The VICE Morning Bulletin

The VICE Morning Bulletin

US, South Korea, and North Korea test missiles, 44 states refuse to release some details to Trump's election commission, Joey Chestnut wins hot dog eating contest again, and more.

by VICE Staff
Jul 5 2017, 2:42pm

Photo by South Korean Defense Ministry via Getty Images

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

US News

US and South Korea Follow North Korea's Launch With Their Own
The US and South Korea on Wednesday test-launched missiles off South Korea's eastern coast. The joint exercise was a response to "North Korea's destabilizing and unlawful actions"—launching an inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM) that might be capable of reaching Alaska, on Tuesday—according to US Pacific Command.—VICE News/The Washington Post

Most Americans Trust CNN Over Trump
A bare majority of Americans trust CNN more than President Trump, according to a new poll by Survey Monkey. The network was found to be more trustworthy than Trump by 50 percent of people, while 43 percent said Trump was more trustworthy than CNN. The survey's release followed Trump's tweeting of a WWE video in which he appears to body slam a man with a CNN logo superimposed over his face.—TIME

Prosecutors Accuse Martin Shkreli of Breaking Twitter Ban
Federal prosecutors claim Martin Shkreli, who's on trial for securities fraud, is tweeting from a new account despite being banned from Twitter. In a letter to the trial judge, prosecutors accused Shkreli of waging "a campaign of disruption" by talking to the press and being active on social media, and asked that he be gagged.—The Washington Post/The Daily Beast

Forty-Four States Refuse Trump Election Commission Voter Details
At least 44 states have refused to provide at least some sensitive information on registered voters for the Trump administration's election integrity commission. Some states have refused to cooperate entirely, while others said they will provide details that are already public. The commission investigating alleged voter fraud has asked for names, addresses, felony convictions, and the last four digits of Social Security numbers, among other details.—CNN

International News

Russia and China Try Joint Strategy on North Korea
Russia and China have called for a halt to North Korea's missile and nuclear program and joint military exercises by the US and South Korea. The nations agreed on the position Tuesday when President Vladimir Putin met President Xi Jinping in Moscow. The two countries described North Korea's latest missile test, believed to have been an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), as "unacceptable."—Al Jazeera

Qatar Responds to Arab Neighbors' List of Demands
Qatar has submitted detailed responses to the 13 demands made by several of its Arab neighbors in a spiraling regional dispute. The government in Doha continued to rebuff rival states' accusations it supports extremism, but said it was willing to meet "reasonable" demands in an effort to end the economic sanctions imposed by Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, and the UAE, which were set to meet Wednesday to discuss next steps.—Reuters

Canadian Plan to Pay Former Gitmo Detainee Complicated by Widow's Claim
The Canadian government was set to pay around $8 million in compensation to former Guantánamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr seven years after the country's Supreme Court ruled his human rights were violated during an interrogation at the US military site. But the widow of a US soldier killed during a firefight in Afghanistan—in which Khadr was convicted of murderous involvement—has filed an application requesting any compensation goes to her and another US solider injured in the battle.—AP

Vietnam Drills for Oil in South China Sea
Vietnam has reportedly begun drilling for oil around 250 miles off its southeast coast, an area of the South China Sea claimed by Beijing. The firm Talisman-Vietnam is said to have begun work in an area China already leased to another company.—BBC News

Everything Else

Prince Drummer John Blackwell Jr. Dies at Age 43
John Blackwell Jr., the drummer who played with Prince for 15 years, has died at 43. He was diagnosed with two brain tumors last year. His wife, Yaritza, shared the news on Instagram, saying he had died "peacefully in my company."—USA Today

Meek Mill Releases Brand New Mixtape
Meek Mill has dropped a new mixtape entitled Meekend Music II. The four-track follow-up to his May release features collaborations with YFN Lucci, Barcelini, and Eearz. Mike WiLL Made-It produces the third track "Organized Chaos."—XXL

Rihanna Reaches 30 No.1s on the Dance Chart
Rihanna has scored her 30th No.1 on the Dance Club Songs chart with "Pose," the sixth hit single from her ANTI album. She is chasing Madonna, the all-time leader with 46 No.1 dance tracks.—Billboard

Joey Chestnut Is Hot Dog Eating Champion Again
Joey Chestnut, the reigning hot dog eating champion, has reasserted his claim to the crown. The legend set a new world record on July Fourth by swallowing 72 hot dogs in ten minutes, consuming a whopping 20,160 calories.—VICE Sports

Four Tet Drops First Single in Four Years
Legendary UK dance producer Four Tet has released his first solo single in four years. New track "Two Thousand and Seventeen" debuted on BBC Radio 1 before it became available on Bandcamp and SoundCloud.—Thump

Bithumb Users' Details Believed Stolen by Hackers
South Korea–based Bithumb, a cryptocurrency exchange for the vaguely Bitcoin-esque ethereum, has reportedly had 30,000 customers' details stolen by hackers. Some customers claim to have had funds stolen, but the overall sum lost is not yet known.—Motherboard