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The VICE Morning Bulletin

Top Hillary Clinton advisor links Trump campaign to Russian hacks, lawyers will not defend Paris terror attack suspect Salah Abdeslam, scientists discover new dwarf planet, and more.

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

John Podesta, chair of the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, delivers a speech on the first day of the Democratic National Convention. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images

US News

Clinton Advisor Links Trump Campaign to Russian Hacks
Hillary Clinton's campaign chair, John Podesta, says the FBI is investigating Russia's possible role in hacking thousands of his own personal emails, and claims Donald Trump's campaign may have been aware of the hack ahead of time. Podesta concedes the evidence is "circumstantia," and those close to Trump denied it. US intelligence officials said last week they believe the hackers of Democratic Party data are working for Russian intelligence.—AP

Hurricane Matthew US Death Toll Rises to 35
Hurricane Matthew has been blamed for 35 deaths in the US, after North Carolina officials reported 17 casualties in the flood-hit state. A state trooper fatally shot a man during a high-water rescue; North Carolina governor Pat McCrory said the incident was under investigation. "Too many people have died, and we don't want any more to die," he said.—ABC News


Pentagon Vows Retaliation for Attack on 'USS Mason'
The Pentagon has vowed to "take action" against whoever fired two missiles at a US Navy destroyer off the coast of Yemen. "We are going to find out who did it and take action accordingly," said Captain Jeff Davis, a Defense Department spokesman. Davis added the missiles were fired from territory in the hands of Iran-backed Houthi militants in southern Yemen.—NBC News

Unarmed Man Shot by Tulsa Cop Was Reportedly on PCP
Terence Crutcher, the man shot and killed by Tulsa police officer Betty Shelby last month, was on PCP at the time of his death, according to a toxicology report released Tuesday. He was unarmed and did not have a weapon in his vehicle, officials have conceded. Shelby, who is charged with first-degree manslaughter, has said he was behaving erratically.—CBS News

International News

Fourteen Worshippers Killed at Kabul Shrine
At least 14 Shia Muslims were killed and more than two dozen others wounded at a shrine in Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, on Tuesday. A witness said the assailant shot and killed a policeman on guard before unloading on worshippers with an AK-47 assault rifle. Another attacker was killed after attempting to enter with a vest loaded with explosives, according to an Interior Ministry spokesman.—Al Jazeera

Putin Cancels French Trip Amid Syria Beef
Russian president Vladimir Putin has canceled a scheduled trip to Paris after his French counterpart François Hollande indicated he might only be willing to see Putin for talks on achieving peace in Syria. Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, addressed the snub by suggesting the Russian leader was ready to visit Paris "whenever it is comfortable for President Hollande."—The Guardian


Lawyers Will Not Defend Paris Attack Suspect
Attorneys for the chief captured suspect in the November 2015 Paris terrorist attacks are done defending him. Salah Abdeslam, accused of playing a significant role—possibly including transportation and planning—in the attacks that killed 130 people is invoking his right to remain silent amid his own frustration at being under surveillance. "We said from the beginning… that if our client remained silent, we would quit his defense," said one of the lawyers, Frank Berton.—BBC News

Everything Else

Kim Kardashian Sues After Website Claims Robbery Staged
Kim Kardashian has filed a lawsuit against the gossip site for claiming she lied about the recent robbery in France. The article alleging a "staging" of the theft has been taken down.—BuzzFeed News

Jay Z, Frank Ocean, and Kanye West Win Lawsuit
The three artists have won an appeals court ruling on the copyright infringement case over their track "Made in America." Joel McDonald, also known as Joel Mac, claimed the song stole its concept from his own 2009 track of the same name.—Rolling Stone

Actress Breaks Silence Over Dakota Pipeline Protest
Shailene Woodley, star of the Divergent series, has spoken out for the first time since her arrest at a Dakota Access pipeline protest. She wrote on Instagram: "One day, baby, we'll sing our poetry. The words dripping from our tongues wet with ripened patience."—TIME

Scientists Discover New Dwarf Planet
Scientists in Chile have discovered a new dwarf planet at the edge of our solar system. Known for now as 2014 UZ224, the planet is 8.5 billion miles from the sun and has a year equivalent to 1,100 Earth years.—Motherboard

WikiLeaks Reveal UFO Emails from Tom DeLonge to Clinton Advisor
WikiLeaks has released emails from former Blink-182 singer and guitarist Tom DeLonge to Hillary Clinton's advisor John Podesta about UFOs. "I just need 2 hours from you," wrote DeLonge. "Just looking to have a casual, and private conversation in person."—Noisey