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The VICE Morning Bulletin

More Republicans condemn Trump, the Department of Justice wants police to count arrest-related deaths, US swimmer Lilly King beats her Russian rival for gold, and more.

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

US News

More GOP Officials Condemn Donald Trump
About 50 former Republican national security officials have signed a damning letter attacking Donald Trump. Signed by many George W. Bush advisors, it states Trump would "put at risk our country's national security and well-being." Maine GOP senator Susan Collins seperately announced she could not support Trump. —The New York Times

Americans Make Up Largest Anti-ISIS Volunteer Force
A new report estimates that more than 100 Americans, including many military veterans, have joined up with militia groups to fight ISIS in Iraq or Syria. The report by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue says Americans account for more than a third of all anti-ISIS volunteer fighters from Western nations. —ABC News


Former CIA Agent Launches Bid to Be President
Former CIA operative Evan McMullin has announced his independent bid to become president as an alternative to Donald Trump. The 40-year-old recently served as Republican policy director for the House of Representatives. "America deserves much better than either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton can offer us," said McMullin. —VICE News

DOJ Wants Police to Count Arrest-Related Deaths
The Department of Justice will introduce a new program that would require all police departments to provide details of fatal incidents involving officers each quarter. Federal officials said the program would also work to confirm fatal cases seen in media reports rather than wait for police departments to report them. —The Guardian

International News

Turkey Aims to Reset Relations with Russia
Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is to hold talks with Vladimir Putin in St. Petersburg later today. Relations between the two countries have been tense since Turkey shot down a Russian jet on the Syrian border last year.—CNN

Ninety-Seven Protesters Killed in Ethiopia, Rights Group Claims
Nearly 100 people were killed in anti-government protests in Ethiopia over the weekend when demonstrators clashed with security forces, according to Amnesty International. Amnesty says 67 were shot dead in the Oromo region, and 30 were killed in Bahir Dar, but the Ethiopian authorities have denied the claims.—BBC News


Images Suggest China Has Built on Disputed Islands
New satellite photographs appear to show China has built aircraft hangars on islands in the disputed South China Sea. A report by the US think tank Center for Strategic and International Studies states that the hangars constructed on the Spratly Islands appear to have room for any fighter jet in the Chinese air force.—Reuters

Taliban and ISIS Both Claim Responsibility for Hospital Attack
Both a Pakistani faction of the Taliban and ISIS have claimed responsibility for the suicide attack at a hospital in Quetta that killed at least 70 people. ISIS claimed that a suicide bomber detonated an explosive belt at the hospital. Lawyers across Pakistan will observe a week of mourning to remember colleagues killed.—Al Jazeera

Everything Else

US Swimmer Wins Gold, Blasts Russian Rival
Lilly King won the Olympic gold medal in the 100-meter breaststroke, then refused to acknowledge silver medalist Yulia Efimova, the Russian twice banned for doping. King said it "proves that you can compete clean and still come out on top." —Los Angeles Times

'SNL' Ditches Two Major Cast Members
Neither Jay Pharoah nor Taran Killam will be returning for the 42nd season of Saturday Night Live this fall. Both had been on the NBC mainstay for six seasons. "I was never given a reason why, really," said Killam.—USA Today

Cops Catch Criminal Using Pokémon Gimmick
A Virginia police department that invited people with outstanding warrants to catch rare Pokémon at their station has claimed success. Smithfield PD said one woman with an outstanding felony charge came in to surrender.—BuzzFeed News

**Power Outage Causes Delta *Cancellations***
Thousands of Delta airline passengers around the world were left stranded after a power cut in Georgia caused hundreds of cancelled flights and thousands of delays. Delta offered passengers refunds and $200 vouchers.—AP

The Weeknd Funds Ethiopian Studies Program
Abel Tesfaye, better known as the Weeknd, has donated $50,000 to the University of Toronto to help fund an Ethiopic Studies program. The son of Ethiopian immigrants, Tesfaye said he was proud to share "our brilliant and ancient history."—Noisey

Canada Confiscates $11.5 Million from Chinese Travelers
The amount of undeclared or suspected criminal proceeds seized from Chinese travelers in Canada has more than doubled since 2013. Airport officials confiscated $11.5 million (CAD) in 2015, up from $5.5 million two years earlier.—VICE News