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The VICE Morning Bulletin

This morning, at least 84 killed in Nice after an attacker drove a truck into crowds celebrating Bastille Day, Yemeni rebels will attend UN-mediated peace talks in Kuwait today, and more.

by VICE Staff
Jul 15 2016, 2:49pm


Rescue workers respond to the scene where a man drove a truck into a crowd in Nice, France, on July 15, 2016. Image via Getty

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

International News

At Least 84 Killed in Terrorist Attack
At least 84 people have been killed in the southern French city of Nice after an attacker drove a truck into crowds celebrating Bastille Day. The driver, reportedly a 31-year-old Tunisian-born Frenchman named Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, also allegedly opened fire on the crowds before being shot dead by police. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said 18 other people were in a critical condition. President François Hollande said a state of emergency will now be extended by three months from the end of July. —Reuters

Yemeni Rebels Head to UN Talks
Yemen's Houthi rebels will attend UN-mediated peace talks in Kuwait today, despite threats of a boycott by the Yemeni government negotiators. The Houthis are demanding a share of power in a new government, while the Yemeni president, Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, insists on the withdrawal of rebel groups from all cities. —Al Jazeera

South Sudan Spent $2 Million on DC PR Firms
South Sudan was able to spend $2.1 million on lobbying and public relations firms in Washington, DC, from 2014 through the end of 2015. The money was spent in an attempt improve its image, keep US aid flowing, and stave off sanctions in response to conflict atrocities. More than 5 million people in South Sudan are in need of humanitarian assistance. —VICE News

North Korea Unveils Alleged Child Abductor
North Korean authorities presented a man they claim to be a defector working for South Korea at a press conference in Pyongyang. Ko Hyon-Chol broke down in tears and confessed to trying to kidnap two North Korean orphans and take them to South Korea. South Korean agents were accused of planning the attempted abduction. —AFP

US News

Gingrich Wants to Deport Muslims
Newt Gingrich, the former speaker of the House and a possible vice presidential candidate, said on Fox News that every Muslim in the US who believes in Sharia—Muslim religious law—should be deported. Following the terrorist attack in France that left 84 dead, Gingrich said, "Sharia is incompatible with Western civilization." Trump has postponed the announcement of his VP pick following the attack.—CNN

Oregon Cop Placed on Leave for Facebook Posts
A police officer in Oregon has been placed on paid leave after reportedly making hateful Facebook posts about the Black Lives Matter movement. In one post, Tom Newberry reportedly commented that drivers should accelerate over any protesters blocking the road. The Linn Police Department is investigating the comments.—AP

Clinton Campaign Jumps on Pokémon Go Craze
Hillary Clinton's campaign will hold a Pokémon Go "PokéStop" event in Ohio on Saturday, enticing people with "free Pokémon." At a campaign rally in Washington, DC, Clinton joked about using the game to boost turnout: "I don't know who created Pokémon Go, but I'm trying to figure out how we get them to Pokémon Go to the polls." —The Hill

BP Bill for Oil Spill Reaches $61 Billion
Oil giant BP has issued a final estimate of the cost of the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the largest in US history: $61.6 billion. "It's a really scary number," said leading oil analyst Fadel Gheit. The cost of lawsuits and penalties has cut the market capitalization of the company by one third. —The Washington Post

Everything Else

Rihanna Cancels Stadium Show in Nice
Rihanna, due to perform in Nice tonight, has canceled her performance at the Allianz Stadium after the terrorist attack in the French city. "Our thoughts are with the victims and their families," the singer posted on Instagram. —Billboard

'Game of Thrones' Sweeps the 2016 Emmy Nominations
The HBO series scored 23 nominations for the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, just ahead of the 22 nominations earned by The People v. OJ Simpson and the 18 nominations Fargo received. —Los Angeles Times

Russian FSB Agents Punished for Celebration
Russia's FSB security service will punish a group of new agents photographed wildly celebrating their graduation. The graduates were seen driving a convoy of black Mercedes through Moscow and honking their horns. —BBC News

NASA Made a Video Simulating Pluto Landing
To celebrate the one-year anniversary of the New Horizons spacecraft's flyby of Pluto, NASA released a video depicting a lander descending to the surface of the planet. It is based on 100 New Horizons snapshots. —Motherboard

D-List Celebrities to Speak at GOP Convention
The Republican National Committee has released the speaker's list for next week's convention. It features professional golfer Natalie Gulbis and General Hospital actor Antonio Sabato Jr. Donald Trump had promised "showbiz." —VICE News

Italy Considers Legalizing Weed to Fight the Mafia
Italy's top prosecutor, Franco Roberti, said legalizing weed could act as a "weapon" against both ISIS and the Mafia. Legislation is to be introduced in the Italian parliament next week to remove criminal prohibitions on marijuana.—VICE News