Rapper and LGBT activist Kevin Fret has been shot dead in Puerto Rico.
The 24-year-old musician, known as Latin trap music’s first openly gay artist who has been credited with “transforming the genre”, was killed in the country’s capital San Juan on Thursday, according to police.
Fret was shot eight times while riding his motorbike in the street at around 5.30am, according to local media.
Fret’s manager, Eduardo Rodriguez, confirmed the artist’s death and described the rapper as “an artistic soul”.
He said: “Kevin was an artistic soul, a big-hearted dreamer. His passion was music, and still had a lot to do.
“This violence must stop. There are no words that describe the feeling we have and the pain that causes us to know that a person with so many dreams has to go.
Kevin Fret was known not only for his music style but also image- who was breaking gender norms in #PuertoRico and stigma about being gay, gender nonconforming, and expressing gender identity freely – in a country where gay people still get mocked, bullied and killed. pic.twitter.com/SQQxePu9vv
— Samy Nemir Olivares (@Samynemir) January 10, 2019
“We must all unite in these difficult times, and ask for much peace for our beloved Puerto Rico.”
Fret gained acclaim for his single Soy Asi, which has more than 600,000 views on YouTube,
His death brings the number of murders in Puerto Rico this year to 22, police said.
Fret, who spent time living in Miami, told magazine Paper last year: “I’m a person that doesn’t care what anybody has to say… [I see] young gay guys or young lesbians that are looking at me now like a role model, like wow, if he did it, and he don’t care what anybody else has to say, I can do it.”
The magazine described his music as “transcending the machismo and transforming the genre”.
Mueller report: Putin ready to improve US ties after Trump cleared of collusion | US News
Vladimir Putin is ready to improve ties with the US after Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign was cleared of colluding with Russia, the Kremlin has said.
Russia’s foreign ministry has called on the US to formally recognise the findings of the long-awaited Mueller investigation after Mr Trump said he had “complete and total exoneration”.
Responding to the special counsel report, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia had never interfered in elections in other countries and “doesn’t intend to do so”.
He added: “It’s hard to find a black cat in a dark room, especially if it isn’t there.”
Mr Peskov said it was now up to the US to make the first move in improving relations with Russia, telling reporters: “The ball is absolutely in their court.”
Special counsel Robert Mueller spent almost two years examining alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election, bringing charges against 34 people and three Russian companies.
A summary of his main findings was released on Sunday which said there was no evidence that Mr Trump’s campaign “conspired or coordinated” with Russia.
The report does not exonerate the president of obstruction of justice, the US Justice Department said.
However, the summary, sent by the US Attorney General William Barr to members of Congress, said there was not enough evidence to prove charges of obstruction.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said Mr Trump will let Mr Barr decide whether the full report should be publicly released after calls from high-profile Democrats, adding the president was “more than happy for any of this stuff to come out”.
After the release of Mr Mueller’s findings, Mr Trump wrote on Twitter: “No Collusion, No Obstruction, Complete and Total EXONERATION. KEEP AMERICA GREAT!”
No Collusion, No Obstruction, Complete and Total EXONERATION. KEEP AMERICA GREAT!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 24, 2019
He also tweeted several quotes from news reports about the investigation on Monday, including one that said it had found “no Trump-Russia conspiracy”.
Former FBI director James Comey, who headed the investigation before being fired by Mr Trump in May 2017, tweeted an image of himself in a forest surrounded by trees with the caption: “So many questions.”
Republican senator Lindsey Graham replied to the tweet, writing: “Could not agree more. See you soon,” implying Mr Comey may be called before Congress in the near future.
Congo ebola epidemic becomes second worst outbreak ever | World News
The ebola epidemic crippling parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo has now exceeded 1,000 cases, making it the second worst outbreak in history.
In a statement, the Congolese health ministry revealed that the total number affected stood at 1,009, with the numbers of people killed having climbed to 629.
New technologies including a trial vaccine, experimental treatments and mobile units for looking after patients had raised hopes that medics would be better equipped to cope, but security issues have hampered the response.
Five centres set up to treat those with the disease have been attacked since last month, sometimes by armed assailants, which forced a French medical charity to suspend its activities in eastern areas that are most badly affected.
Last December, Sky News visited a similar centre set up in the city of Beni, where 200 health workers were tasked with treating those admitted.
They erected a series of innovative, air-conditioned tents to house and treat the most serious cases, but there is no cure for the disease, which kills more than half of those it infects.
It has since become the second deadliest ebola outbreak of all-time, behind an unprecedented crisis in West Africa that killed more than 11,000 people between 2013 and 2016.
There are fears that the Congo outbreak could still spread further, with authorities confirming a case last week in the northeastern city of Bunia, which is home to almost one million people.
The disease, which causes severe vomiting, diarrhoea and bleeding, is thought to be able to move across vast distances due to it being carried by bats.
Large gaps between outbreaks can be explained by the likelihood that ebola-carrying bats move around and will only occasionally come into the kind of contact with people that leads to infection.
But as they are extremely social animals, the potential for the disease to spread from bat to bat – and potentially to other animals that could come into contact with humans – is very high.
Emiliano Sala contract not legally binding, Cardiff to tell FIFA | UK News
Cardiff City will tell world football’s governing body FIFA that the contract to sign Emiliano Sala from Nantes was not legally binding.
The Welsh club have refused to pay the £15m transfer fee for the striker, who was killed in a plane crash two months ago.
Ligue 1 outfit Nantes have complained to FIFA, and Premier League side Cardiff have until 3 April to respond.
The 28-year-old Argentinian died, along with pilot David Ibbotson, when the Piper Malibu aircraft they were travelling in came down in the English Channel on 21 January, two days after the Welsh club made him their record signing “subject to international clearance”.
Cardiff have refused to pay the first £5m instalment of the Sala transfer fee.
It is understood Cardiff will argue that Sala’s contract had been rejected by the Premier League because it contravened signing-on fee rules and was therefore ‘null and void’.
He had been unable to sign a revised deal before his death.
The club will also claim that further contract clauses – proposed by Nantes – had not been met.
Without these clauses being fulfilled, Cardiff will argue Sala was perfectly entitled to join another club with more than a week of the January transfer market remaining.
Nantes say they are fully compliant with FIFA rules and point to the fact that FIFA registered the international transfer certificate on 21 January, 2019 at 5.30pm.
A Cardiff spokesperson said: “The club is aware of FIFA’s request for a response by 3 April and is processing that accordingly. We have no further comment at this stage.”
Separately, Cardiff City has denied claims it failed to offer Emiliano Sala suitable travel arrangements before his ill-fated flight to the UK.
In a statement the club said: “Cardiff City FC strongly rejects the claim that it neglected to provide Mr Sala with travel arrangements.
“Our club was in the process of organising a commercial flight for Mr Sala until this offer was declined owing to separate arrangements being made – the planning and specifics of which Cardiff was not privy to.
“Cardiff has serious concerns over the potential unlawfulness of the journey following information that has been released. Clearly more answers as to the details surrounding this terrible tragedy are required.”
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