June 13, 2016

The Deadliest Mass Shooting In US History



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Orlando: The Deadliest Mass Shooting In US History

A gunman opened fire on an Orlando nightclub on Saturday, killing 50 people and injuring another 53 in what has become the deadliest mass shooting in United States history. Police identified the shooter as Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old US-born citizen. Mateen was armed with an AR-15-style assault rifle and a handgun when he opened fire on the patrons of Pulse, a gay nightclub. Mateen created a hostage situation using a small group, though most of the 320 people in the nightclub were able to escape. Shortly before 6am on Sunday, a SWAT unit entered the club in a protracted gun battle, killing Mateen. 

What happens next?

President Obama called the tragic shooting “an act of terror” and stated that the FBI was investigating the shooting as a terrorist act. But as CNN Commentator Marc Lamont Hill said on Twitter, we’re bracing ourselves for “a day of Islamophobia, homophobia, pink washing and hateful theology.” Emotions run high during times of tragedy, and this will no doubt spark a national conversation on gun control, LGBT rights and religious extremism. 

This is a developing story. Follow Daily Pnut on Twitter for more updates.

Serious Violence In Paris Due To Childish Fans

UEFA, European soccer’s governing body, expressed its “utter disgust” at the English and Russian super fans who are organizing violent scenes in the streets of Marseille. France already had enough on its plate, hosting the Euro tournament during floods and labor strikes. Now, French police are using tear gas to subdue a bunch of man-babies and spoiled brats who are rioting in the streets over a soccer match. Russian fans were accused of setting off fireworks in stadiums and racist behavior, while there are other reports of English fans using human feces against riot police. UEFA warned England and Russia that their teams could be disqualified from the competition if their fans are involved in further violence.

Opinion: If We Cast Football Fans As Thugs, Only The Hooligans Win


Beer Bottle Bomb Injures At Least Four In Shanghai

At least five people were hurt during an attack at Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport, after a man tossed an explosive made from a beer bottle into a crowd waiting on the check-in line. The attacker injured four people before he took out a knife and cut his own throat as well. The four victims sustained light wounds and are being treated in hospital while the unnamed attacker is in a critical condition. 

German MPs Of Turkish Origin Now Under Protection

Germany’s foreign ministry has put 11 German MPs of Turkish origin under police protection after they received several death threats. The MPs angered many Turkish nationalists by supporting Germany’s move to recognize the 1915 massacre of Armenians by Ottoman Turks as genocide. Since then, the foreign ministry has warned its politicians of Turkish decent to avoid traveling to Turkey for awhile, as their security could not be guaranteed. Turkish President Erdogan is no help, fueling the flames by chastising them, saying, “What sort of Turks are they?” Still, the 11 German lawmakers maintain they are simply Turks with an honest assessment of history. 

Kuczynski Wins Peru By A Landmark 0.1% Margin

In the presidential battle between conservative Pedro Pablo Kuczynski and the conservative Keiko Fujimori, roughly half of Peru chose the candidate that doesn’t have a father in jail for crimes against humanity. Kuczynski declared victory with 50.1%, while Fujimori collected a measly 49.9% of the vote. Many were surprised Kuczynski could win since his former American citizenship was a prominent campaign issue. While he has technically renounced his US citizenship, his wife is still an American citizen and his children live in the United States. 


British Royal Navy: The UK could lose some serious money now that their £1 billion warships are losing power in the Persian Gulf. The reason? The British equipment cannot cope with the warm waters. 

Julian Assange: The WikiLeaks founder said his organization is preparing to
publish more emails Hillary Clinton sent and received while US Secretary of State. While the nature of the emails is unknown, the announcement fanned controversy and excitement for the Donald Trump camp.   

Sri Lanka: A British man of Tamil decent was detained and tortured in Sri Lanka after arriving in the country to get married. His lawyers said he was detained on false claims but his team is working with the British Foreign Office for his release. 


Italian Newspaper Creates Worst Swag-Bag Ever

Il Giornale, the Italian newspaper owned by the controversial former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, is under fire for distributing free copies of Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf with a paid supplement in its Saturday edition. The promotion has sparked international outrage. Simon Wiesenthal Center Director Efraim Zuroff said it was unprecedented for a newspaper to use Mein Kampf to boost sales. German newspapers in the 1940s didn’t even do that. The center-right newspaper claims it distributed the book for deconstruction, not as an apology for Naziism. Still, the Israeli embassy, as well as many Italians, found it surprising and incredibly awkward. 

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