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Orlando gunman Omar Mateen reportedly pledged allegiance to ISIS on Facebook before he killed 49 people at a gay nightclub on Sunday.
“You kill innocent women and children by doing us airstrikes..now taste the Islamic state vengeance,” Mateen wrote, according to a letter sent by the Senate Homeland Security Committee to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, BuzzFeed News reports.
A grand jury will consider whether Mateen’s wife, Noor Salman, knew about the attack and if she should face charges related to it, according to multiple news sources. She may have known that her now-deceased husband was going to carry out an attack and failed to alert authorities, according to Fox News.
Children living in refugee camps are being exposed to sexual exploitation, trafficking, and abuse on a daily basis, Unicef says.
There are around 500 unaccompanied children based across seven refugee sites in northern France, Unicef estimates. Some children said they had been abandoned in the mountains for walking too slowly, while others had lost family members on sea crossings between Turkey and Greece, BuzzFeed News’ Rossalyn Warren reports.
Unicef identified cases of debt slavery and forced criminal activity, and a “constant threat” of sexual violence. Some young women spoke of being promised safe passage to the UK in exchange for sex.
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Violence at Euro 2016: Riot police used tear gas, pepper spray, and batons against soccer fans in the French city of Lille.
UEFA, European soccer’s governing body, fined Russia’s soccer federation €150,000 (almost $169,000) earlier in the week over fan violence at the tournament. If there’s more, Russia could be disqualified.
Quick things to know:
A 2-year-old boy who went missing after being dragged into a lake by an alligator at a Walt Disney World hotel in Orlando was found dead on Wednesday. (BuzzFeed News)
Wreckage of the EgyptAir flight that went missing over the Mediterranean Sea last month has been found, Egyptian investigators say. (BBC News)
Colombia has recorded some 65,000 Zika cases since October, and a wave of infected pregnant women are now giving birth. But only a few severe birth defect cases have been reported so far. (BuzzFeed News)
After seeing gravitational waves for a second time, scientists now say they can use them to observe the universe. (BuzzFeed News)
British politics went completely mad yesterday: There was a naval battle in the middle of London. Seriously. (BuzzFeed News) And in one week, Britain will vote whether to leave or remain in the European Union. What do you want to know about the referendum? (BuzzFeed)
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