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US officials suspect Vladimir Putin was directly involved in election meddling, 1 billion Yahoo accounts compromised by hack, Elon Musk joins Trump's corporate advisory team, and more.

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Dec 15 2016, 1:55pm

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


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US NEWS

Intelligence Officials Suggest Putin Personally Involved in Election Meddling
American officials have "a high level of confidence" that President Vladimir Putin was involved in the Russian campaign to disrupt the US presidential election. Two senior officials said intel pointed toward the autocrat personally helping decide how hacked material from the Democratic National Committee was used.—NBC News

About 1 Billion Yahoo Accounts Compromised by Hack
Yahoo has revealed that more than 1 billion accounts may have been accessed by hackers, a breach that included stolen passwords, email addresses, and phone numbers. The company said information stolen in the newly discovered hack, dating back to 2013, did not include payment card or bank account details.—VICE News

States Ordered to Provide Funds for Planned Parenthood
The Obama administration has implemented a rule requiring states allow Planned Parenthood access to federal grants related to family planning and women's health. Republicans have threatened to block federal cash for the organization because some clinics perform abortions; it's an issue on which Donald Trump was expected by some to take swift action in January. The Obama administration rule complicates that.—NPR News

Alleged JPMorgan Hacker Arrested at JFK
US citizen Joshua Samuel Aaron was arrested at JFK after flying in from Moscow to face charges relating to the 2014 hack of 83 million JPMorgan Chase customers' account details. Aaron is one of three men accused of stealing personal data from US financial firms. They are alleged to have stolen information on more than 100 million customers in all.—AP

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Ambulance Convoy Attacked in Aleppo as Evacuation Begins
Fighters loyal to Bashar al Assad's regime fired on a convoy of ambulances attempting to evacuate the wounded from eastern Aleppo, killing one and injuring four others, according to the volunteer group Syrian Civil Defense. The evacuation of civilians from the city was reportedly still under way Thursday, despite the incident.—Al Jazeera

Colombia Pardons More Than 100 FARC Rebels
Colombia's justice minister said at least 110 FARC rebels have been pardoned by the government as part of the latest attempt at a deal to end the decades-long conflict. Jorge Londono added that around 300 pardons for "political crimes" could be granted, but all would have to go before a judge for review.—AFP

Duterte Critics Raise Impeachment Possibility in Philippines
Two Philippine senators have said it might be possible to impeach President Rodrigo Duterte after he boasted about "personally" taking part in lethal attacks on drug criminals. Senator Leila de Lima said Duterte's claims were "ground for impeachment under the constitution," while Senator Richard Gordon said it opened up a legal route to impeachment.—The Guardian

Austrian Government to Purchase Hitler's Birthplace
The Austrian parliament has passed legislation allowing the government to take ownership of the house in which Adolf Hitler was born. Compensation will be given to owner Gerlinde Pommer. The government wants to stop the building becoming a focal point for neo-Nazi groups, but it is not yet known if it will be demolished.—BBC News

EVERYTHING ELSE

John Legend Calls Kanye-Trump Summit a 'Publicity Stunt'
Singer-songwriter John Legend says he is "pretty disappointed" with Kanye West for meeting President-elect Donald Trump. "I don't think it's impossible to talk to him about issues, but I won't be used as a publicity stunt," he added.—Noisey

Elon Musk Joins Trump Advisory Team
Donald Trump's transition team announced that Tesla CEO Elon Musk has joined an advisory panel of business leaders: the Strategic and Policy Forum. Musk, like fellow panelist Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, was critical of Trump during the campaign.—Motherboard

Ashley Madison Owner Agrees to $1.6 Million Fine
Ashley Madison's parent company has agreed to pay $1.6 million in settlements to the US Federal Trade Commission and 13 US states. An investigation found the dating site had created fake profiles and allowed a data breach by having lax security.—USA Today

Entire Police Force Quits in Indiana Town
Marshall Michael Thomison and his four reserve deputies all quit Bunker Hill's police department, leaving the small Indiana town with no police force. Thomison alleged the town council asked the cops for confidential information and made other "unethical" requests.—CBS News

YouTuber, Brexit, and Glam-Ma Enter the Dictionary
The latest words and terms enshrined in the Oxford English Dictionary include YouTuber, Brexit, and glam-ma—an expression used to describe a glamorous grandma. The phrase "get your freak on" will also be added to the OED.—AP

Denying Abortion Does Psychological Harm, Says Study
A five-year study that tracked the mental health of women seeking an abortion shows denying the procedure can have serious mental health effects. The Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health study had data from 558 women.—Motherboard

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