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The VICE Morning Bulletin

Tillerson out as secretary of state, House Republicans say no evidence of collusion, UK accuses Russia of attacking former spy, and more.
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US News

Trump Fires Tillerson on Twitter
President Trump announced he was replacing Rex Tillerson with Mike Pompeo, director of the CIA. Trump made the move on Twitter Tuesday, thanking Tillerson "for his service" and adding that Pompeo would do "a fantastic job." Gina Haspel, deputy director of the CIA, was slated to step in to serve as the agency's director.—VICE News

Trump Blocks Major Tech Takeover
The president used an executive order to prevent the Singapore-based company Broadcom from acquiring the US chip manufacturer Qualcomm, citing national security concerns. Broadcom reportedly bid $117 billion for the company. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin explained the intervention as a “commitment to take all actions necessary to protect the national security of the United States."—The New York Times


House Intel Republicans Say No Evidence of Collusion
The GOP-controlled committee concluded there was no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, a judgement reached without consulting Democrats. Republican representative Mike Conaway conceded there had maybe been “inappropriate meetings" and poor judgment exercised. The Republicans' 150-page draft report was to be handed to the Democrats to look over before intelligence agencies assessed how much might be published.—VICE News

ICE Spokesman Quits Over 'False' Information
James Schwab resigned a role as spokesman for ICE in San Francisco because of statements made by acting director Tom Homan and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Homan and Sessions claimed at least 800 people had evaded capture during recent raids and suggested Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf was partly to blame. “I just couldn’t bear the burden… knowing that information was false,” said Schwab.—CNN

GOP Candidate Says Democrats Hate God and America
Rick Saccone, the Republican candidate looking to take Pennsylvania’s 18th congressional district in Tuesday's special election, said his opponents had been “energized” by their hatred of Trump. “Many of them have a hatred for our country,” he said. “I’ll tell you some more… they have a hatred for God." The most recent Monmouth poll gave Democratic challenger Conor Lamb a six-point lead.—NBC News

International News

UK Accuses Russia of Attacking Former Spy*
Prime Minister Theresa May said Novichok, a kind of Russian nerve agent developed by the military, was used to poison Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the UK earlier this month. May demanded President Vladimir Putin explain Russia's involvement by midnight Tuesday, or the UK would consider “much more extensive measures” than it has used in the past, such as sanctions and diplomatic expulsions.—VICE News

Palestinian PM’s Convoy Attacked in Gaza
A convoy of vehicles protecting Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah on his trip to Gaza was rocked by an explosion Tuesday, injuring two bodyguards but leaving the leader unharmed. President Mahmoud Abbas and other officials accused militants in Hamas of executing the attack. Hamas, the group controlling Gaza, said it would investigate.—AP


Turkish Troops Surround Syrian City
The Turkish military said its forces had enveloped the northern Syrian city of Afrin after making territorial gains in collaboration with Syrian allies on Monday. Hundreds of civilians left the city Monday, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, as the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) were pushed out.—Al Jazeera

Singapore Companies Accused of Breaching Sanctions Against North Korea
The companies violated UN economic sanctions against North Korea by selling wine, spirits, and other goods deemed to be luxuries to the country, according to a draft UN report set for release later this week. The report was said to accuse OCN and T Specialist of receiving over $2 million from a North Korean bank account between 2011 and 2014.—BBC News

Everything Else

Beyoncé and JAY-Z Share Tour Dates and Ticket Details
The stars officially announced their On the Run 2 tour Monday, setting dates for 36 shows in the US, Canada, and Europe. Pre-sale tickets will be available March 14 before general ticket sales begin March 19. The tour kicks off in Wales on June 6.—Noisey

Fall Out Boy to Headline Gun Violence Prevention Fundraiser
The band agreed to perform at a benefit show in Washington, DC, a day before the “March for Our Lives" on March 24. Pete Wentz said: “We need to support the Parkland teens, and kids across the country.”—Billboard

Tyler, The Creator Cancels Shows in South America
The artist said he will no longer make scheduled festival appearances in Chile, Argentina, Brazil, and Colombia this month. Tyler said on Twitter he will “be there at some point tho,” adding that “sometimes a duck isnt a jean jacket."—Pitchfork


Court Tells Fyre Festival Founder to Pay $26 Million
A Manhattan court judge ordered Billy McFarland to repay the sum his investors sunk into last year’s doomed festival in the Bahamas. McFarland, who reportedly admitted to stealing from them, told the court, “I deeply regret my actions."—VICE

Correction 03/13/18: The dek/preview of this bulletin previously said the former Russian spy at the center of a furor between the United Kingdom and Russia had been murdered, when in fact he and his daughter remained alive, albeit in critical condition. We regret the error.

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