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Message to ISIS on British Bomb Riles Internet

'Love From Manchester,' reads controversial note

(Newser) - A photo circulating online in the wake of the Manchester attack has sparked controversy, and the British Royal Air Force has confirmed it's indeed a real pic, CNN reports. The image, which started proliferating on Thursday, shows what appears to be a bomb with a written message on it... More »

Queen Drops by Hospital to Visit Bombing Victims

She tells one teen the Manchester attack was 'very wicked'

(Newser) - Queen Elizabeth brought smiles to the faces of victims of the terror attack in Manchester when she made a surprise visit to a hospital Thursday. "It's dreadful, very wicked, to target that sort of thing," she told one 14-year-old victim lying in a bed at Royal Manchester... More »

UK Police to Stop Sharing Attack Information With US

Authorities are furious about leaks, insiders say

(Newser) - Police in Britain, angered by repeated leaks of sensitive information , have decided to stop sharing information on the Manchester terrorist attack with American authorities. The decision came after photographs believed to show bomb debris appeared in a New York Times report, sources tell the BBC , which calls the step a... More »

Slow Down on the Tweets After Terror Attacks

Social media gives terrorists the publicity they crave: Emily Dreyfuss for 'Wired'

(Newser) - After the suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert on Monday, thousands turned to social media to share information and offer their condolences. In doing so, they played right into the terrorists' hands, Emily Dreyfuss writes at Wired . At least one aim of attacks like the one in Manchester, England,... More »

Britain Chastises US Over Leak of Bomber's Name

Meanwhile, authorities say assailant was part of a 'network'

(Newser) - Authorities in Britain are more sure than ever that Salman Abedi didn't act alone when he detonated a suicide bomb at the Ariana Grande concert. But they're also ticked at the US that the world knows Abedi's name. The leak to the media originally came from a... More »

When ISIS Goes After Kids, They're Trying to Bait Us

Terrorists want to instigate a 'holy war,' warns the 'New York Times'

(Newser) - That one of the victims in the Manchester bombing is just 8 years old is no accident: The bomber, whether he was working with ISIS or not, almost certainly knew that children would be at the Ariana Grande concert, writes the New York Times editorial board. It's a calculated... More »

Ariana Grande's Mom Took Fans Backstage After Explosion

And a homeless man rendered aid outside the stadium

(Newser) - When the bomb that killed 22 people during an Ariana Grande concert Monday in Manchester exploded, the singer's mother was just about to leave her seat in the front row to visit her daughter backstage. Instead, Joan Grande led a group of young fans—perhaps as many as 10—... More »

After Manchester Attack, Bogus Stories Were Everywhere

Meanwhile, one young victim was just 8 years old

(Newser) - Authorities have identified the suicide bomber at Ariana Grande's Manchester concert as 22-year-old Salman Abedi. The Telegraph reports that he is a Manchester native, though his parents are from Libya and are believed to have fled the regime of Moammar Gadhafi. UK intelligence officials are now trying to figure... More »

ISIS Claims UK Attack on 'Crusaders Gatherings'

Death toll currently stands at 22, with dozens injured

(Newser) - The Islamic State has taken responsibility for the attack at a UK concert venue Monday night that killed 22 and injured dozens, the AP reports. Police say a lone suicide bomber, now deceased, detonated an "improvised device" in the Manchester Arena foyer at an Ariana Grande concert, and ISIS... More »

Why Trump Won't Refer to Concert Attacker as 'Monster'

'They would like that term'

(Newser) - President Trump visited the West Bank city of Bethlehem Tuesday, where he condemned the "losers" behind Monday night's horrific terrorist attack in Manchester . "So many young, beautiful, innocent people living and enjoying their lives murdered by evil losers in life. I won't call them monsters because... More »

UK Cops Make an Arrest Linked to Concert Attack

Manchester police say the actual attacker was a suicide bomber

(Newser) - The death toll has risen to 22 in what British authorities are calling a "barbaric attack" on an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester on Monday night. On Tuesday, police confirmed the arrest of a 23-year-old man in South Manchester in connection to the attack, reports NBC News . Details about... More »

Ariana Grande 'Broken' After Concert Attack

People of Manchester open their homes to the stranded

(Newser) - The people of Manchester, England, have opened up their homes to people stranded in the city by a suspected terrorist attack that killed at least 19 people at an Ariana Grande concert Monday night. Offers of help flooded in under the #RoomForManchester hashtag after the blast, with people offering rooms... More »

After One-Star TripAdvisor Review, Restaurant Goes 'Nuclear'

Law firm for UK's High Rocks threatens mom Sarah Gardner with jail time

(Newser) - A British mom says she's a "nervous wreck" after she posted a negative restaurant review on TripAdvisor and is now being threatened with jail time for libel and defamation, per the Mirror . The London Times reports on the situation of 44-year-old nurse Sarah Gardner, who put up a... More »

'Total Victory' for Assange, With a Catch

Sweden drops rape investigation against him, but arrest warrant still out there

(Newser) - Swedish prosecutors say they've dropped a rape investigation into Julian Assange, but the WikiLeaks founder will still face arrest if he leaves the Ecuadorian embassy in London that has been his home for the last five years. Swedish Director of Public Prosecution Marianne Ny asked the Stockholm District Court... More »

London Overrun With Mystery Bug Swarm

The flying insects descended on Greenwich

(Newser) - Social media users in London are buzzing about an apparent swarm of flying insects that has descended on one part of the city. Videos posted to Twitter Tuesday show people ducking as the insects descend on Greenwich in southeast London, reports the AP . It's not clear what the bugs... More »

Girl, 11, Dies on Theme Park Water Ride

Witnesses say she stood up on water ride

(Newser) - Police in Britain are investigating the tragic death of an 11-year-old girl on a water ride at the Drayton Manor theme park. Officials at the park say the girl, who was on a school trip, was fatally injured when she fell from the Splash Canyon ride on Tuesday afternoon, CNN... More »

Neighbors Killed Woman for Bursting Kid's Ball

Mother, grandfather guilty of manslaughter

(Newser) - A woman who was sick of children's balls landing in her garden was beaten to death by neighbors after she punctured one of them. Prosecutors say Kelly Machin, 34, had long complained about the noise made by neighbor Natalie Bollen's children and about their balls landing in her... More »

Dead Killer Whale's Body Holds Bleak Sign for Future

Lulu had 'shocking levels of PCBs' in her body

(Newser) - When Lulu died tangled in fishing nets in Scotland last year, she was one of the last killer whales in the UK. She was also "one of the most contaminated animals on the planet," Dr. Andrew Brownlow tells the BBC . Brownlow says Lulu's body contained "shocking... More »

Locked in Car, Toddler Can Only Grin

At least he kept his rescuers entertained

(Newser) - If Kirsty Green had to guess, she'd say her 14-month-old son Brandon is likely to be a mischievous adult. That's based on a scary but hilarious incident in a grocery store parking lot in Bude, England, last weekend. After mistakenly locking her car keys in her trunk, Green... More »

Freak Wave Turns Family Vacation Into Nightmare

Father, toddler daughter drown after being pulled into water from beach

(Newser) - A family in England is in mourning after a vacation turned into a horrifying fight for life that both the father and a toddler daughter ultimately lost. The Bruynius family had traveled from London to a resort in Cornwall and were fishing on rocks on the beach on Aug. 19,... More »

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