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Manchester bomb

22 dead in Manchester terror attack

22 people were killed and around 59 injured in an explosion in the lobby of the Manchester Arena immediately after an Ariana Grande concert Monday May 22. Responsibility for the attack has been claimed by the so-called Islamic State group.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May said that the police were treating the incident as "an appalling terrorist attack." A senior American intelligence official is reported to have been said that authorities suspect the blast came from an abandoned backpack or a suicide bomber. A police spokesman later confirmed that the perpetrator was a suicide bomber who used an improvised explosive device. Eye witnesses reported seeing nuts and bolts used as as shrapnel lying around the floor.

Ariana Grande's fans include young girls, many of whom were in the audience with their friends or mothers. Ms. Grande, who was not hurt in the attack but was reportedly in hysterics, later Tweeted: "broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words."

In the chaos children have been separated from their parents and many people have not been able get to their hotels or cars. Using the hashtag #roomformanchester, the citizens of Manchester have been offering free accommodation, and taxi drivers offered free rides, to anyone stranded following the incident. The Manchester Arena is the second largest indoor concert venue in Europe, with a capacity of 18,500. The images were shared on social media by eye witnesses.

Assistance for Americans: At this stage it is not known if any American citizens have been involved in the incident but if you know of any who require assistance you can contact the US Embassy London's Special Consular Services unit by telephone +44 (0)20-7499-9000 or via the contact form on the Embassy website. There is also an emergency telephone number for those concerned about friends or loved ones: 0161 856 9400.

For further information and general travel advice follow Tweets from the US Embassy, London at @USAinUK or th State Department at @TravelGov

May 23, 2017
Defense Secretaries
Secretary of Defense meets Defence Secretary
US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis met with UK Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon at the Ministry of Defence in London March 31, Mr Mattis' first official visit to Britain since he took up office in January. They reviewed both countries' roles within NATO and progress being made in tackling Daesh. Sir Michael also explained how the UK is stepping up its global role, following the triggering of Article 50 by the Prime Minister on March 29. At the press event, they jointly announced a $102 million (£80m) contract involving the preparation of the RAF Marham air base for the arrival of the UK's first Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II jets in 2018. The F-35s will be flown by the RAF's 617 Squadron, known as the Dambusters after the squadron exploits in World War II.
Posted 31 Mar 2017
London terrorist attack
Terrorist attack outside London Parliament
A serious terrorist incident has occurred outside the Houses of Parliament and on Westminster Bridge in London. Several people were hit by a car on the bridge and two police officers were attacked by a man with a knife. Two people are confirmed dead [at 4:30pm].
Advice for American expats: The State Department has said that the US Embassy is ready to provide consular assistance, and it urges Americans in London to notify their families they are safe. Police have requested that the public avoids Parliament Square, Westminster Bridge and the surrounding area.
For further information and advice follow Tweets from the US Embassy, London at @USAinUK, the State Department at @TravelGov and the Metropolitan Police at @metpoliceuk or go to news.met.police.uk/
Posted 22 Mar 17
The American magazine's ElectionFest successfully combined the hard facts of the US presidential election campaign with heartfelt opinions, hilarious comedy and brilliant Americana music. The audience enjoyed the all-American ambience, met old friends, made new friends, and had a good look at the new US Embassy building, south of the River Thames in the new 'Diplomatic Precinct' of Nine Elms and right next door to the Embassy Gardens Marketing Suite venue. Two great presentations by David Beirne from the Federal Voting Assistance Program – who also helped guests register and apply for their ballot through the evening – and MORI's polling guru Sir Robert Worcester, were introduced by our co-host, American writer and voice-over actress Alex Kolton.
Posted 14 Feb 17

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