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Summary

  1. Forty-nine people killed in attack on gay nightclub - the worst mass shooting in recent US history
  2. Suspect took hostages and died in gunfight with Swat officers
  3. He is named as 29-year-old Omar Mateen, US national
  4. Mateen investigated twice by FBI since 2013, but was not on active terrorism watch list
  5. US President Obama says no evidence he was part of a larger plot

Live Reporting

By Taylor Brown and Tom Geoghegan

All times stated are UK

  1. London vigil crowd breaks into applause

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    Video caption: Two minutes' silence in London's Soho district ended with applause for the victims

    A vigil held in one of London's gay districts, Old Compton Street in Soho, has featured a two-minute silence that ended with applause for the Orlando victims.  

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  2. More on the vetting process for Syrian refugees

    In November, the BBC took a look into what steps the US takes when admitting Syrian refugees to the country.

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    Image caption: The number of Syrian refugee arrival totals between Oct 2001 and November 2015
  3. Trump: Clinton is in 'total denial'

    The New York businessman has now moved to attacking Hillary Clinton by criticising her statements after the San Bernadino attacks in California.

    "I will always support the second amendment," he says.

    Trump also claims Obama "is not allowing" law enforcement to do their job and suggests the US needs an "intelligence operation second to none".

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  4. Trump responds to Orlando

    In a speech in New Hampshire, Republican Donald Trump says the US must respond to "force, purpose and determination" and adds: "If we don't get tough, we're not going to have a country any more."

    Mr Trump has also reiterated his call for a ban on all Muslim immigration, referencing Mateen's father's immigration as the "only reason this killer was in the country".

  5. Tributes for Orlando victims around the world

    Vigils are being held across the UK in memory of the 49 people killed at a gay nightclub, including this one in Soho in London.

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    Makeshift memorials have also cropped up near US embassies in other countries.

    In Russia
    Image caption: A memorial by the US embassy in Moscow, Russia
    Outside Warsaw
    Image caption: Outside US embassy in Warsaw, Poland
    A vigil in Nice
    Image caption: A vigil in Nice
  6. Clinton: 'I will stop lone wolf attacks'

    In her first speech since the Orlando shootings, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton says the country faces a "twisted ideology and a poisoned psychology" that inspires "lone-wolf" attacks.

    Vowing to make stopping these kind of solo attacks a priority of her presidency, she added: "If you are too dangerous to get on a plane, you are too dangerous to buy a gun in America."

  7. FBI chief refuses to use killer's name

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    Video caption: FBI Director James Comey: "I am not using the killer's name"

    The FBI director James Comey refuses to use the name of the man who killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando.

  8. Graphic showing what happened in club

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    As the investigation continues, police have begun sharing details about what happened during the standoff with officers. Read more about what we know about how the attack unfolded.

  9. BBC Facebook live from Orlando

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    BBC's Rajini Vaidyanathan is live on Facebook near a memorial in Orlando where she is taking your questions and reading tributes to the victims.

  10. Wake-up call on gay rights, says Clay Aiken

    Former American Idol singer Clay Aiken, also a Democratic politician, says the Orlando shooting victims should be honoured by improved gay rights in the US.  

    Gay men and women were persecuted before Sunday, he told the BBC. For example, he said, they can still lose their jobs for being gay.

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    Video caption: Orlando shootings a 'wake-up call' for gay rights, says Clay Aiken
  11. Killer claimed links to al-Qaeda and Hezbollah

    FBI director James Comey said he was "highly confident this killer was radicalised" and partially through the internet.

    More from Comey: 

    • Mateen questioned in 2013 because he made "inflammatory and contradictory" statements, including claiming connections to both al-Qaeda and Hezbollah - two groups diametrically opposed to each other
    • he told the FBI he had made the comments in anger because he thought colleagues were discriminatory and mocking him
    • the FBI followed him and investigated further but closed the case after 10 months
    • second investigation began because Mateen once attended the same mosque as a suicide bomber, and a person the FBI interviewed had once been concerned that he had been radicalised, but was no longer worried because he had been recently married and had a child.
  12. 'Gunman inspired by online material' - Obama video

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    Video caption: Orlando attacker 'home-grown extremist' - President Obama
  13. More details of victims updated

    The BBC has updated our page with more names of victims of the Orlando shootings, as well as details about some of them. We will continue to update as we learn about those killed.

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