The VICE Morning Bulletin

The VICE Morning Bulletin

Michael Flynn offers to testify in exchange for immunity, Israel approves new settlement in the West Bank, Trump to sign executive orders on trade, and more.

by VICE Staff
Mar 31 2017, 2:14pm

Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

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

US News

Michael Flynn Offers to Testify in Exchange for Immunity
Former national security adviser Michael Flynn has offered to share testimony with congressional investigators so long as he receives immunity against prosecution, according to his lawyer Robert Kelner. "General Flynn certainly has a story to tell, and he very much wants to tell it," read a statement from Kelner, who also said Flynn did not want to "submit to questioning in such a highly politicized, witch-hunt environment without assurances against unfair prosecution."—VICE

Trump to Sign Executive Orders on Foreign Trade
President Trump will sign two trade-related executive orders on Friday, reports say. One seeks a country-by-country breakdown of what may be contributing to the US trade deficit, while the other will attempt to strengthen measures against the export pricing practice known as "dumping."—CNBC News

FBI Release 9/11 Photos of the Pentagon
The FBI has released a series of unseen photographs showing decimated parts of the Pentagon building in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. The 27 photos added to a viewable archive on the FBI website show interiors, aerial views, and parts of the American Airlines plane that flew into the building.—ABC News

Nikki Haley Says Assad Removal No Longer US Priority
The US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, has made clear removing President Bashar al Assad from power is not part of the Trump administration's policy on Syria. Haley told reporters that "our priority is no longer to sit there and focus on getting Assad out." Senator Lindsey Graham called the move "a grave mistake."—Reuters

International News

Malaysians and North Koreans Return Home in Swap Deal
Nine Malaysian nationals held in North Korea since a diplomatic standoff began over the killing of Kim Jong Nam have returned home. Three North Koreans in Malaysia have also been allowed to go home, despite being questioned over the murder of Kim Jong Un's half-brother. Kim Jong Nam's body was also released by Malaysian authorities and returned to Pyongyang.—Reuters

Israel Approves Brand New Settlement in the West Bank
The Israeli government approved construction of a new housing development near Nablus in the West Bank, giving the green light for a new settlement to be built in the occupied Palestinian territory for the first time in more than 20 years. It is being created for Jewish families evicted from another settlement, in Amona, last month. The Palestine Liberation Organization says Israel is "appeasing its illegal settler population."—BBC News

Former South Korean President Arrested and Detained
The former South Korean president Park Geun-hye has been arrested and accused of bribery and other offenses related to the corruption scandal that led to her impeachment. She has been taken to a detention facility, where she can remain for the next 20 days while prosecutors prepare formal charges.—AP

Pakistani Mosque Bombed, At Least 22 Dead
A bomb attack at a Shia mosque in the Pakistani city of Parachinar has killed at least 22 people. At least 57 others were wounded, according to a health official. Jamat Ul Ahrar, a splinter cell of the Pakistani Taliban, has claimed responsibility for the bombing.—CNN

Everything Else

SpaceX Launches and Lands Secondhand Rocket
SpaceX has successfully "recycled" a rocket for the first time, launching a Falcon 9 from Florida's Kennedy Space Center that was used once before and has now been refurbished. The rocket landed on a drone ship in the Atlantic after sending a satellite into orbit.—The Verge

Kendrick Lamar Drops Second New Track in a Week
Kendrick Lamar dropped a new song called "Humble," along with a music video directed by Dave Meyers and the Little Homies. The Mike Will Made It–produced track is the second he's released in a week, and he's expected to drop a new album April 7.—Noisey

Katy Perry to Play Glastonbury 2017
Katy Perry, Lorde, Solange, Run the Jewels, the xx, and alt-J have joined the bill for this year's Glastonbury, Europe's biggest music festival. Radiohead, the Foo Fighters, and Ed Sheeran are headlining the event in Somerset, England, in June.—Billboard

Joss Whedon Reportedly Set to Make Batgirl Movie
Director Joss Whedon is reportedly close to a deal with Warner Bros. to write, direct, and produce the first ever Batgirl movie. Part of the "DC Extended Universe," the film is set to feature other Batman world characters.—Variety

HBO Releases Game of Thrones Season Seven Trailer
HBO has unveiled the first proper trailer for the seventh season of Game of Thrones, following a promo of a massive ice cube melting released earlier this month. The video features Cersei and Daenerys settling onto thrones to the tune of James's song "Sit Down."—VICE

Oculus Founder Is Leaving Facebook
Palmer Luckey, the tech entrepreneur who sold his virtual reality company Oculus to Facebook for $2 billion, will leave Facebook Friday. Luckey reportedly gave money to a pro-Donald Trump nonprofit and was found to have liked many alt-right memes.—Motherboard