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Tons of Drugs, a New Start for Jakarta, and Bad News for Your iPhone: The VICE Morning Bulletin

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Indonesia News

Indonesia Seized Literal Tons of Drugs Last Year
The country's anti-narcotics agency (BNN) released their drug bust data for 2016 and it's a woozy. The BNN conducted 800 raids, seizing 3.7 tons of illegal drugs in more than 800 individual raids. The drug busts themselves resulted in 1,230 arrests, including 21 foreigners. The figures represent a marked increase over 2015's data—2.9 tons in 580 raids—and signifies a renewed momentum behind President Joko Widodo's controversial war on drugs.—The Straits Times

Legendary Goalkeeper Choirul Huda Dies After Collision with Teammate
Choirul Huda, the goalkeeper and captain of Lamongan football club or Persela, died on Sunday after a mid-game collision while playing against Semen Padang. Choirul collided with his teammate Ramon Rodriguez and collapsed after complaining about chest pains.—Rappler


Anies-Sandi to Take Control of Jakarta City Hall Today
Jakarta's new leaders Anies Baswedan and Sandiaga Uno will be sworn-in today in a ceremony at the State Palace. The pair, who ran on a Gerindra ticket, won the hotly contested Jakarta election and will run the city for the next five years. —Jakarta Post

Indonesia's Rice Bowl Get a Bit Bigger
Farmers in Jambi's Kerinci district are planning for a bigger harvest this year as local officials support the planting of 100 extra hectares of rice paddy to support the central government's aim to boost self-sufficiency. Indonesians eat more rice than anywhere else in the world, but the country remains a net-importer of the food staple. —The Jakarta Post

International News

Somalia's Capital Reeling From Worst Terrorist Attack in a Decade
Twin car bombs blew up in a popular commercial and government district in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Sunday, killing more than 200 people in the worst terrorist attack since the 2011 truck bombing of a government complex left 100 dead. No terrorist group has taken credit for the attack as of press. —CNN

Austria Swings Rights in Election
Sebastian Kurz is, in all likelihood, the next leader of Austria. His party won a sizable chunk of the votes on an anti-migrant and pro-tax cut platform nationalist platform. But the party didn't win enough votes to govern alone. Their likely partner? Another far-right nationalist party, this one founded by ex-Nazis in the wake of World War II. —Guardian


Germany Considers Making Islamic Holy Days National Holidays
The country's interior minister says he's open to supporting Islamic holy days as official state holidays in states where a large number of Muslim residents live. Germany is currently home to 4.4 million Muslims, who make up 5 percent of the country's population.—Al Jazeera

Everything Else

Latest iPhone Update Comes With Hidden Warning, Apple Can Brick Third-Party Parts
Apple is allegedly trying to force consumers to only use authentic components in their phones, a serious issue for countries like Indonesia where the closest official Apple repair shop is in a different country altogether—Singapore. The revelation came as a small note attached to their latest update of iOS, 11.0.3.—Motherboard

Courtney Love Warned Women About Harvey Weinstein 12 Years Ago
As news breaks that US journalists knew about the allegations against Hollywood titan Harvey Weinstein for years, but failed to break the story, a 2012 red carpet interview with Courtney Love warning of Weinstein's alleged history of sexual assault has resurfaced. In the interview, Love tells reporters, "If Harvey Weinstein invites you to a private party in the Four Seasons, don't go."—Noisey

Ai Weiwei Tackles Migrant Crisis In Latest Work
Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei released his latest piece of public art—a giant cage titled "Good Fences Make Good Neighbors"—as part of his largest work to-date: a massive global documentary highlighting the impact of human displacement titled Human Flow.—VICE News