While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, June 20 edition

US to release partial transcripts of Orlando killer calls to police: Attorney General

US officials will release partial transcripts of three phone conversations that the gunman who killed 49 people in a Florida gay club had with law enforcement during the massacre, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said on Sunday (June 19).

The now-deceased gunman, Omar Mateen, paused during his three-hour siege at the club in Orlando last Sunday to call emergency 911 dispatchers and post internet messages professing support for Islamist militant groups, authorities have said.

The rampage, the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history, has triggered a week of national mourning and soul-searching over the easy accessibility of firearms and the treatment of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.


Donald Trump says he is open to racial profiling

Donald Trump said on Sunday (June 19) he is open to racial profiling, touching another raw nerve on the issue of race in America.

African-Americans, Latinos, Muslims and other minorities in the United States have complained bitterly for decades about the practice in which police use a person's race, religion, national origin or ethnicity as grounds for suspecting them of committing a crime.

Trump, the free-talking presumptive Republican presidential nominee, came close to endorsing racial profiling outright in an interview aired on Sunday on CBS.


Istanbul riot police break up LGBT rally

Turkish riot police fired rubber bullets and tear gas to break up a rally staged by the LGBT community in Istanbul on Sunday (June 19) in defiance of a ban.

Several hundred police surrounded the main Taksim Square - where all demonstrations have been banned since 2013 - to prevent the "Trans Pride" event taking place during Ramadan.

It was the latest crackdown by police in Turkey against an event during the Muslim holy month.


Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin dies in car accident

Anton Yelchin, a 27-year-old actor best known for playing the character Chekov in two Star Trek movies, was killed early on Sunday (June 19) when his car rolled and pinned him against a wall in his driveway, police said.

Russian-born Yelchin died shortly after 1am when he apparently stepped out of his car in the steep driveway of his Los Angeles home and it rolled backwards, said Jenny Houser, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department.

“The car pinned him against a brick wall and a security fence and that trauma led to his death,” Houser said.


Euro 2016: Albania face wait after historic win over Romania

Armando Sadiku scored Albania's first goal at a major tournament in a historic 1-0 win over Romania on Sunday (June 19) to keep alive their slender hopes of progressing to the Euro 2016 knockout phase.

Sadiku headed home the game's only goal after 43 minutes in Lyon to leave debutants Albania facing an anxious wait to see if they qualify from Group A as one of the four best third-placed teams.

Host nation France progressed as group winners following a 0-0 draw with second-placed Switzerland as Albania finished third on three points, but Romania exited with just a single point.