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NYC bombing suspect said to be ISIS sympathizer, Roy Moore's wife Kayla cites Jewish lawyer to dismiss anti-Semitism charge, transgender recruits will get to enlist in military, and more.

by VICE Staff
Dec 12 2017, 3:54pm

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

US News

NYC Bombing Suspect Allegedly an ISIS Sympathizer
The 27-year man suspected of setting off a pipe bomb in a Manhattan subway corridor Monday said he acted at least in part to avenge US strikes on ISIS in Syria, according to anonymous law enforcement officials. Akayed Ullah, who was being treated for serious burn injuries, also told law enforcement he picked the passageway near Times Square because of the Christmas posters in the area. He was believed to have acted on his own.—The New York Times

Trump Makes Final Push for Roy Moore
The president recorded a robocall on behalf of the Senate candidate ahead of Tuesday's special election in Alabama, explaining that the Republicans “need” Moore to win. Barack Obama reportedly made a robocall for Moore’s Democratic rival Doug Jones. At Moore’s last rally Monday night, his wife Kayla rejected accusations her husband was anti-Semitic, saying that “one of our attorneys is a Jew.”—CBS News / VICE News

Transgender Recruits Will Get to Enlist in Military
A Department of Defense official said transgender people will be able to sign up for military service as of January 1. The announcement came after the Trump administration tried to ban trans individuals from the military, and federal courts ruled against the plan.—VICE News

NFL Network Broadcasters Suspended Over Alleged Sexual Harassment
Football analysts Marshall Faulk, Ike Taylor, and Heath Evans were suspended by the network after a former wardrobe stylist filed a lawsuit claiming they sexually harassed her at work. Jami Cantor further alleged NFL Network’s former executive producer Eric Weinberger sent her nude photos and tried to make her touch his groin.—Bloomberg

International News

UK Ready to Welcome Trump in 2018
Donald Trump is expected to visit the UK early next year, despite public clashes with Prime Minister Theresa May and London's mayor, Sadiq Khan. According to the US ambassador to the UK Woody Johnson, Trump could open the new embassy in London. Johnson said Trump liked to “ruffle feathers” but retained a “very, very good relationship” with the UK.—The Guardian

Supermajority of Mexicans Do Not Want Gang Amnesty
A new poll for El Universal found around 66 percent of people in Mexico don't want gang or cartel members to be granted amnesty from prosecution, a radical new idea for cutting violence in the country. Presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador recently said he was willing to consider the move. “You can’t fight fire with fire,” he said.—Reuters

Amnesty International Accuses EU of Supporting Migrant Abuse
The human rights NGO said European governments have been helping authorities in Libya that, in turn, have conspired with criminal networks to exploit the refugees and migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean. John Dalhuisen, Amnesty International’s Europe director, said EU leaders were “complicit in these abuses.”—BBC News

France Offers Financial Haven to US Climate Scientists
French President Emmanuel Macron awarded 18 scientists with “Make Our Planet Great Again” climate research grants at a Monday night ceremony. The scientists included 13 based in the US, where it has become increasingly difficult to access funding under the Trump administration. They now have a chance to continue their work expense-free in the EU.—AP

Everything Else

Apple Reportedly Snaps Up Shazam for $400 Million
Apple bought the music app in a deal believed to be worth around $400 million. Confirming the sale, Shazam said, “We can’t imagine a better home for Shazam to enable us to continue innovating and delivering magic for our users.”—Noisey

Mario Batali Apologizes Following Sexual Misconduct Report
At least four women have accused Mario Batali, celebrity chef and co-host of ABC's show The Chew, of groping and touching them inappropriately. “I apologize to the people I have mistreated and hurt,” Batali said. ABC has suspended him “while we review the allegations.”—MUNCHIES / Eater New York

Frank Ocean Reveals ‘Grand Theft Auto’ Station
The artist used his Tumblr page to announce a radio station called “Blonded Los Santos 97.8 FM,” which appeared to be a looming playlist for Grand Theft Auto Online. Rockstar Games’ latest franchise installment “Doomsday Heist” drops Tuesday.—Pitchfork

Burning Man Organizers Want Capacity of 100,000
Festival managers met with Nevada’s Bureau of Land Management and local residents to talk about a proposal to boost the number of music fans attending each year from 68,000 to 100,000. They hope to finalize a plan in 2019.—Billboard

Notorious White Supremacist Bailed Out by Crowdfunding Campaign
Christopher Cantwell, charged with felony use of tear gas after the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville this August, met his $25,000 bail and is out of jail, thanks to an online fundraiser. He remains under house arrest somewhere in Virginia.—VICE News

Charli XCX Drops New Single
The British singer shared “Unlock It,” a collaboration with Korean rapper Jay Park and German artist Kim Petras, on the Beats 1 radio show. The song appears on Charlie XCX’s new mixtape POP 2, set to drop on Friday.—Noisey

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