The VICE Morning Bulletin

Trump risks Middle East nightmare with Jerusalem recognition, majority of Americans unhappy with Republican tax reform, British police thwart alleged plot to kill prime minister, and more.
December 6, 2017, 3:45pm
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Everything you need to know about the world this morning, curated by VICE.

US News

Trump to Recognize Jerusalem as Israel's Capital
The president is expected to announce Wednesday that the US considers Jerusalem Israel’s capital and outline a plan to move the American embassy to the city. The decision violates long-standing US policy and goes against warnings from across the Muslim world—and from experts on both sides—that it will needlessly provoke anger and possibly incite violence. The State Department told US embassies to put extra security measures in place in anticipation of trouble.—VICE News

Steve Bannon Goes After Mitt Romney at Roy Moore Rally
The former White House strategist attacked the 2012 GOP nominee after he criticized Roy Moore, the alleged sexual predator running for Senate in Alabama. “You hid behind your religion,” Bannon said of Romney at a Moore rally in the state. “You went to France to be a missionary while men were dying in Vietnam… Judge Roy Moore has more honor and integrity in his pinky finger than your entire family.”—NBC News


Majority of Americans Know Tax Bill Is Gift to Rich
The latest Quinnipiac University poll shows 53 percent of voters do not approve of the GOP’s push to make major changes to the tax code. Just 24 percent of voters believe the middle class will gain from planned legislation, while 61 percent of voters think it “favors the rich at the expense of the middle class.”—CBS News

Immigrant in Kate Steinle Case Faces New Charges
The undocumented man who was acquitted of murdering Kate Steinle last week was slapped with two new charges on Tuesday. A federal grand jury indicted Mexican citizen Jose Ines Garcia Zarate on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm—the one charge he was already convicted of—and of possessing a firearm while in the US illegally. The maximum sentence for each charge is ten years in prison.—NPR

International News

Russia Banned from 2018 Winter Olympics
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has decided to exclude Russia from next year’s games in South Korea after agreeing with an investigator's conclusion that the country ran a “systemic” doping program for athletes. Individual Russian competitors who can prove themselves clean will still be allowed to take part under the Olympic flag.—VICE News

Yemeni TV Journalists Held Hostage
Houthi fighters are holding 41 people hostage at the Yemen Al Youm TV headquarters in Sanaa, according to the NGO Reporters Without Borders (RSF). Three security guards were injured when militants from the Iran-backed Shia movement took control of the station. RSF called on the Houthis “to immediately release the TV channel’s journalists.”—Al Jazeera


British Police Thwart Alleged Plot to Kill Prime Minister
Two men were arrested last week by the Metropolitan Police counterterrorism division and charged with various offenses. British intelligence suspected 20-year-old Naa’imur Zakariyah Rahman plotted to detonate a bomb at Downing Street and attempt to kill Prime Minister Theresa May inside with a knife. A second man was accused of receiving Rahman's aid in a bid to go to Syria to engage in terrorist activity. —VICE News

Canada Ditches Plan to Buy Boeing Fighter Jets
The Canadian government no longer intends to buy 18 Super Hornet jets from Boeing, according to anonymous officials. Ministers were reportedly upset about the manufacturer’s legal complaint against Canadian company Bombardier. Canada is ready to opt for second-hand Australian F-18 military aircraft instead.—Reuters

Everything Else

Johnny Hallyday Dies at 74
The rock 'n' roll legend, long dubbed the “French Elvis,” passed away Wednesday. “He introduced a slice of America in our national Pantheon,” said French president Emmanuel Macron, who described Hallyday as a “vibrant icon.”—Reuters

Eminem to Collaborate with Ed Sheeran
The rapper released a full track listing for his upcoming album Revival on Tuesday, revealing that Ed Sheeran features on a song called “River.” The LP also features new work with Pink, Alicia Keys, Kehlani, and Phresher.—Variety

A$AP Rocky Goes in on Cookie Kit
The rapper hooked up with It’Sugar to produce the “Ginger Bread Mob Cookie Kit.” Money raised from the baked goods will go to the Always Strive and Prosper Foundation, the drug educational charity set up after A$AP Yams died in 2015.—Rolling Stone


Charli XCX Teases New Mixtape
The British star hinted at an imminent follow-up to her Number 1 Angel mixtape. She suggested on Twitter that it would feature Carly Rae Jepsen, Tove Lo, Mykki Blanco, and CupcaKke.—Noisey

'National Enquirer' Editor Accused of Sexual Misconduct
Dylan Howard, the chief content officer of the National Enquirer's publisher American Media Inc., has been accused of various forms of sexual harassment, including encouraging female staffers to have sex with potential sources and discussing their sex lives and appearances. Howard, who denied the claims against him, allegedly talked openly about his own sex life and demanded female employees to watch porn, among other disturbing practices.—VICE

India Again Investigates Airborne Feces Phenomenon
The country’s National Green Tribunal is investigating complaints made by residents living near Delhi airport who claim human feces is falling from skies. Authorities will collect samples to see if it’s coming from birds or airline passengers.—Motherboard

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