The VICE Morning Bulletin
North Korea plans to strike waters off Guam by mid-August, FBI raids Manafort's home in Russia probe, trans military personnel sue Trump, and more.
This photograph, taken August 9, depicts a North Korean rally in support of the country's stance against the US held in Pyongyang's Kim Il-Sung square. STR/AFP/Getty Images
Everything you need to know about the world this morning, curated by VICE.
North Korea Plans to Strike Waters off Guam by Mid-August
The North Korean military is devising a plan to fire four ballistic missiles into an area off the coast of Guam—a US territory—just outside of territorial waters. According to KCNA state media, the proposal will be ready for leader Kim Jon Un to approve by the middle of August. The report also referred to President Trump as "bereft of reason." US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Wednesday that North Korea would be "grossly overmatched" by US military capabilities in any conflict.—CNN / The Washington Post
FBI Raids Manafort's Home in Russia Probe
FBI agents raided the home of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort last month, visiting the property in the early hours to get hold of potential evidence on behalf of special counsel Robert Mueller. Manafort's spokesman verified that a search warrant had been used at the house in Alexandria, Virginia.—VICE
Trans Military Personnel Sue President Trump
Five transgender service personnel have filed a lawsuit against President Trump to fight his proposed ban on trans people serving in the military. All five members, who wish to remain anonymous, are currently active in the US Army, US Air Force, and US Coast Guard. Their lawyer Jennifer Levi, director of GLAAD's Transgender Rights Project, said it was the "start of a really important fight."—VICE News
State Department Expelled Two Cuban Diplomats
The US State Department asked two Cuban diplomats to leave the country back in May after US diplomats in Havana experienced hearing loss, according to anonymous officials. US officials are said to believe the loss was caused by "advanced" audio gadgets possibly deployed by the Cuban government. A State Department spokesperson said the diplomats experienced "a variety of physical symptoms." Cuba has denied any foul play.—AP
Violence Flares in Kenya Following Early Election Results
At least five people were killed as violence flared in Kenya Wednesday following the disputed early results of the country's presidential election. According to police in the Tana River area, one person was stabbed to death when five men stormed a counting station. President Uhuru Kenyatta leads Raila Odinga 54.4 percent to 44.8 percent, with 94 percent of votes now in. Odinga claims the results have been doctored by hackers.—Al Jazeera
Japan Claims It Could Intercept North Korean Missile
Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said his country would be legally entitled to shoot down any North Korean missile fired at Guam, after Pyongyang claimed it would draw up a plan to attack the US territory. Meanwhile, a spokesman for South Korea's military said North Korea "will face a strong response" if it "commits provocations."—Bloomberg
29 Migrants Dead After Drowning Off Yemeni Coast
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has discovered the bodies of 29 migrants buried in shallow graves on a Yemeni beach. The UN agency said the dead were among over 120 Ethiopian and Somali migrants "deliberately pushed" from boats into the water by human traffickers, before being buried by others who survived. The IOM said 22 of the migrants pushed into the sea are still missing.—AFP
Canada Building Migrant Camp Near US Border
Canadian troops are constructing a camp for up to 500 migrants near the US border to deal with the rising number of asylum seekers leaving the US in fear of deportation. The military is putting up tents at Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, north of New York State. Over 4,000 asylum seekers have entered across the border since the start of 2017, according to the Canadian government.—The Guardian
Taylor Swift's Mom Was Reluctant to Tell Cops About Alleged Groping
Taylor Swift's mother Andrea said she did not call the police after her daughter told her she had been groped because she "did not want this event to define her life." Andrea Swift testified in the case against Denver DJ David Mueller, whom Swift has accused of sexually assaulting her.—Reuters
Coen Brothers Bring Western Series to Netflix
The Coen brothers revealed Wednesday that their new, six-episode anthology show set in the Old West called The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is coming to Netflix. "We are streaming motherfuckers!" Joel and Ethan Coen said in a statement.—VICE
Scaramucci to Appear on 'Colbert'
Anthony Scaramucci, the ejected and most colourful former White House staffer, is booked as a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Monday, August 14. Colbert tweeted: "This is just a heads up for our censors to get ready!"—TIME
Springsteen to Perform on Broadway
Bruce Springsteen has announced that he will play a series of shows on Broadway. The Boss said he chose some "beautiful old theaters" for "intimate" solo performances.—Noisey
Trump's Childhood Home Available on Airbnb
President Trump's childhood home in Queens, New York, is now available to rent on Airbnb for $725 a night. The person running the residence has hung a sign outside the master bedroom claiming it is where Trump "was likely conceived."—VICE
Kelela Drops Video for 'LMK'
Rising R&B star Kelela has released a video for "LMK," the lead track from her forthcoming album Take Me Apart. Directed by Andrew Thomas Huang, it features the singer in series of wigs inside a smoky club.—i-D