The VICE Morning Bulletin
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The VICE Morning Bulletin

Trump official calls travel ban "massive success," six killed in shooting at Quebec mosque, Steve Bannon gets seat on National Security Council, and more.
January 30, 2017, 3:25pm

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

US News

Trump Aides Call Travel Ban 'Massive Success'
At least some Trump White House officials are psyched about how the executive order preventing refugees and people from seven mainly Muslim countries from entering the US is playing out. One called it a "massive success story," despite protests at airports across the US and ongoing legal efforts to fight deportation and detention. Meanwhile, House Democrats have asked for a meeting with Homeland Security boss John Kelly to get clarity on how exactly Trump's order is supposed to be implemented.—Reuters / Politico

Starbucks, Airbnb, and Google Respond to Travel Ban
Starbucks's CEO Howard Schultz says his company will hire 10,000 refugees around the world over the next five years. Airbnb is moving to provide free accommodation to anyone affected by travel restrictions. And Google has created a $4 million fund for four immigration organizations: the ACLU, the UNHCR, the International Rescue Committee, and the Immigrant Legal Resource Center.—CNBC News / USA Today


Uber Accused of Profiting from JFK Taxi Strike
Ride-sharing giant Uber is accused of profiting while the New York Taxi Workers Alliance went on strike at JFK airport in solidarity with those affected by travel restrictions. A company announcement about lowering prices at JFK prompted a #DeleteUber campaign on Twitter. But CEO Travis Kalanick says he will raise his own concerns about the travel ban with President Trump at an upcoming business advisory group meeting, and is also reportedly rolling out legal and financial help for impacted drivers.—CBS News

Hundreds of Thousands Donated to Rebuild Mosque in Texas
Donations are flooding in for a Texas mosque that was destroyed in a fire in the early hours of Saturday morning. The Islamic Center of Victoria has already raked in some $600,000 on GoFundMe to rebuild the mosque. "It's incredible," said the mosque's president, Shahid Hashmi. "We're very grateful." Police are still investigating the cause of the fire.—Al Jazeera

International News

Six Killed in Shooting at Quebec Mosque
Six people were shot dead and another eight injured after at least one gunman attacked the Quebec City Islamic Cultural Center on Sunday night. Two suspects have been arrested. The president of the mosque, Mohamed Yangui, called the attack "barbaric," and PM Justin Trudeau said, "We condemn this terrorist attack on Muslims in a center of worship and refuge."—Reuters

Philippines Puts Its War on Drugs on Hold
The Philippines is apparently suspending its brutal drug war so police can be purged of corruption. The vow from top officials follows the killing of a South Korean businessman by police officers, who also tried to extract a ransom his family after his death. Police chief Ronald dela Rosa said President Rodrigo Duterte had "told us to clean the organization first… then maybe after that, we can resume our war on drugs."—BBC News


Prominent Lawyer Shot Dead at Airport in Myanmar
Ko Ni, an attorney who enjoyed close ties to Myanmar's ruling National League for Democracy Party, was killed over the weekend. Police arrested a 53-year-old man suspected of the shooting and are investigating potential motives, including the possibility the suspect was paid to assassinate Ko Ni. A taxi driver who tried to prevent the shooting was also killed.—Al Jazeera

Lefty Outsider Wins Socialist Nomination in France
Benoît Hamon has won the nomination to be the Socialist Party's candidate in the French presidential election this year. The far-left insurgent beat former PM Manuel Valls, a center-left Establishment figure, 58 percent to 42 percent. Hamon has pledged to reduce France's work week, legalize marijuana, and introduce a tax on robots.—The Guardian

Everything Else

SAG Award Winners Slam Trump Travel Ban
Several of the actors and creatives who won prizes at the 2017 Screen Actors Guild awards condemned President Trump's policy of "extreme vetting." Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus said "this immigrant ban is a blemish and it is un-American."—The Hollywood Reporter

Rihanna Calls Trump an 'Immoral Pig'
Rihanna is among the more prominent musicians to condemn Donald Trump's travel restrictions, calling the president an "immoral pig." Kristin Kontrol, meanwhile, described it as "shameful, immoral, + unconstitutional."—Noisey

More Than 1 Million Sign British Anti-Trump Petition
A petition demanding the UK cancels a planned state visit by President Trump has gained more than 1 million signatures online. The leader of the opposition, Labour Party boss Jeremy Corbyn, has backed the call to cancel the visit.—TIME

Secretary to Joseph Goebbels Dies at Age 106
Brunhilde Pomsel, the former personal secretary of Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels, has died at the age of 106. In interviews before her death, Pomsel maintained that she bore little guilt for actions of the Nazis and "knew nothing."—The Times of Israel

Bannon Gets Seat on National Security Council
President Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon will join the National Security Council after an executive order signed over the weekend. The NSC is normally reserved for cabinet members and military chiefs. Adding to the oddity of the new arrangement, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and director of national intelligence are no longer permanent members of the "principals" committee, raising concerns they won't be included in key talks.—VICE News

Austrian Hotel Pays Bitcoin Ransom After Cyberattack
A luxury lakeside hotel in the Austrian Alps said it was forced to pay thousands of dollars in Bitcoin after being hit with a ransomware attack. Romantik Seehotel Jägerwirt paid a $1,600 fee to regain control of its computers.—Motherboard