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The mass shooting in Orlando left a city reeling, a community mourning and the country with a stark choice of who should lead it, underscoring the divisive and combustible role terrorism is set to play in the November election.

Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee, took a measured tone, warning against demonising Islam and demanding a dedicated team to track down lone-wolf terrorists, as well as tougher gun control laws. But her likely opponent, Donald Trump, used the attacks to accuse US Muslims of failing to report radicalisation and double down on his call to ban adherents to the religion from entering the country. He suggested that President Barack Obama was somehow implicated in the massacre.

Meanwhile, officials identified more of the 49 victims and authorities delved into the killer's background. (FT, WaPo)

In the news

Microsoft would like to add LinkedIn to its professional network The tech company struck a deal to acquire LinkedIn for $26.2bn in cash, its largest acquisition, as chief executive Satya Nadella seeks to transform one of the world’s best-known companies. (FT)

'Trained' Russian hooligans behind Euro 2016 violence French prosecutors said 150 "well-trained" Russians instigated the violence at Saturday's match against England in Marseille. Some Russian politicians, including the sports minister, have applauded the hooligans, while Moscow has claimed it was English fans who attacked. (FT)

iPhone sales set to slump Apple will see its first annual decline in shipments since the smartphone's debut in 2007 because of lukewarm demand for a new model, according to sources familiar with the matter. (NAR)

Hey, Siri Apple announced that it would open Siri and iMessage up to developers for the first time, as the battle for developer attention moves beyond the App Store. The changes, announced at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, see Apple trying to maintain the iPhone’s place in app makers’ priorities amid competing demands on their time from rival virtual assistants and messaging apps, which threaten to unseat the smartphone as the centre of the innovation. (FT)

China investment growth slowest since 2000 Fixed-asset investment in China grew at its slowest rate for 16 years in the first five months of this year, as private companies held off spending and left the state sector to keep the economy humming. (FT)

Indian censors ease up on drugs film A court on Monday ordered the governmental regulator of Bollywood to release a gritty movie about substance abuse in the state of Punjab following an uproar from the industry over conservative lawmakers’ desire to shelter audiences from controversial content. (FT)

It's a big day for

Nato Defence ministers from the bloc are meeting to discuss the future of the alliance amid news that the Baltic states and Poland are in discussions with defence contractors to create a regional anti-aircraft missile shield to protect against Russian incursions. (FT)

Food for thought

A hate crime against the LGBT community The FT's Hugo Greenhalgh on visiting Pulse in Miami and the decades’ long struggle for equality. “We all fought to be unremarkable, to be inoffensive. We fought to be left alone.” (FT)

The age old European debate Philip Stephens on the historical echoes of the Brexit debate. (FT)

Law and disorder is the Indian way Amy Kazmin on how the subcontinent can seem always on the brink of violence— and the system that fails its citizens. “In India’s crowded, underpoliced cities, it’s not how often the violence occurs that startles — but how often it doesn’t.” (FT)

In conversation with Louis CK The comedian talks about TV, tragedy and how the US presidential race is like picking a pilot: “Trump says, ‘I’m going to fly so well. You’re not going to believe how good I’m going to fly this plane and, by the way, Hillary never flew a plane in her life.’ ‘She did, and we have pictures.’ ‘No, she never did it.’ It’s insane.” Keep track of the presidential race with our daily US politics newsletter. Sign up here. (NYMag)

How sexism held back space exploration They were considered outsiders, both skilled in performing mathematical equations quickly, yet neither of them received a warm reception when they arrived at the laboratory. One was human and one a machine. But both Janez Lawson and the IBM she programmed were known as computers. (The Atlantic)

Can ‘super coral’ save the reef? As fears mount over the Great Barrier Reef’s worst coral bleaching event in recorded history, biotechnologists in Australia are looking at ways to grow “super coral” that is more tolerant of global warming. (BBC)

Video of the day

Orlando nightclub massacre 

Orlando on Sunday evening was awash with candlelit vigils as distraught families and friends awaited news of loved ones, following the deadliest mass shooting on US soil in modern history. (FT)

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