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The VICE Morning Bulletin

This morning, David Bowie has died of cancer aged 69, drug kingpin El Chapo will be extradited to the US, Uber cuts fares, and more.

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

US News

Druglord El Chapo to be Extradited to US
Drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is expected to be extradited to the US, after Mexico today launched a process expected to take months. Mexican authorities also confirmed an interview actor Sean Penn held with Guzman late last year did help them track him down.—CBS News

Police Calculate Your 'Threat Score' With Software
A program used by police in Fresno, California scores a suspect's "potential" for violence, using data points like arrest reports, property records and social-media postings. One Fresno civil rights lawyer has described it as a "very unrefined, gross technique."—The Washington Post


Michigan Receives Emergency Water Four Days Late
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder is finally providing Flint with bottled water, four days after declaring a state of emergency. Flint residents are being urged to use only filter water for drinking after lead-corroded water pipes at the supply system.—NBC News

Uber Cuts Prices
Uber has lowered prices in more than 100 U.S. and Canadian cities in an effort to boost business during the winter slump. "Fewer trips are tough on drivers, many of whom want to save money and pay off their holiday credit card bills," the company stated.—USA Today

International News

UN Hopes to Relieve Syrian Town
The UN says an aid convoy is leaving for Madaya, the Syrian town under siege where people are reported to be starving to death. Some 40,000 people are in the rebel-held town, which is near Lebanon's border, where people are said to be eating grass to survive.—BBC News

Cologne Attack Inquiries Rise
The number of criminal inquiries into New Year's Eve attacks in Cologne has risen to 516, 40 percent of which relate to sexual assaults. German MPs will discuss the consequences of the attacks in parliament, after anti-migrant protests in Cologne turned violent.—CNN

Afghan Peace Talks Begin
Talks aimed at kickstarting negotiations for a final peace settlement in Afghanistan have begun in Pakistan. Today's discussions, aimed at ending the 15-year war, will also include the governments of the United States and China.—Al Jazeera Arab League Rallies Round Saudis
Ministers from the Arab League have issued a statement denouncing the "hostile acts and provocations of Iran." All members voted in favor of the statement, with the exception of Lebanon, where Iranian-backed Hezbollah remains a strong political force.—Reuters


Everything Else

David Bowie Dies, Aged 69
Tributes have flooded in from the world of music, film, art and politics after David Bowie's son, film director Duncan Jones, confirmed his father "died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer."—Noisey

The Revenant Wins Big
The Revenant captured the top prizes at the Golden Globes: best drama, best director and best actor for Leonardo DiCaprio. Host Ricky Gervais called the roomful of stars "disgusting, pill-popping, sexual-deviant scum."—The Hollywood Reporter

Spanish Princess Begins Fraud Trial
Spain's Princess Cristina has become the first member of the country's royal family to go on trial. She is charged with being an accomplice in an alleged embezzlement scam involving her husband.—Sky News

Sperm Price Skyrockets
Demand for the highest quality sperm – college educated and free of disease donors – has driven prices to an all-time high. A single vial of sperm now goes for anything between $370 to $890.—Broadly

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