The VICE Morning Bulletin


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The VICE Morning Bulletin

This morning, protesters occupy Baltimore City Hall, Australian officials write a letter to Morrissey, Jay Z denies stealing a sample for "Big Pimpin'", and more.

Here is everything you need to know about the world this morning, curated by VICE.

US News

  • Protesters Occupy Baltimore City Hall
    Around 30 activists from the Baltimore Uprising coalition occupied City Council chambers overnight. They are angry about the "coronation" of interim police commissioner Kevin Davis and other police policies, following the recent death of Freddie Gray in custody. —AP

  • Church 'Sin' Beatings Lead to Death
    Bruce and Deborah Leonard, members of a "mysterious" New York church group, have been charged with beating their 19-year-old son to death at a session for confessing sins. Lucas Leonard's brother Christopher is in hospital, having also been beaten. —USA Today


  • US Troops Now in Cameroon
    President Obama has sent 90 specialist troops to Cameroon to help fight Islamist militants Boko Haram. American forces will grow to 300 and will conduct airborne intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance operations. —Washington Examiner

  • Dietary Pills Put 23,000 in ER
    Tens of thousand of people wind up in the emergency room each year after taking diet pills and energy boosters, according to new research. Doctors have warned of the dangers of unregulated supplements. —The Washington Post

International News

  • Peace Deal in Myanmar
    The government of Myanmar has signed a ceasefire deal with eight armed ethnic groups, hoping to end decades of violent hostility. But seven more rebel groups, all seeking greater autonomy, are yet to sign the "nationwide" agreement. —BBC

  • Syria's Rebel Towns Attacked
    Syrian army troops, backed by Russian jets, have launched an offensive on rebel-held towns north of the city of Homs. Iran's Lebanese ally Hezbollah is also reported to have joined the attack, aimed at keeping President Bashar al-Assad in power. —ABC News

  • Norway Wants to Return Refugees
    The Scandinavian country is seeking to return a growing number of Syrians refugees who have travelled from Russia across the Arctic north of Europe. Norway will now try to send back any Syrians who lived in Russia for "an extended period". —Reuters

  • Australia Writes to Morrissey
    Australian officials have responded to criticism about a plan to cull 2 million feral cats by 2020. One commissioner has penned a letter to animal rights protesters Morrissey and Brigitte Bardot explaining the cats have already wiped out 27 native species. —The New York Times


Everything Else

  • Jay Z Denies Sample Theft
    The rapper has told a jury he didn't know there was a sample of an Egyptian songwriter's 1957 song "Khosara Khosaraon" on his own 1999 hit "Big Pimpin'". Clearing samples was "not my job," Jay Z insisted. —Billboard

  • Yes Means Yes
    Three US states now have Yes Means Yes laws, meaning only a freely given yes counts as consenting to sex. But new sex-ed lessons have left students confused. —The New York Times

  • How Putin Tries to Control the Internet
    An exclusive extract of new book The Red Web reveals how the Russian leader uses online tools to destabilize the "political and social situation" of other countries. —Motherboard

  • Inside a Biohack Lab
    The creator of Bulletproof Coffee has spent over $300,000 trying to hack his own biology. Watch one man's attempts to be as healthy as humanly possible. —Munchies

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