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The VICE Morning Bulletin

White House to flesh out transgender military ban, at least 16 killed as Typhoon Hato hits China, wanted white supremacist turns himself in, and more.
August 24, 2017, 3:18pm
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Everything you need to know about the world this morning, curated by VICE

US News

White House Moves to Impose Transgender Military Ban
The White House is apparently ready to order the Pentagon to stop allowing transgender people to join the US Armed Forces. According to unnamed officials, the new Trump administration guidelines will give Defense Secretary Jim Mattis the power to remove current transgender personnel from the military if they do not meet "deployability" standards, and also halt their medical treatment.—VICE News

Wanted White Supremacist Turns Himself In
Christopher Cantwell, the white supremacist who featured prominently in a recent VICE News segment on Charlottesville, has handed himself over to cops in Lynchburg, Virginia. Cantwell is accused of two counts of illegal use of tear gas and one count of causing malicious bodily injury at the University of Virginia campus on August 11.—VICE News/AP

Rabbis Cancel Their Call with Trump Over Charlottesville Response
Four separate rabbinical organizations have announced that they will not join a traditional Jewish holiday season call with the president. In a joint statement, the rabbis said President Trump's remarks since the violence in Charlottesville had offered "succor to those who advocate anti-Semitism, racism, and xenophobia."—The New York Times

Colin Kaepernick Supporters Protest at NFL Headquarters
Hundreds of Colin Kaepernick supporters protested outside NFL headquarters in New York City Wednesday night. Democratic political operative Symone Sanders accused the NFL of being "complicit" in the former San Francisco 49ers star being out of a job following his decision to kneel during the national anthem throughout last season. Some activists advocated a boycott of the league.—NBC News

International News

Dutch Police Prevent Possible Attack on Music Venue
Dutch police arrested a man Thursday morning in connection with a suspected plot to attack a music venue in Rotterdam. Cops had been given information by police in Spain regarding a credible threat to the space, forcing the American band Allah-Las to cancel their concert.—VICE News

At Least 16 Killed as Typhoon Hato Hits China
Some 16 people have been killed after Typhoon Hato assaulted several provinces in South China Wednesday. Nearly 27,000 people had to be evacuated from their homes, according to state media. Fierce storms and floods also hit Hong Kong, where authorities issued a maximum hurricane warning.—AP

Iran and Saudi Diplomats Set to Exchange Embassy Visits
Iran's foreign minister, Javad Zarif, said this week that Iran and Saudi Arabia are taking steps to re-establish diplomatic ties, according to a state news agency. Zarif said initial arrangements had been made to ensure "diplomats from the two countries can inspect their embassies and consulates" in September. At odds over a range of disputes, the two nations cut diplomatic ties last year.—Al Jazeera

Brazil Drops Environment Protections to Allow Mining in the Amazon
The Brazilian government has removed nature reserve protections covering 17,800 square miles of the Amazon to allow mining to take place. The government said nine smaller zones within the vast tract of land across the Amapa and Para states would be preserved. Opposition politician Randolfe Rodrigues called it "the biggest attack on the Amazon of the last 50 years."—BBC News

Everything Else

Taylor Swift Shares New Single and Album Details
Tayor Swift revealed she's dropping a new single Thursday and releasing a new album November 10. The singer unveiled a newsprint-themed cover for the forthcoming album Reputation in a series of Instagram posts.—Noisey

Ariana Grande Cancels Vietnam Tour Date Due to Health Problems
Ariana Grande scrapped Wednesday night's planned performance in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, citing health problems. The singer apologized to fans in an Instagram post: "My doctor won't allow me to do the show for you tonight. I'm so so sorry."—Billboard

Joker and Harley Quinn Movie in Development
Jared Leto and Margot Robbie are reportedly set to return as the Joker and Harley Quinn in a stand-alone movie after playing the characters in Suicide Squad. Warner Bros. is in discussions with Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, who made Crazy, Stupid, Love, to lead the project.—The Hollywood Reporter

Tyler, The Creator Releases JAY-Z Remix
Tyler, The Creator has dropped a new song "ZIPLOC," a reworked version of the title track from JAY-Z's album 4:44. Tyler also announced details of a fall tour of US cities, beginning in San Francisco on Halloween.—Noisey

Joan Didion and Gay Talese Docs Coming to Netflix
New documentary films about the legendary nonfiction writers Joan Didion and Gay Talese will appear on Netflix, the streaming service announced. Both Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold and Voyeur will premiere at the New York Film Festival.—VICE