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Orlando shooter claimed attack with 'chilling calm': FBI MIAMI: Orlando gunman Omar Mateen acted with "chilling calm" in phone calls made at the height of the deadliest mass shooting in US history, styling himself an "Islamic soldier" and warning of more bloodshed to come, officials said Monday. US authorities released partial transcripts of Mateen's conversations with emergency services and police negotiators during the June 12 attack on a gay nightclub that left 49 people dead."I'm in Orlando and I did the shootings," the 29-year-old said in a 911 call at 2:35 am, half an hour into the three-hour siege at the Pulse nightclub.While officials have stated that Mateen's pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group and its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the transcripts were redacted to mask those details.The excerpts record him as saying: "I pledge allegiance to (omitted) may God protect him (in Arabic), on behalf of (omitted)."The FBI also released details of three conversations between Mateen ...

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Biden takes on Trump, warns against 'return of anti-Americanism' WASHINGTON: US Vice President Joe Biden on Monday slammed Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump's foreign policy proposals, saying they could spark anti-Americanism abroad, especially in Latin America.The next US government "can continue strengthening the security and prosperity of people throughout the Americas," Biden was to say in a speech to the Center for a New American Security, according to excerpts released by his office."But if we build walls and disrespect our closest neighbors, we will ...

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Record 65 million people displaced worldwide: UN GENEVA: The number of refugees and others fleeing their homes worldwide has hit a new record, spiking to 65.3 million people by the end of 2015, the United Nations said Monday. Europe's high-profile migrant crisis, its worst since World War II, is just one part of a growing tide of human misery led by Palestinians, Syrians and Afghans.Globally, close to one percent of humanity has been forced to flee."This is the first time that the ...

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Donald Trump drops campaign manager: media WASHINGTON: Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump on Monday shook up his White House bid as he looks to a November showdown with Hillary Clinton, letting go his controversial campaign manager.Corey Lewandowski -- who had led the real estate mogul's campaign from the start and was credited with Trump's initial breakthrough in the primaries -- has recently been sidelined, with more experienced political operatives taking over in the run-up to November 8.Lewandowski courted controversy earlier this ...

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US Supreme Court lets stand state assault weapons bans WASHINGTON: The US Supreme Court on Monday effectively upheld state bans on military-style assault weapons, declining to hear a challenge to bans on guns like the one used to kill 49 people in Orlando earlier this month.The challenge was brought by gun rights advocates seeking to overturn bans on assault weapons passed by Connecticut and New York after the 2012 killing of 26 people at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.In that attack, a mentally ...

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US Senate votes on gun curbs in swift response to Orlando shooting WASHINGTON: The US Senate will make its strongest push in years to tighten gun controls on Monday, voting on four proposals a week after the Orlando shooting massacre prompted new calls to keep firearms away from people on terrorism watch lists. But while the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history has spurred quick action in Congress, none of the bills is expected to achieve the 60 votes needed for passage in the 100-seat chamber, ...

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US to release partial transcripts of Florida club gunman's calls WASHINGTON: U.S. officials will release partial transcripts of three phone conversations that the gunman who killed 49 people in a Florida gay club had with law enforcement during the massacre, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said on Sunday.The now-deceased gunman, Omar Mateen, paused during his three-hour siege at the club in Orlando last Sunday to call emergency 911 dispatchers and post internet messages professing support for Islamist militant groups, authorities have said.The rampage, the deadliest mass ...