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The feds clashed over a Clinton foundation probe, ISIS leader Baghdadi apparently releases message as Mosul fighting rages, Cubs fans celebrate World Series win, and more.

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

US News

FBI and Justice Department Clash Over Clinton Probe
The Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation argued for more than a year over the validity of a probe into the Clinton Foundation, according to sources inside both institutions. The FBI reportedly based its suspicions in part on secret recordings cited and claims made in the book Clinton Cash by conservative author Peter Schweizer.—The Wall Street Journal

Students Pepper-Sprayed Outside David Duke Debate
Student protesters massed outside the Dillard University Auditorium in New Orleans Wednesday as former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke debated other candidates in the Louisiana Senate race. Duke spoke about the Black Lives Matter protestors as "radicals who are destroying America" as cops reportedly deployed pepper-spray and Tasers outside.—ABC News/VICE News


Mississippi Church Vandalized with Pro-Trump Slogan
Mississippi police are investigating the burning of a black church, vandalized with the words "Vote Trump," as a hate crime. Greenville Mayor Errick Simmons called the burning of Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church a "hateful and cowardly act." He added, "It happened in the 50s. It happened in the 60s. It shouldn't happen in 2016."—VICE/NBC News

Iowa Police Capture Ambush Killings Suspect
Police in Iowa say they have arrested the suspect in the "ambush style" killing of two police officers. He has been named as 46-year-old Scott Greene, and officers have been doubling up on patrol since the attacks.—VICE News

International News

ISIS Releases Message Apparently from Leader Baghdadi
The Islamic State has released an audiotape attributed to its leader, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, calling on Iraqis to defend Mosul against the national army and allied forces like the Peshmerga. The city is significant because it is in Mosul that Baghdadi declared a caliphate two years ago. Since then, ISIS has lost significant ground. —BBC News

South African Corruption Report Puts Pressure on Zuma
Protesters in South Africa are calling on president Jacob Zuma to resign after the release of a report from a government anti-corruption watchdog raising "serious concerns" that Zuma allowed one of the country's richest families to influence the appointment of key ministers.—The Guardian


Syrian Rebels Flaunt Russian Demand to Leave Aleppo
Opposition forces in the key city of Aleppo are balking at calls from Russia to get out by Friday night or else endure another round of aerial assaults. "This is completely out of the question. We will not give up the city of Aleppo to the Russians and we won't surrender," Zakaria Malahifji, of the Fastaqim rebel group, said.—Al Jazeera

Train Crash in Pakistan Kills 20
At least 20 people were killed Thursday when a train crashed into coaches in Karachi, Pakistan. Some 65 others with injuries were reportedly hospitalized.—Reuters

Everything Else

Cubs Fans Celebrate World Series Win
Chicago Cubs fans flooded onto the streets of the city around Wrigley Field late last night after their team won its first World Series since 1908. The Cubs broke their more than century-long curse by knocking off the Cleveland Indians 8–7 in extra innings of a sensational game seven.—CBS News

Gawker Settles Thiel-Funded Hulk Hogan Case for $31 Million
The defunct website Gawker has settled a lawsuit won by retired wrestler Hulk Hogan over a leaked sex tape for $31 million. The media company's founder, Nick Denton, called the conclusion of the case, funded in large part by Silicon Valley libertarian Peter Thiel, "a hard peace."—Slate

Canadian Military Investigates Mysterious Sea Noises
The Canadian military is investigating a mysterious sound, seemingly coming from the bottom of the sea, driving wildlife away in the Arctic hamlet of Igloolik, Nunavut. The Department of National Defense says it is "taking the appropriate steps" to look into the matter.—Motherboard

ID Laws May Prevent 34,000 Trans People from Voting
According to a new report from the Williams Institute, strict voter ID laws may disenfranchise as many as 34,000 transgender voters on Tuesday. States with the strictest laws offer "no identification or records that accurately reflect their gender" for as many as 30 percent of eligible transgender voters.—Broadly

Seu Jorge to Tour US with Bowie Songs
Brazilian musician Seu Jorge, perhaps best known for his David Bowie covers in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, will pay tribute to the late singer with a 13-city US tour. Jorge says he "realized how brief and fragile this life is" after Bowie's death.—Noisey