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The VICE Morning Bulletin

Trump moves on visa rules for foreign workers, British prime minister calls for general election, Supreme Court blocks Arkansas execution, and more.

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Apr 18 2017, 2:33pm

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

US News

Trump Calls for Overhaul of Foreign Worker Visa Rules
Intent to produce on a signature campaign theme, President Trump on Tuesday is expected to sign an executive order aimed at discouraging companies from hiring foreign workers as opposed to citizens. Government departments will be instructed to change their practices when it comes to H-1B visas, currently awarded to US companies by lottery, to favor the highest-skilled workers. Trump has previously criticized H-1B as a "cheap labor program."—The Washington Post

Supreme Court Blocks Arkansas Execution
The Supreme Court has denied the state of Arkansas's request to execute Don Davis, upholding a State Supreme Court stay of execution at nearly the last minute. Davis was one of eight men scheduled to die before the end of April, when the state's injection drugs will expire. Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson vowed to "continue to fight back on last minute appeals."—NBC News

After Murder Goes Viral, Facebook Promises Change
Facebook's vice president of global operations Justin Osofsky says the company must "do better" after it allowed a video of an apparent homicide to remain on its site for some time. Osofsky revealed it took some two hours to remove the video in which Steve Stephens, suspected of fatally shooting a 74-year-old man, films the moment he pulls the trigger. Osofsky said the company was now reviewing its "reporting flows."—VICE News

Leading California Separatist Moves to Russia
Louis Marinelli, a leader of one campaign to make California an independent nation, is packing it up and heading to Russia, apparently. Marinelli wants to make Russia his new home because of "frustration, disappointment, and disillusionment with the United States." The Yes California Independence Campaign's petition has now been withdrawn.—AP

International News

Turkey May Extend State of Emergency for Three Months
The Turkish government has called for a parliamentary vote Tuesday to extend the country's state of emergency by an additional three months. Thousands of opposition protesters demonstrated in Istanbul Monday night after President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's referendum victory granted him new powers. Erdoğan suggested he was willing to reinstate the death penalty, despite opposition from greater Europe. He was also congratulated on his (disputed) win by US president Donald Trump. —Deutsche Welle

British Prime Minister Wants General Election
UK prime minister Theresa May wants the country to hold a "snap" general election June 8, just two years after the last one. She said Brits needed "certainty and security" following the Brexit vote, though she was not required to hold an election for three more years under current law and will need parliamentary approval to fast-track it.—BBC News

Paraguayan President Cancels Bid for Second Term
Paraguay's president, Horacio Cartes, has announced he will not run for reelection in 2018 after his allies in Congress had floated changing the law to allow him to do so. Cartes said Pope Francis inspired his "gesture of renunciation" in a country that emerged from dictatorship in 1989.—Reuters

Everything Else

Lady Gaga Shares FaceTime Talk with Prince William
Lady Gaga has shared a FaceTime conversation with Prince William about mental health issues for his charity Heads Together. "I feel like we are not hiding anymore," Gaga said. The British royal called her "brave" for opening up about her struggle with post-traumatic stress.—TIME

Third Guardians of the Galaxy Movie Planned
Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn revealed a third movie will follow the sequel, which opens in theaters next month. "I'm returning to write and direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3," Gunn wrote on Facebook.—Variety

Kendrick Lamar Set to Claim Billboard 200 No.1
Kendrick Lamar's new LP DAMN. is poised to be the No.1 album on the Billboard 200, according to industry experts. Forecasts have the record on course to achieve equivalent album sales of around 475,000 units in its first week, ending April 20.—Billboard

Tyler, the Creator Records Bill Nye Theme
Tyler, the Creator is doing the theme song for science guru Bill Nye's new Netflix show. The track for Bill Nye Saves the World is Tyler's take on the original Bill Nye the Science Guy theme. "The first one is really sick," the rapper said.—i-D