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The VICE Morning Bulletin

This morning, a man claims he was the Orlando shooter's lover, North Korea launches more missile tests, protesters gather outside Donald Trump's golf course in Scotland, and more.

Photos of Omar Mateen taken from his MySpace account

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

US News

Man Claims He Was Orlando Shooter's Lover
A man who claims he was Orlando killer Omar Mateen's lover has described his relationship with Mateen as "friends with benefits." In an interview with Univision, the man known as Miguel says he met Mateen on Grindr. A law enforcement official said Mateen was a frequent user of online dating sites.—CBS News

Senators Vote on FBI Accessing Your Browsing History
Republican Senator John McCain has filed an amendment that, if passed, would allow the FBI to access browsing histories and email metadata without a warrant. The American Civil Liberties Union has urged senators voting on the amendment today to oppose it, warning the measure "increases dangers for American liberties."—VICE News


GOP Congressman Tries to Block Change to $20 Bill
Republican Congressman Steve King is attempting to stop the image of Harriet Tubman from replacing that of Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. The Iowa congressman has introduced an amendment to prevent the Treasury Department from spending money to redesign currency. King has not yet explained his motivation.—CNN

Indianapolis Teen Accused of Trying to Join ISIS
An Indianapolis teenager, 18-year-old Akram Musleh, has been arrested for allegedly trying to fly to Morocco to join the Islamic State. The FBI said Musleh has been on its radar since 2013, and had planned to provide "material support" to the terrorist group by joining it. Musleh was arrested at the city's Greyhound station.—Indianapolis Star

International News

North Korea Launches More Missile Tests
In defiance of UN sanctions, North Korea has test-fired two intermediate-range Musudan ballistic missiles from its eastern coast. The second launch was the most effective to date, with the missile flying about 250 miles before crashing into the sea. Japan's minister of defense said the threat to his country was "intensifying."—Reuters

Jordan Declares Border Areas Military Zones
Jordan has declared its border regions with Syria and Iraq closed military zones, following a suicide bombing that killed six guards outside a refugee camp in the remote desert area near Syria. The Jordanian government said no new refugee camps would be built, and all humanitarian aid was suspended.—BBC News


Lightning Strikes Kill 67 in India
At least 67 people have been killed by lightning strikes in the Indian states of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh over the past two days. Lightning strikes are common during monsoon season in India, and most of the people who died were working in the fields during torrential rains on Tuesday.—The Guardian

Myanmar Tells Officials to Stop Using the Term 'Rohingya'
The government of Myanmar has banned its officials from referring to the country's Muslim minority as "Rohingya" and insisted they should be called "people who believe in Islam." The lack of rights suffered by the Rohingya people has come under scrutiny during a visit by UN Special Rapporteur on Myanmar Yanghee Lee.—Al Jazeera

Tom DeLonge. Photo via Wikimedia

Everything Else

Mexican Flags Raised Outside Trump Golf Course in Scotland
Mexican flags have been planted next door to Donald Trump's golf course in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, ahead of Trump's visit to the area. One local anti-Trump campaigner said it was a gesture of "solidarity with the people of Mexico."—ABC News

Jaguar Shot Dead at Olympic Torch Ceremony
A rare jaguar that was being used as a prop in an Olympic torch ceremony in Brazil was shot dead by a soldier after the animal escaped from its handlers. The local organizing committee for Rio 2016 said it was a "mistake" to exhibit the jaguar.—VICE News

Tom DeLonge Quit to Investigate UFOs
Former Blink-182 singer Tom DeLonge has revealed why he left the group: to expose the truth about alien contact. He is currently in the process of launching a multimedia franchise called Sekret Machines that will seek to investigate UFOs.—Noisey

Cops Hunt for Whoever Left a Pig Head Outside Quebec Mosque
Worshippers at the Centre Culturel Islamique de Quebec found a bloody pig's head, wrapped in cellophane with a card saying "bonne appetite," after morning prayers. Quebec City police say the search for the perpetrator is ongoing.—VICE News

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