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May to cut short G7 programme after Manchester attack
May 24, 2017 / 9:08 PM / 7 months ago

May to cut short G7 programme after Manchester attack

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May plans to cut short her visit to the G7 meeting in Sicily after the terror threat level was raised in Britain to critical following a suicide bombing in Manchester, a senior government official said.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in London, May 23, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville

May was due to stay at the meeting of the world’s leading industrialised nations until the end of the programme on Saturday, but now plans to leave after the first day.

“Based on the fact that we have a threat level which is currently critical and the ongoing situation here, the PM currently plans a shortened programme at the G7 so she is likely to return on Friday evening,” the official said.

Reporting by Elizabeth Piper; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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