The deadly blast outside the security barriers of an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, is the latest instance of a terrorist attack unfolding at a location that symbolized Western culture and provided a so-called soft target. Experts tell ABC News that soft targets offer terrorists practical and symbolic value. John Cohen, a former counterterrorism coordinator for the Department of Homeland Security, listed concert venues, transportation hubs, hotels, shopping malls and sports venues as examples of soft targets.
Former CIA Director John Brennan told Congress that U.S. intelligence found contact between Russian officials and people involved with the Trump campaign at a time in 2016 when the Russians were "brazenly" interfering in the presidential election. "I encountered and am aware of information and intelligence that revealed contacts and interactions between Russian officials and U.S. persons involved in the Trump campaign that I was concerned about because of known Russian efforts to suborn such individuals," Brennan said Tuesday at an open session of the House Intelligence Committee.
An 11-year-old boy who approached a stranger for a summer lawnmowing job received an even bigger reward for his work ethic: tools to start his own lawn business. Q'yaron Gadson, 11, was surprised last Friday with a brand new lawnmower, weedeater and the gas needed to fuel them. The surprise gifts were orchestrated by Bobby and Kimi West, the owners of Grasshoppers Lawn Care in Dunn, North Carolina.
President Trump has arrived in Rome for his first audience with Pope Francis, at the Vatican on Wednesday. The visit to the Vatican is the third stop of Trump's tour of sites representing three major religions. Over the weekend he stopped in Saudi Arabia, where he delivered an address to Muslim leaders, and Monday through Tuesday he visited Israel and the West Bank and met with Israeli and Palestinian leaders.
The suicide bombing that struck an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, on Monday night, killing at least 22 people and injuring dozens of others, is the deadliest terrorist attack the city has experienced. Manchester, in northern England, has a long history of living with terrorism, having faced a string of bombings from the 1970s through the mid-1990s, carried out not by Islamist attackers but by Irish nationalists. In 1996 much of the city’s center was wrecked by a massive bomb planted by the Irish separatist group the Irish Republican Army, which was waging a campaign of attacks across the U.K. The 3,300-pound device was the largest detonated by the IRA in the U.K. and the biggest exploded bomb in the country since World War II.
The deadly suicide bombing in Manchester, England, that killed 22 people and injured 59 others at an Ariana Grande concert Monday night is one of several terror attacks that have taken place in the U.K. in recent years. The British people have endured politically-motivated attacks, attacks by right-wing extremists and attacks by Islamic extremists over the last few decades. David Copeland was convicted in 2000 of killing three people and injuring 139 others after perpetrating a series of nail-bombing attacks that took place across the month of April 1999, according to reports by BBC News.
When Facebook made its Facebook Live feature available around the world in 2016, it gave users the ability to simulate spending time with friends regardless of how far the actual distance between them. Facebook today unveiled "Live Chat with Friends" and "Live With." Both features will add a bit of a one-on-one feel to the Facebook Live experience.
“It is a great honor to be here with all of my friends — so amazing + will never forget!” Trump wrote during his visit to Yad Vashem in Jerusalem today.Israeli media gave contrasting characterizations of his guestbook note. “At a time of great peril and promise, war and strife, we are blessed to have such a powerful reminder of man’s potential for great evil, but also our capacity to rise up from tragedy and remake our world.
An Ariana Grande fan who apparently got separated from her friend in the commotion of the deadly Manchester blast was found safe last night, thanks to the help of strangers and a social media movement that was launched to track her down. The girl, Heather, 16, was located after her friend, Riley, tweeted a photo of her wearing a yellow sweatshirt. Over 28,000 users on the social media platform retweeted the image of Heather, with many offering suggestions on how to find her.
President Trump stressed the deep and longstanding ties between the U.S. and Israel during a speech in Jerusalem this morning. "I make this promise to you: my administration will always stand with Israel," Trump said. Trump briefly commented on last night's deadly attack at a concert in Manchester, England, sending condolences to the families of those "innocent people, beautiful young people" who were killed.
President Donald Trump said he's "truly hopeful" America can help Israel and the Palestinians broker a peace deal following his meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas today. "I am committed to trying to achieve a peace agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians and I intend to do everything I can to help them achieve that goal," President Trump said on his visit to Bethlehem in the West Bank, the next stop on his eight-day overseas trip. The visit follows Trump's meetings with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in which he repeatedly expressed optimism for a peace settlement, despite his predecessors' inability to reach a lasting deal."[Abbas] assures me he is ready to work towards that goal in good faith and Prime Minister Netanyahu has promised the same," said Trump, standing next to Abbas at the Presidential Palace.
Twenty-two people are dead and 59 others injured after reports of an explosion at an Ariana Grande concert at one of Europe’s largest arenas. In a statement, Greater Manchester Police said they were called to the Manchester Arena in England just before 10:35 p.m. local time on Monday. U.S. law enforcement officials have been informed that the leading theory is that the Manchester Arena incident was the work of a suicide bomber, though they caution that this is preliminary information, according to a senior law enforcement official briefed on the investigation.
Strangers who jumped into action to offer help played a key role in the response to the deadly blast inside a crowded arena in Manchester, England that killed 22 and injured dozens more. "We have a long history in Greater Manchester of communities standing together during difficult times," Manchester Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said of the response. Manchester's mayor and a UK police forum spread the information around and encouraged anyone in need to take the offers for assistance.