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Omar Seddique Mateen used an assault rifle,  an AR-17 semi-automatic that has become a signature of US mass shootings,  and a handgun. Photograph: Reuters

The gun attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida which killed at least 50 people in the early hours of Sunday has been described by the US presid(...)

Friends and relatives of those killed and injured  gathered  outside the Orlando Police Headquarters during the investigation of a shooting at the Pulse nightclub, where 50 people were killed by a gunman. Photograph: Steve Nesius TPX/Reuters.

Mina Justice was outside the Pulse Orlando nightclub on Sunday morning, trying to contact her 30-year-old son Eddie. Police, FBI staff and medics we(...)

An undated photo released by the Orlando Police shows Kevin James Loibl who has been identified by police as the man who shot and killed Christina Grimmie, a singer who rose to fame after appearing on ‘The Voice’ TV series. The singer had been performing in Orlando on Friday night. Photographs: (Orlando Police via AP/Getty Images.

The gunman who shot and killed singer Christina Grimmie travelled to her Florida gig specifically to attack her, police said. Kevin Loibl was carryin(...)

Christina Grimmie, who starred on the US version of The Voice, has died after being shot at a concert venue in Florida. File photograph: Steve Marcus/Reuters

Christina Grimmie, a rising singing star who gained fame as a YouTube sensation and a contestant on US television’s The Voice was shot dead while sig(...)

Tom and I arrived in Orlando, Florida months before the fun and madness of World Cup 1994 hit the city. We were in our early 20s, taking a break from (...)

Máire Flavin plays Mimi (above) in Opera Theatre Company’s La bohème.  This new production of La bohème is directed by Ben Barnes, one of the Opera Theatre Company co-founders, whose previous work with the company  includes that magnificently theatrical production of Orfeo in 2012 which balanced lyricism with menace and inspired choreography. Photograph: Opera Theatre Company

Opera Theatre Company, currently celebrating its 30th anniversary, is beginning another national tour tomorrow evening. This time with a difference,(...)

Rory McIlroy  hits a penalty stroke on the eighth hole during the first round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill  in Orlando, Florida. Photograph:  Stacy Revere/Getty Images

What’s this about the luck of the Irish? Certainly, for Rory McIlroy, there wasn’t too much on offer as two double-bogeys on his front nine contribute(...)

Tilikum, a killer whale at SeaWorld amusement park, performs during a show in Orlando, in this September 3, 2009 file photo. Photograph: Mathieu Belanger/Reuters/Files

Tilikum, the orca whose killing of a trainer at a SeaWorld park in Orlando became the focus of the documentary Blackfish, has been found to have a res(...)

Republican presidential candidate hopefuls Donald Trump and Ted Cruz  greet each following a debate sponsored by on March 3rd, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz split victories in four nominating contests with front-runner Donald Trump on Saturday, bolstering Mr Cruz’s (...)

Virgin Atlantic is to fly from Northern Ireland to the United States next summer, for the first time.The airline, founded by Richard Branson 30 years(...)

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