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‘At least twenty two concert-goers were killed last night and 59 injured in what was being treated as a terror attack when an explosion hit the Manchester Arena at the end of a pop show.

Witnesses described hearing a huge bang shortly after 10.30pm at the entrance to the Arena as thousands of people made their way out of a concert by the American singer Ariana Grande.

Police were last night reportedly looking into the possibility a suicide bomber had carried out deadly attack, but there was no official confirmation.

Some witnesses described seeing smoke and smelling burning in the foyer area of the Manchester Arena, others said they had seen nails on the floor.

Theresa May, the Prime Minister, suspended her General Election campaign in the wake of the apparent terror attack and there will be an emergency Cobra meeting at 9am this morning.’

Read more: Manchester Arena explosion: 19 killed in ‘terror attack by suicide bomber’ at Ariana Grande concert

‘Abby Mullen from Airdire, North Lanakshire who was at the event said: ‘As we were leaving a bomb or explosion went off centimetres in front of me. People’s skin and faeces where everywhere including in my hair and on my bag.

‘I’m still finding bits of God knows what in my hair. You never ever expect these things to happen to you but this proves it can happen to anybody.

‘That sound, the blood and those who were running around clueless with body parts and bits of skin missing will not be leaving my mind any time soon or the minds of those involved.”

Read more: ‘The blood, the sound, the body parts…it will never leave my mind’: Witnesses tell of horrific scenes at Manchester Arena ‘terrorist attack’

‘Donald Trump should spend his time usefully in Riyadh by discussing how to avoid his Saudi hosts carrying out another 9/11 atrocity in the US instead of making baseless claims of terrorism against other countries, Iran’s foreign minister has advised.

In his speech to Arab heads of state in the Saudi capital, Mr Trump repeatedly attacked Iran, claiming it “funds arms, trains militias that spread destruction and chaos” and pointing to Iran’s support for Syria’s Bashar al-Assad as he committed “unspeakable crimes”.

The US President added that people in Iran had “endured hardship and despair under their leaders’ reckless pursuit of conflict and terror”. Earlier, King Salman of Saudi Arabia also railed against Iran calling the country “the spearhead of terrorism”.

Most of the 19 terrorists who murdered nearly 3,000 people in New York in 2001 were Saudi citizens and there have repeated accusations that members of the Saudi hierarchy were complicit in the attack.’

Read more: Donald Trump should worry about another 9/11 rather than making claims about Iran, says Tehran

‘France has called for further political ties with Iran as it has an “important role in the pacification” of the region.

Foreign Minister “Jean-Yves Le Drian will work towards developing political dialogue that should be part of a constructive approach with regard to solving regional crises,” said the French Foreign Ministry on Monday.

France’s stance is contradictory to comments made by US President Donald Trump, who accused Tehran of funding terrorism and stoking the fires of sectarian conflict in the region, and called on all nations to work towards isolating Iran.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi has reacted to Trump’s remarks, and urged US to stop supplying arms to Saudi Arabia, which is one of the “main sponsors of terrorism.”’

Read more: France gainsays Trump, highlights Iran’s role in Mideast peace

‘The Trump administration is reportedly refusing to honor a data request to disclose the number of lobbyists it allows to work in the White House – a move critics have called “unprecedented and extremely troubling.”

The New York Times reports that administration officials sent a letter to the head of the Office of Government Ethics (OGE), Water M Shaub Jr Monday, challenging his legal authority to request a list of those made exempt from a ban on lobbying in federal agencies.

Speaking to the NYT, Marilyn L Glynn, a former general counsel and acting director of the ethics watchdog under George W Bush, raised her concerns.“[It is] unprecedented and extremely troubling,” said Glynn. “It challenges the very authority of the director of the agency and [Shaub’s] ability to carry out the functions of the office.”’

Read more: ‘Extremely troubling’: Ethics chiefs blast White House for blocking lobbyist data request

‘Donald Trump, on his first presidential visit to Israel, has claimed there will be peace in the Middle East – eventually.

“I thank the prime minister for his commitment to pursuing the peace process,” Mr Trump said of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who stood next to him at a joint press conference in Jerusalem.

“He’s working very hard at it – it’s not easy,” Mr Trump continued. “I’ve heard it’s one of the toughest deals of all. But I have a feeling that we’re going to get there eventually. I hope.”

The watered-down words marked a departure from Mr Trump’s more bombastic comments during Mr Netanyahu’s visit to the White House in February.’

Read more: Trump on Israeli-Palestinian peace: ‘I’ve heard it’s one of the toughest deals of all’

‘Donald Trump became the first sitting US president to visit the Western Wall, one of the holiest sites in Judaism. Trump’s first overseas trip began in Saudi Arabia, and will also take him to the Vatican, Brussels and the G7 summit in Sicily.

Trump arrived in Tel Aviv on Monday morning, and was greeted as a “good friend” by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Later in the day, in Jerusalem, he placed his hand on the Western Wall and prayed at the site, in a historic first when it comes to US presidents.

Presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama have all visited the sacred site, but in their capacity as private citizens or candidates for the highest office in the US. Trump is the first president to do so while in office.’

Read more: In 1st for US presidents, Trump prays at Western Wall in Jerusalem

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