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Police seek clues to Las Vegas mass shooting, bloodiest in modern US history

Police sought clues on Tuesday to explain why a retiree with a penchant for gambling but no criminal record set up a sniper’s nest in a high-rise Las Vegas hotel and poured gunfire onto a concert below, slaying dozens of people before killing himself.

The Sunday night shooting spree from a 32nd-floor window of the Mandalay Bay hotel, on the Las Vegas Strip, killed at least 59 people before the gunman turned a weapon on himself. More than 500 were injured, some trampled, in the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.

Attacker described as well-off gambler and a loner

Stephen Paddock appeared to be settling into a quiet life a few years ago when the 64-year-old apartment manager and avid gambler bought a home in a quiet Nevada retirement community about an hour’s drive from the Las Vegas Strip and his beloved casinos.

Those who knew Paddock say there was no sign he was capable of holing up in a room on the 32nd floor of a casino hotel, the Mandalay Bay, and opening fire with multiple guns on a country music festival, killing at least 59 people and wounding more than 520 in the worst mass shooting in modern US history.

More than 2 million new refugees this year: UN

Conflicts, violence and persecution in Myanmar, South Sudan, Syria and elsewhere have forced more than two million people to flee as refugees this year, the UN refugee chief said today.

At the end of 2016, a record 65.6 million people had been uprooted from their homes worldwide, with 22.5 million of them registered as refugees.

“The despair of millions of men, women and children driven from their homes, cast adrift into a life of uncertainty, is a stain on our collective conscience,” Filippo Grandi told UNHCR's annual Executive Committee meeting in Geneva.

Trump says he ‘won’t fail’ with North Korea

US President Donald Trump has warned his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that negotiations with North Korea were a “waste of time” and said he “won't fail” on a front where three of his predecessors Bill Clinton, George W Bush and Barack Obama failed.

“I told Rex Tillerson, our wonderful Secretary of State, that he is wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man. Save your energy Rex, we'll do what has to be done!” Trump said in a series of tweets.

Uber’s path to win back London: data, fines & fees

If history is a guide, Uber Technologies new chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi is likely to dangle data sharing and a promise to pay fines and fees when he sits down with London officials to negotiate the ride service’s future in one of its most important markets.

From the Philippines to Portland, Oregon, the strategy has worked time and time again for the San Francisco company.

Kerala to promote adventure tourism to boost arrivals

Kerala is looking at an over 8 per cent growth in domestic tourist arrivals this year as it undertakes a slew of initiatives to promote the state as a preferred destination, a senior official has said.

In 2016, the total number of tourist arrivals in Kerala stood at 1,42,10,954, an increase of 5.8 per cent from the previous year.

RCom elevates top officials as board directors

A day after calling off merger deal with Aircel, Reliance Communications today announced elevation of four senior officials to the board level as executive directors of the company.

Police fire rubber bullets and smash poll stations with axes in Barcelona

Spanish riot police burst into polling stations across Catalonia on Sunday confiscating ballot boxes and voting papers to try to halt a banned referendum on a split from Spain as Madrid asserted its authority over the rebel region.

Police broke down doors to force entry into voting stations as defiant Catalans shouted ‘Out with the occupying forces!” and sang the anthem of the wealthy northeastern region. In one incident in Barcelona, police fired rubber bullets.