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  • America is in mourning after the worst mass shooting in its history
  • Omar Mateen's attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando left 49 people dead
  • So-called Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack
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  • Witnesses have claimed that Mateen was a regular visitor to the club he attacked
  • His wife said she tried to talk him out of conducting any kind of attack
  • His father has blamed security at the club for the attack
  • One gun shop refused to sell him ammunition as he was acting suspiciously

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Two arrested after leaving Orlando tributes in Moscow

The two men were held by police after placing tributes to those killed in Orlando Credit: TV Rain

Two people have been arrested in Russia after laying a "love wins" sign at a memorial to the victims of the mass shooting at a gay club in Orlando.

The two men drew the anger of a policeman after apparently placing the sign - which has been widely used to celebrate LGBT rights - at a memorial site near to the US Embassy in central Moscow.

They were escorted into a police car as watching news cameras captured the confrontation.

The policeman picked up the sign before detaining the men Credit: TV Rain

It is not clear whether the men have been charged with any offence.

The conflict comes amid a climate of growing hostility towards LGBT people in Russia. Homophobic attacks are on the rise and parliament has passed a number of laws targeting gay people in recent years, including a bar on "gay propaganda" in public.

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