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Monday briefing: Man in custody over Manhattan blast at bus terminal

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Other top stories include a mum's viral tweet about her bullied son, Max Clifford's death in prison, and Saudi Arabia's push for progression with cinema re-openings

Anna Freeman

11 Diciembre 2017 11:59

Hello, this is Anna getting you caught up on today's news.

A man is being held after an attempted terror attack at New York City's main bus terminal, officials say. A blast at the Port Authority terminal in Manhattan during the morning rush hour on Monday has been reported. The suspect, named as Akayed Ullah, 27, was wounded when a 'low-tech explosive device' strapped to his body blew up in an underpass, officials say. They say three other people suffered minor injuries.

iolence against fans - Queens of the Stone Age musician Josh Homme has apologised after a female photographer said he kicked her in the head during a concert in Los Angeles. Chelsea Lauren posted a video on social media showing Homme kicking her camera as she took pictures close to the stage on Saturday night. ‘I now get to spend my night in the ER. Seriously, WHO DOES THAT?’, she said. In a statement, Homme apologised and said he would never intentionally cause harm to someone.

Viral kindness - A woman’s heartbreaking video of her son recalling being bullied at middle school has prompted a wave of support from athletes and entertainers, and has gone viral with an unprecedented reach to celebrities and social media users alike. Kimberly Jones said in a Facebook post on Friday she had just picked up her son, Keaton, from school because he was too afraid to go to lunch.In the video, Keaton said other students call him ugly, make fun of his nose and tell him he has no friends. He said milk was poured on him and ham was put down his clothes. Watch the video below here:

For the record, Keaton asked to do this AFTER he had he me pick him up AGAIN because he was afraid to go to lunch. My kids are by no stretch perfect, & at home, he's as all boy as they come, but by all accounts he's good at school. Talk to your kids. I've even had friends of mine tell me they're kids were only nice to him to get him to mess with people. We all know how it feels to want to belong, but only a select few know how it really feels not to belong anywhere.

Posted by Kimberly Jones on Friday, December 8, 2017

Film’s power - Saudi Arabia has announced it will lift a ban on cinemas as part of social reforms by the powerful crown prince that are shaking up the conservative kingdom. ‘Commercial cinemas will be allowed to operate in the kingdom as of early 2018, for the first time in more than 35 years,’ the culture and information ministry said in a statement on Monday, adding that the government would begin licensing venues immediately.

Maduro’s authoritarianism - Venezuela’s ruling socialists triumphed in nearly all mayoral elections across the country, as President Nicolas Maduro threatened to ban opposition parties from future elections in the country reckoning with economic crisis. He announced that pro-government candidates had won more than 300 of the 335 mayoral offices.

Day the spin died - Max Clifford, the UK's best-known celebrity publicist whose clients included OJ Simpson, has died at age 74. Nicknamed the ‘King of Spin,’ Clifford died in a hospital on Sunday after suffering a heart attack in prison. He was jailed for eight years in 2014 after being convicted of a series of indecent assaults on teenage girls.

California ablaze - The most destructive wildfire raging in southern California has expanded significantly, scorching an area larger than New York City. The Thomas fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties has consumed 230,000 acres (930 sq km) in the past week. Fanned by strong winds, it has become the fifth largest wildfire in recorded state history after it grew by more than 50,000 acres in a day.

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