The VICE Morning Bulletin
The VICE Morning Bulletin

The VICE Morning Bulletin

Laptops banned on US-bound flights from eight Muslim-majority countries, Chuck Berry's final record to be released posthumously, Ivanka Trump to get an office at the White House, and more.
March 21, 2017, 2:44pm

US News

Large Electronics Banned on Flights from Muslim-Majority Countries
The US is prohibiting passengers flying to the country from selected airports in the Middle East and North Africa from carrying electronic devices larger than a cellphone onboard. The ban—which wasn't publicly announced but was brought to light by a leaked internal memo—will apply to airlines at ten airports in a region largely populated by Muslims.—AP / The Guardian

Ivanka Trump Is Getting an Office at the White House
First daughter Ivanka Trump will reportedly begin working at an office on the second floor of the West Wing. Although she won't hold a formal position in the administration, attorney Jamie Gorelick said she would act as her father's "eyes and ears." Gorelick added that the president's daughter will "voluntarily comply with the rules that would apply if she were a government employee, even though she is not."—Politico


Tillerson to Skip NATO Meeting Before Russia Visit
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will miss a scheduled meeting with NATO foreign ministers at the beginning of April to take part in talks between President Trump and Chinese president Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago. Tillerson is then set to visit Russia in late April. Representative Eliot Engel, a Democrat of New York, said the indication of priorities would "shake the confidence" of NATO allies.—Reuters

Poland Seeks Extradition of Accused Nazi in Minnesota
Poland wants to extradite a 98-year-old man living in Minnesota, after accusing him of ordering the killing of 44 civilians during World War II. Authorities allege Michael Karkoc was the commander of a Ukrainian unit led by the Nazi SS. "These are lies, this is defamation, this is slander," responded his son, Andriy. The Justice Department has not commented, at least publicly, on the extradition claim.—CBS News

International News

Riot Police Rescue Hostages in Guatemala City
Cops stormed a youth detention center in Guatemala City where inmates had taken four guards hostage while demanding fellow gang members be transferred to their compound. At least three guards have been killed, including one who was rescued. The incident comes after 40 girls died at a state facility for women, possibly after lighting their mattresses on fire, earlier this month. —BBC News

Baghdad Bomb Attack Leaves at Least 21 Dead
A car bomb detonated in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad killed at least 21 people and injured another 43 on Monday. Although it bore similarities to other ISIS offensives, no group has claimed responsibility for the attack.—Al Jazeera


China and EU Restrict Brazilian Meat Imports
Both China and the European Union have restricted meat imports from Brazil after police there accused food inspectors of taking bribes and allowing rotten produce to pass as fresh. China has suspended all meat imports from Brazil, while the EU has suspended imports from four processing plants.—Reuters

Sinn Fein Politician Martin McGuinness Dies, Aged 66
Martin McGuinness, the former deputy first minister of Northern Ireland and a key figure in the country's peace process, has died at the age of 66. A former chief-of-staff in the IRA, McGuinness is credited with helping diffuse the decades-long conflict centered on Irish independence and unification.—Sky News

Everything Else

Drake Smashes Streaming Records on Spotify and Apple
Drake's new album-playlist More Life was streamed more than 61 million times on Spotify in the 24 hours after it was released, breaking Ed Sheeran's record for the most single-day streams. Drake's new collection also broke Apple Music's record, racking up 89.9 million streams in a single day.—AFP / Forbes

FOX News Drops Napolitano Over Wiretap Claim
FOX News has suspended commentator Andrew Napolitano over his unsubstantiated on-air claim that British intelligence wiretapped Trump Tower during the 2016 presidential election. FOX anchor Shepard Smith has tried to distance the network from his claim.—Los Angeles Times

Final Chuck Berry Album to Be Released
The family of Chuck Berry, the music legend who died Saturday aged 90, has revealed plans to release the artist's final studio album, CHUCK. "We know that Chuck had no greater wish than to see this album released to the world," the family wrote on Facebook.—Billboard

YouTube Apologizes for LGBTQ Videos Marked 'Restricted'
YouTube has apologized for some LGBTQ-related videos being marked "restricted" despite showing no sensitive material. "Sorry for all the confusion," the company said. "Some videos have been incorrectly labeled and that's not right. We're on it!"—VICE

AI Can Now Identify Racist Code Words Used Online
Researchers at the University of Rochester have developed an algorithm to identify hateful, racist messages online. The programmers hope it can adapt to track the evolving sets of code terms used by racists to harass internet users.—Motherboard

Waiter Fired for Asking Customers if They Were Legal US Residents
The Saint Marc Pub-Cafe in California fired a waiter after he asked a group of Latina customers for "proof of residency." Diana Carrillo shared the details on Facebook and said she had "never encountered that kind of discrimination."—VICE