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The CIA pulls officers out of China, Australia is criticised for its "abhorrent" treatment of asylum seekers, George R. R. Martin gets cryptic about a Game of Thrones movie, and more.
October 2, 2015, 10:15am

Welcome to the VICE Morning Bulletin. Here you'll find a roundup of the day's most important stories from around the world, all in one handy blog post, like a multivitamin of interesting stuff to start your day. With contributions from our global offices, the VICE Morning Bulletin will feature the biggest headlines in the US as well as internationally, and offer a handpicked crop of culture stories, long reads, weird news, and a VICE documentary each morning.

US News

  • Ten Dead in College Shooting
    The small Oregon city of Roseburg is in mourning after a 26-year-old gunman opened fire on a community college classroom, killing at least ten. Reports say the killer asked victims about their Christian faith before shooting them. —NBC News
  • T-Mobile Hack: 15 Million Exposed
    Hackers have accessed personal information—including Social Security numbers—of 15 million people who recently applied for T-Mobile services. The data breach occurred at credit agency Experian. "I am incredibly angry," said T-Mobile's CEO. —CNN
  • CIA Pulls Officers Out
    The CIA has withdrawn officers from the US embassy in Beijing, fearing data stolen from American government computers will leave agents vulnerable. US officials "privately" blame the cyber-theft on the Chinese government. —The Washington Post
  • Kansas Removes 31,000 Voters
    According to the American Civil Liberties Union, Kansas is about to become exceptional—and not in a good way. State election officials will today begin removing names of more than 31,000 prospective voters from their records, part of a tough new voter-identification law. —USA Today

International News

  • France Criticizes Russia
    French President Francois Hollande fears Russia is making "indiscriminate" bombings in Syria and is failing to target the Islamic State. Hollande spoke out ahead of talks with Russian leader Vladimir Putin in Paris today. —BBC
  • Cambodia's Facebook Trial
    An opposition politician in Cambodia faces up to 17 years in prison for comments he made on Facebook. Accused of treason, Hong Sok Hour was arrested by the government for posting comments that criticized a 36-year border agreement with Vietnam. —Bangkok Post
  • Israeli Couple Shot Dead
    An Israeli couple have been killed by Palestinian gunmen while traveling with their four children in the occupied West Bank. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the attack was the "result of Palestinian incitement." —Haaretz
  • Australia's "Abhorrent" Detention
    Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has been urged to shut down his country's offshore detention centers for asylum seekers. Nearly 450 academics have signed an open letter demanding an end to Australia's "abhorrent" treatment of asylum seekers. —The Guardian

Everything Else

  • Serial Turns to Television
    NPR's surprisingly huge murder investigation podcast is to be turned into a TV show. The writer-producer team behind The Lego Movie will develop a cable series following the making of the podcast as it investigates a case (but not the murder of Hae Min Lee). —Deadline
  • Game of Thrones Movie Rumors Not Entirely Bullshit
    George R. R. Martin has dismissed rumors that a movie spin-off is being made, but then admitted that "it would be a great way to end." Martin wrote in an online blogpost: "Rumors is all they were… at least for now." —Wall Street Journal
  • Peeple, Smeeple
    Yes, there is definitely going to be a "Yelp for people" called "Peeple" that will let you award star reviews to romantic partners and colleagues. Here's why you actually shouldn't be too worried about it. —Motherboard
  • America Incarcerated
    The US locks up more people than any other nation on Earth. This article, from VICE magazine's upcoming Prison Issue, explains how the justice system got so messed up. —VICE

If that's enough reading for this morning, you should watch A Good Day to Die, our documentary on fake funerals in South Korea.