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The VICE UK Morning News Bulletin

Britain denies wiretapping Trump, North Korea inches towards nuclear testing, a fast food restaurant trolls the president, and much more.

(Top photo: satellite dishes at GCHQ. Photo by Nilfanion, via


Spicy Claims
Britain's communication agency GCHQ has denied it wiretapped Donald Trump during the US presidential campaign. The unusual move by the agency came after White House press secretary Sean Spicer cited claims made on Fox News earlier this week. – BBC

Pain in the Assent
The Queen has granted royal assent to the article 50 bill, giving Theresa May the legal power to start Brexit negotiations with the European Union. The PM is expected to invoke the article before the month is out. – Guardian


Independence Day: Resurgence
Theresa May has denied Scotland a chance at a second referendum, saying "now is not the time" for a fresh vote on independence. Nicola Sturgeon is not backing down, and the standoff could spiral into a full-blown constitutional crisis. – Scotland Herald

Rules Were Made to Be Broken by Tories
David Cameron has played down the significance of Conservative breaches of election spending rules which have left the party facing a record £70,000 fine. He said undeclared spending in the 2015 general election amounted to only around 0.6 percent of the Tories' total budget for the campaign, and that the party had kept well within the permitted spending limit. – Independent


Nuclear Option
North Korea may be on the verge of a new round of nuclear testing, according to the US intelligence community. Hot on the heels of the country's ballistic missile tests, US officials say that the signs are apparent North Korea will soon undertake a new round of testing its missile and nuclear programme. – CNN

Cracking Down on Juvenile Dissidents
Bangladeshi children as young as 10 years old are among hundreds of Rohingya Muslims detained on charges of consorting with insurgents, according to a police document that sheds new light on Myanmar's security campaign in the country's northwest. – Reuters

Trump Losing Support for His Paranoid Twitter Rants
The Republican and Democratic leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee joined the chorus of lawmakers stating they are not aware of any current evidence supporting President Trump's claim that his campaign headquarters was wiretapped during the presidential election season. – Washington Post


The Cruelest Cuts
Donald Trump has handed down his first budget, which includes cut to the arts, the environment, the elderly and the poor. Trump's budget director defended cuts to after-school programmes, school lunches, meals on wheels and climate change, saying of the last topic that "we consider that a waste of your money to go out and do that". – New York Times


I'm Tweetin' It
"You are actually a disgusting excuse of a President and we would love to have Barack Obama back, also you have tiny hands." So tweeted the official McDonald's Twitter account, and then pinned to the top of the profile, before it was quickly removed. At time of writing, there has not been an explanation as to whether the tweet was a result of a hack or an employee gone rogue. – Munchies

Red and White Planet
Every summer, dozens of aspiring Martians gather in the Arctic to do research that will help take humans to the red planet. Devon Island is in northern Canada, an uninhabited island and home to the massive Haughton impact crater that was formed by a mile-wide asteroid nearly 40 million years ago. It's about as close as you can get to the Martian environment without leaving Earth. – Motherboard

It's Possible He Thinks it's Going to Europe
Amongst the many severe cuts in the US budget is mixed news for NASA. The tentative budget appears to cut funding for the Europa Lander, but continue funding for the Europa Clipper. It's a move that could dictate the future of discovery within our solar system. – IFL Science

Steve's Not Here, Man
Yes, the food lines at music festivals can be epic, and yes, the food itself can be over-priced garbage, but spare a thought for Hamish Bradbury, who spent hours at Pitch Festival last week carrying 31 pizza boxes while searching for someone called "Steve". – Noisey