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People hold placards in St Ann's Square, in central Manchester, Britain May 26, 2017.
People hold placards in St Ann's Square, in central Manchester, Britain May 26, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

Britain arrests ‘ large part’ of Manchester attack network

Britain has arrested a “large part” of the network behind Manchester’s suicide bomb attack, police said, while the government came under fire for cutting police budgets as election campaigning resumed.

Nine suspects are currently in detention on British soil in connection with the blast, for which the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group has claimed responsibility. Police in Libya have detained the father and brother of 22-year-old bomber Salman Abedi.

Mark Rowley, head of Britain’s counter-terrorism police, said police had got hold of “a large part of the network” linked to the atrocity in which seven children aged under 18 were among the 22 dead.

“We are very happy we’ve got our hands around some of the key players that we are concerned about but there’s still a little bit more to do,” he said.

Police said the nine men in British custody ranged in age from 18 to 44, including a 30-year-old arrested in the Moss Side area of south Manchester early Friday and a 44-year-old detained in nearby Rusholme later in the day.


Ariana Grande to hold concert in Manchester for bombing victims

US pop star Ariana Grande said she will hold a benefit concert in Manchester for the victims of Monday’s suicide bombing at her show in the English city.

Grande, 23, said in a message on her Instagram account that a date for the concert had not yet been worked out.

“I’ll be returning to the incredibly brave city of Manchester to spend time with my fans and to have a benefit concert in honour of and to raise money for the victims and their families... I will have details to share with you as soon as everything is confirmed,” Grande wrote.


Macron, Trudeau 'bromance' fires up Internet

"A liberal fantasy dream sequence", "a bromance," "insanely romantic".

The Internet was abuzz on Friday with pictures of French President Emmanuel Macron and his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau schmoozing at the Group of Seven summit in Sicily, strolling through flowered walkways and chatting against the backdrop of a sparkling blue Mediterranean sea.

"Apparently, Justin Trudeau and Emmanuel Macron flew to Sicily for their wedding photoshoot," netizen @sherlockify joked on Twitter.


Football: Bernardo Silva joins Manchester City as Premier League clubs start to splash the cash

Manchester City have begun what is predicted to be a record summer of spending across the Premier League by paying Monaco a reported £43 million (S$76 million) to sign versatile midfielder Bernardo Silva.

"Manchester City are delighted to confirm Bernardo Silva will join the club from Monaco on July 1," the club said in a statement.

The 22-year-old Portuguese has been instrumental in Monaco's title win this season - their first in 17 years - and was part of the side who beat City in the Champions League round of 16 and scored more goals than any other side in Europe's top five leagues..


Football: Chinese are 50 years off Euro elite, says Carlos Tevez

Carlos Tevez may be reaping the rewards of China's football boom, but believes standards in his new home fall well below the level he has become accustomed to in a glittering career.

The Argentine, who had spells at Manchester United, Manchester City and Juventus, joined Shanghai Shenhua on a then world record €38 million (S$58 million) salary in December.

However, despite the millions being ploughed into the Chinese game on the back of President Xi Jinping's demand for China to become a world force, Tevez hasn't been impressed with the quality of football he has seen. "I don't think they will be able to compete with any of the big European sides," Tevez told Spanish TV station Movistar.