News In Focus – A Look At The World’s Most Interesting Stories


U.S.: A gunman, who pledged allegiance to ISIS, killed 50 people and injured 53 with an assault rifle and a semi-automatic pistol at Pulse Club, a LGBT nightclub in Orlando, Florida on early Sunday.

The culprit was later identified as Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old from Fort Pierce, Florida.  Mateen was an American citizen of Afghan heritage born in New York.

Omar Mateen was killed in the shootout when the police raided the premises and freed 30 other hostages three hours later.

President Obama described the incident as “an act of terror and act of hate.”

Although the gunman is a known ISIS sympathizer, and ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack, officials did not find evidence linking the militant group to the killing.

CNN remembers the victims in this touching tribute:


Sports: Football fans from Russia and England clashed in the Euro 2016 opening on Saturday night in the Stade Velodrome of Vieux Port in Marseille.

Russia fans were reported to be wearing balaclavas and had set off fireworks as they attacked their English counterparts after the match.

French police dispersed fans with tear gas as disturbance continued to spread.

Marseille’s emergency services said 31 people were injured.  Two England supporters were reported to be seriously injured.

UEFA, the European football governing body, handed Russia a suspended disqualification, which would be valid until the end of the Euro 2016 tournament.

A group of 29 Russian football fans were deported from France on Tuesday while en route to Lille for Russia’s match against Slovakia, while six England fans were jailed and are not allowed to visit France for two years.

Fresh clashes between Russian and English fans broke out on Wednesday in Lille.  This time English and Welsh supporters outnumbered their Russian rivals.

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For predictions, we go to this BBC video:


Business: Software giant Microsoft is buying the business-focused social network LinkedIn for US $26.2bn in cash, the two companies announced on Monday.

Microsoft assures the market that LinkedIn will retain its brand, culture, and independence. Jeff Weiner will remain LinkedIn’s CEO.

Microsoft has been investing heavily in its cloud services.  The acquisition, its largest ever, would be part of Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella’s strategy to transform the tech enterprise.

The purchase of LinkedIn will allow Microsoft to link the professional network with its intelligent digital assistant, Cortana, and its customer relationship management software, according to the Financial Times.

“This deal is all about bringing together the professional cloud and professional network,” Nadella told the New York Times in a telephone interview.

For more, we go to this CNBC piece:


U.S.: A 2-year-old boy died after being dragged by an alligator into a lagoon near a Walt Disney World hotel in Florida on Tuesday.

The toddler’s body was found intact 16 hours later at six feet below the lagoon’s surface and at about 10 to 15 feet from where he was last seen.

The victim, identified as Lane Graves from Elkhorn, Nebraska, was with his parents when he waded into about a foot of water and a five to seven-foot alligator dragged him into the Seven Seas Lagoon.

Lane’s father, Matt Graves, fought the reptile but failed to save his son.  His mother Melissa Graves also came to the rescue, although the effort was unsuccessful.

Local police euthanized five alligators taken from the lagoon to determine if any of them were responsible for killing the boy.

Authorities said alligators are a common sight in Florida ponds, lakes, lagoons, and canals, but an incident such as this has never happened in the 45 years of Disney’s operation in the area.

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Lead-In Image: ” Memorial for Orlando shooting victims outside the United States Consulate in Chiang Mai, Thailand, 14 June 2016.”; Courtesy of Pongmanat Tasiri /