The VICE Morning Bulletin


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The VICE Morning Bulletin

This morning, Obama says he approved the drone strike that killed a Taliban leader to stop threats to US troops in Afghanistan, thousands of refugees are being removed from a Greek camp, Shia LaBeouf is asking people to drive him around, and more.

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

US News

Taliban Boss Killed Because He Posed Threat to US Troops
President Obama approved the "defensive" drone strike in Pakistan that killed Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour to stop "specific" threats against US troops in Afghanistan, according to the Pentagon. The White House did not inform Pakistan in advance of the strike, according to reports. —ABC News

Virginia Governor Investigated by Feds Over 'Suspicious' Income
Federal prosecutors are reportedly investigating Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe's campaign contributions, as part of a probe that has been active for more than a year. The investigators are thought to be interested in McAuliffe's "suspicious" personal finances and foreign sources of income. —The Washington Post


Dozens of Schools Targeted by Hoax Bomb Threats
A series of bomb threats directed at dozens of schools across America forced authorities to lock down buildings or evacuate students. A school security expert said Monday's hoax calls, reported in 18 different states, bore all the hallmarks of "swatting," including computer-generated voices that are difficult to trace. —USA Today

Facebook Changes Trending Topics Policy
Facebook has changed some of the procedures for its "Trending Topics" section, eliminating a top-ten list of approved websites and giving clearer guidelines to help editors stay clear of political bias. The company still insisted that an internal investigation showed no evidence of political bias. —Reuters

International News

Syria Blames Foreign States for Bombings
The Syrian government has blamed Turkey, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia for the bombings in the cities of Tartous and Jableh that left at least 145 people dead. The foreign ministry sent a letter to the UN blaming the "malicious regimes of Riyadh, Ankara, and Doha." The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attacks. —BBC News

Thousands Removed from Greek Refugee Camp
The Greek authorities have begun ten-day operation to evacuate thousands of migrants from the informal refugee camp of Idomeni on the Macedonian border, sending in 400 riot police. The camp has been home to at least 8,400 people. The authorities say people will be moved to official camps. —Al Jazeera


Brazil Rocked by Scandal as Minister Steps Down
Brazil's planning minister, Romero Juca, has stepped down after he was caught on tape allegedly conspiring to obstruct a major corruption investigation. On the tape, Juca talks about trying to "stop everything and limit things" while feferring to the investigation into state oil giant Petrobras. —CNN

Workers Strike at French Oil Refineries
Strikes have spread to all eight of France's oil refineries, according to the CGT union leading protests at labor law reforms. French police used water cannons and tear gas on striking workers who were blocking access to an oil refinery in Marseille early Tuesday morning. —The Guardian

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Everything Else

Shia LaBeouf Launches Latest Art Project
The actor and his collaborators have explained the latest Shia LaBeouf venture #TAKEMEANYWHERE. LaBeouf will tweet a GPS coordinate, then wait for someone to pick him up, a digitial hitchhiking project that the actor says is about "making friends." —VICE

California Teamsters Oppose Weed Legalization
The union representing truck drivers and warehouse workers is funding the opposition to a proposed ballot to legalize marijuana use in California. The Teamsters might support legalization in future, given "the right regulatory structure." —Buzzfeed News

Kayne Beat Tape Surfaces Online
A rare Kayne West beat tape, entitled "Unreleased KanYe West Demo Beat Tape (c. Sept. 97')," has been uploaded to Soundcloud. It features an instrumental that made it into one of Kayne's earliest productions. —Noisey

Green Party Tries to Win Over Bernie's Base
Green Party leader and third party presidential candidate Jill Stein is hoping to tap into the energy of Bernie Sanders's supporters. "We are right now in the polls where Bernie Sanders was about six months ago," she said.—VICE[ ]( with reading? Watch our new video 'Cash for Kim: North Korean Forced Laborers Are Working to Their Death in Poland.'