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BREAKING NEWS: Explosions heard at Ariana Grande's UK concert

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BREAKING: Police: Number of fatalities confirmed during an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England

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  At least one explosion at a concert given by the American singer sent terrified fans running for the exits Monday in Manchester in the United Kingdom, according to The Associated Press and The Guardian. Greater Manchester Police said via Twitter that they were responding to the scene of a "serious incident" at Manchester Arena and asked members of the public to avoid the area.

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Morning Mail: Reports of explosion in Manchester, Trump 'admits' Israel intelligence source, Facebook Files reveal flood of revenge porn

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Tuesday 23 May 2017
Trump appears to accidentally confirm he shared Israeli intelligence

 Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu deliver a press statement in Jerusalem on Monday. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Good morning, and welcome to the Morning Mail.

Among the stories leading our website this morning: Donald Trump appears to have inadvertently confirmed – in the middle of a press conference with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu – that Israel was the source of intelligence he shared with Russia: "I never mentioned the word or the name 'Israel'. Never mentioned during that conversation."

Trump's visit to Israel was overshadowed before he reached the tarmac, after a video clip was widely shared in which Melania Trump appears to brush off her husband's attempt to hold her hand as they disembark from Air Force One.You can find all the news about what Trump's been doing on his first international trip as president here.

Keep reading for the rest of the top stories this morning, with more news from around Australia and the world.


Facebook flooded with 'sextortion' and revenge porn, files reveal
Leaked documents show site struggles with with mammoth task of policing content ranging from nudity to sex abuse

Facebook generates massive profits – it can afford to protect the public
The Guardian's Facebook Files series has exposed the confused set of guidelines that underpin its moderation of images of suicide and non-sexual child abuse

Simon Birmingham to Catholic system: no more special school deals - politics live
The Turnbull government's Gonski 2.0 school funding package comes to parliament as the education minister warns he won't return to deals advantaging some non-government school sectors over others. Follow it live...

CSG's last stand? In Narrabri everyone has a stake in the farming v mining fight
In the first of a series of investigations into issues facing regional Australia, we report on how locals in a north-western New South Wales town are bracing to learn the fate of the state's last coal seam gas project

Police warning after reports of Manchester Arena explosion
Unconfirmed reports of explosion at concert by Ariana Grande

Australian news and politics

Black Lives Matter: 'We're trying to re-imagine humanity' – Behind the Lines podcast
Calla Wahlquist talks to Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter co-founder and Indigenous Australian activist Latoya Rule

'Unfinished business' of stolen generations puts more children at risk – report
Call for action on the 54 Bringing Them Home recommendations, most of which have either not been adopted or have only been partly implemented

Guardian Essential poll: 80% of voters believe banks will pass on levy
New poll shows little change in vote share for Labor and the Coalition, with no sign of a post-budget bounce for Malcolm Turnbull

John Howard says Liberal party has no appetite for leadership change
Former PM's intervention in internal party politics comes before speech to celebrate Menzies and follows Tony Abbott opinion piece earlier in the day

Rebel Wilson's 'world collapsed' after Bauer Media painted her as a liar, court told
Lawyer for Woman's Day publisher says Wilson did not grow up 'in a ghetto' but attended elite private boarding school

Commonwealth and NAB join Westpac in warning bank levy will be passed on
Standard & Poor's lowers credit ratings on dozens of smaller financial institutions as big banks say they cannot 'absorb' new tax

Manus Island shooting left nine injured, immigration department admits
Department secretary says more than one weapon fired and an unknown number of rounds was fired into compound

Around the world

Donald Trump focuses fire on Iran's support for 'terrorists and militias'
Theme emerges as US president visits Israel during first international trip, saying Iran must cease 'funding terrorists' and never obtain nuclear weapons

French diplomat 'Sarko Boy' goes on trial over bag stuffed with banknotes
Boris Boillon, a former adviser to Nicolas Sarkozy, faces tax fraud and forgery charges after being stopped with a bag stuffed with cash

'Bibi' of the Bundesliga blows whistle on sexism in German football
Bibiana Steinhaus's appointment as a top-flight referee has been likened to Angela Merkel becoming chancellor in 2005

Two Turkish teachers on 75-day hunger strike detained by police
Nuriye Gülmen and Semih Özakça have been on strike after losing their jobs in purge that followed coup attempt

Spanish Socialists re-elect Pedro Sánchez to lead party
Hardliner's win comes months after he resigned following a party revolt over his stance on parliamentary deadlock

One last thing

 Mouse pups derived from spermatozoa preserved on the International Space Station were all healthy, despite increased radiation levels in space. Photograph: Teruhiko Wakayama, University of Yamanashi

Space sperm produces healthy mice, raising prospect of future human settlement Scientists say success of freeze-dried mouse sperm stored on international station could be significant for human reproduction when 'space age' arrives. Have an excellent day and if you spot something I've missed, let me know on Twitter at @earleyedition.
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