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Duterte Says He Should Be Shot If He Becomes Dictator, Bombing in Thailand Kills Three, and More: The VICE Morning Bulletin

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January 23, 2018, 12:59am
Rodrigo Duterte in Vietnam, 2016. Photo via Wikimedia Commons

International News

Turkish Military Pushes into Northern Syria
Military forces from Turkey moved into northern Syria’s Afrin region and seized territory from the Kurdish militia group YPG, according to state media. The YPG, however, appeared to have retaken two of the besieged villages. The UN Security Council was set to hold a session at least partly focused on the matter Monday. “We’ll work this out,” US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said.—BBC News

Bombing in Southern Thailand Kills Three
Three people were killed and at least 22 more injured when a bomb on a motorcycle exploded in a busy market in Yala Province early Monday. No group had yet claimed responsibility for the bombing, but the region has seen repeated attacks by ethnic Malay Islamist militants. The bomb was apparently left next to a stand selling pork.—Reuters


French Prison Workers Ramp Up Strike
Two major guards' unions have called for a “total blockage” of prisons in France, where a dispute over safety measures just entered its second week. Strikes began last week following a series of attacks on prison workers by inmates. President Emmanuel Macron has promised a plan to reform his country’s jails by the end of next month.—AFP

Duterte Says He Should Be Shot if He Holds Power Too Long
The president of the Philippines insisted he has no intention of becoming a dictator, despite speculation lawmakers want to change the Constitution to allow him to stay in office beyond 2022. “If I overstay and wanted to become a dictator, shoot me, I am not joking,” Duterte told troops during a speech at an army base.—Reuters

Everything Else

Halsey Shares Experience of Sexual Assault at Women’s March
In a poem she read at the 2018 Women’s March rally in New York City, the singer revealed she was sexually abused as a child. Entitled “A Story Like Mine,” the poem also detailed Halsey’s more recent experiences of assault and harassment.—Noisey

‘Three Billboards’ Triumphs at SAG Awards
Martin McDonagh’s film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri won best ensemble movie cast at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. Frances McDormand was chosen as best actress and Sam Rockwell as best supporting actor.—Los Angeles Times

Camila Cabello Album Goes Straight to No.1
The former Fifth Harmony member’s first LP Camila debuted at the top of the Billboard 200, doing 119,000 in equivalent album sales. Cabello is the first female solo artist to achieve the feat since Meghan Trainor in January 2015.—Billboard

‘Transformers’ Up for a Slew of Raspberry Awards The latest movie in the Michael Bay series, Transformers: The Last Knight, has been nominated for nine prizes at the Golden Raspberry Awards for the worst films of the year. It edged out Fifty Shades Darker, which earned eight nominations.—USA Today

Fredo Santana Dead at 27
The death of the Chicago rapper was confirmed by his family and the Los Angeles County coroner over the weekend. Santana, who reportedly suffered a seizure at home Friday night, had been in the hospital with liver and kidney failure in October.—Noisey

The National Get Political in New Video
The indie rockers released visuals for their new single “Walk It Back.” Director Casey Reas said the clip, featuring CSPAN footage of Donald Trump, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush, aims to capture the “spectacle of governance.”—Noisey