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Cops involved in Alton Sterling's death duck federal charges, dozens killed in ISIS attack on Syrian refugee camp, ​NSA collected millions of phone records last year, and more.

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

US News

Cops Involved in Alton Sterling's Death Evade Charges
The Department of Justice has decided not to charge the Louisiana police officers involved in the fatal shooting of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge last summer. The death of 37-year-old Sterling sparked protests in the city after a video of the shooting circulated online. The DOJ is expected to formally announce an end to the investigation within a day.—The Washington Post

Trump Calls Comey 'Best Thing That Ever Happened' to Clinton
In a late night Twitter outburst, President Trump said Hillary Clinton should be grateful to FBI director James Comey, who "was the best thing that ever happened to [Clinton] in that he gave her a free pass for many bad deeds!" It followed a speaking event at which Clinton partly blamed her defeat on Comey's letter announcing a renewed FBI investigation into her email fiasco days before the election.—CNN


NSA Collected Millions of Phone Call Records Last Year
The National Security Agency gathered records on 151 million phone calls made in the US last year, according to National Intelligence director Dan Coats. Coats's annual report examined the impact of the 2015 USA Freedom Act—which was designed to limit phone surveillance—and found that the names of 1,934 people were "unmasked" by NSA surveillance last year, a slight decrease from 2015.—Reuters

*iPhone Sales Take Modest Dive*
Apple announced they've seen a dip in iPhone sales, blaming a "pause" in purchases as consumers wait for the next edition. The company sold 50.8 million iPhones in the last quarter, a decline from the 51.2 million sold over the same period a year earlier. CEO Tim Cook said Apple had suffered from "more frequent reports about future iPhones."—Bloomberg

International News

Dozens Killed in ISIS Attack on Syrian Refugee Camp
At least 38 people died in an attack by ISIS fighters on a refugee camp in northeast Syria, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The toll includes 23 civilians, and 30 other people sustained injuries. At least five suicide bombers set off explosives at the camp near Shaddadi before an additional ISIS front engaged with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces.—BBC News

At Least Eight Killed in Car Bomb Attack in Afghanistan
At least eight civilians died in a car bomb attack in the Afghan capital of Kabul. Another 22 people were wounded, among them three US service personnel, when a suicide bomber detonated a vehicle packed with explosives next to a NATO convoy. ISIS has claimed responsibility, while the Taliban warned of mounting a "spring offensive" last week.—Al Jazeera


Assange's Lawyer Asks Sweden to Drop Detention Order
Julian Assange's lawyer has asked Sweden's Supreme Court to ax a detention order against his client over alleged rape. Per Samuelson argued that the US is "obviously hunting" the WikiLeaks founder and pushed Sweden to ditch the order so Assange can travel from the Ecuadorian embassy in London to Ecuador to seek broader political asylum.—Reuters

Mexican Authorities Capture Sinaloa Cartel Leader
Mexican soldiers and police officers have captured and detained Sinaloa cartel leader Damaso Lopez after a raid on an apartment building in Mexico City. Lopez was known as Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's deputy and is suspected of being in the thick of a battle for control of the cartel with one of Guzman's sons. Lopez is expected to get slapped with organized crime charges and a US extradition request.—AP

Everything Else

Beyoncé Announces 'Lemonade' Collectors' Edition
Beyoncé will release a special collectors' edition of Lemonade made up of the album's first vinyl pressing and a 600-page book featuring photos and poetry. The roughly $300 box set How to Make Lemonade will reach customers this summer.—Pitchfork

Radiohead Guitarist Scoring Joaquin Phoenix Film
Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood will score director Lynne Ramsay's latest movie You Were Never Really Here starring Joaquin Phoenix. Plus, the band announced an anniversary reissue of OK Computer with three unreleased songs.—Rolling Stone

Chance the Rapper Cancels Euro Tour
Chance the Rapper canceled a planned tour of European music festivals this year. A statement blamed "scheduling conflicts beyond his control" and said Chance "sends his apologies to his fans."—Stereogum

Jack Antonoff Releases Lena Dunham–Directed Video
Songwriter and producer Jack Antonoff has released a video for his new track "Don't Take the Money" directed by Lena Dunham. The Wes Anderson–esque video revolves around a failed marriage ceremony.—Noisey

IBM Says Some USB Drives Contain Malware
IBM has warned that "some" of the USB drives shipped to Storwize customers contain Malware. The company has recommended running antivirus software, removing the folder with the malicious code or simply destroying the USB.—Motherboard

Disney World Officially Bans Weed
Disney World explicitly prohibited visitors to the Orlando theme park from bringing marijuana inside its gates. Disney added the drug to a list of banned contraband on its website following Florida's decision to legalize medical marijuana last November.—VICE