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Republican senators are wary of House healthcare bill, Hillary Clinton is founding anti-Trump organization, regional powers agree on Syrian 'de-escalation' plan, and more.

by VICE Staff
May 5 2017, 1:54pm

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

US News

GOP Senators Don't Embrace House Healthcare Bill
As the American Health Care Act—a piece of landmark legislation that would strip aware most of the Obama-era Affordable Care Act—moves to the Senate, some Republican senators have expressed doubts about the bill. Some say they'd rather come up with their own bill rather than revising the House's. Senator Roy Blunt said, "There will be essentially a Senate bill," while Senator Lindsey Graham suggested the House bill should be "viewed with caution." If the Senate and House pass different pieces of healthcare legislation, the differences will have to be hammered out in a process called reconciliation. —The Washington Post

Hillary Clinton Founding Anti-Trump Organization
The former Democratic presidential nominee is reportedly launching a new organization to oppose President Trump's agenda. According to people familiar with the project, Clinton's organization will help allocate funding to "resistance" groups opposing the Trump administration's policies. It's expected to launch as early as next week under the name Onward Together. —Politico

Trump Says Australia Has Better Health Care Than US
In a Thursday evening meeting, President Donald Trump told Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull "you have better healthcare than we do." (In Australia, unlike the US, the government provides healthcare to its citizens.) Trump also said a dispute over the US accepting refugees from Australia had been "all worked out" and claimed the media had "exaggerated" reports of an angry exchange between the two leaders. —The New York Times/CNN

Couple Removed from Delta Flight and Threatened with Jail
Delta Air Lines apologized after threatening a California couple with jail time for refusing to give up their two-year-old son's seat, which had originally been bought for the couple's teenager. A widely shared video appears to show an airline employee telling Brian and Brittany Schear that they "could be in jail and your kids will be in foster care" before the family was removed from the flight. Delta later said it was "sorry for the unfortunate experience." —NBC News

International News

Regional Powers Agree on Syrian 'De-Escalation' Plan
Russia, Iran, and Turkey will work together to create "de-escalation" zones inside Syria following talks in the Kazakh capital of Astana. The countries designed the plan to allow humanitarian access into the country and to begin to revive services and rebuild infrastructure in war-torn areas. Delegates from Syrian rebel groups walked out of a signing event, saying that Iran—a close ally of the Syrian government—shouldn't be the guarantor of any deal. —The Guardian

Men Behind Plan to Attack the Rio Olympics Jailed
Eight Brazilian men have been hit with lengthy prison sentences for planning an attack at last year's 2016 Rio Olympics and sharing pro-ISIS material online. They were arrested after the FBI notified the Brazilian authorities of the plot. Brazil's judiciary sentenced Leonid El Kadre de Melo to 15 years in prison and slapped his co-conspirators with five to six years.—BBC News

France's Macron Files Legal Complaint
French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron claims he's been targeted by a "cyber misinformation campaign" and has filed a legal complaint with prosecutors. The complaint relates to allegations shared online that he has an offshore bank account, a rumor referred to by his rival Marine Le Pen during Wednesday's TV debate. Though it's unclear whom Macron filed the complaint against, it wasn't Le Pen. —Al Jazeera

India Upholds Death Sentences for Gang Rapists
India's Supreme Court voted to uphold death sentences for four men found guilty of gang raping and killing a 23-year-old woman on a bus in 2012. Justice R. Banumathi said the men committed a "barbaric crime" as the three judge-panel rejected their appeal. The victim's father said the decision was "a victory for each and every woman in our country." —Reuters

Everything Else

'Game of Thrones' Spin-Offs in Development
HBO is exploring four possible Game of Thrones spin-off shows. Writers Max Borenstein and Brian Helgeland are helming their own projects, and Jane Goldman and Carly Wray are working individually with author George R.R. Martin. The shows could be prequels, sequels, or spin-offs—but they'll exist within the GoT universe so many fans have grown to love. —The Hollywood Reporter

Justin Bieber Nabs Top Spot on Twitter Chart
Justin Bieber has his seventh No.1 song on a chart ranking the most shared tracks on Twitter, thanks to his collaboration with DJ Khaled on "I'm the One." It brings Bieber equal with One Direction and Ariana Grande for the most No. 1s in the chart's history. —Billboard

Pulse Nightclub Converting into Memorial
Barbara Poma, owner of Orlando's Pulse nightclub, has announced plans to turn the site into a museum and memorial to the 49 victims of last year's mass shooting. "This must and will be a healing initiative," Poma explained.—NPR News

Migos Drop Video for 'Slippery'
Migos have released a video for "Slippery," a fan favorite from Culture featuring Gucci Mane. The Daps-directed video features a host of women in bikinis dancing around at a pool party for Quavo's birthday. —Noisey

Dale Cooper Shown in New 'Twin Peaks' Trailer
Showtime's latest teaser trailer for the new Twin Peaks series features FBI special agent Dale Cooper, as well as appearances by Big Ed Hurley and Laura Palmer's mom. The only speaking part goes to Deputy Hawk, who says a single word: "really."—i-D

College Kid Crawls Through Air Duct to Steal Exam
A junior at the University of Kentucky allegedly snuck into the science building's air ducts and dropped from the ceiling into his professor's classroom to steal an exam. Cops cited the student, Henry Lynch II, with a third-degree felony burglary charge.—VICE