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The VICE Morning Bulletin

This morning, a White House report admits that air strikes are not an effective way of tackling the Islamic State, France's National Front make huge gains in the regional elections after the Paris attacks, and more.
December 7, 2015, 10:26am

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

US News

  • New Intel: IS Not Contained
    A new intelligence report commissioned by the White House predicts that the Islamic State will grow in numbers unless it suffers significant loss of territory. It indicates the US-led bombing campaign has been outpaced by the militants' ability to attract new followers. —The Daily Beast

  • Shooter Taught Fundamentalist Islam in Pakistan
    Tashfeen Malik, one of the two San Bernardino shooters, studied at an Al Huda religious school in Pakistan, learning a fundamentalist strain of Islam. Malik, originally from Saudi Arabia, pledged loyalty to the Islamic State in a Facebook post hours before the killings. —The Los Angeles Times


  • DOJ Investigates Chicago Police
    Attorney General Loretta Lynch is expected to announce a Justice Department investigation into the Chicago Police Department. The federal probe will focus on potential civil rights violations as well as the use of deadly force by officers. —Chicago Tribune

  • College Presidents See Pay Rise
    Student debt may be on the increase, but college presidents' pay also keeps on rising. According to a new report, median salaries rose nearly 6 percent to $436,429, and five Ivy League presidents earned more than $2 million in a year. —CNN

International News

  • Earthquake Hits Tajikistan
    A 7.2 magnitude earthquake has struck Tajikistan, shaking buildings as far away as Pakistan and the Indian capital of New Delhi. The epicenter was 65 miles southwest of the city of Karakul. The number of casualties is not yet known. —Reuters

  • Far Right Storms Ahead in France
    France's far-right National Front (FN) has made huge gains in the first round of regional elections, three weeks after the Paris attacks. Leader Marine Le Pen said it was a "magnificent result" proving the FN was "the first party of France". —Al Jazeera

  • Syrian Soldiers Killed in Strikes
    The Syrian government has claimed an air strike carried out by the US-led coalition on an area mostly held by the Islamic State has killed three Syrian soldiers. A coalition spokesman has denied its forces carried out strikes in the area. —BBC News


  • Venezuelan Socialists Defeated
    A coalition of opposition parties has claimed a majority in the country's National Assembly, winning 99 out of 167 seats. The results overturns nearly two decades of dominance in Venezuela by the Socialists of President Nicolas Maduro. —The Guardian

Everything Else

  • London Responds to Underground Attack
    A violent stabbing attack on a London underground station that injured three people has spawned the trending hashtag #YouAintNoMuslimBruv. It's a quote from a bystander who shouted at the attacker, who is believed to have said, "This is for Syria." —Newsweek

  • Turkey Still Won't Let Our Journalist Go
    VICE News journalist and fixer Mohammed Rasool has now been held for more than 100 days without trial in Turkey, and our team's Turkish lawyer was shot dead in the street one week ago. Find out the latest. —VICE News

  • The Teens Who Pretend to be Kidnapped For YouTube Views
    The "My Kidnapping Story" video tag brings up thousands of teenage girls talking about being snatched. But the vast majority of stories are actually about getting "almost" kidnapped. —Broadly

  • Christmas Presents for Astronauts
    The Cygnus spacecraft is on a mission bound for the International Space Station, delivering much-needed supplies, hardware and Christmas presents for the crew. —Motherboard

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