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Britain is reeling from last night's terror attack, which killed 22 people in the northern city of Manchester at a concert by U.S. pop star Ariana Grande. It bore all the hallmarks of a suicide bombing, and children are among the dead. No one has yet claimed responsibility.
Prime Minister Theresa May, the country's most experienced politician when it comes to dealing with terrorism, suspended campaigning ahead of next month's general election and other parties soon followed. She condemned the attack as an act of “appalling, sickening cowardice,” and the “ideology” behind it.
The tragedy is the latest to traumatize Europe over the past two years and is sure to be discussed at this week's NATO summit in Brussels.
U.S. President Donald Trump has been pressuring NATO to do more to fight terrorism, and one of the most difficult decisions on his nine-day foreign trip could be how hard to push that point.
The incident is also a reminder that intelligence-sharing will form a crucial part of the upcoming Brexit negotiations. The U.K. will fall out of a lot of European Union's existing frameworks when it leaves the bloc in two years.
For now, the U.K. is a country in mourning.
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And finally... President Emmanuel Macron and Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed solidarity with the British people after the attack, and Trump decried the perpetrators as “evil losers.” In Manchester, a four-hour drive from London, a somber quiet lies over the city before a vigil in its main Albert Square at 6 p.m. tonight. “We are grieving today, but we are strong,” Mayor Andy Burnham said in a speech outside Town Hall.