Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Wednesday 24 May 2017

1. Manchester attack: 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.

Manchester Arena attack: Salman Abedi 'assembled deadly bomb alone'

2. Iman saw Manchester suspect Abedi as a dangerous extremist

An imam at a mosque in Didsbury where Manchester terror attack suspect Salman Abedi once worshipped says he saw him as a dangerous extremist. Mohammed Saeed El-Saeiti also said Abedi, who wore Islamic dress, "showed me the face of hate" when he delivered a sermon on the dangers of Islamic State.

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Manchester Attack: What we know about suicide bomber Salman Abedi

3. Ex-CIA boss 'warned Russia not to interfere in elections'

A former CIA chief yesterday told a US congressional committee that he had personally warned his Russian counterpart to stop interfering in last year's presidential election. John Brennan also said he had been aware of worrying "interactions between Russian officials and US persons involved in the [Donald] Trump campaign".

4. Trump holds first meeting with the Pope

Donald Trump met Pope Francis in Rome this morning as the US President started the third leg of his first foreign visit since taking office. He arrived at the Vatican with wife Melania, daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner. It was the first time the two leaders had met. Later today, Trump will travel to Brussels for a summit of Nato leaders.

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5. M&S annual profits fall by two thirds

Marks & Spencer's annual profits fell by two-thirds to £176.4m in the last financial year, with the company blaming some of the slump on the cost of its turnaround programme together with a late Easter. Sales remained flat at £10.6bn, but a decline in clothing sales and the costs of opening new food stores hit profits.

Marks & Spencer shares fall as sales dip across the board

6. Lorry driver arrested after five die in M6 crash

Five people have died in a crash involving an HGV on the M6 in Staffordshire. The accident happened on the southbound carriageway at around 4.30am. The five victims were all travelling in the same car, and another passenger suffered multiple serious injuries. A lorry driver has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving.

7. UK warns US over Manchester bomber identification

Home Secretary Amber Rudd has taken the US to task for releasing information about the Manchester bomber before UK police had a chance to act. She told Washington "that it should not happen again" as the British authorities wanted to control the flow of information to "keep the element of surprise" in the investigation.

Manchester attack: What is Operation Temperer?

8. 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.

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9. Magic mushrooms 'are safest recreational drug'

Hallucinogenic mushrooms are the least dangerous form of recreational drug to take. according to new research. The Global Drug Survey 2017 studied 12,000 people who had taken psilocybin mushrooms in 2016 and found only 0.2% said they needed emergency treatment – a rate at least five times lower than MDMA or LSD.

10. Briefing: Aston Martin's 'second century plan'

A new Aston Martin has arrived and is looking to regain its place as the best grand tourer on the market.

The DB11, it is direct replacement for the critically acclaimed yet ageing DB9 and is set to spawn a host of new vehicles over the next few years as part of the company's Second Century Plan.

Aston has gone straight to the DB11 from the DB9 - the Vantage-based DB10 was an exclusive for the last James Bond film. However, the DB9 has been around for 13 years and the marque feels as if a generation has been skipped, hence the jump.

Aston Martin DB11: The 'beautiful' car heading the Second Century Plan

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