The VICE UK Morning News Bulletin


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The Morning Bulletin

The VICE UK Morning News Bulletin

Thwarted terror, North Korean ballistics, virtual reality celebrity sex and much more.

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Terror Stopped in Its Tracks
Security services have prevented 13 potential terror attacks since June of 2013, according to the UK's most senior counter-terrorism police officer. He also said there were 500 live counter-terror investigations at any time. – BBC

Universal Epidemic
Sexual harassment is "at epidemic levels" in UK universities. Almost 300 claims against staff have been made over six years, but victims and lawyers say those are just the tip of the iceberg. – Guardian


Patient Travels
Record numbers of mental health patients are forced to travel hundreds of miles for treatment, doctors warn. Huge cuts to specialist mental health beds are creating a growing crisis. – Independent

Jeremy Tax Man
Labour is "confident" Jeremy Corbyn paid the right amount of tax, releasing his tax return after calls for more transparency from politicians. The return showed his MP salary, plus pension payments, but not the money he is entitled as leader of the opposition. – BBC


Going Ballistic
North Korea has fired four ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan, with three landing within 200 nautical miles of Japan. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the launch was a clear violation of UN Security Council resolutions, calling it "an extremely dangerous action". – CNN

Wire Duck
FBI director James Comey has asked the Justice Department to publicly reject Donald Trump's tweets suggesting that President Barack Obama ordered a wire tap on Trump's phones during the 2016 election. – New York Times

Mosul Moved
More than 40,000 people have been displaced from the Iraqi city of Mosul, where US-backed forces launched a fresh push toward the ISIS-held centre. The pace of displacement has accelerated in recent days as fighting approaches the most densely-populated parts of the city. – Reuters

Fillon the Pressure
Embattled French presidential candidate François Fillon has declared he has no intention of stepping down. Tens of thousands rallied in support of Fillon, who is facing pressure from Republicans to step down in favour of Bordeaux mayor Alain Juppé. – Financial Times



Behind the Reductress
One of the funniest parody sites on the internet is Reductress, a satirical feminist news website with headlines such as "Why I Feel So Passionately That Sex Work and Porn is Problematic But Empowering But Good For Them But Bad For Them" and "How To Trap Your Hotter Roommate in a Mirror Without It Being Weird". Now go behind the scenes of the site that was started by three comedians in their New York apartment. - Broadly

Oculus Swift
"If you don't think that this virtual reality thing isn't going to turn into sex with celebrities, then you're kidding yourself." Father John Misty explains what he meant when he sung about bedding Taylor Swift every night inside the Oculus Rift. – Noisey

Inside Deadpool's Trailer
Fox is taking advantage of Logan, the new Wolverine movie, to promote its upcoming Deadpool sequel. The specially-shot teaser trailer boasts the John Williams Superman score and a pretty funny drawn-out gag that perfectly skewers superhero tropes. – Dark Horizons

The Pre-Internet Internet
As the history of digital media has become subsumed by the history of the internet, teletext remains largely forgotten. But this pre-web digital media channel, with its neon pixel art and blocky text, was a canny indicator of what was to come. –  Motherboard