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The VICE Morning Bulletin

Americans split on Trump immigration ban, Patriots and Brady smash records in Super Bowl comeback win, Turkey detains almost 750 over suspected ISIS links, and more.
February 6, 2017, 3:07pm

US News

America Sharply Divided on Trump Immigration Ban
A narrow majority of Americans—51 percent—disapprove of President Trump's executive order banning people from seven Muslim-majority countries, according to a new CBS News poll. The country is strongly divided along party lines on the issue, however, with 85 percent of Democrats disapproving and 85 percent of Republicans approving.—CBS News

White House Seeks Review of Travel Ban Suspension
The Trump administration and two states challenging its controversial travel ban—Washington and Minnesota—were expected to present arguments to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals today for a review of US District judge James Robart's Friday decision to halt it. President Trump offered fresh criticism of the judges holding his agenda in check on Sunday via his preferred platform of Twitter: "If something happens blame him and court system. People pouring in. Bad!"—VICE News


Trump to Meet NATO Leaders in Europe
President Trump has agreed to meet NATO leaders in Brussels in May after speaking to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Sunday. According to the White House, the pair spoke about the US having "strong support" for NATO and how to encourage members "to meet their defense spending commitments."—CNN

Patriots and Brady Smash Records in Comeback Victory
The New England Patriots' 34–28 win over the Atlanta Falcons was the greatest turnaround in Super Bowl history, a record recovery from a 25-point hole. Patriots' quarterback, Tom Brady, now has five Super Bowl rings, more than any other NFL quarterback. Brady also won the Super Bowl MVP for a record-breaking fourth time.—AP

International News

Turkey Detains Almost 750 Over Suspected ISIS Links
Turkish authorities detained 748 people suspected of ties to ISIS in raids across the country over the weekend, according to the interior ministry. Police seized two guns and four rifles, as well as documents and digital files. The government said at least 780 people remained in detention over alleged ISIS connections prior to the new raids.—Reuters

Australian Catholic Church Inquiry Hears Abuse Claims
A probe into sexual abuse in Australia's Catholic Church has heard evidence that 7 percent of all the country's priests had been accused of abusing children between 1950 and 2010. The lead lawyer for the Royal Commission said almost 4,500 people claimed to be victims of abuse and that their stories were "depressingly similar."—BBC News


Avalanches Kill More Than 100 in Afghanistan
A cascade of avalanches in Afghanistan have left at least 100 people dead, with some 50 killed in one village alone in the province of Nuristan. Officials fear the death toll could prove higher, since heavy snow has blocked roads and hampered rescue efforts. Neighboring Pakistan, too, was hit by heavy avalanches and rain, killing at least 13.—AFP

Romanian Government Backs Down on Corruption Decree
Around 500,000 people gathered in the streets of the Romanian capital Bucharest Sunday after the government seemed to cave on an unpopular corruption decree. PM Sorin Grindeanu's government has withdrawn an executive order to decriminalize corruption offenses, though some reports suggest it may still free some jailed offenders.—Al Jazeera/Guardian

Everything Else

Super Bowl Ads Challenge Trump
As was practically inevitable, some Super Bowl ads on Sunday made not-so-subtle swipes at President Trump and his policies. Though only an abbreviated version actually aired on TV, construction supply company 84 Lumber featured a Hispanic mother and daughter trying to reach the US border, while the brand It's a 10 warned against "four years of awful hair."—TIME

Clinton Loves Lady Gaga's Halftime 'Message'
Hillary Clinton has praised Lady Gaga for a Super Bowl halftime show that included a performance of inclusion anthem Born This Way, but stopped short of any overt political statements. Clinton tweeted that she "went #Gaga for the Lady, & her message to all of us."—Billboard

Australian Cops Seize Almost $240 Million Worth of Coke on Yacht
Australian police discovered a shipment of 1.4 tons of cocaine—worth nearly $240 million—aboard a yacht off the coast of New South Wales. The country's immigration minister said it was the largest haul ever seized in single operation.—Sky News

Frank Ocean Sued by His Father
Frank Ocean is reportedly being sued by his own father Calvin Cooksey for defamation. Cooksey is seeking $14.5 million for a Tumblr post in which Ocean claimed his father had called a transgender woman a "faggot."—Noisey

Trump's Face Found on Heroin Packages in Florida
President Trump's face was found imprinted on parcels of heroin seized by Hernando County Sheriff's Department in Florida. Drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán's face was also found on some of the 5,500 packets seized in January's bust.—VICE News

Hydrogel Robot Catches and Releases Live Fish
Engineers at MIT have developed a hydrogel "soft" robot hand able to catch and release a fish in water. The engineers believe hydrogels—robots made partly from water—might then be safer to use in biomedical settings like operations.—Motherboard