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Orlando shooting: From France to Pakistan, here is what the world has to say

Mon June 13 2016, 8:17 pm
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    Orlando shooting: From across the world, officials and public figures are expressing condemnation and shock over the Florida mass shooting at the Pulse Orlando nightclub on Sunday when police say a gunman wielding an assault-type rifle opened fire, killing at least 49 people and wounding dozens.

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    FRANCE The Eiffel Tower will shine in the colors of a rainbow on Monday night, starting at 10:45 p.m. (2045 GMT) to honor victims of the mass shooting at an Orlando gay club. Paris City Hall began paying respects in the afternoon with a display of American and rainbow flags, while French President Francois Hollande condemned the mass killing as an attack on freedom. He vowed to toughen the fight against terrorism ''at the side of the American people.'' ''It's American that was hit but freedom that was targeted,'' Hollande said after signing a book of condolences at the U.S. Embassy, ''freedom to choose one's sexual orientation, the freedom to determine one's way of life.'' France feels deeply the horror of deadly attacks after the November terror attacks on a music hall, restaurants and bars and the main sports stadium killed 130. That was preceded by attacks on a satirical newspaper and a kosher grocery store. All were claimed by the Islamic State group.

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    BRITAIN J.K. Rowling says one victim of the Orlando killings worked on the Harry Potter Ride at the Universal Studios theme park. The author tweeted a picture of 22-year-old Luis Vielma in a Hogwarts school tie, and said: ''I can't stop crying.'' Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister David Cameron have sent messages of condolence from Britain for the attack, which killed at least 49 people at a gay nightclub. Buckingham Palace says the queen sent a message to President Barack Obama saying: ''Prince Philip and I have been shocked by the events in Orlando. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who have been affected.''

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    Mateen, an American citizen whose parents are from Afghanistan, stormed a nightclub, wielding an assault rifle and a pistol, and carried out the worst mass shooting in United States history, leaving 50 people dead and 53 wounded.

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    CHINA China's official Xinhua News Agency issued a statement saying President Xi Jinping had telephoned his American counterpart Barack Obama to express his condolences over the Orlando shootings. Xi was quoted as saying that ''on behalf of the government and people of China, I convey to President Obama and the American government and people my deepest sympathies, sincere condolences and deep grief for the victims.''

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    PAKISTAN Pakistan's former military ruler Gen. Pervez Musharraf condemned the Orlando shooting, saying `this is a sobering reminder that extremism and terrorism are on the rise.' Musharraf, who is facing court cases at home but left Pakistan in March for treatment abroad, says on his Facebook page the world must ''address the root causes of global terrorism to suck the oxygen out of the extremist narrative of hate, intolerance, bigotry and the promotion of obscurantist ideology that is radicalizing vulnerable Muslims around the world.''

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