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Trump warns of 'major conflict' with North Korea, Michelle Obama says she won't seek office, Arkansas executes fourth death row prisoner in eight days, and more.

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

US News

Trump Warns of 'Major, Major Conflict' with North Korea
President Trump said there is "a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea." Trump told Reuters that Chinese President Xi Jinping was "a very good man" who was "trying very hard" to exert influence on North Korea. "We'd love to solve things diplomatically but it's very difficult," Trump explained. He also said South Korea should foot a $1 billion bill for the US anti-missile system currently being installed there.—Reuters

Arkansas Executes Fourth Death Row Prisoner in Eight Days
Arkansas put prisoner Kenneth Williams to death late Thursday night, the final execution before the state's supply of a lethal injection drug expired. Williams, 38, was the fourth death row prisoner to die in the last eight days. The Supreme Court denied Williams' last appeal about an hour before his execution.—VICE News


Wisconsin Republicans Want to Crack Down on Student Hecklers
A bill proposed in the Wisconsin State Assembly targets college kids who interrupt politicians' speeches on campus. The Republican-sponsored bill would punish various forms of "disorderly conduct" and would also try to ensure college campuses remain politically neutral. Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said he wanted to stop "protesters trying to silence different viewpoints."—AP

Michelle Obama Says She Won't Seek Office
Despite her many admirers, former First Lady Michelle Obama has insisted she would never stand as a political candidate. Speaking at the American Institute of Architecture confab in Orlando, Obama explained she "wouldn't ask my children to do this again" and said "it's good to not have the weight of the world upon your shoulders."—CNN

International News

Palestinian Authority Stops Paying for Electricity to Gaza
President Mahmoud Abbas's Palestinian Authority in the West Bank told Israel it will cease paying for its share of electricity supplied to Hamas-controlled Gaza. Although the government has not explained the decision, it has previously used economic measures to harass Hamas and push for unity.—The New York Times

Five Nigerian Soldiers Killed in Car Bomb Attack
A suicide bomber killed five Nigerian soldiers and injured dozens more in a car bomb attack in northeast Nigeria. The attacker is a suspected member of Boko Haram.—Al Jazeera


Brazilians Mount Nationwide Strike
Anti-government protests are planned across Brazil today, and many citizens intend to strike. The country's unions are angry at President Michel Temer's social security cuts they say will cripple workers' rights. Temer plans to extend the working age at which workers can claim a pension.—Reuters

Nationalists Storm Macedonian Parliament
Around 200 Macedonian nationalists stormed the country's parliament and assaulted several lawmakers Thursday after a coalition government elected Talat Xhaferi, an ethnic Albanian, as its speaker. At least ten people were injured, including the leader of the Social Democrats Zoran Zaev, who suffered a cut to the head.—BBC News

Everything Else

United Airlines Settles with David Dao 
United Airlines and David Dao, the 69-year-old doctor forcibly removed from a flight earlier this month, have reached an "amicable resolution," according to Dao's attorney. The sum of money remains confidential, according to a settlement agreement.—VICE

Kendrick Lamar Officially America's No.1 Artist
Kendrick Lamar is No.1 on the Billboard Artist 100, which measures album and song sales, streaming, radio play, and social media bustle. Lamar has moved from No.6 to the top spot in the past three weeks, jumping 774 percent in overall activity. He also tops the Billboard 200 and Hot 100.—Billboard

'La La Land' Director Working on TV Musical
Damien Chazelle, the Oscar-winning director of La La Land, has reportedly signed on to direct the TV series The Eddy, a musical drama about a Parisian nightclub. The team behind the project are looking for a cable or streaming service to pick it up.—VICE

SZA Drops Collaboration with Travis Scott
SZA dropped a brand new track called "Love Galore," featuring Travis Scott. It's her first release since January's "Drew Barrymore."—Noisey

Interior Department Scrubs Climate Change Info from Website
The Department of the Interior has erased information on climate change from its website. Source code revealed the climate change page was changed on April 19 to a bland, 101-word statement on land the agency protects.—Motherboard

New Zealand Teens Need Parent to Watch '13 Reasons Why'
Officials in New Zealand have banned anyone under the age of 18 from watching Netflix's 13 Reasons Why without a parent. The Office of Film and Literature Classification said the show does not follow guidelines "for responsible representations of suicide."–Broadly