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    Homophobia Above All: Turkish Paper Calls Orlando Victims 'Perverts'

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    "Death toll rises to 50 in bar where perverted homosexuals go!" was the headline in the Turkish Yeni Akit newspaper as quoted by the Daily Mail.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Turkish newspaper Yeni Akit which reportedly supported al-Qaeda in the past and has strong ties with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, described the victims of Orlando shooting as "perverted homosexuals", the Daily Mail reported Monday.

    "Death toll rises to 50 in bar where perverted homosexuals go!" was the headline in the newspaper as quoted by the Daily Mail.

    Yeni Akit is also renown for its hateful articles on Jews, Armenians and Christians, according to Turkish think-tank the Hrant Dink Foundation, the newspaper said.

    On Sunday, US national Omar Mateen killed 50 people and injured 53 at Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando. The Orlando massacre has become the deadliest mass shooting in the history of the United States, surpassing the death toll from the 2007 incident at Virginia Tech, which claimed 32 lives.

    US President Barack Obama on Sunday called the deadly shooting in Orlando an "act of terror, act of hate," though the FBI said it had no immediate proofs of any direct ties between Omar and any foreign extremist groups.

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