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The UK must resolve status of migrants stuck at base in Cyprus

The court of appeal has ordered the home secretary to “rapidly” reconsider a decision to bar from the UK people who have spent more than 18 years living at a British military base in Cyprus after being rescued from a boat.

75 people, from Iraq, Sudan, Ethiopia and Syria, were rescued from the Mediterranean Sea in October 1998. They were heading to Italy aboard a Lebanese fishing vessel, which was abandoned by its smuggler crew after the engine failed. The law firm, representing the families, said those individuals had been trapped in “legal limbo” for the last 18 years and had had to face wholly unacceptable conditions because the government had refused to accept that the 1951 refugee convention applied to their case.

Manchester clubs donate more than £1m to emergency fund for terror attack victims

Manchester United and Manchester City have come together to pledge £1m to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund in the wake of Monday night’s terrorist attack, while United captain Wayne Rooney has donated £100,000 from his own foundation.

A total of 22 people were killed and 64 injured after Salman Abedi blew himself up as fans left an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena. Of the injured, 20 are still under “critical care” in the hospital.

The fund has been backed by Manchester’s Lord Mayor and, in partnership with the British Red Cross, was set up to aid the families and dependents of the 22 people who died in the atrocity. United and City’s combined donation takes the total of the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund beyond £3m.

Pakistan court seeks detailed financial record from Imran Khan

The Supreme Court on Thursday sought the record from Election Commission of Pakistan and other courts regarding the cases pending against (PTI) about the alleged foreign sources of its funds. The apex court said it will conduct an inquiry into the matter as well if needed.

The SC was hearing the petition filed by PML-N leader Hanif Abbasi against alleged possession of illegal properties and tax theft committed by PTI chief Imran Khan and senior party leader Jahangir Tareen.

Trump condemns media leaks on Manchester Bomber

US President Donald Trump has said leaks of the investigation into the Manchester attack to the US media are “deeply troubling”. They were a “grave threat to our national security”, he added, and his administration would get to the bottom of it. “There is no relationship we cherish more than the special relationship between the US and the UK.”

His remarks come after the New York Times outraged British police and government officials when it published photos appearing to show debris from the attack.

They included bloodstained fragments from the bomb and the backpack used to conceal it. Greater Manchester Police were said to be “furious” and said they would stop sharing information with the US.

Prime Minister Theresa May has said she will make clear to US President Donald Trump that shared intelligence must remain secure at a NATO summit in Brussels.

Muslims reported Manchester bomber Abedi, but UK police failed to take precautions

A social worker within the British Muslim Society told the BBC that Muslims in the country have repeatedly reported Manchester bomber Salman Abedi to the anti-terror hotline for his terrorist tendencies, but police failed to take precautions.

In the piece published in the BBC’s Turkey service on Wednesday, it was reported that many individuals from the Muslim society reported him to the authorities for his extremist and radical views.

According to the report, Abedi previously spoke to people around him about the ‘merits’ of dying for a cause and suicide bombings in Libya.

Soldiers to patrol UK streets

Military personnel are to be deployed on UK streets to help police protect key sites following the terror attack on Manchester Arena on Monday. Prime Minister Theresa May announced last night the terror threat level had been lifted to “critical”, meaning other attacks could be imminent because it is not clear whether suspect Salman Abedi acted alone.

Daniel Craig plays tribute to fellow Bond Sir Roger Moore

Daniel Craig has paid tribute to his James Bond predecessor Sir Roger Moore, who died at his home in Switzerland yesterday at the age of 89. The actor posted a picture of the two 007s on social media, with the caption: “Nobody does it better.” Tributes also came from fellow Bond stars Pierce Brosnan and Jane Seymour.

Mass extinction will see exotic species gone within months

The world has entered a sixth mass extinction phase, says the WWF, as habitat loss, hunting and disease mean some of the most exotic animals could be extinct within months. The Wildlife charity says that the vaquita porpoise is just one of the types of animal that could disappear forever. Some 23,000 species are threatened with extinction, including 25% of mammals and 13% of birds.

Manchester United win the Europa League & gain automatic qualification for Champions League

Manchester United claimed their second major trophy of the season and secured Champions League football as they overcame Ajax to win the Europa League final in Stockholm.

Manchester United players including Juan Mata, Ander Herrera, Chris Smalling and Paul Pogba dedicate their Europa League win to the victims and people affected by Monday’s attack on Manchester Arena.

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