The VICE Morning Bulletin

Trump said Vladimir Putin is a better leader than Obama, Ryan Lochte gets ten-month suspension from US Olympic Committee, Denmark will buy leaked data from the Panama Papers law firm, and more.

by VICE Staff
Sep 8 2016, 1:40pm

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

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US News

Trump Says Putin Is a Better Leader Than Obama
Donald Trump said Russian president Vladimir Putin was more praiseworthy than President Obama at Wednesday's national security townhall. "He's been a leader, far more than our president has been a leader." Speaking at the same forum, Hillary Clinton said the US was "not putting ground troops into Iraq ever again, and we are not putting ground troops into Syria." —The Guardian

Russian Jet Comes Within Ten Feet of US Plane
A Russian fighter jet came within ten feet of a US Navy plane over the Black Sea on Wednesday, described by US officials as an "unsafe close-range intercept." The Pentagon said the intercept lasted about 19 minutes. A Russian defense spokesman said Russian pilots had been "in strict compliance with international flight rules."—NBC News

Warrant Out for Jill Stein's Arrest in North Dakota
A North Dakota county has issued a warrant for the arrest of the Green Party's presidential candidate Jill Stein. The candidate is accused of spray-painting construction equipment during a protest against Dakota Access pipeline and has been charged with counts of criminal trespass and criminal mischief.—CBS News

Ryan Lochte Suspended for Ten Months
Ryan Lochte has been given a ten-month ban by the United States Olympic Committee and USA Swimming as a result of false claims about the gas station incident at the Rio Olympics. Lochte will miss next year's world swimming championships as a result.—USA Today

international NEWS

UN Watchdog to Investigate Gas Attack in Syria
The United Nations' chemical weapons watchdog will investigate the suspected use of chlorine gas in Aleppo, Syria. Ahmet Üzümcü, head of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), described reports of helicopters dropping chlorine on Tuesday as "disturbing." The OPCW will report to the UN Security Council.—Reuters

Denmark to Buy Leaked Data
Denmark will buy data leaked from the law firm at the heart of the Panama Papers scandal, taxation minister Karsten Lauritzen has announced. It is unclear whether Denmark will buy the data from the original source of the leak or a third party. One of Denmark's opposition parties called the decision "deeply reprehensible."—BBC News

Hungarian Camerawoman Charged for Kicking Migrants
Hungarian prosecutors have filed charges against a camerawoman who was filmed kicking and tripping up migrants fleeing police on the country's border. Petra Laszlo was charged for "disorderly conduct" for the incident, which caused international outrage in September last year.—CNN

Zimbabwe Court Overturns Ban on Protests
Zimbabwe's high court has overturned a two-week ban on demonstrations in the capital Harare following a legal challenge by activists. Police had tried to ban anti-government rallies after violent clashes with protesters in recent weeks, but Zimbabwe's High Court judge Priscilla Chigumba ruled the ban was illegal.—Al Jazeera

Everything Else

Kaepernick Jersey Now No. 1 Seller in NFL
Colin Kaepernick's number seven jersey has become the best-seller in the NFL, a little over a week after he began his National Anthem protest. Kaepernick said he would donate all proceeds he gets from jersey sales "back into the communities."—ESPN

Police Recover Bling Stolen from Drake Tour Bus
A reported $3 million worth of jewelry was stolen from Drake's tour bus while he was performing Tuesday in Phoenix. But police recovered the jewelry and booked Travion King, 21, on a burglary charge.—ABC News

New Mario Game Coming to iOS
Despite annoyance over the iPhone 7's lack of a headphone jack, Apple made some more appealing announcements. A version of Pokémon Go is coming to the Apple Watch, and a new Mario game called Super Mario Run is coming to iOS.—Buzzfeed News

Hollywood Still Very White, Straight, and Male
A new study of 800 recent movies found that women and minorities were still underrepresented in speaking roles. Of 35,000 movie characters examined by University of Southern California professors, only 26 percent were racial minorities.—VICE News

MIA. Drops New Track 'Foreign Friend'
MIA has dropped another track from her forthcoming album AIM, to be released on Friday. The track, "Foreign Friend," features Jamaican artist Dexta Daps on vocals. The album will feature production from Diplo and Skrillex.—Noisey

OPM Hackers Used Superhero Names
A congressional report into the recent data breach at the Office of Personnel Management reveals it was carried out by two hacking groups, likely from China. The hackers used Marvel superhero names to steal the data.—Motherboard

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