The VICE Morning Bulletin

The VICE Morning Bulletin

Trump sexual misconduct accusers want congressional probe, US officials warn of North Korean bioweapons, VICE News report finds police shootings way more common than we thought, and more.

by VICE Staff
Dec 11 2017, 4:11pm

Photo by Zach Gibson—Pool/Getty Images

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

US News

Trump Accusers Call for Congressional Probe
A group of women who have accused Donald Trump of sexual harassment or assault planned to recount their experiences at a joint press conference Monday morning. Brave New Films, the production company behind the event, said the women want Congress to launch an investigation into Trump's conduct. When asked Sunday about claims made against the president, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said “women should always feel comfortable coming forward" and that these specific women ought to be "heard." Cory Booker, the US Senator from New Jersey, has also called on Trump to resign over the allegations on Saturday.—The Hill / Politico / VICE News

Study Finds Police Shootings Far More Frequent Than Realized
A new analysis of data from the nation’s 50 largest police departments shows cops shoot people more than twice as often as previously believed. Officers shot at least 3,631 people in the areas covered from 2010 through 2016. The analysis also found around 55 percent of people cops shot were black, and 20 percent were unarmed.—VICE News

US Officials Warn of North Korean Bioweapons
Anonymous senior US officials claimed North Korea has developed a biological weapons program, escalating the threat the regime poses to its neighbors. Both US and South Korean intelligence are said to believe the North Koreans have “experimented” with anthrax, cholera, and plague microbes.—The Washington Post

Climate Change Responsible for Wildfires, Says California Governor
Governor Jerry Brown blamed climate change for the wildfires in his state and said the president was not taking the problem seriously enough. “I don’t think President Trump has a fear of the Lord, the fear of the wrath of God,” he said. Six fires raging in California now cover an area bigger than both New York City and Boston put together, with the Thomas Fire spanning at least 230,000 acres in Ventura County and Santa Barbara County.—CBS News / CNN

International News

Venezuelan President Bans Opposition from Election
President Nicolas Maduro has announced that three opposition parties who refused to take part in Venezuela’s mayoral contests will not be allowed to “participate” in next year’s presidential election. The Socialist leader said the Democratic Action, Justice First, and Popular Will parties had now “disappeared from the political map.”—VICE News

Israeli Security Officer Stabbed in Jerusalem
A 24-year-old Palestinian man attacked a security guard at the central bus station in the city, leaving the officer in critical condition. The attacker was detained. Protests against the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital continued Sunday, taking place in Beirut, Rabat in Morocco, and Jakarta in Indonesia.—Reuters

Vladimir Putin Announces Military Deescalation in Syria
The Russian president kicked off his trip to the Middle East by visiting an air base in Syria, where he pledged to reduce the number of troops stationed there. Putin told Russian forces: “Friends, the Motherland is waiting for you… if the terrorists again raise their heads, we will deal such blows to them they have never seen.”—AP

Bollywood Actress Said to Be Assaulted on Flight
Indian police filed sexual assault charges against an airline passenger after 17-year-old actress Zaira Wasim said she was attacked on a flight from New Delhi to Mumbai. The Bollywood star posted a video on Instagram alleging the man “kept nudging my shoulder and continued to move his foot up and down my back and neck.”—Reuters

Everything Else

Josh Homme Apologizes for Kicking Female Photographer
The Queens of the Stone Age frontman expressed his regret after kicking Chelsea Lauren in the face during the band’s Christmas show. “I don’t have any excuse,” he said in an Instagram video. “I was a total dick and I’m truly sorry.”—Variety

Roy Moore Disappears from the Campaign Trail
The GOP’s Alabama Senate seat candidate reportedly spent much of the weekend with family, despite the special election taking place this Tuesday. Officials said Moore had not even planned to attend the Sunday service at his home church in Gallant.—VICE News

Value of Bitcoin Futures Spikes
Trading on a new futures contract based on the currency jumped from $15,000 to $18,580 after launching on Sunday evening. The website for the Chicago Board Options Exchange at least partially crashed for a time amid a deluge of activity.—AP

Stars Jump to Bullied Student’s Defense
Cardi B, Snoop Dogg, and Patricia Arquette were among those who sent messages of support to Tennessee teenager Keaton Jones after he posted a Facebook video about his struggles with bullies. “I think your sooo cool Keaton!” tweeted Millie Bobby Brown. “I wanna be your friend (but srsly) ur freakin awesome.”—People

Saudi Arabia Lifts Ban on Cinemas
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's government has announced movie theaters will reopen in the Gulf state in March 2018 after being outlawed for 35 years. The Minister of Culture said it would be “a catalyst for economic growth.”—The Hollywood Reporter

Bon Iver Reworks Classics on MPR
The singer-songwriter headlined Minnesota Public Radio’s A Prairie Home Companion this weekend, playing four songs on the show. His performances included stripped-back versions of “_45_” and “#29 Strafford APTS.”—Noisey

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