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The VICE Morning Bulletin

Donald Trump promises to make America safe from violence in his speech at the RNC, an Indian military plane goes missing, a Colorado town finds THC in the drinking water, and more.

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

US News

Trump Promises to Make America Safe from Violence
Republican nominee Donald Trump pledged to make the US "a country of law and order" during his convention speech in Cleveland. "The crime and violence that today afflicts our nation will soon come to an end," he said. Trump also vowed to "defeat the barbarians of ISIS," and to ban migrants from countries "compromised by terrorism."—The Washington Post

North Carolina Responds to NBA Snub
The NBA will move its 2017 All-Star Game from North Carolina to protest the state law requiring transgender people to use public toilets matching their sex at birth. In response, North Carolina governor Pat McCrory attacked the "sports and entertainment elite" for "bypassing the democratic and legal process."—NBC News


US Lags Behind in Child Prosperity Rankings
Despite having the world's largest economy, the US ranks ninth among the world's 19 wealthiest nations for children's well-being, according to a Save the Children report released today. According to the Child Prosperity Index, the US is below average for children's health, and 22 percent of children live below the poverty line.—USA Today

Colorado Town Finds Marijuana Chemical in Drinking Water
Authorities in the Colorado town of Hugo warned residents not to drink or bathe with water because it has been contaminated with marijuana's psychoactive chemical Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). One of the town's five wells showed "signs of tampering," according to Lincoln County Sheriff's Office.—The Denver Post

International News

Possible North Korean Nuclear Site Discovered
A US policy institute said it may have located a secret facility used by North Korea in the early stages of a program to enrich uranium for nuclear weapons. A report by the Institute for Science and International Security claims the site, 27 miles from a nuclear plant at Yongbyon, may have played a role in developing enriched uranium.—Reuters

Indian Military Plane Goes Missing
An Indian military plane with more than 20 people onboard has gone missing over the Bay of Bengal, according to the Indian air force. A search operation has been launched for the Antonov-32 transporter aircraft, which took off from Chennai at 8:30 AM local time.—BBC News


Five Suspected Accomplices Charged over Nice Attack
Five suspects have been charged with terror offenses in relation to the Nice truck attack, after appearing in court in Paris. Four men and one woman, all aged between 22 and 40, are accused of helping driver Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel prepare the attack months in advance.—Al Jazeera

Brazil Arrests Ten over Alleged Plot to Attack Olympics
Brazil has arrested ten people who were allegedly preparing an ISIS-inspired terrorist attack during next month's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The justice minister said intelligence services began monitoring the Brazilian nationals in April, but a plan to buy guns in Paraguay forced the authorities to take the threat more seriously.—VICE News

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Everything Else

Snowden Working on Surveillance-Protected Smartphone
Edward Snowden says he is working on smartphone to detect and fight against government snooping. He explained how it would use a phone's SIM slot to shut down a phone's radio in the event of unauthorized access.—The New York Times

George Harrison Estate Slams GOP for Playing Beatles Song
Harrison's family is unhappy the house band at the Republican National Convention played "Here Comes the Sun." His estate tweeted that its use was "offensive," then suggested Harrison's song "Beware of Darkness" might have been more appropriate.—The Huffington Post

Japan Builds the Last-Ever VCR
The last ever videocassette recorder (VCR) will be produced in Japan this month. Funai Electric has been producing video-playing VCRs for 33 years, most recently for the Chinese market, but demand has finally fallen there too.—Gizmodo

Roger Ailes Reign at Fox News Is Over
Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes has officially resigned, "effective immediately," according to Fox's parent company 21st Century Fox. Rupert Murdoch has assumed the role of "acting" chairman and CEO.—VICE News

Comedian Ordered to Pay $42,000 for Disability Insult
A Quebec tribunal has ordered comedian Mike Ward to pay $42,000 for the suffering he caused to a child singer with disabilities, who was the butt of one of his jokes. Ward called it a "sad day for freedom of expression," and said he would appeal.—VICE News

Scientists Built a Biological Computer Inside a Cell
Engineers at MIT have developed computational circuits inside a living cell capable of both remembering and responding to data. It has been hailed as a major breakthrough in synthetic biology.—Motherboard