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The VICE Morning Bulletin

This morning, vigils for the victims of the Orlando massacre have been held around the world, a man claiming allegiance to ISIS stabbed a French police officer and his wife to death in Paris, Kanye West launches a video game, and more.

A vigil for the victims of the Orlando massacre in London. Photo by Harry Hitchens

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

US News

Orlando Shooter Regular at Pulse LGBT Club
Orlando shooter Omar Mateen visited the Pulse nightclub many times prior to the deadly attack, according to several witnesses. Regular Ty Smith, who said he saw Mateen at least a dozen times, said he would "sit and drink by himself, and other times he would get so drunk he was loud and belligerent." Investigators are also looking into reports Mateen visited Disney World while searching for targets. —Orlando Sentinel

Juror Speaks Out Against 'Ridiculously Lenient' Stanford Case Judge
A juror in the trial against Stanford student Brock Turner has made public a letter he wrote to Judge Aaron Persky denouncing the six-month sentence for rape. The anonymous male juror slammed the "ridiculously lenient" sentence and ended his letter by stating: "Shame on you." —USA Today


Man Shoots Five Teenagers in Brooklyn Playground
Police in New York are looking for a gunman they say shot and injured five teenagers in a Brooklyn playground. The male victims, aged between 15 to 18, were all hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries. Witnesses said the unknown attacker approached the teens and started shooting unprovoked. —CBS News

Trump Bans 'Washington Post' from Covering Events
Donald Trump said the Washington Post is banned from covering his events, calling the newspaper "phony and dishonest" after an unfavorable headline about his response to the Orlando shooting. The Post's executive editor said the decision was "a repudiation of the role of a free and independent press." —VICE

International News

Orlando Massacre Vigils Held Around the World
Vigils for the victims of the gun attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando have been held in cities around the world. In London's Soho district, 49 balloons were released, while the Eiffel Tower in Paris and Sydney's Harbor Bridge were lit in the rainbow colors of the LGBT community. In Toronto, around 5,000 people attended a downtown gathering. —The Guardian

French Police Officer and Wife Killed in Knife Attack
A man claiming allegiance to ISIS stabbed a French police officer and his wife to death at their home in Magnanville, near Paris. The attacker was shot dead when police stormed the house and rescued the victims' three-year-old son. Police have identified the killer as 25-year-old Larossi Abballa. —BBC News


Indonesia Pledges to Execute Drug Traffickers
Indonesia plans to execute 16 prisoners following the Muslim Eid al Fitr holidays next month, and more than double that number next year. A spokesman for the attorney general said drug traffickers would be prioritized for the firing squad because "the country is facing a narcotics emergency."—Reuters

ISIS Fighters Sneaking Out of Falluja
The Iraqi army claims that ISIS fighters are sneaking out of Falluja by blending in with the civilians fleeing the besieged city. The military said 546 suspected militants from the group have been arrested trying to escape in the past two weeks. Many were trying to use fake IDs. —Al Jazeera

Meth worth $315 million has been seized in New Zealand. Photo via Wikimedia.

Everything Else

Lil Wayne Suffers Two Seizures
Rapper Lil Wayne was hospitalized after suffering two seizures, forcing his plane to make an emergency landing in Omaha, Nebraska. His manager Derek Sherron said Lil Wayne is now "in stable condition and good spirits." —Noisey

$315 Million in Meth Seized in New Zealand
A group of men were caught smuggling $315 million worth of methamphetamine in New Zealand. The smugglers were reportedly caught after they offered locals huge amounts of money to help them launch boats. —New Zealand Herald

Kayne Video Game Unveiled
A preview of Kayne West's console game Only One debuted at Sony's E3 2016 event. The trailer pays homage to his late mother Donda, showing her ascent into heaven on a winged horse. —The Verge

Apple Announces Changes to Your iPhone
Apple has revealed its latest version of iOS at WWDC, its annual developer event. Siri has been opened up to third-party developers, and a "memories" photo feature will create automatic slideshows put to music. —Motherboard

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