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Photos: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images; Andrew Chin/Getty Images

A$AP Rocky has been charged along with 2 others with assault in Sweden and will remain in custody until a trial takes place, prosecutors said Thursday, adding no trial date had been set.

The big picture: President Trump said Saturday he phoned Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven to vouch for bail for the U.S. rapper after Kim Kardashian West alerted him to A$AP Rocky's detention. However, Sweden's criminal justice system doesn't include bail.

  • Löfven's spokesperson said he told Trump that Sweden's judicial system is independent and he "cannot and will not attempt to influence the legal proceedings."

Context: Per Axios' Jonathan Swan, A$AP Rocky — whose real name is Rakim Mayers — turned himself in to Swedish police earlier this month after he was wanted for questioning about a street fight in Stockholm on June 30, which he and his entourage say was started by 2 harassers.

What they're saying: Swedish public prosecutor Daniel Suneson said in a statement he launched criminal proceedings against the 3 suspects after concluding "that the events in question constitute a crime and despite claims of self-defense and provocation."

"It is worth noting that I have had access to a greater amount of material than that which has previously been available on the internet. In addition to video material, the injured party’s statements have been supported by witness statements."
— Public prosecutor Daniel Suneson

This article has been updated with more details, including comment from Suneson.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Photo: SOPA Images / Contributor

Facebook said late Thursday that a mix of "technical problems" and confusion among advertisers around its new political ad ban rules caused issues affecting ad campaigns of both parties.

Why it matters: A report out Thursday morning suggested the ad tools were causing campaign ads, even those that adhered to Facebook's new rules, to be paused. Very quickly, political campaigners began asserting the tech giant was enforcing policies in a way that was biased against their campaigns.

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States beg for Warp Speed billions

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Operation Warp Speed has an Achilles' heel: States need billions to distribute vaccines — and many say they don't have the cash.

Why it matters: The first emergency use authorization could come as soon as next month, but vaccines require funding for workers, shipping and handling, and for reserving spaces for vaccination sites.

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