The VICE UK Morning News Bulletin


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The VICE UK Morning News Bulletin

Trump’s "Muslim ban" returns, MPs could vote against the government's refugee decision, why pandas are black-and-white, and much more.

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School from Scoundrels
The chancellor has pledged half a billion pounds to build new schools and revamp others, while heads in England grapple with a daily funding freeze. The cash used to build and refurbish cannot be used to address the £3 billion spending shortfall in schools. – BBC

I Want to Vote Like Common People
The government could be facing a defeat in the House of Commons over its decision to end the arrival of unaccompanied refugee children. Up to 30 Tory MPs could vote against the scheme, with debate amendments likely to be added to a wider children and social work bill today. – Guardian


No Deal or No Deal
The UK public overwhelmingly opposes Theresa May's plan to leave the EU with no deal in place, a new poll has revealed. BMG research shows that twice as many people would rather the UK stays in the EU or tries to secure a different deal, if MPs and Lords do not endorse the agreement the PM returns from Europe with. – Independent

Life Comes at You Belfast
DUP leader Arlene Foster has denied there is a revolt in her party following the election in Northern Ireland. The DUP saw its 10-seat lead as the biggest grouping at Stormont cut to just one, after Sinn Fein's surge at the polls last Thursday. – Belfast Telegraph


Between Iraq and a Banned Place
Donald Trump has signed an executive order on Monday that bans immigration from six Muslim-majority countries, dropping Iraq from the previous order in January. The order reinstates a temporary blanket ban on all refugees, including those citizens of the six banned countries who are legal US permanent residents or have valid visas to enter the US. – CNN

Terminal Velocity
The US has deployed the first elements of its advanced Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system to South Korea, in the wake of North Korea's test of four ballistic missiles. – Reuters

Quit Jivin' Me, Turkey
The ongoing war of words between Turkey and Germany has intensified over the past weeks in the lead up to the Turkish constitutional referendum. President Erdogan is keen for a victory in the referendum, which would see his powers increased, and is desperate to campaign in Germany, which is home to 1.5 million Turks who are eligible to vote. – New York Times


The Cost of War
Syrian children are in a permanent state of stress, fear, nervousness and anxiety, according to a new research project by NGO Save the Children. After six years of war, the psychological damage to the nation's children is feared to be irreversible. – ABC


Really Just Anything By Agnés Varda
This week marks International Women's Day, and one of the many events celebrating this date is the New York Feminist Film Week, designed to illuminate cultural and cinematic approaches to feminism. But if you can't make it to New York in time, here's a list of five must-see feminist films from women directors at the top of their game. – Indiewire

The F Word
Meanwhile, IMDb has introduced a special F rating for female-focused movies. The idea originated with Bath Film Festival director Holly Tarquini, who began using the F symbol at her festival, and now the world's largest movie database has taken up the cause, with the F rating being rolled out across the site to draw keen viewers to films made by and featuring women. –  AV Club

Eat Your Bloody Vegetables
How close are we to the dream of meat-free meat? Impossible Foods is a startup that has created a veggie burger capable of winning over even the most committed carnivores, with a plant-based pattie that actually "bleeds" when you cook it up. – Motherboard

Lava Football
There aren't too many stadiums in the world that hold the same appeal as Hasteinvollur, which is literally in a volcano. The field is used in the Icelandic Premier Division, and resides on Heimaey, the only inhabited island of the Vestmannaeyjar archipelago. It's hard to imagine a better-looking football field anywhere in the world. – Vice Sports

An Explanation in Black and White
Ever wondered why pandas are black and white? A group of scientists have written in Behavioural Ecology that goes at least some way to explaining the bizarre colouring system and how it may have evolved. – Science