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Trump threatens to leave Obamacare in place if his bill doesn't pass, Egypt's Mubarak released after six years in prison, former Russian politician shot dead in Ukraine, and more.

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

US News

Trump Threatens to Leave Obamacare in Place if Health Bill Fails  
President Trump has reportedly issued a threat to Republican lawmakers ahead of Friday's expected vote on the American Health Care Act, telling them to back the bill or else he will move on. Republican leaders amended the bill Thursday evening to remove an obligation under the Affordable Care Act that insurers provide "essential benefits," including mental health treatment and maternity care.—The Washington Post

Senate Votes to Get Rid of Online Privacy Rules
The US Senate voted to repeal rules that require internet-service providers disclose what information they're collecting and how they're using it on consumers. The bill was expected to pass in the House as well, after which it would go to President Trump for his signature.—NPR News


Nunes Eventually Apologized to Intelligence Committee, Members Say
Republican Devin Nunes has apologized to fellow Intelligence Committee members for failing to brief them on evidence US agencies might have surveilled Trump's team during the presidential transition before telling the White House and the public. Representative Jackie Speier said Nunes apologized and pledged to share the information with the committee without saying when he would do so.—CNN

Chicago Sees Nation's Biggest Population Drop
The Chicago area is the least hot metropolitan enclave in the US, according to the latest census data. The city and its surrounding suburbs lost more than 19,500 people in just one year. The Dallas and Houston metropolitan areas saw the biggest influx of new people, welcoming more than 100,000 residents each.—AP

International News

Mubarak Released After Six Year Imprisonment
Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak has been freed after six years spent in prison. Mubarak was released from a military hospital in Cairo and returned to his home in Heliopolis, according to his lawyer, after receiving a life sentence in 2012 for collusion in the killing of Egyptian protesters. The country's top appeals court acquitted him earlier this month.—BBC News

UN Condemns South Sudan for Neglecting Famine
António Guterres, the UN secretary general, has condemned South Sudanese president Salva Kiir and his government for failing to help 100,000 people enduring a famine. Guterres said there was a "refusal by the leadership to even acknowledge the crisis." The UN has estimated that 7.5 million people in South Sudan need humanitarian aid.—Al Jazeera


Hundreds of Migrants Feared Dead in Mediterranean Crossing
Roughly 250 migrants who attempted to cross the Mediterranean are thought to have drowned after two dinghies capsized off the coast of Libya. The charity Proactiva Open Arms said it had recovered five dead bodies near the dinghies. A spokeswoman for the charity said the vessels were typically packed with between 120 to 140 people each.—TIME

Former Russian MP Shot Dead in Ukraine
Former Russian member of parliament Denis Voronenkov, an outspoken critic of Vladimir Putin, has been killed outside a hotel in Kiev, Ukraine. After exchanging fire with Voronenkov's bodyguard, the killer later died in a hospital. Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko immediately blamed Moscow and labeled the shooting an act of "state terrorism."—The Guardian

Everything Else

Gorillaz Finally Announce New Album, 'Humanz' 
Gorillaz has released details on its long-awaited new 14-track album, due out April 28. It will feature Vince Staples, Danny Brown, and De La Soul, among a host of other high-profile artists.—Noisey

Twitter Mulls Paid Premium Subscription Service
Twitter is considering introducing a premium service that could involve charging interested users a subscription fee. The company said it was surveying "the interest in a new, more enhanced version of Tweetdeck" for professionals.—The Verge

Father John Misty Microdosing LSD for Depression
Father John Misty has revealed he regularly takes diluted doses of LSD as a way to combat anxiety and depression. "I've had therapists tell me that I really need to be on it," he said. "It's just kind of like being a stoner. I'm not on a psychedelic journey all the time."—Rolling Stone

Future and Migos Feature on New Mike WiLL Made-It Album
New Mike WiLL Made-It dropped a new album overnight that features a score of big-name artists: Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, Migos, Future, Pharrell Williams, and Lil Wayne, among others. The 17-track album is entitled Ransom 2.—Billboard

Subway Accused of Exploiting 'Sandwich Artists'
An online job ad attempting to entice people to work for Subway as an "apprentice sandwich artist" has been removed after a flurry of criticism. The UK government ad offered just under $150 a week for the junior position, less than minimum wage.—Munchies