The VICE Morning Bulletin

Trump meets Putin at G20 summit, America's top ethics watchdog resigns, South Korean president says he's willing to meet Kim Jong Un, and more.

by VICE Staff
Jul 7 2017, 2:30pm

Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

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

US News

Trump Meets Putin at G20 Summit
President Trump and President Vladimir Putin have met for the very first time in a short, private hang at the beginning of the G20 summit in Germany. The US and Russian leaders are expected to chat at greater length Friday afternoon. Speaking in Poland ahead of official talks, Trump said Russia should stop its "destabilizing behavior." But when asked whether he believed Russia destabilized the US election, Trump said, "Nobody really knows."—VICE News

Head of US Government Ethics Watchdog Quits
The director of the Office of Government Ethics, Walter Shaub Jr., is resigning from his post. Shaub said no one in the administration had pressured him into leaving, despite several clashes with Trump officials. Shaub added that the US government needs a stronger ethics program, and told CBS News in an exit interview that Trump at least appears like he might be profiting from the presidency.—VICE/VICE News

Federal Judge Rejects Hawaii's Effort to Expand Travel Ban Exemptions
A federal judge has rejected a request from Hawaii to clarify the definition of "close" family ties under the Trump administration's travel ban. Hawaii wanted to include grandparents and other family members in the exemptions, but US district court judge Derrick K. Watson said the state would have to take the question back to the Supreme Court.—CNN

International News

At Least Ten Soldiers Killed in Bomb Attacks in Egypt
Ten soldiers have been killed and more injured in two car bomb attacks at military checkpoints near the Egyptian city of Rafah. The army said security forces had "succeeded in thwarting" a wider attack, killing 40 militants and destroying six vehicles. It remained unclear what group might be responsible for the attacks.—Reuters

At Least 28 Killed in Mexican Prison Riot
Twenty-eight inmates in an Acapulco prison have been killed in intense fighting between rival gangs, with several victims beheaded or mutilated during the riot. "The incident was triggered by a permanent feud between rival groups within the prison," said Roberto Álvarez, security spokesman for the Mexican state of Guerrero.—Al Jazeera

Huge Chinese Aircraft Carrier Arrives in Hong Kong
The Liaoning, China's first active full-fledged military aircraft carrier, has sailed into Hong Kong waters—the vessel's debut trip outside mainland China. The 990-foot beast is joined by three Chinese warships, a display of military power to mark the 20th anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong from the UK to China.—BBC News

South Korean President Willing to Meet Kim Jong Un
South Korean president Moon Jae-in has said he is willing to talk to North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un to defuse tensions over the North's missile program and nuclear development. Moon said he would meet "at any time at any place… if it will provide an opportunity to transform the tension and confrontation on the Korean Peninsula."—AP

Everything Else

Tyler, the Creator Reveals New Album Details
Tyler, the Creator has announced details of his new, 14-track album Flower Boy. Due out July 21, the record will have collaborations with Lil Wayne on "Dropping Seeds" and Frank Ocean on "Where This Flower Blooms."—Noisey

Anti-Defamation League Comments on JAY-Z Lyric
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has voiced its concern about a line in the JAY-Z track "The Story of O.J." The lyric goes: "You ever wonder why Jewish people own all the property in America?" An ADL representative said it "could feed into preconceived notions about Jews," but the organization did not believe it was deliberately anti-Semitic.—Rolling Stone

Animal Shelter Disputes Lena Dunham Dog Story
The Brooklyn animal shelter BARC has disputed Lena Dunham's claim that a dog she adopted and recently gave away had been abused by multiple owners. BARC spokesperson Robert Vazquez said "we don't lie about the dogs' histories."—Yahoo News

Elon Musk Plans to Build World's Biggest Lithium Ion Battery
Tesla boss Elon Musk plans to unveil the largest lithium ion battery yet in partnership with French company Neoen. The 129MWh battery, designed to store renewable energy, will be erected in Australia in tandem with a wind farm.—The Guardian

Ava DuVernay to Direct Netflix Series on Central Park Five
Ava DuVernay, the filmmaker behind the Oscar-nominated documentary 13th, will reportedly tackle the Central Park Five case in a five-part series for Netflix. The story centers on Harlem teenagers wrongly convicted of a 1989 rape.—VICE

Pentagon to Start Protecting Soldiers' Emails with Encryption
The Defense Information Systems Agency, the branch of the Pentagon that oversees military communications, is finally set to use encryption to protect soldiers' emails. The new email "infrastructure" is expected to be done rolling out in July 2018.—Motherboard