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The VICE Morning Bulletin

This morning, Obama approves airstrikes in Afghanistan, thousands are expected to line the streets of Louisville today to mourn Muhammad Ali, Google's co-founder is funding flying car startups, and more.

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

US News

Obama Renews US War in Afghanistan
The Obama administration has approved plans for airstrikes against the Taliban in Afghanistan and has also granted US forces a wider range of powers to assist Afghan troops. American soldiers have been authorized to accompany local forces on the battlefield again, despite a formal end to US operations in 2014.—The Washington Post

Hundreds Claim Trump Doesn't Pay His Bills
Hundreds of people have alleged Donald Trump or one of Trump's companies refused to pay them. New analysis of court filings and judgments has revealed Trump to have been involved in more than 3,500 lawsuits over the past 30 years, including lawsuits by carpenters, dishwashers, and painters, who claim they did not get paid for their work.—USA Today


Stanford Rapist to Get Out of Jail Three Months Early
Brock Turner, the Stanford University student serving a six-month sentence for rape, will serve only half his prison time. According to the Santa Clara County Department of Corrections website, he is to be let out three months before his planned release because "it was assessed that he was unlikely to misbehave behind bars."—VICE News

High Lead Levels Found in Water at 14 Chicago Schools
Chicago school district officials have said that 14 schools had tested positive for dangerously high levels of lead in the water fountains. Some schools have shut down their fountains and brought in bottled water. Parents of the children in the 14 schools will be notified before the list is released.—ABC News

International News

Food Aid Reaches Besieged Syrian Suburb
The first deliveries of food aid since 2012 have reached the besieged Damascus suburb of Darayya. Syrian Red Crescent and UN trucks carrying medicine, food, and flour reached the area on Thursday. The UN says the Syrian government had given permission for aid to be delivered to 19 besieged areas, which are home to 600,000 people.—BBC News

Monastery Worker Hacked to Death in Bangladesh
A 62-year-old Hindu monastery worker has been hacked to death in Bangladesh, the latest in a series of attacks on religious minorities in the mainly Muslim country. The killing of Nityaranjan Pande follows the murder of a Hindu priest on Tuesday. Pande's killers have not been caught, and no group has claimed responsibility.—Al Jazeera


Militant Group TAK Claims Istanbul Bombing
The Kurdistan Freedom Hawks (TAK), an offshoot of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militant group, has said it carried out the June 7 suicide bombing in Istanbul that killed 11 people. The group said it was retaliation for Turkish army operations and warned tourists to stay away from the country.—The New York Times

Five Terror Suspects Killed in Kazakhstan Raid
Security forces in Kazakhstan say they have killed five suspects linked to terror attacks on Sunday in the city of Aktobe. The special forces unit stormed an apartment and killed four suspects after they opened fire, and shot another man dead in the street after he opened fire. Islamist militants are believed to have killed three civilians and three soldiers on Sunday.—Reuters

Thousands are expected to come out to mourn Muhammad Ali today at a procession in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. Photo via Wikimedia

Everything Else

Louisville Pays Farewell to Muhammad Ali
Thousands are expected to line the streets of Louisville today to wave goodbye to a favorite son, Muhammad Ali. His body will ride in a long procession through his hometown in Kentucky, before being laid to rest at Cave Hill Cemetery, where family and friends will gather for a private burial.—CBS News

Larry Page Funds Flying Car Start-Ups
Two Silicon Valley startups are working on a prototype flying car, one that can take off and land vertically, like in Back to the Future. Both Zee.Aero and Kitty Hawk are being personally funded by Google co-founder Larry Page.—Bloomberg

Black Sabbath Announce Last-Ever Shows
The legendary band will play its last-ever US show on November 12 in San Antonio, and the group's final show is set for São Paulo, Brazil, on December 4. Ozzy Osbourne said touring had taken its toll: "I don't know how the fucking Stones do it."—Rolling Stone

South African Firefighters Leave Fort McMurray Over Low Pay
Around 300 firefighters arrived in Alberta last month to help battle a blaze that continues to rage. But they are now set to return home, angry about only receiving a $15 a day stipend from their South African employer.—VICE News

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