The VICE Morning Bulletin

The VICE Morning Bulletin

White House issues new visa rules for travel ban, driver storms the gates of Brazil's presidential palace, Vatican treasurer charged with sex crimes, and more.

by VICE Staff
Jun 29 2017, 3:25pm

Photo by Genaro Molina / LA Times via Getty Images

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

US News

White House Issues New Visa Rules for Partial Travel Ban
The Trump administration has outlined new visa rules for applicants from six Muslim-majority countries and refugees worldwide after the Supreme Court green-lit part of President Trump's travel ban executive order. People from Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Iran, Libya, and Yemen will now need to prove "close" family or business ties to the US, with sons- and daughters-in-law, for example, included, while grandparents and cousins are not. The rules go into effect Thursday evening.—Associated Press

US Ambassador to UN Celebrates Slashed Peacekeeping Budget
Nikki Haley hailed an agreement to cut almost $600 million from the UN's peacekeeping budget, following pressure from the US. "Just five months into our time here, we've cut over half a billion $$$ from the UN peacekeeping budget & we're only getting started," the UN ambassador tweeted.—AFP/The Hill

Majority of Hate Crimes Go Unreported, Survey Shows
The majority of hate crimes committed in the US over a period of 12 years went unreported to the police, according to a new report by the Bureau of Justice Statistics. The National Crime Victimization Survey shows that around 250,000 hate crimes occurred each year between 2004 and 2015, but more than 50 percent of them were not reported to law enforcement.—AP

Senators Want Ban on Business with Russian Security Firm
Senators want to ban the US military from doing business with the Russian online security firm Kaspersky Lab. A provision in a Senate spending bill prohibiting any dealings with the Moscow-based outfit follows concerns expressed by US officials the company is too close to the Kremlin. Kaspersky Lab, some of whose employees were interviewed by the FBI this week, insisted it "has no ties to any government."—NBC News

International News

Vatican Treasurer Charged with Sex Crimes
Cardinal George Pell, the Vatican's treasurer and papal adviser, has been charged by Australian police with "historic sexual offenses." Pell, Australia's most senior cleric, has denied the charges and will take a leave of absence from his role at the Vatican to prepare for an impending trial. According to police in the state of Victoria, allegations of abuse were made by multiple people.—VICE News

North Korea Wants to Execute Former South Korean President
North Korea has announced an execution order for former South Korean president Park Geun-hye, accusing her of plotting to kill Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un. In a statement on state news, North Korea threatened Park and her former intelligence chief Lee Byung-ho with "a miserable dog's death anytime, at any place, and by whatever methods."—VICE News

Driver Storms the Gates of Brazil's Presidential Palace
A driver crashed a car through the gates of the Brazilian president's palace, and security forces fired shots in response. The driver, a minor, was stopped and taken into custody uninjured. President Michel Temer was not in the palace at the time, but remains under pressure following charges from the country's chief prosecutor over alleged bribes.—Al Jazeera

Chinese President Makes Historic Visit to Hong Kong
Chinese president Xi Jinping has made his first trip since taking office to Hong Kong to mark the 20th anniversary of the end of British rule in the territory. Xi said Hong Kong had "always tugged at my heartstrings," and pledged China would make sure the territory's autonomy had a "far-reaching future" under the "one country, two systems" arrangement.—Reuters

Everything Else

YouTuber Charged with Manslaughter in Prank Gone Wrong
YouTuber Monalisa Perez has been charged with second-degree manslaughter, accused of fatally shooting her 22-year-old boyfriend. Perez, 19, seems to have accidentally shot Pedro Ruiz III in the chest when filming a stunt to show how a book might stop a bullet.—Star Tribune

R2-D2 Sells for $2.76 Million at Auction
A R2-D2 unit used in the original Star Wars movies has been sold at auction for $2.76 million. Luke Skywalker's lightsaber, used in the first two George Lucas-directed films, sold for $450,000 at the Profiles in History auction.—AP

Lady Gaga Poses as Teacher in Fundraising Ad
Lady Gaga made a surprise appearance at Walter Reed Middle School in Hollywood to promote an educational fundraising partnership between her Born This Way Foundation and Gaga posed as a substitute teacher before talking to students about their goals.—AdWeek

Ancient Turkish Site Home to 'Skull Cult,' Archaeologists Say
Turkey's mysterious Göbekli Tepe structure was once home to a "skull cult," according to new archaeological research published in Science Advances. Skulls were found with deep carvings and coloring at the 11,000-year-old site.—Motherboard

German Cops Removed from Duty After Wild Police Party
More than 200 German police officers have been removed from their posts, at least temporarily, ahead of next week's G20 summit in Hamburg after being busted for partying. The wild night in Hamburg reportedly included public sex acts.—VICE News