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The Florida massacre: implications for Mindanao

FILIPINOS have been following developments in the recent mass killing in Orlando, Florida, United States. Anytime so many are massacred in one place at one time anywhere in the world, it is news, whether it be in Paris, Kenya, Pakistan, Iraq, Syria, or Ukraine. Filipinos are specially drawn to reports of a massacre in the United States because millions of Filipinos live there today and some of them may turn out to be involved.

Omar Mateen asked his wife, Noor Salman, in a text message whether she had seen the news, about two hours after he started the shooting, the official said on Friday.

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Orlando gunman raged against ‘filthy ways of the west’ on Facebook just before shooting: US Senate committee
Orlando gunman Omar Mateen apparently made a series of Facebook posts and searches before and during his attack on a gay nightclub, raging against the “filthy ways of the west” and blaming the US for the deaths of “innocent women and children,” according to a US Senate committee letter released Wednesday.

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Accustomed to generating controversy in their native Middle East with lyrics tackling love, sex and political apathy, members of Lebanese alt-rock band Mashrou’ Leila thought a summer US tour would bring them a welcome respite.

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AS I write this column, news reports from the United States indicate that at least 50 people have been killed in what is being considered as the worst mass shooting incident in that country’s history.

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A man who claimed allegiance to the Islamic State group stabbed a French policeman to death on Monday night before he was killed in a dramatic police operation, sources close to the investigation said.

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