The VICE Morning Bulletin

Foreign governments said to use Trump hotels to "curry favor," California couple charged with holding 13 children captive in horrific conditions, Trump reportedly scorned black members of Congress, and more.
January 16, 2018, 3:30pm
Trump International Hotel Opens In DC. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

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

US News

Plenty of Foreign Conflicts at Trump Hotels, New Report Claims
A watchdog report called "Presidency for Sale" concluded that at least four foreign governments (and four times as many special interest groups) patronized Trump properties in 2017. Public Citizen said agents of the Saudi government, Malaysian government, American Turkish Council, and Kuwait embassy used Trump properties last year. The report also found Trump properties earned money from 35 GOP congressional campaign committees.—NBC News

Trump Accused of Scorning Black Caucus at Immigration Showdown
The president was said to express straight-up disdain for the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) at the same White House meeting in which he reportedly referred to some nations as "shithole countries." According to some present, Trump suggested he had no interest in whether the group's members would back an immigration deal if it included protections for those countries.—The Washington Post

Couple Charged with Holding 13 Children Captive
California police arrested David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, after their children were found tied up and apparently malnourished at a house in Perris. A 17-year-old girl reportedly escaped the home and alerted police to the plight of her 12 brothers and sisters. Those held captive ranged in age from two to 29. The Turpins have been charged with torture and child endangerment.—ABC News

Democrats Need One Vote for Bill to Restore Net Neutrality
The party's members revealed there are 50 senators—49 Democrats and one Republican—now in favor of legislation to overrule the FCC's recent decision to end net neutrality. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said his party was "fighting to keep the Internet from becoming the Wild West where ISPs are free to offer premium service to only the wealthiest customers." Any bill would also need majority backing in the House and the support of President Trump, both of which were far from certain.—The Washington Post

International News

Myanmar Promises to Accept Repatriation of Rohingya over Two Years
Myanmar has green-lit the repatriation of 1,500 Rohingya Muslims each week from refugee camps in Bangladesh, according to the latter government. More than 700,000 Rohingya are believed to have been uprooted by allegedly genocidal persecution in Myanmar last year, some of which appeared to involve the country's military.—BBC News

Palestinian Leaders Want to Suspend Recognition of Israel
The Palestinian Liberation Organization's (PLO) Central Council recommended withdrawing recognition of Israel until its government formally acknowledges a distinct Palestinian state. The body also proposed scrapping the Oslo Accords—landmark agreements with Israel on security and other issues. The executive committee was said to be "assigned" to carry out the changes, but had yet to move on the proposals.—Al Jazeera

Venezuelan Police Said to Kill Rebel Leader
Oscar Perez, leader of a group of anti-government rebels who was accused of firing on Venezuela's Supreme Court from a helicopter, may have been killed in a police raid. President Nicolás Madurosaid Monday five people from the "terrorist group" had been arrested and two officers killed during an operation.—CNN

Kosovan Serb Politician Assassinated Outside Party HQ
Political leader Oliver Ivanovic died after being shot outside his party’s office in the town of Mitrovica, in northern Kosovo. His lawyer said he was shot five times. Ivanovic was awaiting a retrial stemming from killings of ethnic Albanians during regional conflict in 1998 and 1999.—Reuters

Everything Else

Cranberries Singer Dies at Age 46
Irish vocalist Dolores O’Riordan died in London, according to a statement released by her representative on Monday. Bandmates Noel Hogan, Mike Hogan, and Fergal Lawler said: "We are devastated on the passing of our friend Dolores... The world has lost a true artist today."—Noisey

Simone Biles Accuses Larry Nassar of Sexual Abuse
The Olympic gold medal–winning gymnast accused the USA team doctor of sexually abusing her, describing his actions as "disgusting" in a Twitter post. More than 140 women have come forward accusing Nassar of abuse. He was slated for sentencing Tuesday.— CNN

Ava DuVernay Won Top NAACP Image Award
The director won the entertainer of the year prize at the 49th NAACP Image Awards, while Girls Trip won movie of the year. Daniel Kaluuya won best actor for his role in Get Out and Octavia Spencer won best actress for Gifted.—The Hollywood Reporter

Migos Announce New Album Details
The hip-hop superstars revealed new LP Culture II will drop next Friday, January 26, and shared cover art on Twitter. Quavo also tweeted a one-minute clip of new music along with footage of Martin Luther King Jr.—Pitchfork

Timothée Chalamet Pledges Woody Allen Film Salary to Charity
The Call Me by Your Name actor said he did not want to profit from his role in Allen's forthcoming movie A Rainy Day in New York. Chalamet revealed the undisclosed sum would be going to Time's Up, the LGBT Center in New York, and RAINN.—i-D

North Korea Calls Trump Tweet 'Spasm of a Lunatic'
A state-run newspaper editorial called the US president's early January nuclear button tweet the "bark of a rabid dog" and the "spasm of a lunatic." It also referred to the January 3 tweet as the behavior of a "loser" and a "psychopath."—VICE News