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The VICE Morning Bulletin

GOP healthcare bill is dead (for now), fiancé of Australian killed by police demands answers, billions in student loan debt could be erased, and more.

by VICE Staff
Jul 18 2017, 2:47pm

Photo by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

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

US News

GOP Still Trying to Repeal Obamacare After Replacement Dies
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced late Monday that his party would draft a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act entirely after it became clear the plan to pass a repeal and replace bill was dead. GOP senators Mike Lee and Jerry Moran sank the Senate's latest combo measure by indicating they would vote against a motion to proceed on it Monday evening. McConnell suggested a new repeal bill would include a two-year delay to allow time for a new healthcare system to be implemented. On Twitter, President Trump urged Republicans to "REPEAL failing ObamaCare now."—VICE News

Trump Keeps Iran Nuclear Deal Alive, for Now
The Trump administration has approved the continuation of the Obama-era deal with Iran that saw sanctions eased in exchange for limits on the country's nuclear program. But the White House said Iran was "unquestionably in default of the spirit" of the deal, and the US is now mulling new sanctions outside the confines of the accord.—CNN

Fiancé of Australian Killed by Police Demands Answers
The American fiancé of the Australian woman killed by a police officer in Minneapolis claimed to have been kept in the dark about the details of her death. Don Damond said he is "desperate" to find out why Justine Damond was fatally shot after calling 911 Saturday to report a possible sexual assault in her neighborhood. The officer who shot Damond has been identified as Mohamed Noor.—Minneapolis Star Tribune

Billions in Student Loan Debt Could Be Wiped Out
The National Collegiate Student Loan Trust has been unable to provide the proper paperwork to legitimize its claim to a massive number of private student loans in court, raising the possibility that many thousands of Americans in default will have their burdens erased.—The New York Times

International News

Qatar Accuses UAE of Violating International Law
Qatar has opened a new front against the United Arab Emirates, accusing the regional rival of breaking international law by helping arrange the hacking of its news sites. The move follows a report in the Washington Post claiming US intelligence officials believe the UAE was at least somewhat involved in the hack that sparked a diplomatic beef via publication of false statements attributed to Qatari leadership. UAE officials are disputing the idea that they played a role. —Al Jazeera

Six Human Rights Activists Accused of Terror Help in Turkey
A Turkish court has ordered the arrest of Amnesty International's national director and five other human rights activists. Originally held on July 5, they are now formally suspected of assisting a terrorist group. Amnesty's secretary general, Salil Shetty, said the arrest of Idil Eser and the other campaigners was part of "a politically motivated witch-hunt." Four more activists have been released ahead of trial.—AP

Duterte Wants to Extend Martial Law in Philippines
Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte wants lawmakers to lengthen a period of martial law on the southern island of Mindanao to help wipe out Islamist militants that continue to wage an insurgency campaign in Marawi City. Duterte has asked Congress to extend the emergency measure until the end of 2017, but critics claim martial law is excessive and inappropriate across the whole of the island.—Reuters

Australian Senator to Resign Over Dual Citizenship
Australian senator Larissa Waters announced she would resign after realizing she holds dual citizenship—forbidden for federal lawmakers under the country's constitution. Waters, the first senator to breastfeed in Parliament, was born in Canada and had failed to actively renounce her citizenship there. She said it was an "honest mistake."—BBC News

Everything Else

R. Kelly Denies 'Cult' Allegations, Threatens Legal Action
R. Kelly's lawyer has threatened legal action following a report that the singer was keeping women in a brutal "cult" based on claims made by the parents of at least three individuals. Kelly's lawyer Linda Mensch said Kelly denied the allegations and "will work diligently and forcibly to pursue his accusers and clear his name."—Variety

Ed Sheeran to Appear on 'The Simpsons'
After appearing on the season premiere of Game of Thrones, Ed Sheeran has voiced a musician character named Brendan for The Simpsons. "Me and Lisa have a whole thing going on," said Sheeran of next season's La La Land parody.—Rolling Stone

Netflix Now Has 104 Million Subscribers
Netflix shares rose almost 10 percent in after-hours trading on the New York Stock Exchange late Monday the company announced it had 104 million subscribers worldwide. Around 5.2 million subscribers were added in the last quarter.—The Guardian

Vic Mensa Drops 'Rage' Video
Vic Mensa released a video for "Rage," a new song from his forthcoming album The Autobiography. The Chicago rapper's struggle with addiction and mental health issues play out during a plane crash in the video.—Noisey

College Football Games Increase Rapes, Study Says
According to new research in the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, elite college football games cause a spike in reports of rape. The authors estimated games at Division 1A schools alone resulted in more than 700 additional rapes each year.—VICE News

Trump-Shaped Ecstasy Pills Sold on Dark Web
Ecstasy pills shaped like Donald Trump's head are reportedly being sold on the dark web after manufacture in Amsterdam. The orange and pink pills are said to be going for about $10.50 each.—Thump