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US Senate blocks legislation to close gun loophole

The US Senate has blocked legislation put forward by the Democrats to close a background check loophole surrounding gun sales.

The measure fell short 16 votes of the 60 needed to make the checks apply to all gun sales including those done at gun shows and on the internet.

The Senate is now set to vote on two other gun control measures.

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Chelsea Clinton welcomes baby boy on Twitter

Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton, the Democrat's presumptive nominee for President, has announced that she has given birth to her second child.

Clinton, who has a daughter named Charlotte, said on Twitter that she and her husband Marc Mezvinsky were "overwhelmed with gratitude" at the birth of their son Aidan.

The proud grandparents released a statement saying: "We are all over the moon as Chelsea and Marc welcome Charlotte’s little brother to the world and grateful for our many blessings.

"Chelsea and Aidan are both doing well and enjoying this very special time together."

Obama in plea for unity after meeting Orlando victims

US President Barack Obama has made an impassioned plea for everyone to be treated with dignity after meeting the victims of the Orlando massacre.

Mr Obama met with survivors and the families of the victims along with Vice President Joe Biden, at the Amway Center in Orlando .

You can't make up the world into 'us' and 'them' and denigrate and express hatred towards groups because of the colour of their skin, or their faith, or their sexual orientation, and not feed something very dangerous in this world.

– US President Barack Obama
Barack Obama and Joe Biden laying wreaths at the memorial in Orlando. Credit: Reuters/Carlos Barria

After the meeting the pair laid wreaths at a makeshift memorial for the 49 people killed in the worst mass shooting in modern US history.

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Target gives $250,000 to fund in honour of team members

Mercedez Flores and Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo both died in the shooting Credit: Facebook

Target has donated $250,000 to the OneOrlando Fund, after two of their team members were killed during the Orlando shooting on Sunday.

The fund was set up by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer to provide funds for non-profit organisations helping victims, their families, and the community.

Mercedez Flores and Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo were both killed in Pulse nightclub in Orlando, in what is now America's worst mass shooting in modern history.

We were devastated to hear the news of the horrific event in Orlando, made even more personal by the tragic loss of two of our own team members.

I want to personally thank the local Target team in Orlando for pulling together during an incredibly difficult and emotional time to do everything they can to help the community.

– Brian Cornell, chief executive officer, Target
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