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Portland police arrest two-dozen in May Day march, US anti-missile system operational in South Korea, Fyre Festival organizers hit with $100 million lawsuit, and more.

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

US News

Portland Police Arrest 25 in May Day March
Police arrested over two-dozen protestors marching on May Day in downtown Portland, Oregon. The police bureau said smoke bombs, glass bottles, and cans of Pepsi—presumably a reference to a controversial Kendall Jenner ad—were all thrown at officers. Police had advised peaceful protestors to separate from violent "anarchists."—ABC News

US Anti-Missile System Said to Be Operational in South Korea
The US military's THAAD anti-missile system in South Korea is now apparently ready for use. A spokesman for South Korea's defense ministry said the system had been given "early capability" to intercept potential missile strikes by North Korea. CIA Director Mike Pompeo visited South Korea Monday amid high tensions in the stand-off over North Korea's weapons program.—AP


Fyre Festival Organizers Hit with $100 Million Lawsuit
Ja Rule and the organizers behind the Fyre Festival in the Bahamas now face a $100 million lawsuit. Attendee Daniel Jung filed the suit, which seeks class-action status and alleges fraud and misrepresentation and accuses the festival of being "closer to The Hunger Games or Lord of the Flies than Coachella."—THUMP

FBI Interpreter Married ISIS Agent, Court Records Reveal
An FBI interpreter married a German-born ISIS recruiter after traveling to Syria in 2014, federal court records recently revealed. According to the records, American Daniela Greene warned her ISIS-affiliated husband Denis Cuspert, also known as Abu Talha al-Almani, he was under investigation. Regretting her decision, Greene returned to the US where she was arrested and sentenced to two years in prison. She was released last year.—CNN/VICE News

International News

Hamas Waters Down Stance on Israel
Hamas, the militant group that controls the Gaza Strip, has unveiled a new policy document in which it appears to take a less aggressive stance on Israel. The document states the group's struggle was against "Zionists who occupy Palestine" and not "against the Jews because they are Jewish," and dilutes most anti-Semitic language. Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu dismissed the document as "a smoke screen."—The New York Times

Merkel to Meet Putin in Russia
German chancellor Angela Merkel will meet Russian president Vladimir Putin Tuesday in her first visit to Russia since the country's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014. Although the details of what they'll discuss aren't public, the leaders are thought likely to talk about Ukraine and EU sanctions against Russia.—BBC News


Venezuelan President Calls for New Assembly
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro announced he plans to create a new "people's" assembly in an apparent bid to thwart opposition parties in the existing government. Maduro said only up to half of the 500-member "people's constituent body" would be elected, and the body would have the power to re-write the constitution. Opposition leader Julio Borges called it a "scam."—Al Jazeera

India Claims Pakistani Troops Mutilated Two Indian Soldiers
The Indian military has accused Pakistani forces in the Kashmir borderlands of attacking an Indian patrol, killing two soldiers, and mutilating their bodies. Indian defense minister Arun Jaitley called the killings "reprehensible and inhuman" and warned of "the appropriate response." Pakistan has denied the accusation.—BBC News

Everything Else

Writers' Strike Likely Averted in Hollywood
The Writers Guild of America and an alliance of Hollywood studios reached a "tentative" three-year deal on a new contract Monday night. Though the details haven't been announced to the public, the agreement likely means we won't see a repeat of the 2007-2008 strike.—The Hollywood Reporter

Jay Z to Headline His Own 'Made in America' Festival
Jay Z and J. Cole will headline the Made in America Festival in Philadelphia in September. Solange, Migos, Run the Jewels, DMX, and The Chainsmokers will also perform at the event on Labor Day weekend.—The Philadelphia Inquirer

DJ Khaled Appears in New 'Spider Man'
DJ Khaled is apparently making a cameo in Marvel's movie Spider-Man: Homecoming, sharing a photo of himself with Stan Lee and Tom Holland, who plays Peter Parker.—FACT

Michael Moore Mounting Anti-Trump Theatrical Production
Filmmaker Michael Moore has announced a new one man, anti-Trump theatrical production called The Terms of My Surrender. Moore will bring the show to Manhattan's Belasco Theatre, roughly ten blocks from Trump Tower, in August.—VICE

Wilbur Ross Describes Syria Strike as 'After-Dinner Entertainment'
Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross described last month's military strike on Syria as "after-dinner entertainment" on Monday. Ross was referring to a strike launched as President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping finished a meal at Mar-a-Lago.—VICE News

California to Investigate Airbnb Hosts Accused of Racism
Airbnb has agreed to let California's Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) investigate allegations of racial discrimination on the platform. A company spokesman said the state will examine hosts who have received complaints.—Motherboard