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The VICE Morning Bulletin

The New Jersey train that crashed into the Hoboken station Thursday lacked auto-braking technology, the Trump Foundation may have illegally raised money in New York, Lady Gaga was picked for the 2017 Super Bowl halftime show, and more.

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

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US News

New Jersey Train Lacked Auto Braking Technology
The train that crashed during Thursday morning's commute was not equipped with the "positive train control" (PTC) technology that might have kept it on the rails, and no one with NJ Transit even knows how to use it. The catastrophe at Hoboken station killed one person and left over 100 others injured.—NBC News

Trump Foundation Lacks Proper Certification
Donald Trump's charitable foundation has, from day one, lacked the certification required in New York to solicit money from the public, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office found. If the AG secures evidence of illegal fundraising, he could order the Trump Foundation to stop raising money and—with a sympathetic judge—force it to return cash already raised. —The Washington Post


Police Release Video Showing Fatal Shooting of Six-Year-Old Boy
Nearly a year after two city marshals in Louisiana fired on a car they had been pursuing, killing an autistic six-year-old boy and wounding his father, police have released body-cam footage of the shooting. The head of the Louisiana State Police described as the "most disturbing thing" he had ever seen.—VICE News

Families of US Government Personnel Ordered to Leave Congo
The State Department wants family members of US government employees to leave the Democratic Republic of Congo, and is putting a pause on most official travel to the country. Political violence broke out in the country earlier this month, and the State Department has suggested the potential for civil unrest is high in Kinshasa and other cities.—AP

International News

Syrian Regime Forces Clash Again with Rebels in Aleppo
Fierce battles raged north of Aleppo on Friday, with pro-Assad fighters reportedly capturing the Kindi hospital area a few miles from the city. A senior rebel source denied the government was in control there, however, and fighting continues.—Reuters

President Duterte Compares Himself to Hitler
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has compared his war on drugs to the Holocaust: "Hitler massacred three million Jews…there's three million drug addicts. I'd be happy to slaughter them." At least six million Jews are known to have died in the Holocaust. "If Germany had Hitler, the Philippines would have…" he said before pointing to himself.—The Guardian


France Launching New Airstrikes Against ISIS in Iraq
Operating from the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean, French aircraft are said to be targeting the Islamic State on its home turf again. This is the country's third mission with the US-led coalition in Iraq and Syria since February 2015, when France launched military operations following the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris.—BBC News

Pakistan and India Tussle on Border Over 'Terrorist Units'
The Pakistani army is dismissing the suggestion that India's military conducted "surgical strikes" against "terrorist units" on its side of the border in the Kashmir region. Still, the country acknowledged the loss of two of its soldiers in the exchange of fire at the border that saw nine others wounded on Thursday.—Al Jazeera

Everything Else

World Leaders Attend Shimon Peres Funeral
Leaders from around the world attended the funeral of the former Israeli President and PM at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem Friday morning. "The last of the founding generation is now gone," said President Barack Obama, wearing a kippah and standing next to Peres's coffin.—The New York Times

Lady Gaga Picked for This Year's Super Bowl Halftime Show
Lady Gaga will headline the 2017 NFL championship halftime show in Houston, the league has announced. The singer tweeted: "The rumors are true. This year the SUPER BOWL goes GAGA!"—CNN

US Hands over Internet Address Book
The United States' long-running oversight contract with the nonprofit organization in charge of the world's internet domain names expires Friday. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is now supposed to be a more autonomous entity with international accountability. —USA Today

Original Pepe the Frog Artist Speaks Out
Matt Furie, the comic artist who created the Pepe the Frog character that was designated a hate symbol by the Anti-Defamation League, said racist memes are "so far removed from what I originally imagined… I'm kind of a hippie at heart."—The Creators Project

YouTube Hires Former Warner Boss as Global Music Guru
Lyor Cohen, the former head at Warner Music Group and the guy who signed Fetty Wap, has become YouTube's first global head of music. Cohen is expected to act as a liaison between YouTube and the big music labels.—VICE News

Rosetta Orbiter Crashes into Comet
The European Space Agency's Rosetta orbiter ended its mission Friday by smashing into the comet it's been chasing for over two years. "The tears will start rolling," Rosetta project scientist Matt Taylor said ahead of the blast.—Motherboard/USA Today