The VICE Morning Bulletin
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The VICE Morning Bulletin

The VICE Morning Bulletin

US shows off air power after latest North Korean missile test, ISIS attacks Iraqi embassy in Afghanistan, most Americans believe Trump presidency is "chaos," and more.
July 31, 2017, 2:24pm

US News

US Military Flexes Warplanes After North Korean Missile Test
After another ballistic missile test by North Korea, the US military sent two B-1 bombers on exercises over South Korea Sunday, and also tested the THAAD anti-missile defense system off the coast of Alaska. Nikki Haley, US ambassador to the UN, said the US was "done talking" about North Korea, rejecting the idea of more Security Council meetings or resolutions over Pyongyang's missile program. Haley said a new resolution would be "of no value."––The Independent/Reuters

Majority of Americans Believe Trump Presidency Is 'Chaos'
President Trump's administration has been described as "chaos" by 52 percent of Americans in a CBS News Nation Tracker poll released Sunday. Only 15 percent of those polled described the Trump administration as "great." The proportion of people who identify as strong supporters of Trump is down from 22 percent to 18 percent.––CBS News


Eight Injured When Van Strikes Bystanders on Los Angeles Sidewalk
At least eight people were injured after a van careened into a group of pedestrians on a sidewalk in Los Angeles Sunday. Police have arrested a driver suspected of running a red light and causing the crash. One 44-year-old victim was reportedly in critical condition.––Los Angeles Times

Nashville Mayor's Son Dies in Apparent Drug Overdose
Nashville mayor Megan Barry's 22-year-old son died Saturday night of an apparent drug overdose in a suburb of Denver, Colorado. "We cannot begin to describe the pain and heartbreak that comes with losing our only child," Barry and her husband, Bruce, said in a statement.––USA Today

International News

Russia to Force Out 755 US Diplomatic Staff
Vladimir Putin said 755 US diplomats and support staff in Russia will be booted from embassies and consulates across the country in response to a new set of US sanctions. "I thought it was the time to show that we're not going to leave it without an answer," Putin said. The US State Department described the move as a "regrettable and uncalled for act."––VICE News

ISIS Attacks Iraqi Embassy in Afghanistan
Gunmen entered and attacked the Iraqi embassy compound in the Afghan capital of Kabul Monday after a suicide bombing at the security gates. ISIS declared responsibility for the attack in a statement broadcast by its news agency, claiming seven security guards were killed.––Reuters


At Least Ten Killed as Venezuelan President Claims Referendum Victory
Ten people were killed in Venezuela over the weekend amid a controversial referendum on a new constituent assembly. President Nicolás Maduro's government claimed victory Sunday night, saying the votes of more than 8 million people sanctioned the establishment of a new assembly to bypass opposition in the National Assembly. An independent estimate pegged the figure at closer to 3.6 million.–VICE News/The Guardian

Indian Coastguard Seizes Almost $550 Million Worth of Heroin
India's coastguard agency has claimed the country's biggest-ever drug bust after finding 3,300 pounds of heroin believed to be worth roughly $550 million. The stash was discovered on a boat in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Gujarat.––BBC News

Everything Else

Angelina Jolie Rejects Casting Exercise Criticism
Angelina Jolie has rejected accusations she exploited Cambodian children by pretending to give them money in a casting game for her movie First They Killed My Father. "Every measure was taken to ensure the safety, comfort, and well-being of the children," Jolie said of the "pretend exercise."––USA Today

MTV to Make Moonman Prize Gender Neutral
MTV's president Chris McCarthy said the prize given out at the Video Music Awards will be changed from a Moonman to a gender neutral Moon Person. "It could be a man, it could be a woman, it could be transgender, it could be nonconformist," he said.––The New York Times

'Dunkirk' Hangs On at Box Office No.1 Spot
Christopher Nolan's WWII movie Dunkirk remains at No.1 at the North American box office, taking $28.1 million in its second week to push its domestic total past $100 million. The Emoji Movie, in second place, pulled in $25.7 million.––The Hollywood Reporter

The Strokes Not Recording with Rick Rubin (Yet), Guitarist Says
The Strokes' guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. has been forced to quash a rumor started by his own father that the band is recording a new album with Rick Rubin. "Forgive Albert Sr he got prematurely excited," he tweeted. "A lot of unknowns and nothing worth speaking about at this time."––Noisey

Barcelona Festival Evacuated After Fire on Stage
A fire on the main stage at the UNITE With Tomorrowland dance festival in Barcelona caused more than 22,000 festival-goers to be evacuated. Organizers blamed the blaze on a "technical malfunction" in a Facebook post, and no injuries were initially reported.––Noisey