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Aung San Suu Kyi Visits Rakhine, CIA Releases Bin Laden Files, and Beyoncé to Star in 'The Lion King': The VICE Morning Bulletin

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

International News

Bin Laden Kept 9/11 Truther Video, CIA Files Reveal
The CIA released 470,000 documents found on Osama Bin Laden's computer, seized from the al-Qaeda leader's Abbottabad compound in 2011. Although CIA Director Mike Pompeo said any pornography would not be made public, the release did include a file entitled "asss.gif." Bin Laden also reportedly had a conspiracy video about 9/11 being an inside job.—VICE News

Suu Kyi Tells Rohingya to 'Live Peacefully'
Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of Myanmar's ruling party, met people from the persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority during a trip to Rakhine state. A representative of the Arakan Project NGO said Suu Kyi stopped her car to tell some Rohingya villagers that "they should live peacefully, the government is there to help them, and they should not quarrel among each other."—Reuters


North Korea Says Nuclear Weapons Deter a US 'Invasion'
One of the Korean Central News Agency's websites has said the country continues to develop nuclear weapons to avoid "the tragic situation of the war-torn non-nuclear countries which became the targets of invasion and plunder by the US." The online commentary described "nuclear force" as a "strong deterrent."—Al Jazeera

Catalan Leaders Show Up for Sedition Hearing
Nine senior members of the recently-dismissed Catalan regional authority attended a High Court hearing Thursday. The chief prosecutor has argued for sedition charges, but no one has yet been charged. The former president of the Catalan body, Carles Puigdemont, skipped court Thursday, remaining in Belgium and criticizing the proceedings as a "political trial."—BBC News

13 Killed in Battle Between Turkish and Kurdish Fighters Eight Turkish security personnel and five militants from the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) were killed in fighting near Turkey's border with Iraq early Thursday. Turkish soldiers were looking for members of the PKK, the separatist group the Turkish government considers a terrorist organization.—Reuters

Everything Else

Beyoncé to Star in 'The Lion King' Remake
The singer will play Nala in the CGI-assisted, live-action update of the Disney classic. The studio released the full cast list Wednesday, revealing Chiwetel Ejiofor will feature as Scar and James Earl Jones will return as Mufasa.—i-D

Kevin Spacey Getting 'Treatment' Following Harassment Allegations
The actor's publicist said he was "taking the time necessary to seek evaluation and treatment" after Spacey was accused of sexually harassing or assaulting several men, including one boy who was 14 at the time. Spacey's publicist didn't specify what kind of help his client will receive sought.—CNN

Trump Administration Scientists Get Whistleblower Hotline
Advocacy group 314 Action is encouraging government scientists who have secrets to spill in the public interest to reach out via a new hotline and website. "I would hope nobody has to use it," said Shaughnessy Naughton, a 314 Action founder.—Motherboard