The VICE Morning Bulletin
The VICE Morning Bulletin

The VICE Morning Bulletin

Trump Jr. met Russian for scoop on Clinton, Turkish oppo leader completes 25-day protest march, laptop ban lifted on two Middle Eastern airlines, and more.
July 10, 2017, 2:30pm

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

US News

Trump Jr. Met Russian Lawyer About Clinton
Donald Trump Jr. met with a Russian lawyer linked to the Kremlin during the election campaign after being offered "damaging" information on Hillary Clinton. Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort all met Natalia Veselnitskaya at Trump Tower on June 9 of last year, around the time Trump became assured of his party's presidential nod. In a series of statements, Trump Jr. said he was told only that the lawyer "might have information helpful to the campaign," adding that nothing "meaningful" came of it. "Her statements were vague, ambiguous, and made no sense," he said.—The New York Times

Trump Backtracks on US-Russia Cybersecurity Unit
President Trump appears to have made a U-turn on the idea of founding a joint cybersecurity task force with Russia. After saying he discussed the creation of an "impenetrable" unit to prevent election hacking with Russian president Vladimir Putin, Trump backtracked on Twitter Sunday night. "The fact that President Putin and I discussed a cyber security unit doesn't mean I think it can happen," he wrote. "It can't."—The Guardian


Laptop Ban Lifted on Two Middle Eastern Airlines
A ban on the use of laptops aboard flights to the US has been lifted on both Kuwait Airways and Royal Jordanian, the airlines announced. Both said security procedures had been changed in line with US requests. Etihad Airways, Turkish Airlines, Emirates, and Qatar Airways received exemptions from the ban last week.—BBC News

Democrats to Launch 9/11 Green Card Bill
Democrats in Congress have drafted a bill to stop the deportation of undocumented immigrants who helped in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. Democratic congressman Joseph Crowley said the bill would give green cards to up to 2,000 undocumented immigrants who volunteered in rescue and cleanup efforts. "Instead of gratitude, they are being shown the door," Crowley said.—The New York Times

International News

Australian Government Wins Legal Costs from Philip Morris
Tobacco giant Philip Morris has been found liable to pay the Australian government's legal costs after losing a major case over plain packaging on cigarettes. The precise sum was not made public by the Permanent Court of Arbitration, but it is reportedly about $50 million AU ($38 million USD). The company unsuccessfully sued the Australian government after it ordered cigarettes be sold with graphic health warnings and without old-school logos.—The Sydney Morning Herald

UK Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia Hold Up in Court
The UK's High Court has ruled that the British government continuing to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia was above board. The Campaign Against the Arms Trade had claimed the government broke humanitarian laws by selling arms amid the brutal Saudi-led war against Houthi militants in Yemen. The judges said ministers made "rational" decisions not to suspend sales.—BBC News


Turkish Opposition Leader Completes 25-Day Protest March
The leader of Turkey's Republican People's Party (CHP) Kemal Kilicdaroglu has successfully mounted a 25-day march from Ankara to Istanbul in protest against the arrest of a party member. The CHP's Enis Berberoglu was sentenced to 25 years in prison for leaking information about Turkey supplying weapons to militants in Syria. At a rally, Kilicdaroglu called his march "a new beginning."—Al Jazeera

Iraqi Prime Minister Celebrates Victory in Mosul
Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi traveled to Mosul Sunday to celebrate his government "liberating" the key city from ISIS control. He met civilians and soldiers on the streets, but gunfire could still be heard in Mosul's old city, where some ISIS fighters may still be holding out.—Reuters

Everything Else

Huge Opening Weekend for New 'Spider-Man'
Spider-Man: Homecoming took in $117 million at the North American box office during its opening weekend. That's the third-best opening this year, and the second-best opening for a Spider-Man movie.—The Hollywood Reporter

DJ Khaled Snags No.1 Album Slot
DJ Khaled has the nation's No.1 album for the second week in a row. His record Grateful notched up another 70,000 equivalent album sales while JAY-Z's new album 4:44 did not make the top ten because Billboard does not count Sprint-sponsored downloads.—Rolling Stone

Elon Musk Shares First Photos of Tesla Model 3
Elon Musk has shared the first images of the Tesla Model 3, an electric car aimed at a broader share of the population. The black, four-door sedan was shown on Twitter and Instagram in front of the company's production factory in Fremont, California.—CNN

Gucci Mane to Feature on Selena Gomez Track
Selena Gomez revealed she'll collaborate with Gucci Mane on her forthcoming song "Fetish." The Atlanta rapper, who appeared alongside Gomez in Spring Breakers, contributes a guest verse on the track, out July 13.—i-D

Prince Videos Now on YouTube
An official Prince account appears to have uploaded videos of "When Doves Cry," "Let's Go Crazy," and live performances on YouTube. Before his death, Prince had insisted all his music be removed from the site.—Noisey

Fidget Spinners Make Appearance at MarbleLympics
This year's MarbleLympics introduced a new event featuring fidget spinners. The Fidget Spinner Collision involves 16 teams of four marbles, with the idea being to see how long they can stay on the field after colliding with the gadgets.—Motherboard