Top story: Net tightens on Abedi’s network as US promises to stem leaks
Good morning, it’s Warren Murray with the news you need to read this morning.
We continue our live coverage of the Manchester attack aftermath with news of another arrest in Moss Side overnight. Eight people are now in custody. The massive security operation is ongoing as authorities race to round up anyone who might be connected with the bombing or planning further atrocities. A picture is forming of Salman Abedi’s links to criminal gangs and known terrorists from the Manchester area. At the G7 summit starting in Sicily today, Theresa May will call on technology firms such as Facebook and Google to lead the fight against online extremism – and urge governments to push them to do so.
All the 22 people killed have now been identified – seven of them girls. The Queen, visiting wounded youngsters in the Royal Manchester children’s hospital, called the attack “very wicked”. One adult survivor possibly owes her life to being on the phone when the bomb went off. Lisa Bridgett lost a finger but her mobile took the hit from a piece of shrapnel that would have struck her in the head.
British police stopped sharing information about the attacks with US counterparts on Thursday, only resuming the arrangement after receiving assurances that leaks to journalists would stop. Donald Trump warned of action against those responsible within the American system when he met May in Brussels.
‘No politician has ever body slammed me before’ – Guardian US reporter Ben Jacobs has given his account of being physically attacked by the Republican byelection candidate Greg Gianforte when he tried to ask him a question in Montana. The disgraced politician won his race for a vacant congressional seat overnight – having an alleged violent offender on their hands is another headache for the party.
Jacobs, who ended up in an ambulance with broken glasses, says he is moved by the support he is receiving from across journalism and the political spectrum. After Gianforte was charged with assault, leaders in the US press criticised the Trump administration for stirring up hatred of the media. Jacobs says: “Certainly there are issues with how the Trump campaign treated the media … [but] I interviewed Donald Trump several times. Donald Trump never physically assaulted me.”
Here’s Trump getting pretty physical in Brussels though – welcoming Montenegro to the Nato fold by shoving aside its prime minister so he could puff out his own midriff for the world’s cameras. Trump dismayed Nato leaders by criticising member states for not paying their dues rather than vocally committing to unity and collective defence – leaving questions about whether the alliance’s big foe, Russia, really does have leverage over him.
Campaign trail – The election race is back on, and this morning the Tories will have to explain how schools are supposed to deal with years of funding cuts if they are re-elected. Two thinktanks have made this assessment, and our editorial says the Tory platform is looking flimsier all the time. Ukip has launched its manifesto with promises to strip Isis fighters of British citizenship, pursue zero net migration and promote “integration” not “segregation” – as well as banning balaclavas along with burqas. Jeremy Corbyn, in a speech today, will criticise police cuts while declaring that Britain needs to consider how its wars abroad affect security at home.
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Jumping Jupiter – Mesmerising swirls in the gas giant’s turbulent atmosphere have been captured by the Juno probe in some of the first close-up pictures it has sent back.
Storms of ammonia roil the planet’s complexion and towering storm clouds are lit up by flashes of lightning as Juno sweeps 5,000km overhead on its remote mission. The early pictures have got mission scientists “jumping up and down with excitement” after they waited six years just for their probe to get there, says planetary physicist Fran Bagenal. “You’ve got to be patient, but the rewards are fantastic.”
End of retirement – Worrying what you’ll do with yours? Then don’t! The World Economic Forum says keep on working until 70 and beyond – there isn’t enough pension money to go around anyway. In the “financial equivalent of climate change”, the number of over-65s will rise globally from 600 million to 2.1 billion by 2050, and people born today will live to 100. Even the best prepared countries – such as the US, UK, Canada and Australia – are already feeling the strain. Individually we need to increase our “personal savings and financial literacy”, say experts, and governments need to help.
Lunchtime read: We can save the world, by Barack Obama
In today’s long read the former US president makes a compelling case for tackling climate change and food insecurity while still driving the global economy forward.
Halting global warming and working to improve agriculture in poorer countries will help reduce the flow of refugees. In advanced countries, better, more sustainable, less wasteful food habits can give us fitter lives that take a burden off healthcare spending. Food production is second only to energy production in greenhouse gas emissions, says Obama – and the key to addressing this is making producers see that what is in the environment’s interest, can be in their economic interest as well.
Oscar De La Hoya, the former boxer, has written an open letter attacking the putative fight between Floyd Mayweather and Connor McGregor as a “farce” that will hurt boxing. Boris Becker has questioned whether Andy Murray will have enough time to strike up a winning rhythm with Ivan Lendl at the French Open, which starts on Sunday.
Eddie Jones will return Chris Robshaw to the England captaincy against the Barbarians. The Fifa president, Gianni Infantino, has admitted there have been human rights abuses of workers involved in the construction of the arena in St Petersburg that is due to host matches in next year’s World Cup.
LeBron James scored 35 points and passed Michael Jordan to become the NBA’s all-time playoff scoring leader as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Boston Celtics to claim their third straight Eastern Conference title.
Moody’s has risked the wrath of Beijing after its analysts doubled down on this week’s downgrade of China’s sovereign rating by saying the country risks it happening again if it fails to fix its debt bubble. The government’s “vast reform plan” to address structural weaknesses in the economy might not be enough, Moody’s said.
Elsewhere, stocks slipped across Asia, mainly because of the renewed fall in oil prices. The pound fell after the latest YouGov poll showed the Tories’ election lead had been cut to five points. Sterling was buying $1.289 and €1.151 overnight.
Manchester still dominates, in one form or another. “Bomber planned for a year”, says the Times, telling of the lengths Abedi went to in order to avoid arousing suspicion. “Bombing was ‘very wicked’”, the Queen said during a hospital visit to wounded children, reports the Express. “Inside bomb factory”, says the Sun headline, overlaying a picture of a sparse-looking kitchen in a city-centre Manchester flat.
Other papers go for the cyber angle. “Curb web giants that give terror a voice”, says the Mail – Theresa May, as the Guardian puts it, is calling for technology companies to “lead the fight against extremism”. The Telegraph picks up on the speech Labour’s leader will give today – “Corbyn: UK’s wars to blame for terror” – and says he risks sounding like an insensitive political opportunist.
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