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The VICE Morning Bulletin

The VICE Morning Bulletin

Man accused of Charlottesville killing to appear in court, top US officials say no imminent threat of war with North Korea, Mike Pence defends Trump's response to Charlottesville, and more.

by VICE Staff
Aug 14 2017, 2:55pm

Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

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

US News

Mike Pence Defends Trump's Charlottesville Comments
Vice President Mike Pence has defended President Trump's remarks on Saturday's violent far-right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, countering criticism over the president declining to single out white supremacist hatred and violence. Trump blamed "many sides" for the violence, but Pence insisted the president had "unambiguously condemned the bigotry, violence, and hatred." Pence also said the Trump administration had "no tolerance for hate and violence from white supremacists, neo-Nazis, or the KKK."—The Washington Post

Man Charged with Charlottesville Killing Held 'White Supremacist Views'
The former history teacher of James Alex Fields Jr., the Ohio man charged with killing one woman and injuring 19 others by driving his car toward a crowd in Charlottesville, said the suspect held "white supremacist views." Derek Weimer said the 20-year-old had "this fascination with Nazism and a big idolatry of Adolf Hitler." Fields Jr.'s mother, Samantha Bloom, said she believed her son had attended a rally that "had something to do with Trump."—The Washington Post

Feds Suspect a Venezuelan Plot to Kill Marco Rubio
A US government agency has learned of a "potentially grave threat" to Florida senator Marco Rubio's life coming from Venezuela. Rubio has been receiving extra security after the Department of Homeland Security told police about intelligence regarding a possible assassination plot. The source of the alleged threat was identified as Diosdado Cabello, a lawmaker and former military leader, whom Rubio recently referred to as the "Pablo Escobar of Venezuela."—The Miami Herald/CBS News

Top US Officials Say No 'Imminent' Threat of War with North Korea
CIA director Mike Pompeo said there is no "imminent" threat of war with North Korea and described the country's leader, Kim Jong-un, as "rational." Marine Corps general Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will discuss the standoff with North Korea with leaders in China, South Korea, and Japan this week. "We're all looking to get out of this situation without a war," said Dunford.—AP

International News

Restaurant Attack in Burkina Faso Leaves 20 Dead
Twenty people were killed and several others wounded in an attack on a restaurant in Burkina Faso, according to the government. Gunmen began firing at people outside a Turkish restaurant in Ouagadougou, the nation's capital, at about 9 PM on Sunday. Two suspected attackers were killed by security personnel.—BBC News

At Least 165 Killed in Floods in India and Nepal
At least 165 people have been killed in serious flooding and resulting landslides in India and Nepal. In the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, at least 46 people were killed Sunday when a landslide pushed two passenger buses over a hillside. According to the Nepalese authorities, flash flooding has caused the deaths of at least 70 people, with dozens still missing.—AFP

Australia's Deputy Prime Minister in Dual Citizenship Crisis
New Zealand's government has discovered Australia's deputy prime minister, Barnaby Joyce, has New Zealand citizenship, forcing the politician to take the matter to the Australian high court to find out whether he is still allowed to hold office. Australia's constitution forbids dual citizens from becoming a member of parliament.—The Guardian

More Than 500,000 Infected in Yemen Cholera Epidemic
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 500,000 people in Yemen have now been infected during this year's cholera outbreak. WHO said 1,975 people have died of the disease in the war-torn nation since it "began to spread rapidly at the end of April."—Reuters

Everything Else

Musicians Condemn Far-Right Violence in Charlottesville
Dave Matthews Band, which formed in Charlottesville, Virginia, has condemned "the acts of racist, hate-filled terrorism in our hometown this weekend." Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, and John Legend were among the other musicians to denounce the white supremacists' rally.—Noisey/Billboard

Facebook Takes Down Street Artist's Page for 'Hate Speech'
Facebook has deleted the right-wing street artist Sabo's page after he published photos of his "F*ck Zuck 2020" posters apparently targeting the company's founder. A message explained Sabo's Facebook page had been "unpublished for using hate speech."—The Hollywood Reporter

Hackers Release Upcoming 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' Episodes
Hackers have reportedly released several unseen, upcoming episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm and episodes of other HBO shows, including The Deuce, Ballers, and Barry. The network is "not in communication with the hacker," an HBO spokesperson said.—The Guardian

'Annabelle: Creation' Nabs No.1 at the Box Office
Horror movie Annabelle: Creation has scored the top spot at the North American box office after taking in $35 million during its opening weekend. Dunkirk holds the No. 2 spot after bringing in another projected $11.4 million, taking its North American haul to more than $150 million.—Variety

Legendary Studio Ghibli Filmmaker Returns to Work
Hayao Miyazaki is now back at work at the Studio Ghibli office after coming out of retirement, the Japanese animation studio has announced. The 76-year-old animator Miyazaki is working on Boro the Caterpillar, set for a 2019 release.—i-D

Submarine Inventor Held on Suspicion of Killing After Sub Sinks
Peter Madsen, the inventor of a DIY submarine, has been held in Denmark on suspicion of "unlawful killing" after his sub sank off the Danish coast, possibly with a journalist inside. Diving crews are still searching for the journalist, Kim Wall, who was declared missing.—Motherboard