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This morning, Bernie Sanders says the Democratic primary calendar is unfair, a video released by Boko Haram appears to show kidnapped schoolgirls, former NFL starts test medical weed, and more.

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Apr 14 2016, 9:24am


Bernie Sanders says the Democratic party calendar is pushing Hilary Clinton ahead. Photo via Flickr user Michael Vadon

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

US News

Sanders Blames Southern Schedule
Bernie Sanders said that the Democratic primary calendar is unfair, blaming it for giving Hillary Clinton early momentum. "I think that having so many Southern states go first kind of distorts reality," he said ahead of tonight's debate in Brooklyn. "Since we got out of the South, we're doing pretty well." —TIME

US Experts Say Zika Causes Birth Defects
US health officials have confirmed that the mosquito-borne Zika virus does cause microcephaly and other birth defects. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the evidence shows the virus causes a rare fetal defect that results in an underdeveloped brain. —The New York Times

Senators Want to Halt Bomb Sales to Saudis
Two US senators have introduced legislation that would halt future sales of bombs to Saudi Arabia until President Obama can verify the Saudi government is respecting international law in Yemen. Chris Murphy and Rand Paul said the White House must ensure that US weapons are not being used on innocent civilians. —VICE News

Trump Aide Assault Charge Set to Be Dropped
Florida prosecutors will announce later today whether they plan to prosecute Donald Trump's campaign manager Corey Lewandowski on a battery charge in connection with former Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields. Multiple sources claim the charge will be dropped. —Politico

International News

School Girls Shown Alive in Boko Haram Video
A video released by Nigerian militant group Boko Haram appears to show some of 276 girls kidnapped two years ago still alive. The video, the first footage of the girls seen since May 2014, shows 15 girls in black robes identifying themselves as pupils abducted from the town of Chibok. —BBC News

Crane Crush Kills 18 in China
At least 18 people have been killed by a crane that collapsed in high winds in China's Guangdong Province. The crane toppled onto a two-story building occupied by 139 construction workers. Most of the workers escaped, but another 18 were injured and hospitalized. —The Times of India

Brazilian President Loses Support Ahead of Impeachment Vote
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has lost another coalition partner before the parliamentary vote on her impeachment. The right-wing Progressive Party (PP) has announced it is leaving the government, and it will support Rousseff's removal from office in the big vote planned for Sunday. —Al Jazeera

Poland Says EU Migrant Plan Is Dead
Poland thinks the plan to distribute migrants across the European Union is "dead," and the country cannot take the 7,000 refugees it has already agreed to accept. Poland's deputy foreign minister Konrad Szymanski said a "majority" of EU countries would not implement the plan. —Reuters


Against Me! singer Laura Jane Grace. The band will play in North Carolina in protest at the state's anti-LGBT law. Photo via Wikimedia.

Everything Else

Former NFL Stars Test Medical Marijuana
Thirty ex-NFL players are working with a California company to test medical marijuana as a treatment for chronic pain and depression. Kevin Turley, founder of Gridiron Cannabis Coalition (GCC), says weed helped him manage his own injuries. —The Daily Beast

Against Me! to Perform in North Carolina as LGBT Protest
Laura Jane Grace, the Against Me! singer who came out as transgender in 2012, says her band will play North Carolina next month "as a form of protest" against the state's anti-LGBT law. "Trans people are not going to be scared," she said. —Billboard

Hate Crimes Against Canadian Muslims Have Doubled
New data on police-reported hate crime in Canada shows crimes against Muslims have more than doubled over the past three years. Civil rights groups are angry Canada still doesn't collect data on hate crimes against trans people.—VICE

Coolest Cooler Causes Kickstarter Shitstorm
The creators of the Coolest Cooler coolbox, having raised $13 million through Kickstarter, have caused an almighty shitstorm by asking backers to pay an additional $97 for "expedited delivery." Around 36,000 people are still waiting for their cooler. —Motherboard


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