The VICE Morning Bulletin

The VICE Morning Bulletin

Comey firing sparks massive call for independent probe, Trump set to meet Russian foreign minister, US to arm Kurdish rebels fighting ISIS in Syria, and more.

by VICE Staff
May 10 2017, 2:19pm

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

US News

Comey's Firing Sparks Bipartisan Call for Independent Probe
President Trump abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey late Tuesday, citing his handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation. Dozens of Republican and Democratic lawmakers loudly questioned the decision, with many calling for an independent probe into whether top Trump advisers colluded with Russia to swing the results of the US presidential election—an investigation Comey helmed before he was fired. Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders said whoever next leads the FBI "will not be able to objectively carry out the Russia investigation." Republican Congressman Justin Amash said he was "reviewing legislation to establish an independent commission."—VICE News

Trump to Meet Russian Foreign Minister
President Trump will host Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at the White House Wednesday—the highest ranking Russian official he's met with since taking office. According to a US official, the two will discuss the conflict in Syria and US-Russia relations.—Reuters

US to Arm Kurdish Rebels Fighting ISIS in Syria
In a sharp break with his predecessor, President Trump is set to arm a Kurdish rebel group in northern Syria despite opposition from Turkey. The Pentagon announced the decision Tuesday, with spokeswoman Dana W. White saying the Syrian Democratic Forces—made up mainly of Kurdish People's Protection Unit fighters—was "the only force on the ground that can successfully seize Raqqa" from ISIS.—The Washington Post

Storage Tunnel Collapses at Nuclear Site
Employees at a nuclear site in Washington state were told to "take cover" after a section of a storage tunnel containing radioactive waste collapsed. Some workers near the tunnel at Hanford Nuclear Site evacuated, while others were ordered to remain indoors. A spokesman for Washington state's Department of Ecology said no one sustained injuries and no radiation was released.—VICE News/WashPo

International News

New South Korean President Wants Peace with North
Liberal politician Moon Jae-in has been sworn in as the new president of South Korea after winning 41.1 percent of the vote, comfortably ahead of the conservative and centrist candidates. In his first speech as leader, Moon said he was willing to visit Pyongyang "in the right circumstances" in an effort to "build peace" with North Korea.—BBC News

Venezuela Sees Big Spike in Infant and Maternal Mortality
The Venezuelan health ministry revealed the country has seen a 30 percent increase in infant mortality, with over 11,000 reported deaths last year. The latest statistics also show the number of mothers dying in childbirth shot up 65 percent in 2016, while malaria cases went up 76 percent. The country's economic slump has reportedly led to a lack of hospital equipment, shortage of medicines, and a dearth of doctors.—Reuters

German Police Arrest Third Suspect in Far-Right Extremist Plot
German authorities have arrested a third man in connection with a suspected far-right plot to assassinate leading politicians. The third suspect was named as "Maximilian T.," one of two suspects who are German soldiers. Police said the would-be assailants wanted the attack to seem like the work of refugees. They'd targeted Justice Minister Heiko Maas, among other current and former officials.—Deutsche Welle

Australian Lawmaker Becomes First to Breastfeed in Parliament
Senator Larissa Waters has become the first lawmaker to breastfeed her baby in the Australian parliament. The Green Party politician fed her two-month-old daughter Alia Joy after returning from maternity leave. The country's parliament changed its rules to allow breastfeeding last year.—CNN

Everything Else

Snowden Condemns Comey Firing as 'Interference'
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden sharply criticized Trump's decision to fire FBI Director James Comey. Snowden tweeted that "every American should condemn such political interference in the Bureau's work," adding that Comey "has sought to jail me… If I can oppose his firing, so can you."—TIME

Calvin Harris Reveals All-Star Collaborator Lineup
Calvin Harris is teaming up with some of America's most popular musicians for his new album. Frank Ocean, Future, Pharrell Williams, Migos, Lil Yachty, Katy Perry, and Ariana Grande will all feature on Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1, due out June 30.—Billboard

NIN Members Share Song Written for Banksy Hotel
Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross shared an eerie new piano track playing at Banksy's Walled Off Hotel in the West Bank. "Green Lines" plays on a mechanical piano inside the street artist's unique West Bank hotel.—Pitchfork

New Dinosaur Species Named After Ghostbusters Character
Scientists with the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto have named a newly-identified dinosaur species after Zuul from Ghostbusters. Researchers discovered the skeleton of the 75 million-year-old herbivore—officially named Zuul crurivastator—in Montana in 2014.—Motherboard

Diddy Sued by Former Chef for Alleged Sexual Harassment
A former employee of Sean "Diddy" Combs is suing him for sexual harassment, failure to pay overtime, and several other alleged offenses. Cindy Rueda worked as Combs's personal chef in Los Angeles. The celeb's representative called the lawsuit "frivolous."—Noisey

Mulleavy Sisters Drop Trailer for Directorial Debut
Kate and Laura Mulleavy, founders of the Rodarte fashion label, have released a trailer for their debut feature film Woodshock starring Kirsten Dunst. The clip features Dunst taking a mysterious cannabinoid drug while living in the woods.—i-D