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The VICE Morning Bulletin

This morning, the GOP agrees to gun control votes after a 15-hour filibuster, Facebook is urged to give over information on Omar Mateen, Broadway stars will record a fundraising song for a Florida LGBT center, and more.

Protesters supporting Senator Chris Murphy's filibuster on gun laws march onto the grounds of the US Capitol on Wednesday night. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

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

US News

GOP Agrees to Gun Control Votes After 15-Hour Filibuster
Senate Democrats, led by Chris Murphy of Connecticut, talked for 15 hours on the Senate floor on Wednesday in a bid to force legislators to take gun control seriously. Republican Party leaders have reportedly now agreed to allow two votes on Democrat-backed measures: expanding background checks and banning suspected terrorists from obtaining guns. —NBC News

Homeland Security Chair Wants Orlando Shooter's Facebook Info
The US Senate Homeland Security chairman, Ron Johnson, has asked Facebook to turn over material from five accounts used by Omar Mateen before and during his attack on Orlando's Pulse nightclub. In a letter to Mark Zuckerberg, the Republican senator gave Facebook until June 29 to turn over all activity logs and timeline information. —USA Today


Boy Seized by Alligator at Disney World Resort Found Dead
Police searching for a two-year-old boy seized by an alligator at a Disney World resort in Florida have recovered his body. Divers found the dead body "intact," and police said he was drowned by the alligator. He was named by Orange County police as Lane Graves of Elkhorn, Nebraska. —CBS News

Trump Accuses Democrats of Faking Research Hack
Donald Trump has accused the Democratic National Committee of deliberately allowing hackers to access a 200-page research dossier on him. Trump said it was done "to distract from the many issues facing their deeply flawed candidate and failed party leader." —[The Guardian ](

International News

34 Migrants Found Dead in Sahara Desert
The bodies of 34 migrants, including 20 children, have been found in the Sahara Desert in Niger, near the border with Algeria. Niger's interior minister said they had died of thirst after being abandoned by smugglers. The area is part of a migrant route between sub-Saharan Africa and Europe. —Deutsche Welle

Venezuela Arrests Looters After Food Shortages
The Venezuelan military has arrested at least 400 people in the city of Cumana for looting during the country's food sortage. Crowds of people chanted "we want food," and at least 60 businesses were ransacked. Regional governor Luis Acuña claimed the opposition party organized the looters. —VICE News

UAE Claims its War in Yemen Over
The military role of the United Arab Emirates in Yemen is "practically over," says Anwar Gargash, the country's foreign minister. The UAE has been a key member of a Saudi-led military coalition backing the Yemeni government against Houthi militants. Gargash claims UAE's new role "is to empower the Yemenis in the liberated areas." —Reuters


Brazilian President Caught Up in Bribery Scandal
Brazil's interim president, Michel Temer, has been accused of being involved in a bribery scheme at the state oil company, Petrobras. Former Petrobras executive Sergio Machado accused Temer of asking for illegal campaign contributions while giving plea bargain evidence to prosecutors. Temer has denied the allegations. —BBC News

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Everything Else

Broadway Unites for Orlando Tribute Song
Broadway stars are collaborating to fundraise for the families of the Orlando nightclub shooting. Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and other artists will record a version of "What the World Needs Now Is Love", with proceeds going to the LGBT Center of Central Florida. —Rolling Stone

Spielberg Says Indiana Jones Won't Die
Director Steven Spielberg has revealed one key detail about the fifth Indiana Jones movie: The hero will not be killed off at the end of it. The latest movie is expected to be released in 2019. —The Hollywood Reporter

Anti-ISIS Hacktivists Attack Online Archive
The Internet Archive, an open-access digital library, has been hit with a distributed denial-of-service attack for hosting ISIS material. The Twitter account @AttackNodes, part of an online campaign against ISIS, claimed credit. —Motherboard

Scientists Discover Vaccine for Toxic Shock Syndrome
Medical researchers in Austria have developed the world's first vaccine for the rare condition toxic shock syndrome (TSS). Clinical trials showed the new vaccine to be effective, yielding virtually no side effects. —VICE

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