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The VICE Morning Bulletin

Donald Trump will travel to Mexico to meet with President Enrique Peña Nieto, President Obama grants clemency to 111 prisoners, the top ISIS strategist has been killed in Syria, and more.

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

US News

Trump Will Travel to Mexico to Meet President
Donald Trump announced he was going to visit Mexico to meet President Enrique Peña Nieto Wednesday, ahead of a speech in Arizona this evening outlining his ever-shiftng immigration policy. Peña Nieto had invited both Trump and Hillary Clinton to meet with him. —NBC News

Obama Grants Clemency to 111 Prisoners
President Obama has commuted the sentences of 111 federal inmates, 35 of whom were serving life sentences. The White House believes these individuals "received unduly harsh sentences under outdated laws for committing largely nonviolent drug crimes." It brings the number of prisoners granted clemency by Obama to 673. —VICE News


Apple Asked to Pay $14.5 Billion in Taxes
The US Treasury has criticized the European Commission's ruling that Apple should pay up to $14.5 billion in back taxes to Ireland. A Treasury spokesman said it jeopardized "economic partnership between the US and the EU." Charles Schumer, a senior Democrat senator, called the move a "cheap money grab." —The New York Times

McCain and Rubio Win Senate Primaries
Republican senators John McCain and Marco Rubio have won their party's primaries in their bid for reelection in Arizona and Florida, respectively. Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, forced to step down as head of the Democratic National Committee last month amid criticism, also won her primary race in Florida. —CNN

International News

Top ISIS Strategist Killed in Syria
The chief strategist and spokesman for ISIS, Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, has been killed in an airstrike in Syria. The ISIS-affiliated news agency Amaq said Adnani had died in Aleppo Province. The Pentagon confirmed that a US airstrike had targeted Adnani but said the results were being assessed. —BBC News

North Korea Executed Top Education Official
North Korea has executed its vice premier for education, according to South Korean officials. South Korea's Unification Ministry said the government had confirmed the July execution of Kim Yong Jin "through various channels." Another high-ranking official, Kim Yong Chol, was reportedly punished for his "overbearing demeanor." This follows newspaper reports earlier this week that two other North Korean officials were also executed. —Reuters


Turkish and Kurdish Forces Agree to Ceasefire
Turkish-backed Syrian rebels and Kurdish forces have agreed to a temporary pause in fighting in northern Syria, according to US officials. A spokesman for the Kurdish People's Protection Units confirmed a "temporary ceasefire" had been agreed with the Turkish armed forces. —Al Jazeera

Nine Killed as Typhoon Lionrock Hits Japan
Nine people have died in northern Japan after Typhoon Lionrock's heavy rains flooded a care home. Rescue operations are underway in the town of Iwaizumi to rescue 400 people stranded because of the floods. More than 1,100 people are taking shelter in public facilities in Iwaizumi. —CNN

Everything Else

Chris Brown Arrested on Gun Charge
The singer was arrested after a woman claimed he threatened her with a gun at his LA home. Brown initially refused to leave his house and recorded a rant posted to Instagram before officers returned with a warrant and arrested him on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. —Noisey

Major Storms Headed for Florida and Hawaii
Hurricane and tropical storm watches have been issued for the Florida Gulf Coast and Hawaii. Florida governor Rick Scott said residents should stockpile at least three days' worth of supplies to see them through Labor Day weekend. —ABC News

NBA Star Releases New Music
Cleveland Cavaliers star Iman Shumpert has released a new song, "Glory," following his cameo appearance in Kanye West's new video for "Fade." Shumpert's track takes a vocal hook from "Heads Will Roll" by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. —Rolling Stone

Mizzou Researchers Sued for Blinding Beagles
A rescue organization is suing University of Missouri researchers, accusing them of intentionally blinding six beagles before killing them after a failed experiment. Kevin Chase of the Beagle Freedom Project called the researchers' work "disturbing."—CBS News

John Carlos Salutes Courage of Kaepernick
Former US athlete John Carlos, the man who raised his gloved fist in protest during the National Anthem at the 1968 Olympics, says Colin Kaepernick is doing the right thing. "You have to admire his courage," said Carlos. —VICE News

Only Person Jailed for Foreclosure Crisis Set for Release
Lorraine Brown, the only American convicted for illegally kicking people out of their homes during the foreclosure crisis, will be released from prison this week. After serving the minimum 40 months, Brown will be paroled into the feds' custody. —VICE

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