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Following Saturday night's terror attack in London, police descended upon two addresses in East London and ultimately arrested 12 individuals in relation to the weekend's atrocity.

However, it has now been made public that all 12 individuals – seven men and five women – have been released without charge.

According to numerous reports, the individuals were released as Scotland Yard named two of the men responsible for the death of seven people on London Bridge and Borough Market.

Khuram Shazad Butt, a 27-year-old British citizen born in Pakistan, and Rachid Redouane, who claimed to be Moroccan-Libyan, were named as attackers last night while the third individual has yet to be named.

All three attackers were shot dead at the scene.

48 people were injured during the latest terror attack to befall Britain.

 

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As Manchester struggles to come to terms with the horror that played out on Monday night, the spirit for which the city is known has been documented far and wide in recent days.

With a distinct sense of community, an unbridled sense of determination and prevailing sense of hope, Mancunians have united together in the wake of a terrorist attack which killed and maimed dozen of its citizens at the beginning of the week.

And as hundreds gathered to remember the dead and injured today, a lone voice rang out in the moments that followed a minute's silence, and it carried the lyrics of a song written by one of Manchester's best known bands.

Those gathered swayed quietly to Don't Look Back in Anger by Oasis before, one by one, people began to chime in and another voice demanded 'Come on, sing up!"

Various recordings of the poignant moment have made their way online, and no matter which vantage point the footage was taken from, there's no denying the sense of solidarity that prevails in the northern city right now.

Take a look at this.

Image credit; Getty

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As a mark of respect to the hundreds affected by the Monday night's atrocity in Manchester, it has been reported that much-loved fashion brand, Boohoo, donated £100,000 to a fund established to support victims of the terrorist attack.

Upon learning of the carnage which unfolded in the wake of an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena on May 22, the brand took to Twitter to express their heartache over events.

"Today we wake up to news we never imagined we would hear," they wrote referring to the death of dozens of innocent concert-goers.

"Boohoo was born and bred in Manchester – it is the place we call home. Our thoughts are with all those affected. As a sign for all those involved, our channels will remain silent for 24 hours."

Following the brand's decision to remain silent, they then responded to a crowd funding appeal put forward by the Manchester Evening News.

With the publication calling for donations, it has been revealed that the fashion line donated a staggering £100,000.

While the brand decided not to highlight their altruism, the Manchester Evening News paid tribute to their generosity in a Twitter post.

"They didn't want a big fuss but @boohoo made a £100,000 donation to #Manchester! Thank you." read the post.

Meanwhile, British food retailer, Morrisons, donated £250,000 bringing the fund to just over £1,000,000.

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According to emerging reports, a 23-year-old man has been arrested in connection with last night's terror attack in Manchester.

Greater Manchester Police have confirmed that the individual was arrested in the city this morning.

"With regards to the ongoing investigation into last night’s horrific attack at the Manchester arena, we can confirm we have arrested a 23-year-old man in South Manchester," they said in a statement released to the press.

Earlier reports suggested that the individual responsible for the attack on Ariana Grande concert-goers at the Manchester Arena died by suicide at the scene, however, confirmation that he had been working alone had not been offered.

Speaking out about last night's atrocity, British Prime Minister, Theresa May, condemned the actions of those responsible and insisted that terrorism will not win.

"The terrorists will never win and our values, our country and our way of life will always prevail," she said outside Downing Street following a meeting of the Government's Cobra emergency committee.

The current death toll stands at 22.
 

 

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Another day, another scam, right?

With the world still reeling from the effects of the WannaCry malware virus last week, experts are now reaching out to WhatsApp users to ensure they don't fall victim to a similar virus.

According to numerous reports, a message is currently making its way through the WhatsApp world inviting users to change the colour theme of their messaging app.

Clicking on the link contained within the message will bring you a site which reads: "New colours for WhatsApp, now you can change your WhatsApp and leave it your favourite colours" before advising that it's available for 'iOS, Windows, Apple, and Blackberry'.

Following this, the site visitor is asked to share the link with 12 of their friends as a means of 'verification' only to be then informed that the feature is solely available through desktop.

This means that in order to avail of it, the user needs to install an extension called 'BlackWhats' from the Chrome Web Store.

And if you do install it?

Hey presto, you have given yourself and your 12 chosen friends a nasty dose of malware all in order to switch up your WhatsApp colours.

Let's all stick with green, shall we?

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When a member of the US House of Representatives questioned why a man should have to contribute to pregnancy insurance during a recent town hall meeting in Dubuque Iowa, he was met with considerable backlash from those assembled.

However, it was the response of a woman named Barbara Rank which garnered the most attention in the days following Rod Blum's controversial remarks.

In response to Mr Blum's demands to 'get rid of some of these crazy regulations that Obamacare puts in such as a 62-year-old male having to have pregnancy insurance', Barbara put pen to paper and explained why the Congressman's demands had little grounding in reality.

"Congressman Rod Blum in a Dubuque town hall (Monday) night asked, “Why should a 62-year-old man have to pay for maternity care?" Barbara began in a letter to her local paper. "I ask, why should I pay for a bridge I don’t cross, a sidewalk I don’t walk on, a library book I don’t read?"
 

This is democracy manifest. from pics

"Why should I pay for a flower I won’t smell, a park I don’t visit, or art I can’t appreciate? Why should I pay the salaries of politicians I didn’t for, a tax cut that doesn’t affect me, or a loophole I can’t take advantage of?"

"It’s called democracy, a civil society, the greater good. That’s what we pay for," she finished in a letter which has made its way online and received more than 100,000 upvotes on Reddit.

Speaking to The Washington Post, Barbara admitted she was stunned by Blum's remarks as well as the reaction of the online community, saying: "Come on, didn’t we learn this in fifth-grade social studies?"

And that, ladies, is how it's done.

 

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Unless you've been living under a rock for the past 48 hours, you will likely be aware that a cyber attack crippled thousands of computer systems across the world from last Friday onwards.

But what exactly is the malware known as WannaCry all about?

So, WannaCry is a particularly heinous form of ransomware which encrypts files on a computer rending them inaccessible, and ultimately holds the owner to ransom by only unlocking the files after the user pays a ransom in Bitcoin.

Since last Friday, the malware hit more than 200,000 machines in 150 countries, including multiple large organisations lke the NHS in the UK, the National Petroleum Corporation in China and Renault factories in France.

While report circulated that the attack had come to an end after a 'kill switch' was triggered on Saturday, this is not the case.

While the switch did, indeed, slow the attack down, researchers confirmed that a new version of the malware had not been affected by the triggering of the switch.

"It's this constant battle," said Ryan O'Leary, vice president of WhiteHat Security's threat research centre. "The bad guys are always one step ahead."

Fortune advises the public to exercise extreme caution when opening emails, and recommends that those who use older versions of Windows should install Microsoft's new security update.

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A 10-year-old girl, who became pregnant after enduring multiple rapes at the hands of her stepfather, is having her case discussed among a panel of doctors in India today.

The child, whose is due to give birth in four months, has found herself at the centre of a legal 'grey area' as Indian law does not allow terminations after 20 weeks unless medical professionals believe the mother's life is in danger.

With the child's family demanding permission for a termination, doctors from the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences are meeting today to discuss the request.

It is understood the case only came to light last week after the child's mother suspected her daughter may be pregnant, and brought her to a doctor.

According to the BBC, the child subsequently revealed she had been raped by her stepfather while her mother was at work and warned against confiding in anyone.

The child's stepfather was arrested and is being detained pending a full police investigation.

It has been established that India's Supreme Court has received several petitions from rape victims in recent months requesting terminations and each case has been referred to a panel of medical experts.

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We've all fallen upon a pack of painkillers in the throes of a vicious hangover and thanked the universe for their existence, but according to recent research it's worth remembering that they don't come without their own risks.

Drawing a link between cardiac arrest and regular use of non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), researchers from Finland, Germany and Canada warned doctors to communicate the risks associated with the medication before prescribing them after conducting analysis of previous studies and establishing that data relating to 450,000 individuals showed that 61,460 of them had suffered a heart attack. 

The study, which was published in the British Medical Journal, illustrated the risk pattern, with authors stating that there was "a rapid onset of risk" for heart attack within the first week of use while risk was highest during the first month of taking the painkillers.

Delving further still, researchers established that taking a high dose between 8 and 30 days was 'particularly harmful' while individuals who routinely take celecoxib, ibuprofen, diclofenac, naproxen and rofecoxib were between 24 and 58 per cent more vulnerable to the onset of a heart attack.

Commenting on their findings, the authors explained: "Compared with non-use of NSAIDs in the preceding year, we documented that current use of all studied NSAIDs, including naproxen, was associated with an increased risk of acute myocardial infarction."

"Given that the onset of risk of acute myocardial infarction occurred in the first week and appeared greatest in the first month of treatment with higher doses, prescribers should consider weighing the risks and benefits of NSAIDs before instituting treatment, particularly for higher dose," they added.

"Whether you are being prescribed painkillers like ibuprofen, or buying them over the counter, people must be made aware of the risk and alternative medication should be considered where appropriate," surmised Dr Mike Knapton, associate medical director at the British Heart Foundation.

Eager to assuage the fears of the public, John Smith of the Proprietary Association of Great Britain explained that the research wouldn't apply to those on lower dosages.

"People taking over-the-counter NSAIDs should not be concerned by this research if they are taking the medicine occasionally for short periods and according to the on-pack instructions."

It should be noted that high doses were considered in excess of 1,200mg a day of ibuprofen, 750mg a day of naproxen and 25mg a day of rofecoxib.

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