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South Korea's leader formally removed from power, several more states challenge new Trump travel ban, Marine nude photo investigation expands across US military, and more.

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

US News

Several States Join Hawaii in Challenging Travel Ban
Oregon, Washington, New York, Minnesota, and Massachusetts have all joined Hawaii in launching legal challenges against President Trump's latest travel ban. Washington attorney general Bob Ferguson said the revised order "has the same illegal motivations as the original." White House press secretary Sean Spicer, meanwhile, said the administration felt "very confident" in how the revised order was "crafted."—AP

Nude Photo Investigation Expands Across US Military
A Pentagon investigation into the sharing of nude photographs by US Marines has expanded to cover all branches of the American military. Senior Master Sergeant Ronald Green said the "Marines United" Facebook group was just the "tip of the spear." The website Anon-IB has reportedly been used across the armed forces to share photos of female service personnel.—CBS News


Feds Set to Deploy 50 Judges to Immigration Centers, Report Says
The Department of Justice is reportedly sending 50 judges to immigration detention centers across the US in an effort to clear a case backlog. Following President Trump's executive order urging the government to speed up deportations, the feds are considering asking judges to hear cases from 6 AM to 10 PM, according to anonymous sources.—Reuters

White House Denies Knowledge of Flynn's Lobbying Work
President Trump was not aware that former national security advisor Michael Flynn carried out lobbying work on behalf of a company linked to Turkey's government during his presidential campaign, according to White House secretary Sean Spicer. Vice President Mike Pence said Flynn being a foreign agent was "affirmation" of Trump's decision to ask Flynn to resign.—The Guardian/ABC News

International News

South Korean President Removed After Court Ruling
South Korea's president Park Geun-hye has been removed from office after the country's constitutional court upheld parliament's impeachment ruling. The judges said Park had allowed her friend Choi Soon-sil to influence state affairs. Two people died after Park supporters protesting the verdict clashed with police outside the court. A presidential election was expected to be held within 60 days.—BBC News

German Police Arrest Man Accused of Ax Attack
German police have arrested one man accused of attacking at least nine people with an ax at Dusseldorf train station. Officers captured the 36-year-old suspect after he jumped from a bridge to try to escape arrest. Police said the suspect, who is from Kosovo and has mental health problems, may have been trying to kill himself.—AFP


Tibetans Mark Uprising Anniversary with Protests
Tibetan activists are marking the anniversary of the 1959 uprising against Chinese rule at protests Friday in Sydney, London, and other major cities. But at the annual conference of Tibet's official delegation to China, also held Friday, Tibetan governor Che Dalha said the government would "resolutely strike against the Dalai clique's damaging and separatist activities."—Reuters

Archaeologists Discover Ramses II Statue in Egypt
Archaeologists have uncovered two ancient pharaonic statues in a Cairo suburb, with one believed to represent Pharaoh Ramses II, who ruled from 1279 to 1213 BCE. The German Egyptian team also found a statue that is believed to be of Ramses II's grandson, Pharaoh Seti II.—NPR News

Everything Else

Tom Hanks to Produce TV Drama on 2016 Election
Actor Tom Hanks will be the executive producer for a new miniseries about the 2016 election campaign. HBO Films asked Mark Halperin and John Heilemann to adapt a drama based on their forthcoming inside account of the election, a project they undertook in 2008 and 2012 as well.—The Hollywood Reporter

'Game of Thrones' Season 7 Begins in July
The penultimate season of Game of Thrones will premiere on July 16, HBO has announced. The channel revealed the details about the season after asking fans to watch a Facebook Live video that showed a block of melting ice.—VICE

Airbnb Raises $1 Billion in Investment Funding
Airbnb raised $1 billion during its latest round of investment funding, the company revealed in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing. It raises the value of the online rental company to around $31 billion.—CNBC News

Congressman Raps Notorious B.I.G. Lyrics on House Floor
Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, a New York Democrat, recited lyrics to Notorious B.I.G.'s "Juicy" on the floor of the House Thursday night to mark the 20th anniversary of the rapper's death. Jeffries said Biggie Smalls was "the classic embodiment of the American dream."—Consequence of Sound

Lorde Drops Another New Track
Lorde has released a second song from her upcoming album, a dark, minimal piano balled called "Liability." It comes with an announcement that the singer's second album Melodrama will be out on June 16.—Noisey

Canada Passes Genetic Discrimination Law
Canada's parliament has passed a law making it illegal for employers or insurance companies to discriminate against people based on DNA. It stops firms requiring genetic testing as a precondition for employment or offering goods or services.—Motherboard