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This is BBC World News Today with me, Geeta Guru-Murthy.
The headlines: New details emerge from the horror of
49 people were murdered - President Obama has described
the massacre as an act of home-grown extremism.
There is no evidence so far that he was in fact directed.
Also, at this stage, there is no direct evidence that he
More questions about the man who carried out the worst
It's reported he was mentally unstable and prone to violence.
The FBI explains how they tracked him in the past.
We are working hard to understand the killer and his motives
But we are highly confident that this killer was radicalised
and, at least in some part, through the internet.
Violence by fans at the Euro football championships -
now the French authorities could ban alcohol and threaten
Microsoft has announced it will buy the professional
networking website LinkedIn for $26bn.
President Obama has said there is no clear evidence that the Orlando
terrorist attack was directed by the Islamic State group
or that it was part of a larger plot.
The President said it seemed the gunman had pledged allegiance
to IS at the last minute and had been inspired by extremist
The FBI gave details of how it had tracked Omar Mateen
but its Director said, at present, he couldn't see
what they could have done differently.
In the last half an hour or so, Hillary Clinton named
countries in the Middle East who she said should do more to stop
Let's get more from Michelle Fleury in Orlando, Florida.
Thank you. The police have described three encounters with the gunman
over the course of three hours. That is at the Pulse nightclub about a
block away from where I stand. This area is still cordoned off and an
active investigation scene. The mayor of Orlando told me that over
the next few days he expects investigators do try and recreate
what happened in the early hours of Sunday morning. From what we have
learned, the decision was taken to go into the nightclub after the
gunman threatens to use explosives. At the time, he had several
hostages. By the latest let's cross to Laura.
The hours of anguish ended in horror for so many.
Relatives ushered quietly inside to be told there are
some, their daughter, their brother was among the dead.
The sound of rapid gunfire coming from this
popular gay nightclub will haunt this city.
The attacker fired relentlessly, and when
There was a stand-off for three hours before an armed response unit
When the shooting stopped, 50 people were left dead.
I want to say it lasted for about eight minutes.
He just kept on shooting and shooting and just walking around.
And then he changed to other ammunition.
And then changed to another ammunition...
I could just smell the ammo in the air and
President Obama said the gunman Omar Mateen had hatred in his heart.
We are still looking at all the motivations of the Keller but it is
a reminder that, regardless of race, religion, faith or sexual
orientation, we are all Americans. -- the killer.
We need to be looking after each other.
A 29-year-old citizen of Afghan descent, he
dialled 911 before the attack to swear allegiance to the so-called
What he did was... Totally he is wrong and I do not approve of what
he did. As a father, I do not forgive him.
He'd come to the attention of the FBI on three
occasions, but they decided he posed no threat.
So far we see no indication this was a plot directed from outside the
United States and no indication he was part of any kind of network.
His ex-wife said he was volatile and unstable.
A few months after we were married, I saw his instability and I saw that
he was bipolar and would get mad out of nowhere.
That's when I started worrying about my safety and then
after a few months he started abusing me physically.
The gay, lesbian and transgender community has seen violence before,
Across the country, rainbow flags were held
high in solidarity and in unity, their voices raised to condemn this
Years before committing one of the worst shootings in American history,
Omar Mateen was already on the radar of the FBI. Twice he had been
investigated. It while ago, FBI director offered this information.
Our investigation involved introducing confidential sources to
him and recording conversations with him. We followed him and reviewed
transactional records from his communications. Searching all
Government holdings for any possible connections are derived free
information. We interviewed him twice and he edited making the
statements his co-workers reported that explain he did it in anger
because he thought his co-workers were discriminating against him and
teasing him because he was Muslim. After ten months of investigation,
we closed the preliminary investigation. Two months later in
July 2014, the Keller's name surfaced again in an indirect way.
Our Miami office investigated the Florida man who had won himself up
for the Nusra group in Syria, a group Inc on flat with Isil in
Syria. -- in conflict. Our investigation turned up no ties of
any consequence between the two of them. Our investigation again turned
and interviewed the Keller to find out whether he had any significant
contact with the suicide bomber from Nusra. We determined he did not and
the enquiry continue focusing on the suicide bomber with no moral focus
on the Orlando killing. Our work is challenging and we are looking for
needles in a nationwide haystack but we are also called upon to figure
out which pieces of he might become needles someday.
That was the FBI director. One thing we keep hearing from law enforcement
officials and those who worked in the past insecurity, they keep
repeating this word about vigilance, that people need to report and talk
to anyone if they see anything suspicious. While this shooting
raises many questions about gun control and home-grown terrorism,
and, phobia, at least for the residents here in Orlando, this is
still a time for grief and mooring. -- homophobia. -- morning.
Well, the authorities in the US have now revealed that Omar Mateen had
As we mentioned, the US Democratic Presidential candidate,
Hillary Clinton, has been speaking in the last hour.
She called for increased efforts to remove Islamic State propaganda
I am not going to stop fighting for these provisions. The third area
that demands attention is preventing radicalisation and countering
efforts by Isis and other international terrorist networks to
recruit in the United States. And Europe. For starters, it is long
past time for the people from Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait to stop their
citizens from funding extremist organisations.
Hillary Clinton in the last hour or so. The other parties in the US have
revealed that Omar Mateen had visited Saudi Arabia twice in the
last five years but say they do not know why. Again, questions are being
asked about how a man who is described as being unstable and
unhinged could have access to firearms so easily.
Mass shootings like the incident in Orlando this weekend
are a frequent occurrence in the United States.
It's estimated at least 1.5 million Americans have died in gun related
incidents over the past 50 years - more than those killed
But, for Donald Trump, who was recently endorsed by the
powerful National Rifle Association, gun control is not on the agenda.
Instead, within hours of the Orlando shootings,
he launched a bruising political salvo at the Obama
administration and his rival for the presidency, Hillary Clinton.
We'd better get smart to it because, believe me, all I want is safety.
What happened yesterday and what happened many times over
with a president like Obama that doesn't even want to use the term
In sharp contrast, Hillary Clinton so far has been measured in her
response to the Orlando killings, not jumping to conclusions
Her campaign team has been bitterly critical of Donald Trump,
calling him a narcissistic man baby who turned a national tragedy
into a moment of self-congratulation.
He claimed he'd been right about the threat
Today, so-called Islamic State has repeated its claim that the Orlando
attack had been carried out by one of its fighters.
But it's still far from clear if IS had any direct link
Some of the markers are there, as I said.
It does look like an Isis-inspired attack.
It would follow in a pattern of Isis-inspired attacks.
It also very clearly fits their model of what
They want people to undertake so-called do-it-your-own terrorism.
Whether this was an Islamic State inspired attack or not,
it's clear what happened in Orlando is now being used politically
I should say that report was before we heard live from Hillary Clinton
who has given more detail on her position and response to the
shooting. Actually a very sober response in the last hour.
Vali Nasr is a Middle East scholar and former US Government
He is on the line from Washington DC for us.
Your response to this, how much of this is a reflection of Obama's
foreign policy failure in tackling Syria?
It is a very tragic either end and it is a reminder of the connection
between developments in the region and the potential for violence in
the United States. -- a tragic event. The event is not directly the
consequence of Obama's foreign policy but to the extent of the
Islamic State in Iraq and Syria has gained ground because of the
collapse of political order in Iraq and what happened in Syria. It
reflects on American foreign policy. Not just the Obama Administration,
since the Iraq war was actually started by George Bush's
Administration. The collapse of Iraq created room for Isis to grow and in
recent years the inability of the United States and its European
allies to bring the Syrian conflict to an end has given room for Isis to
continue to fight, and that has made it an attraction for lone wolves in
the active states who are self motivated terrorists in Europe, and
they see this fight in Syria and the image of Isis as something glorified
that they can rally to. Hillary Clinton just said that Saudi
Arabia and Kuwait have to do more to stop their citizens funding
terrorism. The you agree? Yes, I agree. The funding from Gulf
countries of the past two or three decades has created a fertile ground
for extremism. The funding of hardline clerics and mosques and
books and pamphlets, all of which promote a vision of Islam that is
intolerant, is exclusive this, it is hard and harsh in its judgment of
society. All of this makes for Stark interpretations of Islam and is used
by terrorist organisations to recruit young people. Many
terrorists we have seen in the active states or Europe did not know
much about Islam at all until they came into contact with the
literature that was subsidised and promoted by funding from the Gulf.
There are very first encounter with Islam was the hardline Islam
promoted by funding from the Gulf. Hillary Clinton has... She has just
said that if she is elected she will make it a top priority to stop these
lone wolves, to bring Government departments together. Realistically
that is extremely difficult to do. How much of a threat now do you
think the United States is at from the sort of attacks?
A tremendous amount of bread because guns are available, as we saw in
this case. -- threat. Somebody who is a loser and thinks by doing
something like this they can gain glory and fame and be somebody can
very easily pick a target and acquire a weapon, and declare
allegiance to Isis, which is a way of transforming what is a criminal
act into some kind of a "Heroic" political act, and then carry this
out. Intelligence agencies and law enforcement agencies can do much
more but in the end the United States is a vast country and we have
a culture among some sets of Muslims in the US and Europe you think Isis
is a glorified military at war with the United States, and if you can
join a city become a soldier in a global fight against a superpower...
And they can easily acquire the weapons to carry it out.
Thank you so much. Now a look at some of
the day's other news. A psychologist has told a court
in South Africa that the athlete Oscar Pistorius is suffering
from depression and anxiety and is not able to testify
at his sentencing hearing. Pistorius faces a jail term
of at least 15 years for murdering his girlfriend
Reeva Steenkamp in 2013. A sentencing decision
is expected this week. Nato is to send another
4,000 more troops to Poland and the Baltic states to help
reinforce their defences. Nato's General Secretary,
Jens Stoltenberg, said the decision would send a clear signal that it
stands ready to defend any ally. The move is in response to
Russia's intervention in Ukraine. Brazil have been eliminated
from the Copa America football It is the first time since 1987
that the five-time world champions The result lifted Peru to the top
of Group B in the tournament Euro 2016 is in the news
for more than the football. The authorities in France say
150 Russian hooligans travelled to the tournament "well
prepared for ultra-violent action". The chief prosecutor of Marseille,
Brice Robin, said they were able to escape arrest after clashes
with England fans in Marseille Two England fans have now been
jailed for throwing bottles Three French and an Austrian
are also due to appear These scenes from England's opener
in Marseille have cast a cloud England and Russia are now on notice
that their fans's behaviour could get their teams thrown out
of Euro 2016 if there's It is a threat the England camp
are taking very seriously. Now we have a big game coming
up against Wales. I would like to ask the fans,
please, if you don't For the fans with tickets, be safe,
be sensible and continue with your great support
for the players. We have worked very hard to get
here, and we desperately want to stay in the competition,
and I am appealing therefore to all of our fans,
and we appreciate your support at the matches of course,
and we are appealing After the three days of clashes
in Marseille, a handful of British and French fans are in custody,
but the French authorities say a hardcore group of Russian thugs
was largely responsible for this, Two England fans were given short
jail sentences. TRANSLATION: There are around 150
people who have a reputation They are very well-trained,
they are very fast and it is They came here to fight, and were
very quick and very violent. Dozens of Germans attacked Ukraine
supporters in Lille yesterday. That incident was over in minutes,
but there is real concerns about English and Russian fans
meeting here this week, An alcohol ban is under
consideration, but that, The Russians and the locals
here who have been attacking football fans have been
stone cold sober. They are constantly focus,
they trained for six months, preparing for acts of hooliganism
and violence like this. They are not drunk, that is not
what has caused the violence here. The headlines echoed the bad
old days of endless trouble. England, Russia and France are under
pressure to ensure that this So French prosecutors are blaming
hardened hooligans for the violence They are pointing out
that Russian hooligans were "extremely well trained",
so we sent our Moscow correspondent Sarah Rainsford to find
out more about them. Violence has been part of Russian
football for years and the irony is that Russian hooligans have
learnt a lot of what they Now, as one former hooligan told me,
they are beating the English There is often talk
about a far-right ideology being at the heart
of Russian hooliganism, and certainly racism is a problem
within the domestic game. Black players talk about insults
and they have "monkey" chants But it seems that in France the key
motivation is the violence itself. Russian hooligans are trying
to prove their supremacy. What I've been told is that the key
characteristic of Russian hooligans today is that they work out
and they don't drink. In fact, one former hooligan
told me that they describe Well, joining me from Paris now
is the BBC's John Bennett. We have seen much less football
hooliganism in England in recent years and I thought there was a
travel ban and a proper policing operation. How were people able to
get to France from the UK? Were these people who were not on a
police tracking list? That is a question the authorities will be
asking. Earlier this year, 2000 million football hooligans from
England, Wales and Northern Ireland were banned from travelling here to
ensure they would not be in France during the Euro 2016 tournament.
Still, the violence has happened. I think it is a coveted situation in
Marseille. It is more than just the England fans. -- complicated. It has
to be stressed that it was a very, very small minority who were
troublemakers. Those are the reports we have been getting here. I have
been in Paris for all of the Euro 2016 and you would not know there
had been any trouble if you had been in Paris. Hardly any incidents here.
It has mostly been bug is down in the south, like in Marseille and
Nice. Obligated situation involving locals from Marseille, Russian fans
and England fans. What is the prospect of the teams
being forced out? Are these bands a small minority? Will they listen to
people like Wayne Rooney? It will be likely for England to be
kicked out but there is potential trouble because Russia's next game
takes place in Lille. England's next game is the day after nearby, so
both sets of fans will be in similar places. Many England fans will be
staying in Lille before that game. I'm sure the authorities will be
looking at that as potential trouble.
Interesting couple of days ahead. Microsoft has announced it will buy
the professional networking website LinkedIn for $26 billion,
the largest acquisition Microsoft hopes the deal will help
it boost sales of its enterprise LinkedIn has 433 million
users worldwide. Our technology correspondent
Rory Cellan-Jones spoke to the two He started off by asking how
Microsoft could justify paying When Satya and I first sat down
to talk about the potential combination, Satya was very clear
that we needed to make We figured that the purpose,
the mission statements have different words but,
at the end of the day, we are trying to accomplish
the same thing. We want to connect the world,
and professionals, and make people more successful and empower every
individual organisation It is just that we come after it
from different perspectives. With LinkedIn, it's a professional
network, and with Microsoft it So a very strong
alignment on that front. And Satya has a clear vision
here for the structure. It is an independent operating
entity, much in the same way you saw Instagram, WhatsApp
and YouTube remain independent All three of those companies have
gone on to have extraordinary impact on a global basis
after the acquisition. We think the same
thing can happen here. Users like me, you may visit once
a month but are hardly ever I hope that we can get
you back on LinkedIn more. The way we think about it is
the everyday usage of LinkedIn... There are 100 million monthly active
users in LinkedIn. The news feed is more relevant,
getting more everyday. Just imagine the news feed can be
fed with additional information. The meetings you're going to have
and the projects That is what is going to draw
people to LinkedIn. The other side of LinkedIn
modernisation is that there are members on one side
but also hiring solutions To me, having all of that,
the two-sided market is plenty If you want driving usage
and engagement, LinkedIn offers those dynamics and that
is paramount to us. President Obama has said there's no
evidence that the Orlando nightclub The Director of the FBI,
James Comey, said there were strong indications that the gunman,
Omar Mateen, was radicalised partly The FBI has confirmed that he had
been investigated for possible terrorism links but agents had
concluded he wasn't a threat. Mateen rang the national emergency
phone line moments before the shooting to claim allegiance
to the Islamic State group. Well, people from across the US
and around the world have been Hello. The weather is in no hurry to
change. Heavy downpours in places