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Las Vegas shooting: Police look for answers

Why? What could possibly have motivated Stephen Paddock, a retired accountant, to open fire from a balcony above a Las Vegas music festival, killing at least 59 people and injuring more than 500?

Police found 23 guns in Paddock's hotel room, but have not discovered any connection to international terrorism, despite a claim of involvement from so-called Islamic State. President Donald Trump described the act as "pure evil" and some investigators say there is reason to believe the gunman, 64, had a history of psychological problems.

Meanwhile, searches have uncovered explosives at Paddock's home in a retirement community in the small town of Mesquite, north east of Las Vegas. There is a second house in northern Nevada which Swat teams are due to check for booby-traps before carrying out a search.

The authorities have yet to confirm the identities of any of the people killed, but Jordan McIldoon, 23, from British Columbia in Canada, has been named as a victim of the attack by CBC News. Here's what we know so far about the shooting.

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As Donald Trump began more seriously contemplating a bid for the Republican presidential nomination, his views on gun control changed. By the time he announced his entry into the race in 2015, he was well within the mainstream of the Republican Party, which views most forms of additional gun regulation as a violation of Second Amendment constitutional protections. It was Mr Trump's way of establishing his conservative cultural bona fides - proving that he wasn't the big-city liberal he had at times seemed.

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Johnson to give Tory conference speech

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Brexit Secretary David Davis are to address the Conservative Party conference in Manchester later. Mr Johnson told the BBC's Newsnight that, contrary to reports of cabinet divisions over Brexit, senior ministers were "totally united behind every comma, every full stop, every syllable" of the speech the prime minister gave in Florence on the subject last month. Meanwhile, Theresa May is to promise to confront "uncomfortable truths" when a report she has commissioned on the treatment of people from ethnic minorities in the UK is published next week.

Musician Tom Petty dies

As the lead singer of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, he was known for hits including American Girl, Breakdown, Free Fallin', Learning to Fly and Refugee. Tom Petty, who also found success as a solo artist and performed with the Travelling Wilburys during the late 1980s, has died aged 66. "It's shocking, crushing news," Bob Dylan, a fellow Wilbury, told the Los Angeles Times. "I thought the world of Tom. He was great performer, full of the light, a friend, and I'll never forget him."

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What the papers say

The newspapers react to the shooting in Las Vegas, the Times and the Daily Telegraph, in their headlines, echoing the words of President Donald Trump in calling it an "act of pure evil". "What turned Mr Normal into a mass killer?" asks the Daily Mail, while the Sun quotes the advice given to concert-goers caught up in the gunfire: "Run." The i describes it as "America's worst ever shooting". Meanwhile, the Financial Times looks at the government's efforts to get home the 110,000 UK tourists currently abroad following the collapse of Monarch Airlines, with the Daily Mirror calling the "rescue" the "biggest since Dunkirk".

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