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The VICE Morning Bulletin

White House wants women to register for draft, Trump picks James "Mad Dog" Mattis as defense secretary, French president François Hollande will not run for second term, and more.

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

US News

White House Wants Women to Register for Draft
The Obama administration has asserted its support for women joining the selective service system at 18 as men do. While actual military service would still be voluntary, National Security Council spokesman Ned Price said the change would remove "old barriers."—NBC News

Trump Picks James 'Mad Dog' Mattis as Defense Secretary
President-elect Donald Trump announced he is picking the retired Marine Corps general James Mattis as secretary of defense at a rally in Cincinnati, Ohio, as part of his thank you tour. In a speech, Trump referred to Mattis, an outspoken critic of the nuclear deal with Iran, by his nickname "Mad Dog."—CBS Trump Team Files Objection Against Michigan Recount
Lawyers for President-elect Donald Trump have asked Michigan officials to deny Jill Stein's request for a recount in the state. Trump's lawyers say recounting votes by hand could not be done in time for the Electoral College to cast its votes on December 19, and referred to Stein's application as "insulting."—USA Today VA Dentist in Wisconsin May Have Infected 600 Veterans
As many as 600 veterans could be at risk of Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, or HIV because a dentist defied proper instrument-cleaning procedures, according to a local official. The VA will test the 592 veterans treated by the dentist for any possible infections.—Miami Herald

International News

French President Hollande Will Not Run for Second Term
François Hollande surprised many in France by announcing that he will not seek a second term as president. The politician has long struggled with very low approval ratings since succeeding Nicolas Sarkozy, and his decision to walk away now could allow another Socialist candidate to mount a viable challenge to conservative frontrunner François Fillon in 2017.—BBC News UN Apologizes for Cholera Outbreak on Haiti
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has apologized to the Haitian people for failing to prevent a cholera outbreak that killed at least 10,000 people in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake. The UN had previously rejected the idea that cholera was introduced by infected Nepalese peacekeepers.—CNN Indonesian Muslims Rally Against Governor Accused of Blasphemy
At least 150,000 Muslims gathered in Indonesian capital Jakarta to demand the city's Christian governor, currently being prosecuted for blasphemy, be jailed. Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama is accused of insulting Islam by criticizing how opponents referred to the Qur'an.—Al Jazeera South Korea and Japan Announce New Sanctions on North Korea
On top of new UN sanctions over the ostracized country's nuclear missile testing program, North Korea is getting slapped with new punishments from South Korea and Japan. South Korea announced it will blacklist senior North Korean officials, while Japan said it will ban any ship that has called at North Korean ports.—Reuters

Everything Else

Rosenberg Sons Plead for Presidential Pardon from Obama
The sons of convicted spies Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, executed in 1953, have appealed to President Obama to exonerate their mother before leaving the White House. Robert and Michael Meeropol said there is enough evidence to "acknowledge the injustice."—The Washington Post Former NFL Star Shot Dead in Louisiana
Joe McKnight, former running back with the New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs, was killed in an apparent road rage incident in a New Orleans suburb. McKnight was shot by 54-year-old Ronald Gasser, according to the local police sheriff.—AP Shkreli Snubs Australian Teens Who Replicated Daraprim
Martin Shkreli has dismissed the success of school kids in Sydney, Australia, who were apparently able to recreate his anti-parasitic drug Daraprim at around $2 a dose. Boasting about his "cook game," Shkreli tweeted: "Highest yield, best purity, most scale."—VICE Run the Jewels Release New Song, Album Details
Details of Killer Mike and El-P's third project together have been revealed: The RTJ3 album will be out January 13 and feature Danny Brown and Kamasi Washington. One of the album's tracks, "Legend Has It," has already been released.—Noisey Buzz Aldrin Reportedly in Stable Condition After South Pole Evacuation
Former astronaut Buzz Aldrin, 86, is said to be in stable condition after he was evacuated from the South Pole after falling ill. Tour company White Desert removed the national icon to McMurdo Station, where US Antarctic Program doctors are caring for him.—Motherboard Psychology Professors Say They've Discovered the Biggest Liars
A new study by professors at Curtin University in Australia purports to reveal the groups most likely to tell lies: low-educated, antisocial, house-renting men, and wealthy, antisocial, home-owning women. Women over 70 were found to tell the fewest lies.—Broadly