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Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Monday 5 Jun 2017


London Bridge: Police raid two homes in east London

Police investigating Saturday night's terror attack in central London raided another two addresses in east London this morning and say they now know the identities of the three attackers, who were all shot dead at the scene. One of the seven victims has been named as Christine Archibald, from Canada, a former homeless shelter worker.


Parties resume campaigning with terror focus

General election campaigning resumes in full today after being suspended by the majority of parties following Saturday night's terror attack in London. Terrorism prevention is the main issue, with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn accusing his Tory counterpart Theresa May of cutting police numbers and protecting the UK "on the cheap". 


Gulf states cut diplomatic links with Qatar

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates have cut diplomatic ties with neighbouring Qatar, claiming it funds terrorist groups including Islamic State and is destabilising the region. Etihad Airways will also stop flying to the country and Qatari diplomats have also been told to leave the countries. The US urged the states to resolve their differences.


Ariana Grande headlines benefit concert

US singer Ariana Grande played a special concert in Manchester last night, to raise money for the families of the victims of a suicide bomber who attacked her fans after her last gig in the city two weeks ago. She was joined by Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, Coldplay and Liam Gallagher of Oasis. The gig raised £2m.


Manufacturing remains 'buoyant'

Manufacturing association the EEF says growth remains strong, with "buoyant" demand from Europe pushing up exports. It says its members are positive about prospects for 2017, with many of them planning to recruit staff. The balance between firms recruiting and those contracting is at 21%, up from 18% in the previous quarter.


Putin denies having Trump material

Russian President Vladimir Putin has denied possessing compromising material on Donald Trump, saying the claims that he has video recordings of Trump in a Moscow hotel room are "another load of nonsense". Putin told NBC that US intelligence agencies which believe Russia tried to swing the election for Trump have been "misled".


Donald Trump attacks London mayor Sadiq Khan

Donald Trump has lashed out again at London mayor Sadiq Khan in the aftermath of the London Bridge terror attack. Trump criticised Khan for telling Londoners not to be alarmed by an increase of armed police on the streets. Khan responded by saying he had "more important things to do" than worry about Trump's opinions. An angry US President then took to Twitter to call Khan "pathetic".


Diet and exercise boost cancer survival

Studies of colon and breast cancer patients in the US and Australia, presented at the world's largest cancer conference in Chicago, suggest that patients who have a healthy diet and exercise – or simply walk more – have a higher chance of survival. Researchers admit they don't know why the correlation exists, or whether it is causal.


Bill Cosby goes on trial for sexual assault

US comedian Bill Cosby has gone on trial in Pennsylvania charged with sexual assault. He is accused of drugging and molesting a woman in 2004 and faces three counts of aggravated indecent assault. The 79-year-old TV star says the encounter was consensual. The two week trial is expected to be the biggest US celebrity court case since the OJ Simpson murder trial in 1995. 


Briefing: Audi targets 2021 for driverless car debut

Audi has confirmed that it will launch a series of vehicles with self-driving technology by 2021.

According to AutoExpress, the German car giant will produce an all-electric city vehicle "for initial low volume production" as the company looks to "take a leading role within the Volkswagen Group for driverless cars."

The vehicle will feature technology optimised for autonomous driving in urban environments, says the magazine, and is expected to adopt a similar shape to the Volkswagen Up! city car.

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