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Trump reportedly asked Comey for "loyalty," feds investigate police shooting death of Texas teen, and more.

Everything you need to know about the world this morning, curated by VICE.

US News

Trump Asked Comey for His 'Loyalty,' Report Says
President Trump asked former FBI director James Comey for his "loyalty" at a private dinner a week after his inauguration, according to two sources familiar with Comey's own account of the meeting; Comey refused, telling the president he could only promise his "honesty." The White House denied the accuracy of the account. In an interview with NBC Thursday, Trump said he had decided to fire Comey before any recommendation to do so and described the gathering differently..—The New York Times

Acting FBI Director Contradicts White House
Acting FBI director Andrew McCabe told the Senate intelligence committee that "the vast majority of FBI employees enjoyed a deep, positive connection to Director [James] Comey," despite White House claims that the bureau had lost confidence in him. The Trump administration has reportedly dropped the idea of President Trump visiting FBI headquarters after officials made clear he would not be "well-received."—VICE/NBC News


FBI Raids Republican Consulting Firm
FBI agents raided the office of Republican consulting firm Strategic Campaign Group Thursday. President Kelley Rogers insisted that the raid was unrelated to the bureau's investigation into the Trump administration's alleged ties to Russia, insisting instead it had to do with work done for Virginia's former attorney general Ken Cuccinelli.—VICE News

DOJ Investigates Police Shooting of Teenage Boy
The Department of Justice is now investigating the fatal shooting of 15-year-old Jordan Edwards by a police officer in the Dallas suburbs. Balch Springs police officer Roy Oliver was dismissed and charged with murder after the April 29 shooting, but the DOJ probe will be separate from the district attorney's prosecution.—AP

International News

North Korea Seeks Extradition of Alleged Assassins
North Korea wants the US and South Korea to hand over "terror suspects" allegedly trying to assassinate Kim Jung-un. According to Vice Foreign Minister Han Song Ryol, the country "will ask for the handover of those criminals," described as foreign agents who bribed a North Korean man working in Russia to kill the leader with a biochemical substance.—The Washington Post

At Least 25 Killed in Attack on Pakistani Politician
Two- dozen have been killed and another 37 injured in a bomb attack in southwest Pakistan. The attack in Balochistan targeted a convoy of vehicles carrying the Pakistani Senate's deputy chairman, Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, who reportedly survived the explosion with only superficial wounds.—Al Jazeera


Thailand Demands Facebook Remove Anti-Monarchy Pages
Thailand has told Facebook it will face legal action unless it removes 131 pages, some of them critical of the monarchy, by 10 AM Tuesday. Thailand has harsh laws preventing any perceived insult to its royal family. Facebook has already taken down 178 of 309 pages identified as sensitive.—The Guardian

Mexican Mother Investigating Daughter's Death Shot and Killed
A Mexican woman who led a search for "disappeared" loved ones has been shot and killed in San Fernando. Miriam Rodriguez Martinez had investigated her own daughter's death and gave information to the police that led to arrest of Zetas cartel gang members. Friends said Martinez had asked for police protection after one gang member escaped from prison.—BBC News

Everything Else

Universal Wants $31 Million from Prince's Estate
Universal Music Group is demanding $31 million it paid to Prince's estate for his back catalogue to be returned and the deal terminated. The company has accused his estate's former adviser L. Londell McMillan of "fraudulent inducement."—Noisey

Trump Signs Cybersecurity Order
President Trump has signed an executive order demanding each government department meets unified standards for cybersecurity. The order outlines a plan to create a shared government security system on the cloud.—NBC News

J.K. Rowling Tells Fans Not to Buy Stolen Harry Potter Story
J.K. Rowling has urged fans not to buy a handwritten, 800-word prequel to the Harry Potter series. Sold at auction to raise funds for the English PEN organization, police have revealed the story was stolen in April.—TIME

New Diplo Track Features Justin Bieber Rapping
The newly released Diplo track "Bank Roll" has Justin Bieber rapping alongside Young Thug and Rich the Kid. "If you don't smoke weed, baby, so what?" Bieber raps. "If you drank too much, baby, throw up."—NME

The National Drop New Single, New Album Details
The National released "The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness" Thursday, along with a tracklist for its first album in four years. The 12-song LP Sleep Well Beast won't be out until September 8 on 4AD.—Noisey

George R.R. Martin Working with SyFy on Show About Aliens
SyFy has announced it's working with Games of Thrones author George R.R. Martin on an adaptation of his 1980 science-fiction novella about aliens, Nightflyers. The Bourne Identity director Doug Liman is to co-produce the project.—VICE