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The VICE Morning Bulletin

The VICE Morning Bulletin

Trump's order to punish sanctuary cities blocked by judge, ​US sets up anti-missile system in South Korea, and more.
April 26, 2017, 2:41pm

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

US News

Judge Blocks Trump's Order to Punish Sanctuary Cities
A federal judge in San Francisco blocked President Trump's executive order to withhold funding from "sanctuary cities" refusing to comply with his administration's crackdown on immigration. US district judge William Orrick granted a preliminary injunction in San Francisco and neighboring Santa Clara County, arguing that the attorney general doesn't have the authority "to impose new conditions on federal grants."—VICE News

Rick Perry Says US Should Stick to Paris Agreement
Energy Secretary Rick Perry thinks the US should uphold the Paris Agreement on climate change but seek to "renegotiate" its commitments. "I'm not going to tell the president of the United States let's just walk away from the Paris accord," Perry said at a Bloomberg energy conference.—Bloomberg


US Begins Assembling Anti-Missile System in South Korea
The US military installed parts of its THAAD anti-missile system in South Korea Wednesday. The country's defense ministry said it was working with the US toward "early operational capability" for the system, as relations with North Korea remain tense. Meanwhile, the THAAD installation in South Korea sparked protests.—Reuters

International News

Yemen Aid Falls Short of Addressing Hunger Crisis, Says UN
Donor countries pledged almost $1.1 billion in aid to Yemen at a conference in Geneva Tuesday, but the UN said the figure is just half of what's required to deal with "the world's largest hunger crisis." Millions of children in the country suffer from acute malnutrition, and the UN said some 17 million Yemenis are at risk of famine.—Al Jazeera

China Unveils First Domestically Built Aircraft Carrier
China is putting the finishing touches, relatively speaking, on a new aircraft carrier in the northeastern port city of Dalian. The unnamed vessel, which will not be operational until 2020, is the nation's first domestically built aircraft carrier. China's only operational carrier of jets, the Liaoning, was bought from Ukraine and modified.—Reuters

Turkey Arrests At Least 800 in Latest Crackdown
Turkish authorities have arrested at least 800 people in a crackdown on suspected dissidents with alleged ties to last year's attempted coup, according to a state-run news service. The suspects are said to have varying degrees of influence over or contacts within the nation's police. At least 47,000 people have been arrested since the coup failed in July 2016.—AP


French Mayor Fined for Derisive Comment About Muslim Children
The mayor of the French town of Beziers has been fined for incitement of hatred against Muslims. Far-right politician Robert Menard was ticketed just about $2,000 for describing the number of Muslim children in a local school as "a problem" and tweeting about the "great replacement," a phrase used in France to convey the idea of a decline in the white Christian population.—BBC News

Everything Else

Dr. Luke Said to Lose Sony Gig Amid Ongoing Rape Accusation Uproar
Court papers suggest that Dr. Luke's status as CEO of the Sony-owned label Kemosabe Records has come to an end. One anonymous source said Sony is preparing to completely sever its relationship with the producer following his legal battle with Kesha over rape allegations.—The Hollywood Reporter

Beyoncé Launches Scholarship Program for Young Women
Beyoncé has established a scholarship that will benefit "confident and conscious" students at four different US universities. The Formation Scholars program was launched to coincide with the one-year anniversary of Lemonade.—Noisey

Pope Francis Gives TED Talk
Pope Francis has become the latest high-profile figure to give a TED Talk, astonishing a Vancouver audience by appearing via videolink. The pontiff spoke about his experience as an immigrant in Argentina and today's "discarded people."—TIME

Kelly Wright Joins Racial Discrimination Lawsuit Against FOX News
FOX News anchor Kelly Wright has joined an expanding lawsuit alleging racial discrimination at the network. Wright said he was forced to perform as a "racist caricature of a Black entertainer" and alleged he had a segment cut because it was "too positive" about black people.—CNN

Wes Anderson's Next Movie to Debut on 4/20
Fox Searchlight Pictures will release Wes Anderson's stop-motion movie Isle of Dogs on April 20, 2018. The studio also released a poster for the film featuring five dogs, a downed airplane, and a boy in a parachute.—Creators

Former NYPD Cops Allegedly Took Bribes for Gun Licenses
Authorities have formally charged three retired NYPD officers and a former city prosecutor for helping people obtain gun licenses in exchange for bribes. The alleged bribes range from cash to prostitutes to extravagant vacations.—VICE