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The VICE Morning Bulletin

Trump had undisclosed meeting with Putin at G-20, South Korean group details alleged killing sites in North, Jon Huntsman tapped for US ambassador to Russia, and more.
July 19, 2017, 2:43pm

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

US News

Trump Had Second, Undisclosed Meeting with Putin at G-20
President Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin had a second chat at the G-20 summit in Germany this month, a previously undisclosed encounter. The private conversation apparently took place at a dinner for G-20 leaders and spouses, with Putin's translator the only third party to hear the discussion—a breach of national security protocol. Ian Bremmer, president of the Eurasia Group, claimed the pair talked for "roughly an hour." The White House described it as "brief conversation at the end of a dinner."—VICE News

Jon Huntsman Tapped for US Ambassador to Russia
President Trump will nominate Jon Huntsman to serve as US ambassador to Russia, the White House announced. The former governor of Utah was the US ambassador to China under the Obama administration before he ran for the Republican nomination in 2012. Back then, Trump tweeted that Huntsman "gave away our country to China!"—VICE News


Support for Trump's (Stated) Policies Holds Up in Swing Counties
A new poll of voters in 439 counties that swung away from the Democrats and toward Republicans in 2016 has found solid backing for some of President Trump's key policy positions. The NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll of "Trump counties" found 75 percent support the idea of bargaining with companies to keep jobs in the US and 68 percent back action against North Korea if it proceeds with nuclear development.—NBC News

Loud Noise Heard Before Officer Shot Australian Woman
The fatal police shooting of an Australian woman outside her home in Minneapolis was preceded by a "loud sound," according to investigators at Minnesota's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Officer Matthew Harrity said he was "startled" by a noise moments before Officer Mohamed Noor shot 40-year-old Justine Damond. Noor has so far refused to be interviewed by the state investigators.—The New York Times

International News

Venezuelan Government Vows to Elect New Assembly
The government of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has vowed to carry out the election of a new constituent assembly on July 30. The assembly has been criticized by the US and domestic opposition as a way of bypassing Congress. Foreign Minister Samuel Moncada said the threat of US sanctions was "made by a xenophobic and racist empire."—Al Jazeera

Investigator Reveals Historic Abuse at German Choir School
More than 500 boys at a choir school in Germany endured physical or sexual abuse over decades, according to an investigator's report. Ulrich Weber, the lawyer who examined abuse at the Regensburger Domspatzen choir school between the end of World War II and the 90s, discovered 67 cases of sexual abuse and 500 instances of physical violence perpetrated by 49 people. The statutes of limitations, however, appeared to have expired in many, if not all, cases.—AFP


South Korean Group Details Killing Sites in North Korea
A human rights group based in South Korea has released a report detailing the location of execution sites and mass graves in North Korea. The Transitional Justice Working Group report alleges victims have been publicly executed for petty offenses such as stealing copper. The report's authors interviewed 375 defectors from the North.—Reuters

Saudi Woman Arrested for Wearing Miniskirt in Video
Police in the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh have arrested a woman seen in a Snapchat video wearing a miniskirt and crop top. Police have referred the woman to the public prosecutor for allegedly breaking the country's laws on indecent clothing. The video, which has sparked debate about the dress code among Saudis on social media, was posted on Snapchat a few days ago by a user known as "Khulood."—The New York Times

Everything Else

'Despacito' Is the Most Streamed Track Ever
The Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee hit "Despacito" is now the most streamed song in history. The track and its remix featuring Justin Bieber have been streamed more than 4.6 billion times since dropping at the beginning of the year, surpassing the previous record holder, "Sorry," by Bieber.—Billboard

Judge Blocks Auction of Intimate Madonna Memorabilia
A New York judge has stopped the auction sale of some of Madonna's most "highly personal items" after the artist filed for emergency court action. The 22 artifacts included a letter from Tupac Shakur and the singer's worn underwear.—AP

Chris Christie Booed After Catching Foul Ball at Citi Field
New Jersey governor Chris Christie was booed by the Citi Field crowd at Tuesday night's Mets-Cardinals game after catching a foul ball. The already historically unpopular politician faced renewed criticism over his use of a public beach after closing it to regular citizens during a state budget standoff for part of this past July 4 weekend.—USA Today

Drake Flaunts $8.25 'Degrassi' Check on Instagram
Drake has shared a photo of one of the royalty checks he still receives from appearing on Degrassi: The Next Generation. In an Instagram post showing off the $8.25 check, Drake said "Degrassi money still coming in."—i-D

Senator Urges DHS to Improve Email Security
Oregon US senator Ron Wyden has sent the Department of Homeland Security a letter urging the agency to take "immediate steps" to prevent fraud and phishing attempts by email. The Democrat wants DHS to adopt standard verification technology.—Motherboard