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The VICE UK Morning News Bulletin

NASA discovers new potentially habitable planets, Blair hits back, we bring you all you missed from The Brits, and much more.

(Top image: An artist's depiction of the surface of exoplanet TRAPPIST-1f. Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle / IPAC)


Dick Move
London's police force has its first ever female boss, with Cressida Dick taking up the post of Metropolitan Police commissioner. Her appointment is not uncontroversial, with criticisms coming from the family of Jean Charles de Menezes, a Brazilian electrician shot dead in an operation led by Dick after he was mistakenly identified as a terror suspect. – BBC

Blair Deflects
Tony Blair has hit back at claims made by the Daily Mail that his government paid compensation to a former Guantanamo Bay detainee who later blew himself up in Iraq. Blair says the compensation was agreed in 2010 by the Conservative government. – Guardian


All Children Left Behind
Theresa May's decision to close down the government's child refugee scheme could net a massive windfall for people smuggling gangs. The government announced it would take only 350 unaccompanied child refugees instead of the 3,000 promised by David Cameron. Safe Passage UK has calculated this could put up to £20 million in the pockets of traffickers. – Independent

Scottish Broadcasting Corporation
The BBC will launch a dedicated Scottish TV channel with a budget of £30 million and 80 new journalists. The new channel will go on air in Autumn of 2018, and will be the biggest single investment in Scotland for more than 20 years. – Times


NASA Remains Sole Provider of Good News
NASA has announced the discovery of seven planets orbiting a single star. The planets, only 40 light years away, orbit Trappist-1h. Three of the planets are within the "habitable zone", with conditions that could possibly support liquid water. Astronomers are now searching to see if they have any gases, such as oxygen and methane. - BBC

This Is Week Four
Donald Trump is preparing to rescind anti-discrimination protections for transgender students, overruling his education secretary who had pushed to keep them in place. According to insiders, Betsy DeVos opposed the move, which was pushed by attorney-general Jeff Sessions. – New York Times

Russian Accusations
Russia has hit back at allegations it was involved in a failed coup in Montenegro, which involved an attempt to assassinate the country's former Prime Minister. Montenegro's chief special prosecutor has said that authorities believe Russian security forces were behind the attempted overthrow in October. – CNN


One Fine Gael You're Gonna Want Me For Your PM
Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny has told members of his ruling Fine Gael party that he will conclusively deal with leadership issues after meeting with the US president next month. Kenny has said he will not lead the party into the next election. – Reuters


The Resistance Continues
Last week, North Dakota officials gave the remaining Dakota Access Pipeline protesters a deadline to evacuate the area. Native activist Laura Hinman has no plans to move, and is settling in for the long fight. – Broadly

Scientists vs Trump
More than 3,000 scientists and STEM professionals have expressed interest in running for political office, as a result of Donald Trump's Presidency. A nonprofit organisation called 314 Action has been set up to help them take the jump into the world of politics. – Motherboard

Well Then Everybody Was a Dope
Last week, the Football Association fined Manchester City £35 000 for failing to report on the whereabouts of its players on three separate occasions. But the nature of this fine reveals deeper flaws in English football's anti-doping efforts. – Vice Sports

The Absolute Brits
The only coverage of the Brit Awards you'll ever need is here, covering the highest high points and the lowest lows, from Coldplay to Bruno Mars, Katy Perry to Ed Sheeran. – Noisey