Mexican cartel shootout leaves 26 dead or wounded in latest violent clash

Experts say that security has deteriorated in recent months as criminal groups squabble over the remains of the empire once controlled by kingpin El Chapo

A battle between rival drug cartel factions in Mexico’s northern Chihuahua state left at least 26 dead and injured, officials have confirmed, in the latest series of violent incidents that have sent the country’s murder rate soaring.

Chihuahua state officials say the shootout occurred in the hamlet of Las Vargas, deep in the rugged Sierra Madre mountains, where the illegal drugs business has deep roots in the local community and economy.

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SZA Announces Tour Dates

SZA has finally announced a tour in support of her latest album, Ctrl. The TDE songstress is hitting the road starting mid-August, and will most likely make stops to your city between then and mid-December.

SZA announced the dates on both her Instagram and Twitter pages, even sharing some art and SZA tunes to go with it. She will be accompanied by St. Louis rapper Smino, as well as R&B singer Ravyn Lenae on the tour.

Check out the list of dates below.

Rob Kardashian’s Attacks On Blac Chyna Are Just ‘The Tip Of The Iceberg’ — Source Says There’s Worse We Haven’t Even Seen!

Blac Chyna is shaking it off.

In case you missed it, Rob Kardashian has launched a social media barrage at his ex, tweeting photos she supposedly sent him of other guys she was hooking up with when she was supposed to be watching their daughter.

But are these attacks having any effect on his baby momma?

Related: Best Internet Reactions To Rob & Chyna’s XXX-Rated Falling Out!

While Chyna has hit back with accusations of abuse, a source tells People she’s hardly shook by all the drama. Unfortunately Dream Kardashian doesn’t have the same thick skin as mommy.

The source says:

“She’s just fine. He’s just a bitter ex-boyfriend. The loser in this is Dream. What man would post pictures of his daughter’s mom like that and shame and disparage her?”

Yeah, it’s not a good look. Nor is posting borderline revenge porn.

But according to the source, Chyna is getting worse from Rob that we haven’t even seen!

“This is the tip of the iceberg of what she’s dealing with every day. She’s had to have a new phone number every month and constantly has to change her number. While everyone is writing stories and thinking it’s fun gossip, it’s actually dangerous.”

Dangerous? Like stalking dangerous? Hmm…

Related: Chyna Uses Cardi B To Bash Rob On Instagram Live!

The source does contend Chyna will NOT sink to Rob’s level in a social media feud, saying:

“Everyone has their limit, of course. But it’s not going to be a public fight. She doesn’t need the money and she doesn’t fight Rob like that.”

We’ll believe that when we don’t see it.

What do YOU think??

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Arab states rap 'negative' Qatari reply to demands but no new sanctions

Arab states rap 'negative' Qatari reply to demands but no new sanctionsBy Ahmed Aboulenein and Karin Strohecker CAIRO/LONDON (Reuters) – Four Arab states refrained on Wednesday from slapping further sanctions on Qatar but voiced disappointment at its “negative” response to their demands and said their boycott of the tiny Gulf nation would continue. Qatar earlier in the day accused Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt of “clear aggression” and said the accusations cited when they severed ties a month ago “were clearly designed to create anti-Qatar sentiment in the West”. The four Arab nations accuse Qatar of supporting terrorism and allying with regional foe Iran, which Doha denies.

Kelly Clarkson Shuts Down Body Shamer With Four Simple Words

Kelly Clarkson doesn’t suffer trolls. On Tuesday, the American Idol alum nonchalantly shut down a body-shaming comment on Twitter. 

“Thank u 2 every person in service 4 protecting all of us and cheers to every person who fought for us to experience freedom & independence,” Clarkson tweeted on the Fourth of July. While most of her followers responded with their own stories of family members or loved ones in the armed forces, or tweeted their thanks to Clarkson for her sweet message, one person seized the opportunity to offer their non sequitur opinion.

Rare Tupac Shakur Letter to Ex-Girlfriend Madonna Heads to Auction

In a handwritten prison letter expected to bring over $100,000 at auction, Tupac Shakur confesses to Madonna that he ended their brief romantic relationship because of her race. 

“For you to be seen with a black man wouldn’t in any way jeopardize your career – if anything it would make you seem that much more open and exciting,” the rapper wrote in the note, dated January 15th, 1995 at 4:30 a.m. “But for me, at least in my previous perception, I felt due to my ‘image,’ I would be letting down half of the people who made me what I thought I was. I never meant to hurt you.”

The letter, available to read in full via TMZ, will go up for auction at the Gotta Have Rock and Roll sale, scheduled for July 19th to 28th. Rolling Stone has confirmed the letter’s authenticity. 

In the note, Shakur admits that Madonna shattered his ego when she remarked in an interview, “‘I’m off to rehabilitate all the rappers and basketball players’ or something to that effect.” But the MC also apologizes to the singer, confessing, “Like you said, I haven’t been the kind of friend I know I am capable of being.”

The rapper adds that he’s “grown both spiritually and mentally” – no longer the “young man with limited experience with [an] extremely famous sex symbol.” He extends an offer of friendship and asks Madonna if she’d agree to “speak face to face.” “It’s funny,” he writes. “This experience has taught me not to take time for granted.”

Despite its overall reconciliatory mood, the letter includes several ominous stretches. “If there is any information you can share with me regarding Jack and crew, please do,” Shakur writes. “It could very well be a matter of life and death.” He also warns Madonna to “please be careful,” using his past as evidence of the world’s cruelty. “Everyone is not as honorable as they seem,” he continues. “There are those whose hearts bleed with envy and evil. They would not hesitate to do you harm! Let my 5 bullets be proof of that!”

Shakur died on September 13th, 1996, six days after being fatally shot in Las Vegas in a drive-by shooting.

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