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Summary

  1. Donald Trump formally accepts Republican nomination in a law-and-order speech
  2. "The crime and violence that today afflicts our nation will soon come to an end," he says
  3. The 70-year-old promises to lead the US "back to prosperity and safety"
  4. His oldest daughter, Ivanka, introduces him in glowing terms
  5. He deflects chants of "Lock her up!" by saying he would beat Hillary Clinton in November

Live reporting

By Courtney Subramanian, Max Matza, Tim Swift and Tom Geoghegan

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Goodnight Cleveland

Thank you for following the BBC's live coverage of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. We'll be back next week with live coverage of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

Follow further updates on Donald Trump's acceptance of the Republican Party's nomination here: 

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The BBC’s Rajini Vaidynathan is inside the arena talking to delegates about their reaction Donald Trump's closing remarks. 

Join the conversation on Facebook Live and tell us what you think. 

Clinton response: 'America is better than Donald Trump'

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Trump speech makes little mention of policy plans

Despite promising to outline "a number" of reforms earlier in his remarks, Trump appeared to offer no concrete policy ideas other than his proposal to build a wall along the US-Mexico border. 

Twitter users took note. 

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Trump appeals to Bernie Sanders voters

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures to the crowd during his speech.
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"Nobody knows the system better than me, which is why I alone can fix it. I have seen firsthand how the system is rigged against our citizens, just like it was rigged against Bernie Sanders – he never had a chance," he said. 

"But his supporters will join our movement, because we will fix his biggest issue: trade. Millions of Democrats will join our movement because we are going to fix the system so it works for all Americans."

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Trump reaches out to gay Americans in speech

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"I will do everything in my power to protect our LGBTQ citizens from the violence ... of the hateful foreign ideology," Mr Trump said to some cheers from the crowd. "As a Republican it is so nice to hear you cheering for what I just said," he added.

Trump sticks to his 'America First' theme

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Americanism, not globalism, will be our credo

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Trump: We cannot afford to be so politically correct anymore

Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump, speaks during the final day of the Republican National Convention.
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"The most basic duty of government is to defend the lives of its own citizens. Any government that fails to do so is a government unworthy to lead. It is finally time for a straightforward assessment of the state of our nation," Trump said, sticking to his scripted speech.

"I will present the facts plainly and honestly. We cannot afford to be so politically correct anymore," he added as the audience erupted into cheers. 

"I have a message for all of you: the crime and violence that today afflicts our nation will soon --and I mean very soon--come to an end. Beginning on January 20th 2017, safety will be restored," he said. 

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Ivanka Trump pledges that her father will help mothers, like herself

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Donald Trump's eldest daughter is promising that her father will enact policy designed to help mothers, something that the candidate has not previously proposed.

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The mother of three of Mr Trump's grandchildren says that her father will "change the labor laws that were put in place during a time in which women were not a significant part of the work force".

He will "focus on making quality childcare affordable for all" if he becomes President, she says.

In further praise of her father she called him "colour-blind and gender neutral. He hires the best person for the job, period.”

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Hillary Clinton tells people to ‘Trump Yourself'

Hillary Clinton's campaign released a new tool for Facebook and Twitter that lets users superimpose unflattering Trump quotes over their profile pictures. 

The "Trump Yourself" tool, which is available on Clinton's campaign website, highlights some of Trump's incendiary comments and insults, including calling women "fat pigs" and the time he said: "If you need Viagra, you're probably with the wrong girl."

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Peter Thiel: 'I'm proud to be gay'

Entrepreneur Peter Thiel speaks during the final day of the Republican National Convention.
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Mr Thiel urged Americans to vote for Trump

PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel made history as the first speaker at a Republican National Convention to declare he was proud to be gay. 

"I am proud to be gay, I am proud to be a Republican, but most of all, I am proud to be an American," he said as the crowd erupted into cheers. 

"I'm not a politician, but neither is Donald Trump," he said in his opening remarks. "He is a builder and it's time to rebuild America." 

The tech billionaire added that he did not agree with every belief in the party's platform, but insisted that cultural wars like deciding where people can go to the bathroom were a distraction from real issues. 

Trump's speech focuses on out-of-control crime. But is it?

Violent crime has risen in cities such as Chicago
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While some US cities have recently seen year-over-year increases in violent crime, the FBI still reports that violent crime in the US is at its lowest levels in almost three decades.

"The average person in a large urban area is safer walking on the street today than he or she would have been at almost any time in the past 30 years,” researchers at the Brennan Center for Justice said. “Although headlines suggesting a coming crime wave make good copy, a look at the available data shows there is no evidence to support that claim.”  

However, Donald Trump's campaign manager has pushed back against these arguments, saying the FBI statistics can't be trusted. He said the FBI clearing Hillary Clinton in her recent email scandal shows that Democrats have control over the FBI.

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Right-wing foreign politicians in town for convention

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British anti-immigration politician Nigel Farage, who was part of the force behind Brexit, took some time out at the convention to talk about anti-globalism to Infowars, the website founded by radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.

"Things have gone badly wrong and I think people have become very unhappy about this, they recognise this and they're beginning to find political opportunities to express that," he said. "And Brexit was exactly that."

Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders was also in attendance this week.  

Wilders, one of the most prominent critics of Islam, praised Trump's embrace of immigration restrictions on Muslims entering the US, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Dutch politician Geert Wilders is seen on the convention floor before the start of the second day of the Republican National Convention.
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Dutch politician Geert Wilders was a personal guest of Tennessee state Senator Bill Ketron

Campaign chief explains why women will vote for Trump

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort told MSNBC that women will be voting for Donald Trump because “they can’t afford their lives. Their husbands can''t afford to pay for the family bills.”  Some conservative commentators weren't impressed.

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Will Republicans' 'Lock Her Up!' catchphrase backfire?

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"Lock her up" has become a common chant heard throughout the halls of the Republican National Convention this year. Everywhere our correspondents go they find memorabilia accusing the presumptive Democratic nominee of criminal behavior and bearing the slogan "Hillary for Prison". Some key Republican delegates have accused her of treason and even suggested that she should face a firing squad. The BBC's Ashley Gold looks at whether this political rhetoric has gone too far.

Read more: Do 'lock her up' chants mark a new low?

Can Trump win with just white voters?

Donald Trump might have officially clinched his party’s nomination - but winning the country over could hinge on one key factor - demographics. With America’s population changing, critics say he needs to do much more to broaden his appeal. So can he? The BBC's Rajini Vaidyanathan and Franz Strasser have been finding out.  

Can Trump win non-white vote?

The stand-out hats at this year's convention

Each year at both the Republican and Democratic conventions, delegates don some of their most festive flair, often topped off with eye-catching hats bedazzled in buttons and other symbols of the states they represent . 

This year's Republican convention saw no shortage of stylish toppers and other elaborate headwear. 

The hats of Republican National Convention

'I am your voice' - Trump seeks to cast himself as 'law-and-order' candidate

Mr Trump is pictured with his running mate, Mike Pence, at the Republican Convention
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Donald Trump is expected to open his speech to Republican delegates and prime-time television viewers seeking to cast himself as a "law-and-order" candidate who speaks for them.

Here are some of the key points from his prepared remarks:

  • Trumps says he can end crime and violence: "I have a message for all of you: the crime and violence that today afflicts our nation will soon come to an end. Beginning on January 20th 2017, safety will be restored."
  • Hillary Clinton comes under heavy fire: "[Clinton's] bad instincts and her bad judgement - something pointed out by Bernie Sanders - are what caused the disasters unfolding today. This is the legacy of Hillary Clinton: death, destruction and weakness."
  • 'America First' is a theme: "As long as we are led by politicians who will not put America First, then we we can be assured that other nations will not treat America will respect."
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Mr Trump focuses on urban crime in his prepared remarks

Three things to watch tonight

Will Trump stick to the script? 

Donald Trump will use his address at the close of the four-day event to unify a fractious party. A week of turmoil has exposed sharp divisions within the party, including Senator Ted Cruz's refusal to endorse Trump as well as an effort by anti-Trump dissidents to block his nomination. 

The scripted speech, which has been leaked by multiple outlets, is an effort to rally some senior Republicans and party leaders who remain sceptical about Trump's ability to lead. 

It's unclear if Trump will speak with his usual bombastic demeanour that defined his primary campaign, or strike a more presidential tone to quell concerns about his candidacy. 

Trump told ABC News that his speech would focus on the themes that led to his nomination, including "trade", "law and order" and "borders".

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Trump's highly anticipated speech will close the four-day event

"Make America One Again"

As Trump attempts to mend the stark divisions apparent in the Republican party, he will also focus on a similar topic of unifying a divided country. 

The theme on the final night of the convention is "Make America One Again," which may touch on the racial tensions that have plagued the country in the wake of recent violence and mass shootings. 

The businessman is expected to also attack his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton, a recurring theme at the convention this week. 

Before Trump takes the stage, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin is also scheduled to speak. 

Black Lives Matter demonstrators march down the streets of downtown Cleveland during the Republican National Convention.
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Racial tensions over recent shootings have led to protests across the country

Peter Thiel to become first openly gay RNC speaker

PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel will make history as the first speaker at a Republican National Convention to declare that he is proud to be gay, the Washington Post reports and CNN both reported.

The tech billionaire, who supports gay marriage, is expected to tell delegates to not be distracted by cultural issues such as transgender bathroom bills. He will also share his support for a Trump presidency. 

Thiel will be the first openly gay speaker at a convention since Arizona Representative Jim Kolbe spoke in 2000, when George W Bush was nominated for the first time. 

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Peter Thiel's backing of Trump has raised eyebrows