The VICE Morning Bulletin

The VICE Morning Bulletin

Mike Pence says "strategic patience" with North Korea is over, at least 126 killed in attack on convoy in Syria, President Erdoğan​ claims victory and new powers in Turkish referendum, and more.

by VICE Staff
Apr 17 2017, 2:43pm

Photo by JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images

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

US News

Vice President Says 'Strategic Patience' with North Korea Is Over
Mike Pence says the "era of strategic patience" maintained by past US administrations toward North Korea is a thing of the past. While visiting South Korea on a ten-day tour of Asia, the vice president said the US would try to resolve the standoff over North Korea's weapons development program by "peaceable means or ultimately by whatever means are necessary." He added, "All options are on the table."—AP

FBI Assist in Manhunt After Video of Killing Posted on Facebook
The FBI is helping Cleveland police search for Steve Stephens, suspected of killing someone at random, filming the attack, and posting the footage on Facebook. Though Stephens claimed he had carried out multiple murders on Facebook, police chief Calvin Williams only confirmed one person, 74-year-old Robert Godwin, had been killed in northeast Cleveland.—NBC News

United Airlines Ditches Passenger Bump Policy
United has changed its policy on removing passengers following widespread outrage over David Dao's forced removal from a flight. Crew members will now be allocated seats at least 60 minutes prior to takeoff, so no passenger already onboard will have to give up his or her seat. Meanwhile, American Airlines pledged never to remove a seated passenger, while Delta said it will pay up to $10,000 to do so.—CBS News

EPA Under Industry Pressure to Gut Regulation
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is facing more pressure from the business world to cut regulations than any other government agency, according to the Commerce Department. Back in November, Trump invited American manufacturers and trade groups to suggest ways he could help their businesses run more smoothly. Among the 168 pieces of policy advice they submitted, many concerned tweaking EPA guidelines. BP, for example, hopes to change leasing renewal requirements so it's less of a hassle to drill in the Gulf of Mexico.—The Washington Post

International News

President Erdoğan Claims Victory (and New Power) in Turkish Referendum
Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has apparently won a narrow victory in the country's referendum, giving him a range of new powers—despite opposition and other claims that various forms of suppression took place. Erdoğan's campaign to change Turkey's constitution carried just more than 51 percent of the votes, and the head of the country's High Electoral Board confirmed the result as legitimate.—BBC News

Hundreds of Palestinian Prisoners Launch Hunger Strike
Around 700 Palestinian prisoners have begun a hunger strike in a protest against conditions inside Israeli jails. Led by Marwan Barghouti, a leading figure in Fatah who is currently in jail, around 2,000 prisoners total are expected to join the strike. Hamas and the Palestinian National Council have announced their support.—The Guardian

At Least 126 Killed in Attack on Convoy in Syria
Some 126 people, including 68 children, were killed in a bomb attack on a bus convoy west of Aleppo, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. No entity has yet claimed responsibility for the assault, which targeted those fleeing government-held towns for more secure regime strongholds.—Al Jazeera

Former South Korean President Charged with Bribery
South Korea's former president Park Geun-hye has been indicted by prosecutors on bribery charges. Shin Dong-bin, chairman of the multinational retail chain Lotte, has also been charged, accused of arranging a $6.16 million bribe for Park and her confidante Choi Soon-sil in return for government help.—Reuters

Everything Else

Alex Jones is 'Playing a Character,' Lawyer Claims
Alex Jones's attorney claimed the InfoWars host is "playing a character" at a pretrial hearing for the child custody battle between Jones and his ex-wife. Randall Wilhite said Jones's anger was a show persona. "He is a performance artist," Wilhite said.—Austin American-Statesman

'Fate of the Furious' Claims Biggest Global Debut Ever
Fate of the Furious, the eighth movie in the Fast and the Furious franchise, has achieved the highest-earning global box office debut of all time. The movie took in $532.5 million, knocking Star Wars: The Force Awakens (which took in $529 million) from the top spot.—TIME

The Chainsmokers Debut at No.1 on Billboard 200
The Chainsmokers' first full-length album Memories…Do Not Open has debuted at the top of the Billboard 200, selling 221,000 equivalent units. It sent Drake's More Life down to No.2 after three weeks at the top.—Billboard

Lady Gaga Drops Surprise New Track
Lady Gaga has released "The Cure," a brand new track she debuted during her performance at Coachella Saturday night. Less than 12 months after her album Joanne, the synth-heavy party-pop single has been made available on iTunes.—Noisey

US Navy Not Feeling Vaping at Sea
The US Navy has prohibited vaping and possession of all electronic devices that deliver nicotine aboard its ships, submarines, and aircraft. The indefinite ban follows 12 incidents involving exploding devices over an eight-month period.—Motherboard

Mysteryland USA Festival Cancelled
This year's Mysteryland USA festival has been canceled, organizers announced. The event in upstate New York, set to include performances by LCD Soundsystem and Major Lazer, was scrapped due to "unforeseen circumstances."—Thump