had recently returned from Libya, a British minister said, and her French counterpart said he had links with Islamic State and had probably visited Syria too.

    Interior minister Amber Rudd said Salman Abedi had likely not acted alone, and troops were being deployed to key sites across Britain to help prevent further attacks after the official threat level was raised to "critical".



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      World stocks slip on China downgrade, ahead of Fed minutes

      World stocks inched lower on Wednesday after China's sovereign credit rating was downgraded and as investors eyed a pause in Wall Street's four-day winning streak, the longest in over three months.

      The dollar and U.S. bond yields were steady as investors awaited the minutes from the Federal Reserve's last policy meeting. An interest rate rise next month is now 75 percent priced in, according to futures market pricing.

      Oil wiped out earlier gains ahead of OPEC's meeting on Wednesday at which the cartel is expected to lead an output cut extending into the first quarter of next year.
      Europe's index of leading 300 shares was flat on the day around 1,540 points, MSCI's global share index was down 0.1 percent and U.S. stock futures pointed to a fall of up to 0.1 percent at the open on Wall Street.



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        Manchester attack: Police 'not sharing information with US'

        Police investigating the Manchester Arena bomb attack have stopped sharing information with the US after leaks to the media, the BBC understands.

        UK officials were outraged when photos appearing to show debris from the attack appeared in the New York Times.

        It came after the name of bomber Salman Abedi was leaked to US media just hours after the attack, which left 22 dead.

        Theresa May said she would tell Donald Trump at a Nato meeting that shared intelligence "must remain secure".



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          London attack: Police 'know identities of killers'

          Police investigating Saturday night's terror attack in London say they know the identity of the three attackers who killed seven people and injured 48.

          The Met Police said their names would be released "as soon as operationally possible" as officers work to establish if they were part of a wider network.

          PM Theresa May said victims included a "number of nationalities", saying it was "an attack on the free world".

          It comes as police have searched more addresses in east London.



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            Two days from UK election, security dominates campaign after London attack

            Two days from a national election, Britain's ruling Conservatives and opposition Labour Party battled to defend their records on security after an Islamist attack that killed seven people in London upended the campaign.

            After police named two of the attackers and revealed that one was previously known to security agencies, Prime Minister Theresa May faced further questions about her record overseeing cuts to police numbers when she was interior minister.

            The latest opinion poll, by Survation for ITV, had the Conservatives' lead over Labour narrowing to just one point from six points in the same poll a week earlier.

            However, the consensus among pollsters remains that May's party, who have been in government since 2010, will win a majority.



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              Finsbury Park attack: Theresa May condemns 'sickening' terror attack

              Prime Minister Theresa May says the terror attack near a north London mosque is "every bit as sickening" as other recent ones to hit the UK.

              She was speaking after a man died and 10 people were injured when a man drove a van into worshippers outside the Muslim Welfare House in Finsbury Park.

              A white man aged 48 has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.
              Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said the incident was "quite clearly an attack on Muslims".



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                Abortive Brussels attack could have been much worse: PM

                A suitcase bomb packed with nails and gas bottles could have caused heavy casualties, Belgium's prime minister said on Wednesday, a day after a soldier shot dead a Moroccan national attempting an attack on Brussels' Central Station.

                "We have avoided an attack that could have been a great deal worse," Charles Michel told reporters on Wednesday following Tuesday evening's incident, in which no one else was hurt. No further threat was imminent and the alert level was unchanged.