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Trump Jr. was told via email that Russians were trying to help his dad, US soldier charged with trying to give ISIS classified material, cop who shot Philando Castile to receive $48,500 buyout, and more.

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

US News

Trump Jr. Told Russians Wanted to Help Dad's Campaign in Email
Donald Trump Jr. agreed to meet a Russian lawyer on the understanding that the country's government was trying to help his father's campaign by providing damaging information on Hillary Clinton, according to the reported contents of an email from publicist Rob Goldstone. Goldstone helped set up the meeting with Natalia Veselnitskaya, who is said to have deep ties to the Kremlin. Meanwhile, Trump Jr. has hired Alan Futerfas, a criminal defense attorney who has worked for clients with alleged connections to New York crime families.—The New York Times/BuzzFeed News

Military Plane Crash in Mississippi Leaves 16 Dead
At least 16 people were killed when a military plane carrying Marines crashed in rural Mississippi Monday. Several "high-intensity" explosions from the wreckage are believed to have come from ammunition on the KC-130 plane. It's unclear whether any civilians were on board.—The Clarion-Ledger


US Soldier Charged with Trying to Help ISIS with Drone, Training, Docs
A US Army sergeant has been arrested and charged for allegedly attempting to provide ISIS with classified military material, including a drone. Ikaika Erik Kang, of the 25th Infantry Division, had been monitored for about 12 months before he was arrested Saturday. The 34-year-old Army sergeant is also accused of training a person he believed to be an ISIS militant.—VICE News/Reuters

Cop Who Shot Philando Castile Getting $48,500 to Step Down
The cop acquitted of manslaughter in the fatal shooting of Philando Castile is to receive $48,500 compensation as part of a deal severing ties with his old department. The city of St. Anthony said in a statement that the "separation agreement" for Jeronimo Yanez was "the most thoughtful way to move forward and help the community-wide healing process proceed." The idea was apparently that, as someone who dodged conviction, Yanez might be able to make a fuss over being ousted as a public employee.—AP

International News

Colombian Man Arrested for Threatening Ariana Grande Show Attack
Police arrested a 22-year-old Colombian man for allegedly threatening to attack an Ariana Grande show in the Costa Rican city of Alajuela. Police chief Walter Espinoza said cops were trying to verify whether there had been a "real threat." The concert took place without drama.—BBC News

Seven Hindu Pilgrims Killed in Kashmir Gun Battle
Seven Hindu pilgrims were killed when their tour bus strayed into the crossfire between militants and police in Indian-ruled Kashmir. An additional 12 pilgrims, returning from a trip to the Amarnath shrine in the Himalayas, were wounded. The gun battle was said to begin when militants assaulted a police outpost near Anantnag.—Reuters


Iraqi and Coalition Forces in Mosul Accused of Unlawful Attacks
Human rights NGO Amnesty International has accused Iraqi and coalition forces of contributing to a "civilian catastrophe" in western Mosul during the fight to clear ISIS from the city. The Amnesty report said civilians were "subjected to relentless and unlawful attacks by Iraqi government forces and members of the US-led coalition."—VICE News

Humans to Blame for Ongoing Sixth Mass Extinction of Wildlife
The rapid loss of animal species in recent years has propelled us into the sixth "mass extinction" in Earth's history, according to new scientific research. A study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences blamed the rapid expansion of the human population and excess consumption for a "biological annihilation" that could spell trouble for mankind, too.—The Guardian

Everything Else

Group Forms to Draft The Rock for President
A campaign committee has filed with election authorities to encourage Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson to run for president. "Run the Rock 2020" was registered with the Federal Election Commission by an individual named Kenton Tilford.—The Hill

'Moonlight' Director Adapting James Baldwin Novel
Barry Jenkins, director of the Oscar-winning film Moonlight, will direct an adaptation he wrote of James Baldwin's 1974 novel If Beale Street Could Talk. Jenkins said bringing the story to the big screen was "a dream I've long held dear."—Variety

Gwen Stefani Fan Sues Singer After Injury
A North Carolina woman who attended a Gwen Stefani concert is suing the singer and promoter Live Nation after her leg was broken at the show. Lisa Sticklin alleges Stefani helped caused the accident by encouraging fans to move closer to the stage.—Billboard

George R.R. Martin Adapting African Sci-Fi Novel for HBO
George R.R. Martin is developing an adaptation of science-fiction writer Nnedi Okorafor's novel Who Fears Death, a vision of apocalyptic Africa, for HBO. Okorafor announced HBO had optioned her book and Martin would be executive producer.—VICE

Playboi Carti Releases Magnolia Video
Playboi Carti dropped a video for his hit track "Magnolia." In it, the Atlanta rapper's friends do the Milly Rock dance in New York City, and the MC blazes with mentor A$AP Rocky in the back of a car.—Noisey

Most Republicans Think College Is Ruining America, Poll Says
A new survey from Pew Research Center found 58 percent of Republicans and GOP leaners think colleges and universities "have a negative effect on the country." The proportion of Republicans miffed at higher education has risen by 13 percentage points over the past year alone.—VICE