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The VICE Morning Bulletin

This morning, the Orlando nightclub shooter was on the FBI's radar, LA police have stopped a man headed to Pride with a car full of weapons, South Korea stops a North Korean cyber attack, and more.
June 13, 2016, 9:34am

A mourner in New York lays down 50 roses to honor each victim of the Orlando night club massacre. (Photo by Monika Graff/Getty Images)

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

US News

Orlando Shooter Was on FBI Radar, Praised ISIS
Omar Mateen, the man who shot 50 people in an Orlando nightclub on Sunday morning, called 911 to proclaim his allegiance to ISIS before the attack. However, there is no indication he was in touch with terrorists overseas. Mateen was able to legally buy two guns within the last week, despite being interviewed twice by the FBI for terrorist connections. The 29-year-old killed at least 50 and wounded 53 others in the deadliest shooting in American history. He opened fire inside the Pulse gay nightclub and held several people hostage before he was killed by officers who stormed the building. —NBC News

Man with Weapons was Headed to LA Gay Pride Parade
Los Angeles police say they stopped a man who was headed for the LA Pride festival in West Hollywood on Sunday with assault rifles, ammunition, and explosive-making materials in his car. James Howell was initially reported to have said he wanted to "harm [the] gay pride event," but the police later said this was "incorrect." —Los Angeles Times


CIA Chief Says Saudis Not Linked to 9/11
The publication of classified parts of a report into the 9/11 attacks will clear Saudi Arabia of any responsibility, CIA Chief John Brennan has said. Keeping 28 pages of the congressional report secret has led to speculation that the attack received official Saudi support, but Brennan said, "People shouldn't take them as evidence of Saudi complicity." —CNN

Protest at Stanford Graduation Over Sexual Assault
Students at a Stanford graduation ceremony carried signs denouncing rape culture at the university. A women's group arranged for a plane to fly overhead with the message: "Protect survivors. Not Rapists. #PerskyMustGo." It refers to Judge Aaron Persky, who has been condemned for giving Stanford student Brock Turner a six-month sentence for rape. —CBS News

International News

Air Strikes Kill 27 in Rebel-Held Syria
Air strikes have killed at least 27 people in rebel-held areas of Syria's northwestern Idlib Province, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Several monitoring groups accused Russia of conducting these air strikes, but Russian authorities have denied involvement.—Al Jazeera

South Korea Stops North Korean Cyber Attack
South Korea has thwarted a cyber attack that threatened more than 140,000 computers at large companies and government agencies. South Korean authorities have blamed North Korea. The Pyongyang internet address is identical to the one used in a 2013 attack against South Korean banks and broadcasters. —Reuters


Bomb Blast Rocks Bank HQ in Beirut
A bomb exploded outside the headquarters of Lebanese Blom Bank in Beirut late on Sunday, causing two injuries but no casualties. No group has claimed responsibility. Blom Bank is one of the banks that has recently closed accounts belonging to people suspected of links to militant group Hezbollah. —Deutsche Welle

Al Qaeda Leader Pledges Allegiance to New Taliban Chief
Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has pledged allegiance to the new head of the Afghan Taliban, Haibatullah Akhundzada, appointed last month after his predecessor was killed in a US drone strike. Al-Zawahiriurged support for the Taliban in a 14-minute audio message. —VICE News

Everything Else

Hamilton Triumphs and Leads Tributes at the Tonys
Hip-hop musical Hamilton won 11 honors at this year's Tony Awards, including best musical and leading actor for Leslie Odom Jr. Actor Lin-Manuel Miranda paid tribute to the victims of the nightclub shootings in Orlando with a poem: "Love cannot be killed or swept aside." —Vanity Fair

Louis CK Says Hillary Most Qualified Candidate
The comedian said Hillary Clinton was the most qualified person to deal with the "volatile, dangerous mechanism" of the US government. He compared her to a pilot who knows "exactly how this plane works.'" —The Huffington Post

England and Russia Could Be Kicked Out of Euros
Soccer federation UEFA has threatened to throw out England and Russia from the Euro 2016 tournament in France if fan violence continues. The French government said fans fighting in the streets were distracting police from the threat of terrorism. —The Guardian

NASA to Collaborate with the UAE
NASA has announced a "significant" agreement with the United Arab Emirates space agency, one that Administrator Charles Bolden said will help advance NASA's journey to Mars. The UAE wants to send an unmanned probe to Mars by 2020. —Motherboard

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