XXXTentacion shooting: Deputies hunt for suspects, rappers deny involvement, fans place tributes

  1. XXXTentacion shooting: Deputies hunt for suspects, rappers deny involvement, fans place tributes  USA TODAY
  2. Deputies search for suspects in XXXTentacion slaying  Page Six
  3. Lawyer: Police think slaying of XXXTentacion was random  ABC News
  4. Kanye West, J. Cole, Pusha T, Future & More Mourn the Passing of XXXTentacion  HYPEBEAST
  5. XXXTentacion’s Death Deserves More Than Indifference  Slate Magazine
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XXXTentacion dead: Soldier Kidd and Soldier Jojo deny involvement as police description of suspects released

XXXTentacion dead: Soldier Kidd and Soldier Jojo deny involvement as police description of suspects releasedA police description of suspects has been revealed after US rapper XXXTentacion was shot dead in Florida in an apparent attempted robbery. The 20-year-old rising star – real name Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy – was pronounced dead on Monday evening at a Fort Lauderdale hospital, the sheriff’s office said. According to TMZ, police radio described the suspects in the shooting as two black males wearing hoodies, with the shooter wearing a red mask.

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US denies involvement in Syria missile strike which kills 12 

US denies involvement in Syria missile strike which kills 12 A dozen pro-regime fighters were killed in an air strike on Syrian army positions a monitor said Thursday, claiming the attack was carried out by the US-led coalition, but the Pentagon denied the report. State media reported the overnight air raid in an area where both the regime and coalition have been battling holdout jihadists, but said it only caused material damage. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which relies on a broad network of sources across Syria, said the strike had hit army positions south of Albu Kamal, a town on the border with Iraq. “At least three vehicles were destroyed by the strike,” said Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman. He said the 12 pro-regime fighters killed were not Syrians, but he could not provide more details on their identity. A military source quoted by state news agency SANA said “some of our military positions between Albu Kamal and Hmeimeh were hit this morning in an aggression by American coalition warplanes”. A United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation military observer uses binoculars near the border with Syria in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights Credit: BAZ RATNER/Reuters The Pentagon denied the strikes were carried out by the coalition fighting the Islamic State group. “These reports are false, the coalition did not strike any Syrian army positions in eastern Syria,” said Pentagon spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Kone Faulkner. “The coalition’s mission is to defeat ISIS (IS) in designated parts of Iraq and Syria, and to set conditions for follow-on stability operations. This mission has not changed.” Less than 24 hours after the overnight strikes, missiles targeted a weapons depot belonging to Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement at an airbase in the central province of Homs, according to the Observatory. A member of the pro-government forces puts a portrait of the Syrian president on a military weapon Credit:  LOUAI BESHARA/AFP Its director Abdel Rahman said the missiles “would have been fired by Israel”. SANA said Syrian air defences had intercepted the missiles in Homs, but reported explosions in the area. Albu Kamal and Hmeimeh lie in Syria’s eastern Deir Ezzor province, where Russian-backed Syrian troops and the US-led coalition have been waging separate offensives against IS. A “de-confliction” line in place along the Euphrates River since last year is meant to keep the two assaults from crashing into each other. Loyalist troops are present west of the river while the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are on the east. A military source from forces allied to Syria’s government said the strikes had targeted two regime military positions near a frontline with IS. Syrian security forces enter the town of Rastan in the central Homs province on May 16, 2018 after rebels and their relatives were evacuated Credit:  LOUAI BESHARA/AFP “There are no Iranian or Lebanese fighters among the dead,” the source said. Iraqi Shiite militia are also fighting alongside Syrian regime forces in the area. The Observatory said the government was sending reinforcements. It was not immediately clear whether jihadists were active in the area at the time, nor whether the pro-regime casualties may have been accidental. The coalition has carried out several deadly strikes against Syrian government forces and allied fighters in recent months. In February, coalition bombing raids in Deir Ezzor province killed at least 100 regime and allied fighters, including Russian nationals, in retaliation for an attack on SDF positions. And in September 2016, US-led strikes on regime military positions in the east left more than 60 Syrian troops dead. The coalition later said it had mistaken the fighters for IS jihadists. Syria: timeline of British involvement since 2013 The Islamic State group has lost nearly all the territory it once controlled in Syria and Iraq but it still holds some villages in the Euphrates Valley area. On Monday, Syrian troops and allied forces ousted IS from the last districts it held in the capital Damascus. After a fierce month-long battle, an evacuation deal saw the remaining jihadists bussed out of the city towards small pockets of land still held by IS in the Badiya, a vast desert area stretching from central Syria to its eastern border with Iraq. The day after the transfer, IS fighters in the Badiya attacked a nearby government position, leaving more than two dozen Syrian troops and allied fighters dead. The Observatory said the IS fighters responsible were from the group that had just been transferred out of the Yarmuk area in southern Damascus.

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St. Louis Circuit Attorney barred from involvement in re-filing invasion of privacy case against Greitens

  1. St. Louis Circuit Attorney barred from involvement in re-filing invasion of privacy case against Greitens
  2. Special prosecutor expected to be appointed in Greitens’ invasion-of-privacy case  KMBC Kansas City
  3. Circuit Attorney’s Office recused from any new Greitens invasion of privacy charge
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Israeli military denies involvement in Gaza blast

  1. Israeli military denies involvement in Gaza blast  Reuters
  2. Newspapers Review: More than 1000 wounded in Friday protests, according to dailies  WAFA – Palestine News Agency
  3. At least 70 Palestinians wounded by Israeli troops during sixth weekly protest at Gaza border  Chicago Tribune
  4. Palestinians resisting Israeli occupation not the same as rebels fighting Syrian govt  RT
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Emails reveal DOJ would have 'very little involvement' if Trump tweeted a pardon

On Wednesday, The New York Times reported that President Donald Trump’s former lawyer John Dowd floated the possibility that Trump might issue pardons to Michael Flynn and Paul Manafort with their attorneys last year. Meanwhile, CNN has learned there was a discussion within the Department of Justice last summer, prompted by news stories speculating Trump could issue pardons via Twitter, over what would happen if he did decide to pardon anyone through social media.

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