Pop star Ariana Grande plans Manchester show to benefit bombing victims

Pop star Ariana Grande plans Manchester show to benefit bombing victims

Pop star Ariana Grande plans Manchester show to benefit bombing victims

In her first substantive comments since Monday's tragedy, the singer said she felt "uplift" by seeing fans' compassion after the blast which killed 22 people and was claimed by the Islamic State group.

But they were left "furious" by repeated leaks of material shared with their US counterparts, which provides an awkward backdrop for Prime Minister Theresa May's meeting with US President Donald Trump at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels later Thursday.

Akram Ramadan, a member of the Libyan community in Manchester who attends the city's Didsbury Mosque, said Abedi was banned from the mosque after he allegedly interrupted an imam's anti-Islamic State sermon.

But Manchester United fans stood together in defiant mood as their team's triumph in European football's Europa League final brought some much-needed smiles to a city still in pain.

"This will not change", she said.

"The images and information presented were neither graphic nor disrespectful of victims, and consistent with the common line of reporting on weapons used in horrific crimes", the paper said.

The bomb used in the attack appeared to contain carefully packed shrapnel and have a powerful, high velocity charge, according to leaked photographs from the investigation published by the New York Times.

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She will insist say the industry has a "social responsibility" to take down harmful content and will call for the creation of an "international industry-led forum" to work through the issues.

British police stopped sharing information about the suicide bombing with the United States, a British counter-terrorism source told Reuters earlier, after police chiefs said the leaks to media risked hindering their investigation.

- Libya's Deterrence Force, which acts as the police of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord, arrests Abedi's father, Ramadan, saying it had already arrested his brother Hashem on Tuesday.

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Investigators have said they are now looking at Abedi as part of a larger terrorist network that extends outside of Britain, though his father says that his son was not a jihadist.

On Wednesday, a series of raids were executed across Manchester, Wigan and Nuneaton, Warwickshire, while relatives of bomber Salman Abedi were detained in Libya.

According to a Libyan anti-terror official, the call was placed in an attempt to "say goodbye" to his family.

Greater Manchester Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said Wednesday afternoon that the arrests indicate that there was a "network" behind the attack.

Armed troops were sent to guard key sites, a rare sight in mainland Britain.

Many of the Paris attack plotters, some of whom also had links to the 2016 suicide bombings at Brussels airport and subway that killed 32 people, either lived in or traveled through Molenbeek.

For a second night, a throng of people filled a Manchester square for a vigil for the victims.

At home, Britain's election campaign resumes at a local level on Thursday, and nationally on Friday.

A total of 66 people remain in hospital, with 23 in critical care. Twelve of the injured are aged under 16.

He said he knew the man from the neighbourhood and the mosque but "in the last 15 years, I haven't seen him in trouble at all".

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