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Date: Jun 11, 2017
Church bells will toll throughout the Orlando area as residents reflect on the 49 patrons killed during a massacre at the gay nightclub Pulse in the worst mass shooting in recent U.S. history.

Starting in the early hours Monday, and continuing almost 24 hours later, survivors, victims’ families, city officials and central Florida residents will remember the victims with four services.

The first service is closed to the public, and it’s being held at the nightclub for survivors, local officials and club employees. It will overlap with the exact time that gunman Omar Mateen began firing shots — a little after 2 a.m. on June 12, 2016.

It is followed by another midday service at the nightclub, and an evening gathering in the heart of downtown Orlando. A final, music-filled late-night service is being held at the nightclub.

Mateen pledged allegiance to the Islamic State during the attack and was eventually killed by police during a shootout after a three-hour standoff. His wife, Noor Salman, is facing charges of aiding and abetting and obstruction in federal court, and she has pleaded not guilty to helping her husband.

On Monday, local churches throughout Orlando have arranged for church bells to ring simultaneously, 49 times at noon.

Local officials also have declared the one-year mark as a day of “love and kindness,” and they are encouraging residents to volunteer or perform acts of compassion.

Read more:  AP

The police in London have released images of the weapons used by three men who unleashed a terrorist attack on London Bridge and near Borough Market on the night of June 3 in the heart of the English capital:

Pink 12-inch ceramic knives and fake suicide bomb vests to inspire “maximum fear,” along with the rented van they used to mow down people on the bridge.

Eight people were killed and dozens of others wounded in the third terrorist assault to strike the London area and Manchester in less than three months.

After crashing the van into a railing, the attackers emerged with the kitchen knives and headed toward Borough Market, where they began slashing and stabbing people who were out for a night of revelry at the bars and restaurants.

The men, later identified as Khuram Shazad Butt, 27, a Pakistani-born British citizen; Rachid Redouane, 30, a Moroccan denied asylum in Britain in 2009; and Youssef Zaghba, 22, an Italian of Moroccan descent, were shot and killed by the police in a hail of bullets.

The attack unfolded around 10 p.m. local time, the police said, when the men first made a dry run onto the bridge, turned around and then plowed the white rented van into crowds of pedestrians.

Read more:  New York Times

Turkish-backed rebels fought each other on Sunday in the Syrian town of al Bab in the first bout of rebel fighting since they seized the town this year from Islamic State militants, rebels and witnesses said.

It was not clear what triggered the armed clashes between rival rebel groups who hold sway in the city since it was seized last February from Islamic State militants.

Turkey sent warplanes, tanks and artillery into Syria last year in support of the Arab Sunni rebels, an operation dubbed "Euphrates Shield" which was aimed at driving both Islamic State and Kurdish militia forces away from its border.

Checkpoints were spread by the Turkish-controlled military council that runs the city where thousands of people have been returning in recent months with the gradual resumption of basic services, a resident who was contacted in the city said.

The heavy clashes left several dead and scores injured, another rebel source said.

Read more:  Reuters

US-backed Syrian forces have advanced into the western part of so-called Islamic State's "capital" of Raqqa, they and a monitor report.

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said the move had opened up a second front inside the Syrian city. They entered the eastern part earlier this week.

Its fighters were engaged in fierce clashes with the jihadists, it said.

The SDF, supported by US-led coalition air strikes, has spent months encircling the city.

"The SDF captured the western half of the Al-Sabahiya neighbourhood and are reinforcing their positions there," the head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group, Rami Abdel Rahman, told AFP news agency on Saturday.

"They then advanced north to the adjacent district of Al-Romaniya and are fighting IS there."

A statement from the SDF's Operation Wrath of the Euphrates said its fighters had stormed Al-Romaniya and were locked "in fierce fighting inside the district".

Raqqa, which has been held by IS since 2014, is an important hub for the jihadist group's operations and is reportedly defended by up to 4,000 fighters.

Read more:  BBC News